I know I’ve done a post about the Align capris, but now that I’ve been wearing lululemon’s Align capris and pants for a while now, I feel I can really give a good review.
I. Love. These. So. Freaking. Much.
Not only are they comfortable, but the feel of this Nulu fabric is ridiculous. They describe it as buttery soft, and they are not lying. It is SO soft. What surprises me the most is even with the buttery softness, these really do wick away sweat. I like to wear these under sweaters with boots, too…so they are not just my workout gear.
I tend to like high waisted pants, and as you can see in the picture, these come up just enough. The tall waist has a pocket too in the front to hold any locker keys while you are at the gym.
When you pick these up, you may think they are really thin. That’s the beauty of them though. They are not a heavy pant, BUT they still hide any trouble areas. They slim you out without being tight and uncomfortable.
You seriously have to try on these pants – and buy them. If you wear workout gear as much as I do, they are completely worth the money. (And I’ve washed these a hundred times and they still look brand new.)
I love good workout gear. I typically workout at least three days during the week and both weekend days, so workout gear that lasts is important to me. I used to say that I would never buy lululemon because…well basically…everyone else was. But I caved two years ago. And I caved hard. Now that there is a store five miles from my house, I’ve found myself shopping there almost 75% of the time for my workout gear.
These Align pants are my new favorites. I was hesitant to try them because on the tag it says “if you want to feel…naked.” Uh, I really want to feel like I have clothes on while I’m working out – I don’t know about you 🙂 But the salesperson said they are ridiculously comfortable. They were right. They are high waisted, which I LOVE. They hide your trouble areas, but the fabric isn’t thick. It does an incredible job of wicking away sweat. There is a hidden key pocket. And then, they don’t move while you are working out…no falling down while I’m running or doing Zumba. I’ll confess I own two pairs now…and the leggings for when fall comes.
I’m always on the lookout for good and supportive sports bras. I love this Beat the Heat Tank. Not only is the design great, but it conceals the girls and doesn’t show too much. It’s comfortable and is not too restricting, even with the good support. Highly recommend.
I won’t forget to mention my trusty weighted ball either. Love this thing! While I’m catching up on my TV smut (a.k.a. Real Housewives), I’ll stand and do squats, lunges, tricep extensions, all with the ball. It even has suggested workouts drawn on the ball! Helps me from not being lazy while watching TV.
I love shopping for new workout clothes after Christmas because there are so many good sales! I’m slightly addicted to workout clothes, but I’m in workout clothes pretty much six to seven days a week so it’s my justification to get new gear!
The lululemon by me had an incredible selection of sale gear the day after Christmas. I can’t tell you how much stuff I took into the dressing room. Their prices are higher, there’s no doubt, but I’ve had great success with constant washing and wearing with their clothes. I do think they are worth the money…BUT…I’ve rarely bought things full price. You just have to stop by often to see when things go on sale.
These Ebb to Street pants I wrote about the other day. Functional as workout pants and as leggings under a sweater! I had my eye on them for a while, and the price was finally right. I love how they hold everything in place, and they are super comfortable.
I’m cold blooded by nature, so when the temps drop, I like to work out in long sleeves. Lulu considers this Rest Less Pullover more of a mid layer, but whatevs…I wear it how I want. 🙂 It’s slightly thicker but does a great job at wicking away sweat.
Who doesn’t love a good zip up to throw on on the way to the gym? The high neck sold me on this Scuba Hoodie. I’ve worn this a ton already…and the part that has become my favorite? The hood! I’ve walked on my greenway in 45 degree temps with my hood up, and my noggin stays completely warm. I definitely have to layer a long sleeve shirt underneath because it’s not the thickest, but it does a decent job of keeping me warm.
And I can’t leave out my favorite sneakers…Asics GT-2000s. I think this is my sixth or seventh pair. I pronate in when I run, and these help balance out my gait. I always end up finding them on sale through Amazon or Zappos or even on Rue La La.
So there’s my fitness gear wrap up for the day! Happy working out!
The weather has been so warm lately, so I was happy to be able to get out a sweater and boots after a 75 degree Christmas! But of course now I’m freezing in 40 degrees. Gotta complain about something, right…ha!
I got this sweater in my Stitch Fix a couple of months ago. My stylist nailed this one! I said I wanted a comfy sweater that was long enough to cover the booty. As soon as I opened the box, I knew I would love it. It is actually a little on the thinner side, so I had to add a long sleeve t-shirt underneath to stay warm. But did you see the little pockets, too? Love.
I have so many workout leggings that I have started wearing them with my day outfits. Why the heck not? They are usually thicker than the typical leggings I find anyway. These lululemon Ebb to Street pants worked perfectly with this outfit!
I continued by addiction to Frye by getting these Vera boots. I already have them in another color…love this style. These are a little stiffer than the other leather that I have, but I know they will be good after a few wears.
Santa was good to me and got me these Lagos earrings and pearl David Yurman bracelet. I tend to like more traditional pieces that can be versatile. These both are going to be in heavy rotation…especially the bracelet that can be layered with so much.
Welcome to my world of workout gear obsession. Getting new gear just makes me happy! Do I dare say it’s even better than buying normal clothes?! Ahhhh! I’m in workout gear just as much as normal clothes, so I guess that justifies being equally as excited 🙂
Some of my crop pants were getting pretty worn out, so I was on the hunt for some new ones. I tried on lulu’s run: top speed crop and instantly liked them. The fabric is great with wicking away sweat and they are a medium rise, which I prefer (if not higher!). The fabric does have a sheen to it, so in the dressing room I first thought you could see through them. But I did my “squat in the dressing room/bend over” test, and they were not see through. The fabric is just so shiny it seems that way. You just have to be sure to get the right size because they are meant to be tight…so of course if you are squeezing it to them and are way too tight, they will be see through when you bend over!
