Recently I wrote an article for the CT Post on trends in activewear. The activewear market has really taken off, and after having spoke with a couple activewear brand founders, they credit the movement to the explosion in boutique studio fitness classes. In a group fitness community, we all want to look cute when we sweat, especially when we're paying $40 per class + on-brand water or post-class juice (if you don't own a S'well water bottle already, buy one).
My obsession with activewear began when Bandier first opened its doors in NYC (conveinetly down the block from my neighborhood Equinox). The more classes I took, the more printed leggings I wanted to buy. The problem was over time I felt like an outfit repeater at my weekly AKT and barre classes (haven't we all been there?). I then began admiring my husband's simple athletic uniform over my kitschy collection of spandex and overpriced cotton tank tops.
That's when I decided to donate my workout clothes that I no longer wanted like swimsuit tops disguised as sports bras, gingham print SoulCycle x Lululemon leggings, etc., and began sourcing the best-fitting tank tops, leggings and sneakers, and bought everything in pairs of two. One thing worth noting, I only buy in neutrals (with the exception of shoes) so I can mix and match outfits, and get ready to workout in under 60 seconds.
Here's what you need to build your own workout wardrobe:
- 4 tank tops (form-fitting and loose)
- 4 pairs of leggings (high-waist for winter and knee length for summer)
- 2 sports bras (low-impact and high-impact)
- 2 pairs of sneakers (because I like to rotate)
- 2 packs of no-show athletic socks
- 1 BPA-free water bottle
- 1 hair product to save your post-workout/post-shower hair
- a few layering pieces for the colder months
- extra hair ties
Note: this post is not sponsored by Nike or Stella McCartney by Adidas, I just really dig their stuff. Also, be sure to take advantage of sales to stock up on basics like Net-A-Porter or Nordstrom's Half Yearly, or find discounted name brand goods at Nordstrom Rack or The Outnet.