this summer, I have very decidedly gotten in to athletic wear. I mean this is the sense that, in May, I went through my drawer of old high school t shirts, and decided that from now on, I would only exercise in something cute, formfitting, and designed with physical activity in mind.
of course, significant changes in ones wardrobe selection like this are often more easily said than done, but where there is a sartorial will, there is always a way – never mind that it meant occasionally swapping healthy meals out for MSG-laden ramen at home.
Old Navy, Forever 21, and H&M have all been critical in my journey to filling my drawers will affordable, performance-minded athletic wear. I've also discovered the Kate Hudson-fronted Fabletics, which is at least worth it for the $25 VIP-priced introductory outfit. however, despite the low prices and cute pieces I was finding, I'm a grey, navy, and black wearing lady on a day to day basis, so why would I want to run around town wearing more neon than you'd find in the rest of my closet combined?
I'm sure these items are designed with visibility in mind – after all, I don't want to get picked off the side of the road during an evening jog – but I knew that I'd be even happier with some dark, neutral, and chic-leaning options. the answer to my prayers came in an email from J. Crew:
I'd have a hard time ever taking any of these items off. the different shades of gray would all go perfectly with denim, or even some faux-leather for nighttime, and then you could just throw on some running shoes and get on with your life, never having to worry about looking like an over-the-top gym rat. pretty perfect, right?
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