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Yoga Pants for Brunch and Errands? Blame the Fashion Designers

By Chelsa Skees

Ever since fashion designers took a huge interest in dressing our athletes for the 2012 Olympic Games it got me thinking about how athletic wear has been taking on a life of its own. Not only have designers like Stella McCartney taken an interest in attaching their names behind fitness gear but the industry as a whole has taken notice of customer needs – which is to have stylish active wear that isn’t embarrassing to wear to the supermarket after a workout.

However, the argument could be that they possibly listened too well and are making fitness clothes a bit too cute, flattering, and stylish. Whether you are dogging-down or taking the dog for a walk, workout clothes have slowly seeped into our everyday life as an acceptable form of style no matter what the activity.

A few years ago you could see a woman strolling down the street in her ripped tee and sweatpants and knew she was either leaving or heading to the gym, but now you’ll see that same woman wearing sleek yoga pants and a moisture-wicking top to meet her girlfriends for brunch on a Saturday morning. I can’t even open a magazine these days without seeing celebrities also wearing stretch pants while sipping on coffee and shopping on some fabulous strip.
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Summer 2012′s Most Fashionable Fitness Attire

By Chelsa Skees

Memorial Day has passed and officially marked the beginning of summer. If you haven’t already started, it’s time to get in shape to fit into those itsy bitsy teeny weeny little polka dot bikinis!

For lack of better options, women, including myself, used to workout in old ripped tee shirts and sweatpants which had been cut into shorts. However, the tides have changed in terms of sportswear and workout attire. Just as we have evolved our understanding of our bodies and exercise, workout clothing has changed as well. They have been designed to deliver us the best experience while exercising – from wicking away sweat and keeping us cool to increasing our performance to be the best that we can be.

I was never one to buy clothing to workout in, it all sounded so silly; “you mean, I am supposed to buy this expensive garment just to sweat in?!”. Nonetheless, I quickly realized after becoming a lover of spin classes and running to competing in biathlons and triathlons, that it is important to have the proper gear. That being said, it can be daunting to find suitable gear that you feel good about wearing, especially if you are a beginner to this active world.

Here is a list of curated products tested and approved by yours truly. They will not only provide the best performance but you will feel just as great about wearing them as your workout will make you feel.
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