Black Bottomed Girl: A Few Workout Fashion Faves

I began writing this post before the recent controversial Lululemon interview, in which the company’s founder proclaimed that their yoga pants aren’t suitable for women with larger thighs. I was definitely disappointed to hear this, particularly due to the fact that I’ve always been an advocate and supporter of the Canadian company. I hesitated about including their products in today’s post, but if I am to be completely honest about my favourite workout brands, I can’t pretend that Lululemon hasn’t always been one of my top picks. Their clothing has always worked for me. I still have a pair of pants somewhere in my closet from 2007 that are in good condition, despite wearing them close to 200 times. There is a lot of hostility and frustration on behalf of many women who feel targeted and alienated after Chip Wilson’s comments, which is completely understandable. However, as a woman and athlete who has plenty of muscle in the bottom portion of my body, I must argue with those who say Lululemon is only made for skinny people. It’s honestly one of the few brands that has consistently fit well, held up over time, AND flattered my athletic legs, hence why I’ve had a difficult time branching out to other workout lines. So, I’ve decided to go ahead with including a few token Lulu items, despite the negative attention the company has been receiving lately. I’m not I’m interested in seeing what you think, too.

Yesterday I received a Lorna Jane email that announced a two day sale on their Amy 3/4 length tights. I’ve really been needing an additional pair of workout pants, as I sweat run through mine like crazy, so this was clearly a shopping opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

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I am super picky about my fitness attire, so I was having difficulty straying from my tried and true Lululemon. As many Canadian girls will admit, our gyms and closets are overrun by our very own Lulu. However, I have come to love the Australian brand, Lorna Jane. The quality is excellent, not to mention I really appreciate the company’s Move Nourish Believe philosophy. Apparently there are already 18 stores throughout California, and the brand seems to be gaining momentum in North America. They do ship internationally, though!

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I don’t know about you, but black is my go-to shade when it comes to bottom half fitness wear. Sure, it’s fun to mix it up with a few flashes colour, but I typically save my brights for the top half. Black just is so much more resistant to the wear and tear of exercise and has far greater longevity. I decided to compile a list of my favourite bottom-half activewear. I know there are so many different fitness brands out there, but I preferred to include the items that I am familiar with (i.e.: are in my closet, or the closets of my friends).

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  1. Stef Short Tight [Lorna Jane]
  2. Speed Short [Lululemon]
  3. Studio Pant [Lululemon]
  4. Sprint Legging [Aritzia/TNA]
  5. Amy Full Length Tight [Lorna Jane]
  6. Run ¾ Tight [Adidas by Stella McCartney]
  7. Amy ¾ Tight [Lorna Jane]
  8. Groove Pant [Lululemon]
  9. Compression Leggings [Women’s Active by Old Navy]

I’m always looking for new brands that meet my requirements for quality, comfort, versatility, and overall appearance, but the ones above seem to do the trick for me, or others who wear them too. As always, I continue to believe in wearing whatever makes you feel confident and comfortable, no matter what. That being said, you can’t really go wrong with quality and classic black bottoms.

Do you have any of the above workout pieces?

Any specific brands that you stand by and have a hard time straying from?

Does negative media attention affect your decision to purchase specific brands, even if they ‘work for you’?

8 Thoughts on “Black Bottomed Girl: A Few Workout Fashion Faves

  1. I have been really disappointed in Lululemon lately. Their comments, their ad campaigns, and the quality of their clothing recently. I own well over a 100 pieces of clothing from them and while my older pieces hold up great, the newer ones are worn and frayed. As loyal as I’ve been to them the last few years, I have finally admitted it is time to start looking for alternatives. I have a few pieces of Lorna Jane and I have found the quality to be low. A long time ago, I wore Lucy, but their clothes just didn’t fit me well. I have one Sweaty Betty shirt (a British brand), but I haven’t tried it out yet. My two new favorites are Ellie and Cory Vines. They both fit great, perform great, and look great. Time will tell how they hold up over multiple washings. One Cory Vines shirt the seam has come out, but I’m hoping that was a fluke!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 11, 2013 at 6:52 am said:

      I don’t know either Ellie or Cory Vines. Are they US brands? I only have the Lorna Jane items in the above photo, all which I feel are amazing quality. No pilling or stitching issues, and hold up very well through workouts.
      I agree with your disappointment. It’s frustrating to support a brand when their head honchos make poor decisions. I’m definitely at the stage where I’m looking at other brands to round out my fitness wear, but that being said, I still haven’t found anything that works better for me than their stuff. I think if anything, it makes us just a little more conscious of branding issues and more open to diversify and change our ways!

  2. I was pretty annoyed with the recent comments from the Lululemon founder – not cool!
    I actually wrote a whole post on my fav workout brands….Lululemon was included. Along with C9 by Champion for Target and Active by Old Navy :)
    -Sammy

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 11, 2013 at 6:53 am said:

      Keep hearing lots of great things about Champion!!! I haven’t seen it yet in Australia; I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled next summer when I’m back to Canada for a visit!

  3. Great post Kel! The comments made by Chip Wilson definitely angered me however I also feel strongly that although it is important to make informed decisions, especially on controversial issues such as this, I also think its important to learn all the facts and take what the media says with “a grain of salt” as people are quick to jump on the “hate” bandwagon. I definitely think the comments he made were offside and i’m sure his PR people are running significant damage control, but I don’t feel as though his comments will deter me from wearing their gear. Inner thigh rubbing? it happens. to everyone – let’s not pretend it doesn’t.

    I am an avid supporter of Canadian made clothing and disappointed by the impression that Chip’s comments will give to the brand. Let’s just hope he has learned his lesson and approaches topics about poor quality clothing material, fabric piliing etc. without making negative body shape comments. Its hard enough to raise young women and girls in this society with the pressures to be thin.

    an interesting comments section on CBC with both positive support for Lulu Lemon and negative:
    http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2013/11/lululemon-founder-chip-wilsons-yoga-pant-comments-justified-cbcnewsca-readers.html

    Other brands that are great – Good old Champion! can be found at Target – great sports bras in lots of fun NEON colours :)

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 11, 2013 at 7:06 am said:

      Thanks for the link, Martha! I just read through it. As with anything, I am a strong believer in trying to see both sides to every story and find reason for things that don’t seem quite right. I agree that people are very quick to jump on the “let’s boycott lulu” bandwagon and making some ludicrous statements. Let’s all just calm down here for a moment! There are many brands that don’t work for specific body shapes and sizes (my muscular legs know the minute they try it on), but their CEOs just aren’t stupid enough to publicly proclaim it.
      I don’t think it’ll deter me from wearing their gear either. Because when all is said and done, that’s all it is…gear. I think there might have been a day when people wore Lululemon as a sort of status symbol for gym fashion, but it really hasn’t been like that in years. There are too many competitors. I think those people who have stuck with the brand do so because they prefer the fit, longevity, and comfort of the clothing. I do, at least. However, I’ve become much more open to other brands and hope to find some more favourites to mix things up and not be so one-sided in my workout apparel.

  4. I must be living under a rock because I hadn’t heard about the lulu lemon controversy, but that really saddens me! I have to say, after living in Aus., I now LOVE Lorna Jane. I’m so happy with every piece I own, and I’ll continue to purchase the brand. I love the company philosophy and you can’t beat the quality. I also am a black-bottomed girl too, it’s hard to stray away from it!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on November 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm said:

      I agree! I only have purchased LJ bottoms so far, but I have my eye on some of her new bright tops! Early Christmas present to myself, perhaps??? 😉

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