Admit it. Working from home sounded fun, at first. We were going to have so much time for self-improvement. There was no doubt we were going to work out daily, get that killer summer body, focus on skincare, get dressed, the whole nine yards.
But, here we are on what feels like day 500 of social distancing. Hair has not been brushed, pajamas have been on for three weeks straight, and working out has been replaced with “how many cookies can I eat before I pass out”.
Given that here in NY, the stay-at-home orders have been extended for another month, I decided it was extremely important I find new motivations to work out and give a sh*t about my health and wellness. How does one get motivated to workout aside from the obvious end goal and results?
Two words: cute clothes.
If you’re feeling uninspired, take a peek below at my current favorite workout brands and the pieces that motivate me the most. If these don’t get you off the couch, godspeed.
Gigi C Sport
I’ve always had a thing for pastel colors, because they compliment everyone. I mean it when I say there isn’t a single person that looks bad in a pale pink or soft blue. Gigi C Sport just launched their Spring 20 Active Collection, and I’m obsessed. If I was rich and fabulous, I would honestly purchase the entire collection, because that is how much I like it. I DO own the Eden top + Katrina legging set in Sky Blue (pastels, FTW), and I am proud to say I actively searched for online workout classes to put this look to use. I must also mention the Maxine Romper, which is like an 80s workout dream done right in 2020. I’ll stop rambling on, but yeah, this is currently my favorite activewear brand.
If you’re like me, the thought of wearing a sports bra and leggings to a public gym is more terrifying than going on a date with Joe Exotic. That being said, I’ve always turned to sweatshirts and sweatpants for a workout. They need to be cute, obv, and although we are now working out in the comfort of our homes, I’m still rocking my sets from BrownDyedGirl. My absolute favorite is the Pastel Crew Set (pastels, FTW, again!), but they’re honestly all cute AF if you’re into tie-dye. Some noteworthy names can often be found rocking the sets, including Hannah B + Hannah G of Bachelor Nation, Danielle Bernstein of @weworewhat, and model Camille Kostek, just to name a few. If you prefer hoodies over crewnecks, my favorite is this grey set. A little birdie (aka Jordan Baker, the founder of BrownDyedGirl) also told me that a T-shirt and biker short sets are coming soon, SO I’ll definitely be snagging those to work out in.
Aside from looking cute, I want to be the MOST comfortable when WOFH (not sure if this is a thing, but I’m making it a thing). Yummie leggings are great, because I can lounge in them for an hour while avoiding the workout, but also feel cozy once the workout commences. The Seamless Shaping Legging comes in five colors, and are my personal favorites (Grape Leaf is my color of choice), but browsing the site there are a ton of cute options, including a 4-Piece Legging Kit which covers all the bases and is a major bang for your buck.
Calling all the girls who take the front and center spot at every workout class: Terez is the brand for you. All of their matching sets are really cute, fit well, and come in the most fun colors and prints that are going to make you stand out, no matter where you position yourself. But during these times, since we obviously don’t have the people around us to motivate us in a class, putting on a brightly colored sports bra and legging set will give you the kick you need to get off the couch. I’m obsessed with literally all the active sets, but especially love Rainbow Haze Balayage Reversible Sports Bra and matching Tall Band Leggings because they make me feel like I’m at a rave, so like, perfect motivation to do that at-home dance cardio class.
If you’re channeling your inner zen during this time, I give you all the credit. I have been trying to do yoga daily, in hopes of feeling calm for at least 30 minutes of the day (yes, dramatic, I know). I turn to my Vapor Snakeskin Set for yoga because it still makes me feel like *that bitch* while shuffling between a mental breakdown and mountain pose. It’s all about balance, amiright? Alo also has THE coziest half zip hoodies, which I’ve been wearing during walks around the block (please practice safe social distancing when exiting the home!).
I like All Access for a few reasons. One, the brand was founded in NYC, so it’s fun to support a local brand. Two, they allow me to channel my inner 80s workout video (I’m sensing a theme here). The Front Row Bra + Center Stage Leggings in Hot Coral are so funky and are sure to catch your neighbors’ attention (whether you want it or not). When I open my drawers, I’m instantly drawn to this set and it reminds me to put down the Kinder Bar (these have been my weird weakness throughout quarantine and I honestly can’t be stopped) and start the cardio.
Year of Ours
I’m hot and cold with paisley print, but I am o b s e s s e d with this set from Year of Ours. The Bandana Bra + Leggings are so dang cute. I ordered the blue set, which is exclusive to Bandier, but they also have a red/white and black/white set on their own site here. I choose this set when I want to do cardio or something more active (not because it’s specifically designed for that, just because this print excites me).
