Some girls glisten. I sweat. So when it comes to looking decent at the gym amongst L.A.’s impossibly in-shape crowd, I can use all the help I can get. While layering on the makeup feels a bit Real Housewives, incorporating a little fashion into your fitness can’t hurt — in fact, I’m pretty sure when you feel hot, you run faster.
Los Angeles magazine editor-at-large Amy Wallace’s story of her quest to get in shape in our most recent issue had me feeling hyperaware of my recent couch-happy tendencies. Lucky for me — and for you — new, stylish options are abound as we continue those New Year’s resolution workout regimens we’ve totally stuck to.
For yoga, check out prAna. Named for the Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of the spirit, prAna is the place to get your duds for downward dog. While yoga pants may be universally flattering, prAna goes the extra style mile with pieces such as their macramé cutaway Malibu pants and a sea of tops in yogappropriate earthy hues and patterns.
L.A.-based Nux creates seamless “second skin” designs made with a special blend of moisture-absorbing yarns that are perfect for cycling and running since you won’t have any bulky bottoms slowing your spin and irritating your skin. Their pants and capris are categorized by compression so you can choose the optimal fit for your workout.
For sexy sportswear, Victoria’s Secret’s new VSX collection has you (not so) covered. Their “Showtime” selection of sports bras comes with a little extra oomph under the spandex, while their knot-back sports bra’s cage cut is a little 50 Shades of Grey-goes-to-the-gym. Their gear also comes flirty in bright neons and animal prints.
Gap Fit has all the basics at a price perfect for those of us still getting our feet wet in workout world and offers a selection of zip-up jackets, windbreakers and running pullovers.
The newly launched Roxy Outdoor Fitness is perfect for those who scale both the rock-climbing wall and the real thing. The line is designed with use-flexibility in mind with Roxy’s surfer-girl-chic look still in play. Technical features throughout the collection include UV sun protection, four-way stretch, and moisture-wicking fabric.
If you’re the kind of shopper who likes brand options, click to the recently launched Carbon38, the “Net-A-Porter of Fitness,” which offers a weekly rotating selection of choice brands in exclusive quantity. And gym giant Equinox carries an in-house brand alongside nearly every other imaginable fitness line at their retail locations.