4 Active Wear Brands You Need to Know

Jan 25, 2018

Lately I've been on a bit of a workout-and-live-healthier kick which is probably the best kind of "kick" to have, right? Although, let's hope this one doesn't end by the end of the month {a.k.a. next week} like most new year's resolutions do. To be completely honest, I have never been the fit or active type of girl either, so me being in this type of mood is a blessing. I partially have to give credit to Orangetheory classes for kicking my behind and my workout buddies for not letting me slack off. But a lot of the other credit goes to workout clothes... and no, I don't mean my black yoga pants that I wear only to run errands and drink coffee in.

Working out itself is already hard as it is, but I find that when you're working out in clothes that makes you feel good, look good, or is just super cute {see yellow outfit above}, the workout scale changes and it gets a little bit easier. These days it's all about "athleisure" and being able to turn your workout clothes into more; learning how to take it from day-to-night or workout-to-hangout. On that note, I'm sharing a couple of brands I swear by or just really need to get my hands on.

1. Outdoor Voices
Okay I'll be honest, I've never actually tried any of their clothing, but remember when I said a couple brands I "really need to get my hands on"? This is one of them. They have recently gained kind of a cult following, but with those cute two-tone leggings, who wouldn't want to buy 3 in 3 different colors? I have had friends buy some and read tons of reviews and have heard nothing but raving reviews. So before the end of the year {or maybe month}, this is on my bucket list.

2. Lululemon
If you don't know about Lululemon, then you've quite clearly been living under a rock. It is by far one of the most popular workout brands--and for good reason. I was never a firm believer in buying expensive workout clothes until I met my first pair of Lululemon running pants. It is made perfectly in every single way. The lightness, the fabric, the smoothness was all perfect. I was officially converted and never will I ever go back. {And yes, I go and hangout in my Lululemon pants.}

3. Lou & Grey
This is actually one of those brands that has amazing lounge-wear and dabbles into active wear and somehow manages to kill the game. As the daughter company of Ann Taylor and The Loft, it kind of carries the same minimalist and sophisticated aesthetic. They have some of the softest fabrics you will ever sleep in that can double for both lounge and active. Oh and when there's a sale, you don't want to miss it!

4. Pure + Good (at Anthropologie)
Writing this post has me researching this brand and you know, it's actually pretty difficult to find. I was lucky this past month and happened to buy a couple of Pure + Good items from Anthropologie in the sale section. That's how I found out about it and fell in love with it at the same time. They tend to sell more simple layers than workout clothes, but when you do find it, keep it. I have a pair of workout pants and they are just as good as my Lululemon pants at half the price.

Happy exercising and happy new year!

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