I've never been one to wear to old beat-up T-shirts to the gym. In fact, I like to look pretty well put together while I'm huffing and puffing and red in the face. I subscribe to the notion of look good, feel good.
Like a lawyer will have a vast selection of expensive suits, as a personal trainer I tend to shop for activewear more often than most. Ask me to go out to fancy bar on a Friday night and I have nothing to wear -- I will likely wear workout clothes. Below is a list of my favourite brands, the brand I keep checking in on, I ones I have most of and the ones I covet. Most of the pieces I buy are not strictly gym only -- for the off-chance I do go to that bar.
The original high-end workout brand has taken a beating in market value and community respect in recent years. See-through pants, production moved to China, verbal faux-pas from their CEO and a murder in their New York flagship store has all tainted the brand. However, Lulu is still my go to; I have more Lulu in my closet than anything else. I still kinda bulk at paying about $100 for a pair of yoga pants but the fit still can't be beat. They also have a new casual wear line that is stylish and chic but won't prevent you from breaking into a gallop and a hop if needed.
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Just one of my many lulu outfits. It still can't be beat for style and quality.[/caption]
Michi describes themselves as "an edgy, fashion-forward, utilitarian active lifestyle brand. MICHI represents enduring sophistication, alluring femininity, exceptional quality and impeccable fit. MICHI originated from the desire to fill the gap between provocative, glamorous lingerie and comfortable, utilitarian athletic wear." I couldn't agree more. I want so bad but with a starting price of about $100 for their most basic pieces I haven't worked up the courage to buy yet. But It's my most coveted.
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Ok, so this piece isn't particularly for working out but I love it.[/caption]
The low-cost fast-fashion retailer has a lot of junky stuff but if you look well enough (and check-in often) you can find some real gold in their activewear department -- especially their extensive online site. And it's cheap. I have a couple of awesome sports bras from them that cost less than $20 each.
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This one is super comfy with great support and a nice crisscross back.[/caption]
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My current favourite.[/caption]
Like Forever21, H&M has some funky, low-cost pieces.
Hip yoga-inspired wear out of LA.
Under the general Adidas brand I particularly love two sub-brands: Adidas Originals and Stella McCartney for Adidas. Plus, Adidas is regularly doing collaborations with many other cool brands (Topshop), designers (Jeremy Scott) and other hip celebrities (Pharrell Williams) keeping the brand super funky and fun.
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I just LOVE these pants by Adidas Originals.[/caption]
We Are Handsome
Super-cool designer swim and active wear from Australia. I want so bad, but also on the pricey side.
Based in my current hometown of Montreal, this brand is affordable, good quality and sometimes they are some real killer pieces.
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I've worn this one out on the town.[/caption]
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But it's still super functional as the workout top it's designed to be.[/caption]
From Australia, Duskii is "luxury activewear for the water". Expect chic wet-suit like pieces that you can surf, swim and go out in.
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