5 Athleisure Brands You Should Know About Now
The world of athleisure continues to expand nearly as fast as the CBD industry (so, really, really fast). Though we each have our tried and true favorite brands—you know, the ones that you know your perfect size and you can count on the leggings to be squat proof—we’re also always keeping our eyes out for new(er) lines that offer us something different. From being more transitional than your traditional leggings or providing sun protection to being size-inclusive or focused on low-waste sustainability, these five athleisure brands are worth adding to your closet, whether you plan on sweating it out or you’re hoping to add some comfort to your everyday.
Known for their UPF swimsuits, cover-ups and general summery attire, Mott50 recently launched a line of sun protective, on-trend athleisure. The new line, complete with leggings, sports bras, post-workout cover-ups and the cute, UPF30+ chambray you see above, makes it easy to be comfy, stay sun-safe and look pulled together. Did we mention Chrissy Teigen is a fan too?
With a motto like “workout clothes for people who rarely work out,” rec room, a newish line of hangout/travel/post-sweat/loungewear, caught my attention. It reminded me of ZANNI, a functional-yet-fashionable line I was already on board with. rec room was created with both comfort and fashion in mind, as a way to make getting dressed in the morning an actually enjoyable experience. No more constricting fabrics or too-tight tops. This line was made for people like me who work from home, but don’t want to sit around in sweatpants all day. The wow factor though is in the fact that each item can be dressed up, making feeling fancy just as comfy as wearing leggings—and the not-just-black colors each piece comes in. I’ve already stashed a dress in a carry-on for a quick-change on a work trip, dressed it up for a fall wedding and added a thermal long-sleeve beneath it for a day at the orchard. It’s the definition of comfort and versatility.
We have to admit that we’re big Kathryn Budig fans, since before she spoke at WELL Summit 2017. But when she partnered with KiraGrace to design a line of yoga-wear, we fell in love even more. And her latest collection has a new commitment to ethical design and sustainability. The line was always designed, in Kathryn’s words, “to perform on your mat, to look chic with sneakers and your favorite sweater, and to have enough edge to rock with heels, bling and a dope jacket.” But now, the newest collection, is made in the United States by a small, independently and female-owned company that ensures fair and ethical labor practices. We applaud the effort and are ready to stock up on the cult favorite Slashed Legging.
Created by model Candice Huffine, also a WELL Summit alum, DAY/WON is the first full size-inclusive activewear brand in the United States. Every style is available is sizes 0 through 32, with no exceptions. Candice created the line because when she ran her first marathon in 2016, she realized how hard it was to find workout clothing that was made for a size 10. Her personal mission to never tell herself “I can’t” again, extended to the launch of DAY/WON, to empower women to embrace their authentic selves and love the skin they are in. Add to that that the line is made in the U.S. with recycled materials, and using DAY/WON to complete your wardrobe is a win-win.
Workout wear doesn’t get much more sustainable than Girlfriend Collective, which upcycles old plastic water bottles into chic leggings, sports bras, tees, tanks and more. The line often sells out of its most popular colors (black included) because it takes time to transform those bottles into workout gear. But they’re worth the wait, in our opinion. The buttery smooth fabric is both compression and adaptive, forming to your specific shape (in the way you want, not to give you a soggy bottom look) the more you wear them. Also, the line’s high rise is a true high rise, making them one of the only pairs of leggings I feel confident wearing with just a sports bra to a yoga class.
Want more athleisure? Check out our top UPF picks, and see why sustainability is the new name of the lounge-wear game.
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