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January 13, 2015

Ladies’ Top 10 Athletic (Inspired) Picks

As we were talking about in our Clothes & Conversation this week, we’re approaching that time of the New Year when our steadfast devotion to our New Year’s resolutions is feeling, well, less than steadfast. If you’re like most Americans, at least one of those involved something relating to losing weight, getting healthy, and/or working out more. So, this week, we’re going to do our best to cheer you on with our list of athletic (inspired) clothes to keep you in the athletic mood. “Athleisure” has become more than just a trend, with designers using sweats and work out clothes as inspiration for clothes that work in all aspects of our lives. And, at the same time, the general category of workout clothes has gotten a lot better looking. You’ll see we are still not suggesting you wear your gym clothes EVERYWHERE you go, but with these fabulous items in your wardrobe, getting to the gym might just seem like a real possibility. Whether you go to the gym– or just want to look like you go – is up to you.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. See you next week.
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Splendid - Pattern-Blocked Lace-Up Hoodie
Pattern-Blocked Lace-Up Hoodie
Splendid
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A nautically inspired hoodie that’s great to throw on over your gym clothes, to wear for a casual day at the park (once the weather starts cooperating), or with your favorite casual pants/jeans to go get some brunch. Oh, and sure, you can do a little boating in it, too. And since it’s from Splendid, you know it will be incredibly soft with a relaxed, contemporary fit and easy details like a split hem along the bottom and sporty lace-up neckline.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446728190 Helmut Lang - Terrene-Print Silk Bomber Jacket
Helmut Lang - Terrene-Print Silk Bomber Jacket
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Helmut Lang - Terrene-Print Silk Bomber Jacket
Terrene-Print Silk Bomber Jacket
Helmut Lang
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1. Athletic Inspired Jacket: Conjuring up memories of those old boyfriend’s varsity jackets, Helmut Lang has completely feminized the style using a beautifully current black-and-white printed silk. This contemporary fitting jacket is so versatile. Wear it now, as a blazer replacement for more creative environments or for a night out, with black trousers or a sleek skirt. Come spring, you’ll even be able to wear it as an outerwear piece – and the graphic pattern looks amazing with white or the pop colors of spring we’ll be talking about in the weeks to come. (Townsen offers a similar style with a floral print that’s pretty great, too.)
http://www.titlenine.com/product/520913.do#.VKryGqZnBrg Title Nine - Hybrid Full-Zip Jacket
Title Nine - Hybrid Full-Zip Jacket
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Title Nine - Hybrid Full-Zip Jacket
Hybrid Full-Zip Jacket
Title Nine
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1. Jacket to be Athletic: When you need to brave the elements, adding this jacket over your base workout layers, is going to get the job done – and done, with style. It uses Title Nine’s warming Thermalete+ fabric, and is designed with a high collar and thumbholes to help keep the wind out. And, we have to say, the color and design is really flattering, too. Made in a modern fitting XS-XL, everyone can get out there and “feel the burn”.
http://www.shopbop.com/pleated-trouser-mother/vp/v=1/1568133491.htm MOTHER - Pleated Joggers
MOTHER - Pleated Joggers
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MOTHER - Pleated Joggers
Pleated Joggers
MOTHER
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2. Training-Inspired Pleated Pants: With the emergence of athletic inspiration in our everyday clothes, there have been a lot of versions of pants using the jogger elastic hem bottom. And these MOTHER jersey pants are one of the absolute best we’ve found. The deep navy/black fabric has a great weight and stretch to it, and the pleating at the waist really elevate the style. You can wear these in a more creative work environment, just as you would any trousers, with a great top or sweater or blazer. They have a relaxed, contemporary fit – take your normal size. If you’re size is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, try Nordstrom’s.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hard-tail-shirred-knee-length-leggings/3056464?origin=category Hard Tail - Shirred Knee Length Leggings
Hard Tail - Shirred Knee Length Leggings
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Hard Tail - Shirred Knee Length Leggings
Shirred Knee Length Leggings
Hard Tail
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2. Pleated-Knee Leggings to Train In: Hard Tail, a California-based contemporary line, is one of our favorites for workout wear. The pieces are so soft and stylish, you’ll feel comfortable grabbing coffee or getting some errands done in them, too. There are a couple of key details that make these leggings a winner – the wide waistband that is smoothing and doesn’t create the dreaded muffin-top; and, the cute shirring and keyhole detail at the hem of the leg steps up the style while staying simple and flattering.