Girlfriend Collective is a f*cking awesome brand who focuses on ethical manufacturing, celebrating diversity and beauty in all its forms, and sustainability—their clothing is made out of recycled materials. Don’t ask me how, but it works. And the result is simple, comfortable activewear you can feel good about buying. I’m looking to their high-rise bike shorts and accompanying sports bras, hoping that when the weather is warm enough to wear them, we will finally be allowed outside.
If you, like me, do a 40-minute workout and sweat so much that you are convinced you have some sort of disorder, Outdoor Voice’s TechSweat leggings are for you. The fabric is light and breathable and the waistband won’t slide down. Also the color blocking is so chic. Pair them with the Doing Things Bra, also made with TeachSweat™ fabric, and get ready to get gross.
Once I discovered Bandier, it was over for my wallet. They are not a designer, but a retailer that has tons of activewear brands, among them, Koral. From leggings to sweatshirts, tanks to sports bras, they have fashionable pieces that you can wear during the day on your Zoom calls to make your coworkers think you got dressed, and then during your workout.
This ethically-sourced activewear newcomer donates 10% of proceeds from every sale to charity—and you get to choose the charity (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Pink Ribbon Girls, Baby2Baby, Homes for Our Troops, Off The Street Club, or the Rezvan Foundation) when you check out. With a completely neutral color palette, those of you who wear all black will want to buy everything. Their hoodies and zip-ups look bad-ass, and I love the ballerina leggings, which have a chic tie detail at the bottom, are super comfortable, and won’t slide down during your HIIT live stream.
And with that being said, I wish us all luck. Let us have strength to say yes to Instagram live workout classes. We can get through this!
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The only thing worse than getting back in the gym after the winter is showing up in the same GapBody tank you bought on sale four years ago. Workout clothes have become trendier than the $38 classes you’re wearing them to, so it’s imperative you know what to buy. This season seems to be all about the pastels, baby pinks, and cutout details. We already found the best leggings for you to add to your closet (you’re welcome), so now it’s time to focus on the upper half of your outfit and discuss workout tops. After doing extensive research and ordering one too many sports bras and tanks, we’ve rounded up the cutest workout tops on the market right now.
Alo Yoga Lark Crop Top
This workout crop is prettier than any real top I own. Honestly I’d feel bad sweating in this, but like, I’ll wear it anyway. It comes in every color, but the powder pink is everything.
Body Language Estelle Bra Top
I’m not usually one to wear a sports bra without a top over it, but honestly I’d do it for this one. It has a cross back, which makes it a little unexpected compared to all the basic workout tops in your closet. Pair it with black leggings and black Nikes and you’re basically a Bandier model.
Alo Yoga Peak Bra
Can you tell cutouts are in? This one’s amazing. It also comes in black if you’re still pale AF and can’t pull off the white (which I will be until approximately late August).
Outdoor Voices Tri-Tone Slashback Crop
Can’t get over the color-block, high neck, cutout trifecta. And the pop of forest green totally says “I obviously only work out in gyms with AC but I’m not completely opposed to the outdoors.” This top is as versatile as you are.
Lululemon Crescent Tee Silver
Lulu always pulls through on the softest tees and workout tops. This one matches your Lilacism Essie manicure, and it might actually make you feel comfy while you work out. We’re here for it.
Because velour is back in style, and it helps to feel like a Kardashian every now and then. Even if you just throw this on when you’re hungover and run to the super market to buy pizza bites, you’ll look like you just got out of a boutique workout class.
PE Nation Two Klicks Jacket
A great post-workout jacket. It’s also water-resistant, which happens to make it very useful for rainy spring days. But most importantly, it just looks cool.
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Whether you’re the girl who knows every trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp by name, or the girl who just wears Lululemon leggings to watch Netflix all day, we could all benefit from trendy athleisure and discounted fitness classes. Like, working out is about so much more than having a gym membership and a couple Nike sports bras. Whether you’re shopping for your fit-fam-freak friend who spins before brunch or you’re preparing yourself for your v realistic 2018 resolution, there’s never been a better time than to make some online purchases. Here are 10 cyber Monday deals you don’t want to miss:
SoulCycle would never have sales on their actual classes, but they’re feeling super generous in their merch department this weekend, which is even more useful TBH. The clothes on the site are going to be up to 70% off through Tuesday, so if you need a new tank that says “Noon on Monday” your 8th pair of skull printed leggings, now’s the time to get them. Like, are you actually planning on riding first row in your 2007 sorority philanthropy tee?
