8 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU'RE BUYING ACTIVEWEAR
We've all been there. You buy a sports bra & leggings and pray that it fits you correctly –only to find out that your leggings are see through and sports bra is uncomfortable as hell. Don't worry girl, I got you covered.
self-confidence is the best outfit, rock it & own it.
Along with providing the top key qualities I look for when buying activewear, I asked the most influential women in the fitness game to provide their insight:
@melliecay, @dianakmir & @thefashionbum
S/O to these ladies for always inspiring me in so many ways!
QUICK TIPS TO FIND THE PERFECT FIT
1. TEST RUN. If possible, try them on or do your research and see if there's any reviews on the product. It's always helpful to read other people's experience and will help you make the right decision!
2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUPPORT. Luckily, there are several sports bras out there that cater to our needs. Whether we need a little extra support or a place holder, there's one especially made for you. It sucks because you won't really know it till you worked out in it, but it's all in trial and error.
3. SELECT LEGGINGS W/ THE RIGHT COVERAGE. Avoid leggings that sag. You don't want to keep pulling up your pants while you're squatting or running. You need leggings that will stay with you through the HIGHS & the LOWS. I prefer thick, high waist banded leggings. They secure me with every move I make!
4. MULTI-PURPOSE. I always look for activewear I can wear outside of the gym. Athleisure has always been my thing, and I don't care if the trend goes away lol It's comfort at its finest, and I'm here for it!
5. PAY ATTENTION TO MATERIAL. The material says everything about your activewear. First of all, you don't want your workout fit to cause any kind of chafing. You also want to make sure it has a long life span. I absolutely dread when I see holes or rips in my activewear, so make sure you get the most out of your activewear.
6. PURCHASE ACTIVEWEAR SUITABLE FOR YOUR WORK OUTS. If you're outdoors, you can buy clothes with UV protection. There's also outerwear that was created specifically for the cold, snow, rain, heat & etc. Make sure you have GOOD quality activewear that has "sweat wicking fabric", "climacool", "dry fit" or "mesh". These are key words you'd want to look for.
7. SUSTAINABILITY > FAD. If it isn't sustainable during your work out, sis you don't need it! I bought "activewear" for the mere purpose of it having a dope quote on it even though the material was not popping. My sweat seeped through and I had pit stains :( Not worth it!
8. DRESS FOR YOURSELF. I love to pick out pieces that complement my own personal style. I get creative by cutting things up and make it my own! The 90s street vibe + today's activewear = My athleisure style.
When you DRESS WELL, you will PERFORM WELL.
influencers look for
"I definitely look for comfort + style + versatility. anything that I can wear from office to errands to gym = the best! With a busy lifestyle, I love feeling like I can do everything in one outfit (with my sweaty work out being last)" -@melliecay
"What I usually look for in leggings for running are high waisted because it helps keep them in place when running (they don't slide down), a plus if they are sweat wicking fabric (keeps you dry from sweat), pockets to hold my phone or gels if I'm running a race, I usuallly stick with long or 3/4 leggings, prefer when they're not too see through, and comfort because you want to make sure nothing rubs against you or causes any discomfort." -@dianakmir
"With activewear becoming more mainstream as every day wear for society (not just for the gym), I think it's important for pieces to be made with quality material that's comfortable, versatile, and flattering to the body. I look for pieces that show off my muscles and don't give me a fearless cameltoe, which is the ultimate deal breaker for me. When activewear brands strive to help benefit the environment through use of sustainable materials or have a certain amount of proceeds go to a good cause, I will become a dedicated buyer. Since I basically live in activewear, I want my pieces to be comfortable enough to last me through my daily activities along with having a nice color palette. I'm more drawn to neutral colors as they're easier to mix & match with activewear pieces from other brands along with my variety of shoes."
MY CURRENT FAVORITE'S THAT I LOVE FOR A GOOD SWEAT SESH