If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of Athleta(see my posts here, here and here). So when Athleta asked me to review an outfit from their spring line*, I was all over it!
Like it or not, I rarely make it out of my workout clothes, especially on days that I coach Girls on the Run. That’s one of the reasons I love Athleta It’s functional enough for a tough work-out and stylish enough that you can spend the rest of your day in their clothing. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to put the outfit Athleta sent me to the test during a day in my life.
Once the kids were off to school, I headed off to the gym for some weight training.
I’m “naturally” large chested and I hate the bulk and ugly straps of a heavy duty sports bra. This top has a support bra built right in and it really does the job. I ordered my usual bra size, and it fit great. It gave me the support I needed (if you’re in your 40’s, you know how gravity starts to take over!), separation (no uniboob – I HATE that!) and no headlights (we’ve already got lights at my gym:)). The top gave me enough coverage that I wasn’t falling out when I was doing exercises where I might be over-exposed like bent over rows and side lunges. The other thing that I liked about this top is the ruching on the sides. My stomach is my trouble spot and the ruching hid the bulges and slimmed at the same time. I probably wouldn’t run or do anything high impact in this top, but it’s definitely a winner for a day of weight training or yoga.
What’s a great top without a comfortable bottom? I love, love these capris. I could live in these things. Whatever the fabric combination is, it’s perfect. They’re super comfortable (you almost forget you have them on!), a perfect fit (not too tight or too loose) and I like the rise. They’re categorized as low rise, but they felt medium to me (just below the belly button). The fabric holds it’s shape after washing and it doesn’t have that shine like you get in other running tights. I’m 5’9″ and I ordered the tall. I would wear these things for just about anything – hot yoga, weight training, running or just “running around”. I think I need another pair!
On this particular day, I left the gym and ran home to tidy the kitchen and do some work on the blog before setting out on the rest of my day. I threw on my Athleta hoodie and I was on my way!
No, I’m not one of those people who can’t leave the house with a sink full of dirty dishes. With three kids, I gave that up a long time ago!
I know this is a review, but what’s not to love about this hoodie? It comes in awesome trendy spring colors and the ruching makes it a stand-out. Plus it’s so flattering. Like I said, my mid-section is my trouble spot, and it all but disappears in this hoodie. I also love the weight of the material. It’s not too light or too heavy and oh, so comfortable. The only downside I could see was the fabric seemed like it might snag easily. I didn’t have a problem though. I’ll take one in every color please…
Once I had things tidied and taken care of, it was time to take my fourth child, my sweet golden retriever, Puffles, for a little run. (My kids named her after those little animals in Club Penguin! Cute, huh?)
Of course I always make time for some hugs and kisses!
Then, still in my same Athleta wear, I was off to do a little grocery shopping.
Quick! Into the mom mobile!
That done, I was headed for Girls on the Run.
It’s my first year coaching Girls on the Run. If you’re unfamiliar with the program, Girls on the Run teaches girls to embrace a healthy lifestyle and positive self-image through running. After my first daughter completed the program three years ago, I knew I wanted to get involved. I worked on a fundraiser for the organization this fall, and then when my youngest daughter joined the program, I decided to become a coach. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. If you follow the blog, you know I’m writing about my experience with the program. Here’s my first post.
It’s just a great feeling to be involved in an organization that lifts up the spirit of girls. I love that Athleta is a national sponsor of Girls on the Run. It makes me feel good to support a company that shares in the same values as a program like Girls on the Run.
I think it’s safe to say the clothing Athletasent me passed my “day in the life” test. Remember that if you try anything from Athleta and you’re not completely satisfied (even after you’ve worn it), you can return it anytime for any reason. I love that!
* I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. This post contains affiliate links.
Photos by Emory Photography