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The Fashion of Fitness

December 23, 2010

The Fashion of Fitness

Style and functionality make a sexy couple. Without fashion evolving every season, who’s to tell us we absolutely NEED another top at Lululemon? What a boring wardrobe of yoga attire we’d have if those Canadian designers just kept it at function.

So begins my post on some of the cutest, loveliest, hottest things in the world of fashion and fitness.

One of my favorite collections is Stella McCartney for Adidas. No one does femme sports better than she does. The detailing in all of her clothing makes everything so couture-feeling, but at the same time so workout-able. The prices may be high but sometimes we can get lucky and snag ourselves a good deal at Nordstrom Rack or the sale section at Sweaty Betty in the UK. Here are my top picks!

1. The adidas by Stella McCartney Run Winter Jacket, sale £80.00, regular £160.00 at Sweaty Betty

I really love the romantic dusty rose color of this jacket. The high collar and the pleats at the arm make this sporty coat so regal-looking. There’s a hood tucked away in there too! The semi-metallic sheen of the jacket is also so so so attractive to me. I may have to break down and get this…it IS on sale after all.

2. Stu Bouson, Adidas by Stella McCartney, sale £60.00, regular £120.00 at Sweaty Betty 

“The crinkly, crushed-paper feel of the adidas by Stella McCartney Cover Up Studio Image Blouson gives a luxurious sensibility to the jacket’s loose batwing silhouette.”

Ohhhh pretty as a peach. Soft, romantic, and so flowy. I love flowy. I am not sure how I feel about the crushed paper feel though. I’ve definitely felt this fabric before and I sometimes question why I would want to be wearing a plastic bag. Pretty though.

How can I write this post without featuring some Lulu? Man, the whole yoga and pilates community is OBSESSED with this Canadian company!!! Oh and before I start sharing top Lulu styles, did you know that there are 4 Lululemon Outlets in the world?! Yes there are and if you live by one, make a trip. I personally have never been but I hear it’s like the sale rack all mushed up into one place. I am not sure if you can use your instructor discount there. I’ll post more on the outlets later…

3. Yogi Dance Jacket, $118.00, Lululemon

I so totally have this jacket in the purple. I had a hard time choosing between coal or purple, but when I put the purple on, it made me smile.

Obviously this jacket was Cassey in a nutshell so I had no choice but to get it. Ruffles and Pilates? C’mon, yes, and thumbholes while you’re at it please.

4. Tadasana Pant, $98.00, Lululemon

I didn’t get a chance to get this pant while they still had it in my size. Ugh. I hope this remake it because I love the corseted waist detail (and I have the Tadasana top). Apparently there is also a drawstring cord at the hem to adjust it to more of a ruched capri style. Comes in black/purple, black/aqua, and heather gray/hotpink.

5. Boogie Short with Ruffle, $48.00, Lululemon

If anyone knows me, they know I love working out in booty shorts. Oops. Or Boogie Shorts in this case. They stay in place when you’re running or stretching and no underwear-showing situations (ahem, running shorts). Can’t wait for summer to come so that I can wear these again.

Lulu does it right with the ruffles, and just subtle ones in this case.

Now I’m not a REALLY big fan of Lucy – I feel like it’s a plain and boring version of someone TRYING to be Lulu. With their Lulu-esque price point, I think they can be a little more adventurous in their design. Anyway, I bought the top below the other day on clearance with an EXTRA 30% off! Oh and that reminds me…they are changing their instructor discount to just 20% off…not 30%. Use yours before the 2011!

I love Lucy’s fitted bra tops. They are long and the boob cups are perfect. Goodbye sports bras.

6. Karma Racerback, $48.00, Lucy

I like the hole in the back. Super sexy and super ventilating! The sweetheart neckline is also very flattering. I have this in Laguna. Great quality, great fit, I’d buy more Lucy if they kept their styles more interesting.

7. Multiway Wrap-around Bolero, $58.50, Kayayogawear

Sometimes you gotta go to custom-made for extra special activewear. I found this shop on etsy. The fitted arms and low neckline on this bolero are very flattering. I also like that you can tie this in the front or hook it in the back for a completely different look. This would be a great top to teach in.

8. Tree Pose Foldover Yoga Shorts, $49.00, JMorco

Each of these shorts are sewn by Crunch fitness instructor Jennifer Morco! Foldover is the way to go. I like the large floral print of the band, matches very nicely with those booty shorts underneath. I might have to get myself a pair come summer.

9. Enchanted Bouquet yoga mat sling, $45.00, oGorgeous

Oooops, what’s that?! Including my own product!? Why yes. Afterall, oGorgeous is all about fashion and fitness!

This mat strap or mat sling is adorned by 100% genuine suede hand-cut flowers. I actually make them each time I get an order. It’s a compliment magnet.

Okay that’s all for now people. Keep it stylin at the gym. Remember as Kimora Lee Simmons once said, “Dress like you’re going to run into your worst enemy.” This holds true at the gym too! You never know who you may run into…



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