Viva La Athleisure

I don’t know about you, but I only have 2 looks outside of the gym: supermodel or hobo.

I’m usually coming or going from a fitness class and it’s just too hard to start showering, blow drying my hair, and scouring for the perfect pair of distressed day jeans and gladiator sandals. My closet no longer consists of any “in-between” options. I mean, what’s a girl to do when she needs to run to the grocery store? Sorry bag boy at the Jewel who keeps sending me friend requests.

These days my style inspiration derives from the latest trend known as “Athleisure.” To put it simply, Athleisure is the “love child” of fitness and fashion.

Basically Athleisure means us women have hit the JACKPOT! Now what we wear on the street can be worn in the gym and vice versa. This new style category has literally saved my life and now allows me to be the “three C’s”– Casual and Comfortable, all while pulling off Chic.

Let me take you back in time to the era of the Juicy Couture tracksuit. If you didn’t own one, I’m going to assume you were living under a rock in the early 2000’s. As much as we may now love to make fun of the notorious Juicy ‘jumpsuit’, I think most women (if given a lie detector test) would have to admit that they are still mourning the death of the matchy-matchy “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom” uniform.

Not only did the popularity of Juicy make it socially acceptable to publically run around town in velour or terrycloth pajamas, but it actually made it socially acceptable and dare I say “trendy”.

Well girls, unlike Kim Kardashian’s ass, the Juicy style tracksuit is not as big as it was in the early 2000s….and Taylor Swift’s song “Style” definitely doesn’t apply to the brand. Juicy has definitely gone out of style (not to mention out of business), but don’t sweat it, we’ve got you covered!

Athleisure trend brands such as Lululemon, Athleta, Bandier Fit, Lucy, Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour are making huge waves in the fashion industry.

Even top designers such as Alexander Wang released an athletic line for H&M. Topshop also has plans to debut a workout line created by Beyonce in 2015.

Here’s a look at some “Fashionably Fit!” celebs sporting this popular new trend:

Photo from Marie Claire online magazine

Don’t ever let anybody tell you that your gym clothes aren’t “real” clothes…You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life!

Written by: Julie L.

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Fabletics Review

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Reviewer: Ariel

I’d been seeing a ton of commercials for Fabletics and I finally caved and decided to try it out. Fabletics is a workout line created by Kate Hudson. The whole concept is that you get a full outfit for $50-$70. You can sign up to be a VIP member which means that you get your first outfit for around $25 and then you get a new outfit sent to you for $50 each month. When the outfit comes you can keep it or return it for an outfit credit. The first set I selected was the Boca Chita Keys outfit which consisted of a long sports bra, mesh top and cropped pants.

I’m always looking to find new cool workout clothes because I hate that everyone wears the same exact Lululemon items all the time. I also have been looking for things I can exercise in but also wear around during the day without looking like I came straight from the gym.

To give you an idea on sizing, I am typically a size small in tops and a size 25 in jeans. I ordered the bra and the shirt in a S and the pants in an XS. They all fit well except my boobs were a tad big for the bra. However if I had gone up to a medium I think it would have been a bit too loose around my rib cage. This is an issue I tend to run into a lot.

This is the type of outfit I would wear to a barre, pilates or  yoga class. I don’t think that the bra would be supportive enough for a high impact workout.

Aside from the look, I do like the quality of the items. The pants are nice and thick so they hold you in, although I didn’t find the grey color to be all that flattering. While I would order another outfit from the site, I will most likely pass on receiving a new outfit each month.

You can check out more photos of the full look HERE on Ariel Peche.