I’m always on the hunt too for good, supportive sports bra tanks. Now I wouldn’t go run a 5k in this inspiration tank II bra tank, but it provides enough support for me while lifting, doing barre, and jogging. I love the layered look – minus having to wear layers! The fabric is very comfortable – I would like to snag a few more when they go on sale. Added bonus – it’s not low cut! The girls stay in when you bend over…so take that creeper guys at the gym!
If you’ve come across some great new workout gear you can’t live without, please share! I’m always looking for new stuff to try!
Happy Fitness Friday, everyone!
Truthfully, my favorite weekend is when I don’t have to get ready and put make-up on or do my hair. All weekend. Like none of it. And showering at 3 in the afternoon. Relaxation (even though I workout hard on the weekends)…I love you so.
But yesterday, I wanted to head over and hit a few shops at the Avalon. It’s such a great place over there – and there is such a good mix of shops. (And I’m looking forward to Exhale to open so I can try out the classes!) So what does that mean? I actually had to shower and put on real clothes. 🙂
So I went for total comfort. I love that the lululemon Wunder Under leggings are easy to dress up. The only caveat is I want to make sure I wear a cardigan/sweater/shirt that is long enough to cover the booty. These cotton leggings are so comfortable; I love the way they feel.
I paired the leggings with this ridiculously comfy cardigan that I got about five years ago at The Loft. I hadn’t worn this retired Stella & Dot necklace in a while, which is gold, cream, and green, so I put a hunter green J. Crew Perfect Tee underneath. Again, I’ve had this t-shirt foreva! It washes so well.
So my comfy look was complete! Are you like me? Do you like to be comfy on the weekends?
Cardigan – The Loft (old but similar here); T-shirt – J. Crew (old but new colors here); Leggings – lululemon; Belt – Calvin Klein (old); Booties – Dolce Vita (old); Necklace – Stella & Dot (retired); Sunglasses – Louis Vuitton (similar here)
Now, I’ve been a lucy activewear girl for a while. I wanted to be the anti-lululemon. Why? Because it was the thing to buy. But recently I had one open up close to my house, and I’ve fallen in love with lululemon. Now, I know it’s pricey, but the pieces I’ve bought are such high quality and made with fantastic fabric that washes like a charm, it’s hard not to love that store!
These Skinny Groove Pant leggings are my absolute favorite workout pant I’ve ever bought. I feel like I’m wearing pajama pants. And I find myself just wearing them around the house constantly, too. I’ve found they do a great job of wicking away moisture. When I wore them to a Zumba class recently, this particular fabric did show a little booty sweat in the back creases, so if you are self conscious about that, you may want to stick with a dark or black color.
I also like that they have somewhat of a high rise. I can do deep squats and deadlifts and I don’t have to worry about these pants sliding down. And during Zumba, they stay put…which when I’m getting my dance on, the last thing I want to worry about is pulling my pants up!
And here’s another new favorite (which I got on sale in the store but it’s not on sale online) – the Race Your Pace 1/2 Zip. I constantly have cold hands, so the cuffins make me so happy. It’s the little things 🙂 I wouldn’t recommend wearing this particular 1/2 zip in freezing temps, but it will do a good job with a shirt underneath in 40+ degree weather. This shirt does a great job of wicking sweat away under the arms.
The lulu Flow Into Crow headband is also my favorite – keeps my hair in place with NO slippage my entire workout!
Oh, and meet the Em with zero makeup on. Yep, this is the way I look when I go to the gym! I am NOT one of those girls who gets all dolled up to go to the gym. I could really care less what my hair and non-makeup face look like!
If you followed my last blog, you know I love lucy activewear. The fits are great. The fabrics are great. It all washes so well. But…I feel like I have been disloyal to lucy. Last weekend, I purchased my first products from lululemon.
I love working out, so purchasing workout clothes that last are important to me. So I stopped in their store to try some things out. First, I wanted to see how the pants fit. I am very picky on my workout pants. The waistband can’t be too tight and the overall fit has to be somewhat on the more snug side. Why? There is nothing that annoys me more than when I’m doing box jumps, for instance, and my pants start falling down. And of course fabric. It can’t be too thick and not too thin (don’t want anything showing through!).
So I tried on the Astro pant and the Groove pant, both in a size 6. They said the size 6 was like a small. The Groove pant felt nice on, but had a pretty wide leg at the bottom. One nice feature – it was reversible! Also, the waistband was straight across. But, I chose the Astro pant. The leg wasn’t as wide at the bottom, which I think made my legs look thinner and more toned. I also fell in love with the waistband. It is a V-shape and super flattering. The waistband is so comfortable. If you are around a lululemon store, try these pants on. You’ll understand what I mean.
The sales associate informed me that even though their sports bras might not have pads in them, they can put them in there if you want for free. So…I asked them to do this on this one I bought on sale. I love the color – and the back. It’s not supportive enough for me to go running in, but lifting weights, absolutely. I went with a size 8, since the girls need some room to breathe. 🙂
See what you think about my new purchases. Are you loyal to one brand? Or do you like to mix everything up?