Last month I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek at the new fall collection at Brooks‘ Flagship Store, aptly named “Brooks Trailhead.” Based here in Seattle, Brooks’ creed “Run Happy” truly resonates with me. As a lifelong runner (I was a sprinter in high school and have since run many distance races, including a marathon), I have struggled with injuries and motivation. However, for the past several years, I haven’t placed any pressure on myself to compete or train for any organized races. While sometimes I desire to set more goals for myself and return to racing (I’m inherently competitive), I’m also trying to appreciate that running can simply augment my life and doesn’t have to have a purpose. Does that make sense?
With regards to Brooks’ fall line, I’m loving the fashion forward pieces, yet the company remains true to their performance roots. Every piece (from the pants to the jackets to the bras) offer functionality critical for runners. Examples include interior waist pockets in the capris and a hook on the jacket lapel to hold your ear phones steady (because how annoying is the jostling of those wires?). And, I’ve never before worn Brooks’ shoes…if only I had known what I was missing out on?! I’m actually very particular about the fit of my shoes and I couldn’t be more impressed with Brooks. In fact, since taking these pictures to share with all of you, I have worked out in every piece (with the exception of the jacket, due to record breaking temps here in Seattle). Brooks offers fashionable performance wear that I can’t wait to put on for my workouts.
I mentioned above the functionality of Brooks’ performance wear. But I also strive for versatility in my wardrobe. Many of Brooks’ activewear can also be worn outside of the workout. Head on over to visit Kirsty as she styes an active look featuring Brooks activewear. And, next week we will both be styling a streetwear look styled with our Brooks pieces. Be sure to come back and see us soon!
Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend…Run Happy! ~Jenn
photography by Jessica Hogue