Whether you regularly work out, are a sucker for anything draped and soft, or just like nice things, this sweatshirt/jacket/little-slice-of-heaven is the best thing you might add to your fashion rotation.
Before we all freeze over, I wanted to talk about CAPSULE WARDROBES a bit again… this time with a twist. Or… er, a crunch? Yes, this time the capsule wardrobe is taking a slightly more active approach!
Over the past 4 years exercise has truly become a part of my life. I can’t imagine NOT doing it — which is something I never thought I’d say. Surprisingly, I crave it — even when feeling under the weather (tired, sick, hungover…yes, hungover). It clears my mind and sets up the day ahead. Occasionally (OK, more often than not!), it also dictates what I’ll be wearing.
ATHLEISURE is the new fashion word on the street and clothes that were once relegated for the gym only, have become the go-to for many women (AND men) on the go. With improved fabrication and cutting edge materials, gym clothes are not your ratty, old, grey college t-shirt anymore and have the stylish ability to take you from the gym to anywhere else you need to go.
A tight collection of 12 workout pieces is really all you need to feel put together regardless what your activity level… AND let’s be real here: great-looking, new workout wear is also a fabulous incentive to get you moving and motivated to work out!
I’ve been shopping a bit more at ATHLETA lately and have found that for my money, the quality of their product can’t be beat. Through countless washings and general sweat and abuse, all of my ATHLETA purchases have held up really well. It also helps that a new ATHLETA just opened down the road from my home. (#dangerous)
So what’s included in this 12 piece capsule? Well, for someone like me who tends to exercise indoors and has higher impact cardio involved, I recommend the following:
• 2 sports bras • 3 base layer tanks • 2 capri length leggings • 1 full length legging • 1 jogger pant • 1 long sleeve top • 2 sweatshirts
Obviously, depending on what YOUR form of exercise is, this list may need to be adjusted. For example, if you’re an outdoor runner, make sure to select breathable and warm layers that will protect you from the elements. Yogis, you’re ok with less spandex and a little more cotton and natural fibers. You get the idea…
Here are a few more Athleta looks that have caught my eye —
Now that we’re a few weeks into 2015… how are those fitness resolutions coming along? I was just commenting to my husband that in my 30-some years, this (3 years) is the absolute longest I’ve gone consecutively in terms of maintaining a regular exercise routine. Kind of sad, yet kind of true.
I know how hard it can be to motivate when there are 1000 other things you could be doing (or NOT doing, as the case may be), it’s cold and gross outside and you’re exhausted after a long day. Oh… I definitely know! The standard gym workout was just not enjoyable enough for me to push myself out the door. It took a long time, but eventually I came across a physical activity I love (#PSYCLEPATH) and actually MISS when I can’t partake. Better yet, I finally figured out that I’m (no doubt) a morning person, and it’s much more likely that I will carve out that hour workout time at 5am vs. 7pm. It’s a standing appointment I make with myself that once committed in writing/typing, I’m less likely to break.
You know what else?! It’s so cliché, but clothes in this case really do make the difference. New workout gear always gets me more interested in squeezing into a sports bra and getting suctioned by assorted poly-lycra-spandex blends. These days, there are so many new athletic wear options and brands you can pretty much find something fabulous at every price point and size.
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