SoulCycle Sunset Crop Racerback Bra
2. Outdoor Voices
If you’ve seen your fave Instagram influencers wearing a hat that says “Doing Things” and you’re lost AF. Meet Outdoor Voices, the trendy athleisure brand that is even more obsessed with social media influencers than you are. This brand is all over Instagram and their clothes are almost too cute to sweat in. Use their code STOCKUP through Monday for 20% off some quality shit.
Outdoor Voices Doing Things Hat
Bandier has low-key become the Equinox of fitness wear. Like, if you’re not sporting $180 leggings and a matching sports bra, you’re not living in 2017. Luckily for you, their site is offering 20% off everything this Monday, so you can buy your rose gold APL’s with a matching tank without even feeling that bad. You might even *consider* starting to exercise.
Alala Harley Tights
4. Body by Simone
If you don’t watch Khloé Kardashian Revenge Body or you just DGAF about boutique fitness studios, you may have never heard of Body by Simone, so allow us to introduce you. Simone De La Rue is a celeb trainer with a killer dance-cardio abs-based workout routine, and her classes are in such high demand that she’s started making DVD’s for the less fortunate who can’t attend. They’re all gonna be on sale this Monday, so you can get LA’s best workouts without even leaving your apartment all winter.
Body By Simone: The Signature Classes DVD
If you don’t already have Classpass, you’re either anti-workout class or you just don’t live in a major city (which I’ll never understand, but we can discuss that later). Classpass is the best thing for people who get bored AF at the gym and want to mix up their routine and try every yoga class in a five-mile radius of your house. The company is offering a free month for new members and discounted 3, 5, or 10-class plans with the code CYBERCP.
6. Cyc Fitness
Cyc Fitness is like SoulCycle and Flywheel’s younger sister who has major potential but hasn’t really gotten the fame or attention to really flourish yet. The Cyc classes are actually really legit and the trainers are just as good as some of the better-known studios. They have a few locations around the city, and their single rides are gonna be 20% off from Monday through Wednesday. We saw you with that pumpkin pie. Book a bike and go see your Cycologist.
No fit betch can live without at least one S’well water bottle, so if you don’t have one yet, it’s your time now. And if you have friends that are still drinking out of plastic Poland Springs, you just found their Secret Santa gifts. S’well if offering 25% off their bottles on Monday, and their sister site Sip By S’well is also 20% off. Stop complaining that it’s heavy. It’s a necessity, so make the purchase and thank us later.
S’well Swarovski Radiance Grace
Adidas is one of those brands that used to be a legit athletic company for soccer players that just needed gear, but over time it’s literally become trendier than Lululemon. Last summer’s Stan Smith revival was a bit over-the-top, but there are some dope new sweatshirts and sneakers out right now, so we’re down to stock up. The brand’s sale section is already 50% off, and the whole site is 30% off on Monday with the code CYBER2017.
Adidas Superstar Shoes
9. Beyond Yoga
Beyond Yoga sounds like a support group for moms who love Vinyasa classes and gluten-free bake sales, but it’s not. It’s actually a really cool athleisure company that has the softest leggings and v trendy tanks and pullovers. Orders of $150 or more are 35% off on Monday, so it’s the perfect time to buy that black mesh sweatshirt that you couldn’t justify at full price. I mean, what you throw on after the workout is just as important, right?
Beyond Yoga Make A Slash Bra
The Peloton bike has become the ultimate elitist at-home workout, and if you don’t have the ability or time to make it to your fave fitness class, it’s a game-changer for working out in your living room. Like, you literally never have to worry about waiting in the shower line or sharing germs with the people on the bike before you. It’s life-changing. If you order the bike on Monday, the company is offering to throw in a free package of “The Works,” which includes the weights, spin shoes, headphones, and foam roller you’ll need when you start riding.
I’m about to take you on a trip (no, not an acid trip—actually, maybe) back in time to a decade called the ‘70s, when John Travolta wasn’t brainwashed by some Scientology bullshit, cocaine was as obtainable as Usher’s herpes, and shockingly enough, the first-ever sports bra was crafted from two male jockstraps sewn together, aka the most innovative decade of our time, if you ask me.
Side note: How has it only been 40 years since the first sports bra was invented? Come on America—fucking television was invented before this. Like, imagining a boob-endowed betch running down the street in nothing but a shitty cotton tank with no support actually makes me want to dig my own grave.
