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.
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!
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).
- Stef Short Tight [Lorna Jane]
- Speed Short [Lululemon]
- Studio Pant [Lululemon]
- Sprint Legging [Aritzia/TNA]
- Amy Full Length Tight [Lorna Jane]
- Run ¾ Tight [Adidas by Stella McCartney]
- Amy ¾ Tight [Lorna Jane]
- Groove Pant [Lululemon]
- 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’?