Sometime last year after I had been doing capsules for awhile, I realized that my wardrobe was in fact not as cohesive as I had hoped. I had managed to develop two very separate and distinct wardrobes: my everyday wear and my workout gear. If any of you out there are committed to higher levels of fitness like my hubs and I are, then you know that you have to find athletic clothing that is made well, wicks well, moves well, breathes well, supports well, etc. And of course, like it tends to happen in most cases, the pieces that you find and fall in love with end up leaving you reeling from sticker shock. However, you will quickly find that you simply cannot skimp on pieces such as a sports bra that holds the ladies up and protects you from headlights and nip-slips or compression tights that don't show booty sweat or double under leaks. (Just keeping it real here, people.)
So when you find stellar pieces that require you to invest a few more dollars than anticipated, why not find ways to get the most bang for your buck?! We gotta use some WISDOM in our LUXURIOUS purchasing. *wink wink see what I did there?* Instead of keeping the two wardrobes separate, I decided to find practical stylish ways to integrate my athletic gear into my everyday ensembles. Now let me share a few of the answers that I came up with.
When I began to build this capsule, I quickly realized that this is INSANELY smart for packing, especially for you traveling business women or those of you who will be taking extended stay vacays over Spring Break soon. Only using 10 pieces (not counting shoes) you can come up with SO MANY outfits. And not even wacky stuff, but outfits that are legitimately cute and wearable and appropriate for any kind of occasion.
My base outfit shown in the gallery above consists of my new favorite Press On muscle tee from Milk and Honey Tees, a black Danskin hoodie from WalMart, my favorite black mesh-paneled compression pants from Old Navy, and Champion tennies from Payless. I legitimately wear all of the gear pictured to Crossfit where you can find me MWF at 6am. Now don't be fooled. Mama looks like a zombie from The Walking Dead that early in the morning. But you get the picture.
The first and easiest thing to do for a quick change is replace your (too casual) cotton hoodie with another layering piece. In the gallery above I featured my favorite utility vest from Target paired with black leather Nine West booties or just a simple chambray jacket (purchased from Trendie Chix boutique) to amp up that style factor and keep that toosh covered. You've got to remember that maintaining modesty is what will make your transitioned outfits believable and put together. And of course, you'll see that a simple Scooples Jewelry necklace for layering keeps your accessory game on lockdown without looking like you're trying too hard.
In the gallery below, you can see that even appropriately styled workout gear can make its way into the office. You may not be able to achieve an on-point tailored crisp look. However, if in a time crunch, you can swing an ensemble together in time for that last minute meeting or quick workout over lunch break. If arm holes are an issue, simply switch your sports bra out for a layering camisole or lace bralette.
The places that I typically purchase my workout gear from are Athleta, Old Navy, Target, and even the Avia brand carried at WalMart! I have found that as much as I love the Danskin prices and comfort which are also offered at WalMart, their clothing pieces have been unable to hold up to the high impact workouts for which I've needed them. I can't even tell you how many times I have filled an online cart at Fabletics or Carbon38 or Wantable and just have not pulled the trigger yet because I want to hear from someone I know who has already purchased and liked. Have any of you out there had success with those brands? (If you follow me on Instagram, I did end up purchasing the stripes and palm leaf bathing suit from Albion Fit. It never even crossed my mind to try any of their athletic wear! HA!) Another company people swear by is Lululemon, but for no particular reason I have not jumped on that bandwagon yet.
I love Carried Underwood and her Callia brand. But sadly it falls into the category of not yet purchased. I'd love to hear your reviews on her line as well. Also, if any of you out there are fans of Dancing with the Stars like I am, then you'd probably be tickled to know that Julianne Hough has gotten in to designing athleisure wear in collaboration with MPG Sports. Her line is bold and graphic with feminine touches for flexibility. Definitely a line worth looking in to as well!
A little boho chic and A LOT comfy, the last two ensembles pictured above and below can take you anywhere: errands, brunch, shower, birthday party, dinner date, concert, etc. Whatever your MO, just throw that ensemble on and GO! Hats and Headbands will do serious heavy lifting in helping your hair transition from the gym to your next event.
What ensemble inspired you the most from this athleisure wear capsule? Are you ready to simplify your wardrobe and integrate your workout gear? Let me see your athleisure outfits and ideas! And if you find yourself stumped, then let's set up a consultation.
Be comfy. Be chic. And enjoy your ahtleisure wear my friends!