I’ll start with this: There is nothing to stop you from performing your best in a cotton t-shirt and a regular gym shorts. But what can I say, nearly nothing motivates me to show up for a class or head out for a run like a shiny new pair of leggings.
I love Bandier, Lululemon and Sweaty Betty. But it’s not always realistic (or necessary) to purchase a full workout wardrobe from an upmarket store.
Two things that I do think it’s CRITICAL to be picky about are socks and sports bras. In my case, going for a run in shitty socks leads to blisters 100% of the time. (Tip: I love the brands Feetures and Balega for running socks.) When it comes to sports bras, I am loyal to Lululemon and Sweaty Betty. These bras cost well over forty smackaroos a pop, but when you’re jumping up and down, you’ll think it’s worth every penny.
If you know where to look, you can find gorgeous fitness gear without the hefty price tag. All of your favorite brands can be found for (relatively) cheap on the world wide web. Plus, there are some lower priced brands that make fashionable, high-quality duds. Grab your wallet (or use the credit card you’ve memorized) and start shopping:
- 6pm.com: Brands like Patagonia, Nike, Lole and more totally discounted.
- Sierra Trading Post: Huge selection of running, biking, and winter sports gear enough of which is discounted to make this site worthwhile.
- BackCountry.com: Stick to the sale part of this site. They have EXCELLENT customer service, too (use their chat feature).
- Lululemon’s “We Made Too Much” page is a great resource. You can find some sweet discounts, but you’ll also see gear that’s only slightly discounted, so take a close look to see if it’s a real deal since items on this page are not eligible for return.
- Old Navy: Tons of cute, bright, gear at Old Navy prices.
- Finish Line: Super trendy fitness gear from brands you’ll recognize.
Anything to add?
PS. For some guidance on what to wear to run in the cold, read this!