In the spirit of Tuesday’s post on my Workout Wear Road Test, below are several outfits and the details on what I ended up keeping from my experiment (complete with additional brands not included in the original test).
This look is a standard for my early morning routine alternating between Bar Method and yoga classes. Simple and easy to throw on at 6 am (my main criteria), it’s also figure-flattering. Bar class is all about micro-movements and correct form; therefore, it is important to have clothes that you can see your body in. At first daunting to stare at yourself in a mirror for 60 minutes and have an instructor provide you with corrections; the correct technique ultimately makes a world of difference. Properly fitting clothes is also essential in my yoga classes. Several times I have worn the more slouchy tees and tanks I constantly reach for in my everyday wardrobe, only to do a downward dog or an inversion and expose the class to my bare midriff.
I began my road test in hopes of finding both alternatives to higher-priced athletic brands and also to branch out from my standard, go-to pieces. Well, they may be called “tried-and-true” for a reason, which certainly applies to my favorite Zella Live-In leggings. The cut of leggings is flattering and the compression gives just the right amount of support. And priced at under $60, they won’t break the bank. At this price-point, I can even justify this fun origami print pair!
I also love the strappy back design of this tank. It’s a fun update to a basic black top; adding a bit more flair to the outfit. Finally, the long sweatshirt is so cozy – perfect for the chilly, damp, and dark mornings that greet me as I stumble out of bed to get my day started.
A twist on the outfit pictured above; leggings, sweatshirt, and a bra were the basis for my road test. The sweatshirt is EXP Core, from my initial order – I also ended up keeping this strappy bra (not pictured). I love the thick material and the space-dyed pattern of the sweatshirt make it more interesting than my standard black and grey (of which I have plenty!). However, it’s the open-back that inspired my purchase. In particular, I love how a bright bra can peek thru – adding just the right amount of color to this otherwise dark look.
A note on the bra. It’s fantastically bright with a unique design perfect to peek out from this sweatshirt or another tank. However, it is definitely not the most supportive of bras. I wear it to yoga and bar, but you may not be able to do a downward dog if you have a larger chest! Not only does it offer little support, but it is also cut very low in the front. You have been warned.
These Alo leggings are new for me – I’ve never tried this brand before but had noticed several of my peers sporting their leggings or tanks in class. The “Goddess Legging” claims to provide a waistband that is “tummy flattening” with support to lift the booty and smooth everything else. I can get behind all of that (no pun intended!). Finally, there is a seam that hits mid-thigh, with ribbed legs that can be worn scrunched like leg warmers or pulled longer over your heel, a-la ballerina style. Nearly $100 full-price, but the quality is evident in this investment. I found these on sale at Nordstrom, but can’t seem to find the discounted price any longer (sorry – don’t mean to rub it in!)
This final look is one that you can see me in when circling the neighborhood during the wee hours of the morning. In addition to a bar and yoga routine, I try to fit in a run at least twice a week. A life-long runner, I had to start dicing things up a couple years ago and, the yoga in particular, has completely enhanced my overall fitness. Still, nothing can beat your heart racing and the good sweat you get from pounding the pavement.
These EXP Core leggings are my new favorite running tights. They are a great, thick material, the perfect length, and the reflective details are ideal for my early morning runs. Again, compression is key – particularly for running out in the cold. And, for less than $70 they are not only a substantive quality but an excellent value.
Finally, this long-sleeve, hooded shirt from the Gap is amazingly luxe. The material is a soft, tissue-like cotton – perfect to get warmed up in a cold studio or worn as a layer under a thicker jacket. Plus, the classic stripes add a chic, preppy element to my sporty attire. This is probably one of my most favorite and well-worn new additions to the workout wardrobe.
What are your thoughts on my road test? Please leave a comment with your workout routine or your favorite activewear brand.
Thanks for reading! ~Jenn