Anyway, thank god for betchy jogger Lisa Lindahl, who shook us to our very core and set out to create the equivalent of a male jock strap for breasts. She dubbed her new contraption the “Jock Bra” and honestly, IDK how in the actual the fuck she came to the epiphany that two nut buckets would support a woman’s boobs, but it sounds like fucking strategy, if you ask me. So in honor of the sports bra’s 40th b-day (seriously, wtf) and just because I truly care about the well-being of your precious double D’s, I’ve broken down the best and most supportive bras that won’t result in chronic uniboob, based on exercise aka the unlikelihood of getting tit-smacked in the face by your own boob.
**Actual footage of mine and my boyfriend’s colleagues’ reactions while I tried out each of these bras:
Old Navy Go-Dry Strappy Cami Sports Bra
Let’s be real—yoga nowadays is either for people who can’t afford therapy or for Instagram aesthetics/pretending like you actually got out of bed this weekend. Thus, this adorbs strappy-back bra will UP your Instagram game, AND keep steady support as you namaste on the ground for an hour. It’s perfect for any low-impact workout and can even pass as its own top if you’re that girl who traded egg whites for mimosas during last weekend’s brunch. But probably the best part about it all is the price. You may have 99 problems (seriously, go the fuck to yoga), but another overdraft charge sure as hell won’t be one.
Armour Eclipse Low by Under Armour
I could’ve sworn I bought this exact same bra at Limited Too when I was like 12, but I like to think of this one as LTD2’s older hotter sister that survived puberty and is now in demand. My favorite thing about this bra is that it fits snug with little to no squeeze, so take a fucking hike, back fat. Speaking of hikes, can you just imagine how cute the strappy crossed backing would look as you’re documenting your entire 1.5-mile hike? Yeah, hi, triple digit likes.
Nike Pro Rival
I swear to god, this shit is like the Miss Congeniality of bras. Like yeah, it may not look like it’d be all that fab (i.e. Sandra Bullock pre-glow up), but give it a chance, and you’ll quickly realize it looks fucking amaze on, it’s incredibly supportive, and its Dri-fit technology will never allow you to feel like a sopping mess at the end of a tough day. I’ll wait while you tell me how many other sports bras you know that give you cleavage while withstanding any test you throw at it. Jump rope in it, bounce on a trampoline wearing it—hell, jump rope while bouncing on a trampoline. You won’t be disappointed/accused of flashing areola at your spin instructor.
Incredible by Victoria’s Secret
I, too, was personally victimized the day Victoria decided to selfishly and single-handedly sabotage her swimsuit line to focus on their activewear, like the bitch she prob is, but I’ll make my peace with it due to this godsend of this contraption. It comes in like 800 different colors and the sizes range from A-DDD. This bra is especially supportive for any type of high intensity activity, and the best part of all is that it zips in the front so you won’t pull a muscle attempting to force it over your DDs.
Panache Underwire Sports Bra
So yeah, at first glance, it may look like this is a what you’d wear as you’re being discharged from the hospital, but in reality, it’s so much more than that. If you’re looking for more full coverage and full support as you fake your third burpee in the back of the class, this is the bra for you. It’s especially great for those lucky few with a smaller band size and bigger boobs who can never find a bra that fits. So it may not be the most stylish brand on the market, but come on, if you’re really gonna attempt to ditch the shirt at the gym, you’re lying, and mostly just annoying. Don’t be that girl.
Lulu Lemon Ta Ta Tamer III
I don’t even know why I’m going into detail about this bra because its purpose is literally in the title: It tames the ta-tas. Sizes run all the way up to an E, and you can even choose between straight or crossed straps, therefore it’s comfortable enough to get away with wearing under your work blouse. Other qualities include full support of you and your heavy baggage, giving you and your girls plenty of space, and it even does its fucking job when you’re soaking wet and ready to go AKA everything your shitty ex didn’t do.
Berlei High Performance Underwire Bra
You’ve probably never heard of this sports bra, and neither have I before I conducted thorough Google research. That’s because it’s an Australian brand, and clearly Aussies do everything right, mostly because they were educated enough not to elect a reality TV star as their president. Among holding the girls in place while running, sprinting, jumping, whatever, it not only looks like a normal bra, but it also ranges in sizes from a C-E. Plus, Serena Williams aka Bad Betch Supreme reps this brand, so you know it’s some high-quality shit.