http://www.shopbop.com/batwing-top-ribbed-bottom-air/vp/v=1/1558659672.htm AIR by Alice + Olivia - Batwing Top with Ribbed Bottom
AIR by Alice + Olivia - Batwing Top with Ribbed Bottom
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AIR by Alice + Olivia - Batwing Top with Ribbed Bottom
Batwing Top with Ribbed Bottom
AIR by Alice + Olivia
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3. Short Sleeve Silk Top to Throw On Any Night Out: This Alice+Olivia silk blouse is one of the easiest, and flattering, pieces of the upcoming season. The sporty nod of ribbing at the hem and along the neck and sleeves is a perfectly edgy balance to the lady-like silk. And everyone can wear it – with everything. Your waist is ideally accentuated with the cinch of the elastic trim, while the body and sleeve of the rest of the top are easy and flowy. This also makes it so versatile – it is feminine with a skirt, powerful with structured trousers, and easy with jeans.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-activewear/34403246.jsp#/ Vimmia - Slouched Studio Tee
Vimmia - Slouched Studio Tee
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Vimmia - Slouched Studio Tee
Slouched Studio Tee
Vimmia
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3. Short Sleeve Cotton Top to Throw On After Any Work Out: Loose and easy (also available in black), this simple half-sleeve tee is soft and downright practical. Anthropologie does a great job of finding styles that have an easy, off-the-body flow and this tee is no exception. Wear it for a walk or hike (or quite frankly, brunch), and put it on après workout over your tank. Tons of versatility and comfort.
http://www.revolveclothing.com/sanctuary-soft-jogger-in-black/dp/SANC-WP374/ Sanctuary - Soft Jogger
Sanctuary - Soft Jogger
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Sanctuary - Soft Jogger
Soft Jogger
Sanctuary
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4. Panels for Stylish Details: Abstract prints and color blocking are big trends. Sanctuary has found a way to interpret them with the utmost subtlety in these upscale jogging pants by adding a geometric shaped silky fabric panel to the knee – also in black - so it’s sleek and modern, without being too trendy. The crepe material of these elastic-waist and cuffed hem pants dress the “sweatpant” silhouette up, so you can be stylish and comfortable for an easy dinner out when you pair them with heels and a simple top. You can even throw on a blazer, especially while it’s still cold out.
http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1022510&vid=1&pid=243099002 Athleta - Power Lift Tight
Athleta - Power Lift Tight
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Athleta - Power Lift Tight
Power Lift Tight
Athleta
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4. Panels for Stylish & Functional Details: Here, the panels not only create a stylish look, they are actually compression panels – strategically placed at the belly and down the leg – for a slimming look. We are showing the bold blue that we love, but these Athleta leggings come in practical black or grey, too. Athleta’s modern fit, in sizes XXS-XL, make working out accessible to every woman. While these are made for cold weather work outs, they also have a version with reflective panels once you can start hiking and running outside again.
http://www.shopbop.com/cropped-varsity-tee-mother/vp/v=1/1514548114.htm MOTHER - The Cropped Varsity Tee
MOTHER - The Cropped Varsity Tee
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MOTHER - The Cropped Varsity Tee
The Cropped Varsity Tee
MOTHER
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5. An Easy V-neck Tee for Game Watching: We just adore the old-school sports styling of this MOTHER tee. It’s cropped but not too cropped - it hits between the waist and hip on most of us, perfect to leave untucked with your favorite jeans or shorts, come summer. The navy shown, and neutral tan that can be found through the ‘shop it’ button, have slightly distressed hem details and broken-in washes that provide just the right amount of attitude to make this a classic.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hard-tail-siro-slouchy-v-neck-tee/3977004 Hard Tail - Siro Slouchy V-Neck Tee
Hard Tail - Siro Slouchy V-Neck Tee
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Hard Tail - Siro Slouchy V-Neck Tee
Siro Slouchy V-Neck Tee
Hard Tail
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5. An Easy V-neck Tee for Playing in Games: Some of us are not fans of wearing fitted tanks to work out in. Some of us like wearing super soft and comfortable work out gear when we’re dropping the kids off or grabbing something at the grocery store. Either way, this Hard Tail tee is your answer. Besides this amazing pattern, there are some great solids available, too. Hard Tail has a contemporary fit, but this tee is easy and loose.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/pants/PRDOVR~B8082/B8082.jsp J. Crew - Ankle-zip Cargo Pant
J. Crew - Ankle-zip Cargo Pant
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J. Crew - Ankle-zip Cargo Pant
Ankle-zip Cargo Pant
J. Crew
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6. Ankle Details for a Casual Finishing Touch: We can’t talk about athletic inspiration without talking about that ribbed cuff. In a nutshell, we are big fans. It makes any pair of pants automatically work with a great pair of heels, they tuck into boots with ease, and look adorable with flats. (Petite ladies: any tailor can simply shorten pants by removing the whole cuff and moving it up.) These J. Crew casual pants have this detail, and a waistband that has the comfort of sweats and the tailored look of a great pair of pants with an elastic/button and zip waistband. A button down, tee, sweater, or sweatshirt all look great with this modern casual wardrobe staple.
http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1020807&pid=243125002 Athleta - Striped Varsity Pant
Athleta - Striped Varsity Pant
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Athleta - Striped Varsity Pant
Striped Varsity Pant
Athleta
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6. Ankle Details for a Stylish Finishing Touch: Athleta draws attention to the ever-important ankle cuff with these flattering leggings. They smartly added to the striping to the back of the wide waistband, while keeping the front solid to create the most slimming look. Whether you’re buying the XXS or the XL, we can all appreciate that. This style is also offered in a solid black or grey year round fabric - we are happily snatching up more than one.
http://www.shopbop.com/contrast-tunic-top-three-dots/vp/v=1/1580002835.htm Three Dots - Contrast Tunic Top
Three Dots - Contrast Tunic Top
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Three Dots - Contrast Tunic Top
Contrast Tunic Top
Three Dots
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7. Color Blocked Layered Tee: Straight off the baseball fields, this faux-layered tee from Three Dots has the casual ease we require for a Saturday of well, heading to the baseball fields. Whether you’re watching the kids in a game or running errands, the modern black-and-white combination will make you feel more pulled together than throwing on a basic tee – but it will feel just as comfortable.
http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1020807&pid=983088052 Athleta - Chi Mesh Tank
Athleta - Chi Mesh Tank
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Athleta - Chi Mesh Tank
Chi Mesh Tank
Athleta
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7. Color Blocked Technical Tank: Also from Athleta, this lightweight tank uses color blocking to provide some workout necessities – like, Unstinkable (yup, you read that right) fabric and sun protection in the body, with airy mesh at the shoulder. It looks stylishly sporty with any color sports bra showing through, and comes in a variety of pop and neutral colors. It is a fitted tank, with a lot of great stretch, but it’s not too fitted around the waist so it’s very flattering on most body types.
http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1024391&vid=1&pid=438824022 Loeffler Randall - Rio Sneaker
Loeffler Randall - Rio Sneaker
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Loeffler Randall - Rio Sneaker
Rio Sneaker
Loeffler Randall
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8. A Sporty Sneaker All About Style: Sneakers have definitely become more than something to only wear for gym class. Loeffler Randall’s stylish details and color/pattern combinations elevate basic sneakers, making them a grown-up alternative for a casual weekend look. Of course they work with jeans and all of our casual bottoms, but we love them with wide leg trousers (cotton or linen, come spring) and a casual button down shirt, too – especially in this neutral color option.
http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/free-4-flyknit-running-shoe/pid-10201842/pgid-1481072 Nike - Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Sneakers
Nike - Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Sneakers
8. A Stylish Sneaker All About Sport: The flyknit upper of these Nike 4.0’s is so flexible, it almost feels like a sock. But, of course, we can’t ignore how absolutely adorable they are, too. It really looks like a knit, so the color combinations are textured and all look amazing. The 4.0 sole gives some great support but is incredibly lightweight and flexible. They’re great for running and most gym activities.
http://www.toryburch.com/robinson-open-dome-satchel/11149675.html Tory Burch - Robinson Open Dome Satchel
Tory Burch - Robinson Open Dome Satchel
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Tory Burch - Robinson Open Dome Satchel
Robinson Open Dome Satchel
Tory Burch
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9. An Essential Everyday Bag: Tory Burch’s timeless, beautiful leather bag has a bowling bag dome shape that is not only modern and sleek to look at, but functional in a silhouette that easily fits your essentials and dresses up and down effortlessly. It’s perfect for work and for the weekends – it will fit your iPad, papers, and there is still more than enough room for your makeup bag and wallet. In black or luggage, this is a year-round, year-after-year pick.
http://www.gaiam.com/everything-fits-gym-bag/95-1389.html GAIAM - Everything Fits Gym Bag
GAIAM - Everything Fits Gym Bag
9. A Gym Bag for All Your Essentials: GAIAM is all about creating products for a healthy and eco-conscious lifestyle. And they call this the “Everything Fits Gym Bag” for a reason. While not too oversized, it was designed with every need in mind – a separate vented pocket for your sneakers or wet gear, a water bottle pocket for easy access, and straps along the bottom so you can attach your yoga mat when you need it. That’s one of our favorite features, keeping the bag versatile for all activities. The fabric is lightweight and easy to clean.
http://www.shopbop.com/stargazer-scarf-marc-by-jacobs/vp/v=1/1552263918.htm Marc by Marc Jacobs - Stargazer Scarf
Marc by Marc Jacobs - Stargazer Scarf
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Marc by Marc Jacobs - Stargazer Scarf
Stargazer Scarf
Marc by Marc Jacobs
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10. The Finishing Touch for Any Look: Is an astronaut an athlete? You bet. And the abstract space print from Marc by Marc Jacobs is so fresh, yet subtle. Once wrapped around your neck, it reads as a great mix of neutrals that goes with everything (there’s also a cheery aquamarine/red/pink/white version). It will update any look, from a simple office outfit to your favorite tee and jeans. You can even throw it on with your workout gear to get a couple errands done on the way home.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DJQFCX2/ref=twister_B001OTZTPC Manduka - eQua Yoga Mat Towel
Manduka - eQua Yoga Mat Towel
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Manduka - eQua Yoga Mat Towel
eQua Yoga Mat Towel
Manduka
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10. The Finishing Touch for Any Workout: This highly absorbent, non-slip towel is great for so many things. Its primary purpose is to spread it over your mat for hot yoga – it will help with your grip and also a nice protection if you’re not using your own mat. But we love it for all activities, since it’s large and quick drying. You can wash and dry it over and over, and it will stay just as absorbent use after use.
 

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