Good Morning! Yesterday was a beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest! Keeping my fingers crossed that spring is just around the corner! Since it was such a lovely day I threw on my workout clothes and walked my toddler to preschool in her stroller. She loved it in the beginning, but by the end she was screaming and protesting that she wanted to “GET OUT!!” She has been really demanding lately, which I know is totally normal at two, but still…Definitely makes for some interesting days! Thankfully the walk home was uneventful, except for the fact that she fell asleep the last 10 minutes and her nap for the day was ruined…Sigh…
Here is the thing though – I got my workout in! On a day I usually wouldn’t due to preschool and early release at school for my older kids. Happy to check that off of the list! I know it can be an honest to goodness struggle to fit in exercise with kids at home. If you need a little inspiration, I recently wrote a post about exercise tips for busy moms. There are some great ideas in there on how to squeeze in exercise when it seems like there is no time!
This time of year so many people are setting new goals/resolutions related to health. While I don’t necessarily make exercise resolutions at the beginning of the new year, I do sit down and reflect on what is working for me, or think about how I may want to alter my exercise routine. Another thing I do this time of year is clean out the drawers that house my workout clothes. I purge anything that is old, worn out, or that I just don’t wear anymore. Then I take stock of what I have and make a mental list of things I need to replace.
This may sound crazy, but cute workout clothes motivate me to exercise! Maybe because it gives me an excuse to go shopping?! My top recommendations to find stylish and functional workout wear are Nordstrom, Athleta, and Old Navy. One of my favorite trends right now are all of the open back designs appearing on t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tanks. I have found lots of cute options at varying price points, as well as options for what to wear underneath. All of the items below are great transition pieces from winter to spring. They can be layered on colder days, or worn on their own as the weather gets warmer. So if you need a little inspiration for what to wear during your next workout, take a look!
If you haven’t tried the Zella line that Nordstrom carries, it is definitely worth checking out. While I own several Zella items, my favorite is my Zella Live In High Waist Leggings. I own a pair of their regular Live In Leggings too. I really like both, but the High Waist Leggings are great to hold everything in! After having my third child, they were one of the best purchases I made! Nordstrom Rack also carries Zella, and Nordstrom even has a Zella line for girls (which of course my eleven year old loves!).
I don’t own the Good Sport High Waist Midi Leggings, but may have to order them. I really like the mesh inserts. Takes a basic legging and kicks up the style factor a notch!
When it comes to working out, I usually only wear my Zella leggings to walk or do some type of low impact activity. Mainly because these leggings can also be used as an everyday legging to pair with longer sweaters and tunics. Don’t want to get them too sweaty!! 😉 The leggings are a little on the pricier side, but I think they are totally worth the cost. Both of mine are still in good condition and I’ve had them a few years. I find them true to size.
Athleta is hands down my favorite place to buy workout clothes. Their clothing is stylish and comfy, and everything I have has held up well so far. I also really like their in store customer service. On occasion they have even entertained my toddler while I have tried on clothes. Which is so much better than having her run in and out of the dressing room while I am trying things on!
Athleta’s prices are definitely on the higher end, so I try to catch things either on sale or during the few times a year they have a 20% off coupon. For days when I am working out at home or at the gym, I will usually wear something like these striped chaturanga capri pants and the open back flexlight top. I have the capri pants in black/white and the top in spring mint. The mint color is a bit sheer, but it does come in a few darker colors that appear to be not as see-through.
If I am being super honest with you, my husband was making fun of me the entire time he was trying to shoot pictures of this outfit. It was kinda funny because it does feel a little weird “modeling” clothing when I am just an average mom and not a model! But it is helpful to see how the clothes look when someone is actually wearing them, right? Not sure I will get used to photo shoots anytime soon, but it did give us a good laugh.
Old Navy is a great place to find stylish activewear at an affordable price point. Below are a few of my current favorites. The lattice back sweatshirt comes in several colors. I have it in green, which isn’t currently on the website, but found in stores. I own the knotted hem leggings in a grey color, which I also found in store. Both items are true to size for me. The motto compression leggings are really cute – you can click on the photo to see the details above the knee. I don’t have these yet, but they are on my list!
I love the pink color of the keyhole back tank. The tank does come in a few other colors and I bought it in my regular size. It isn’t super fitted, but is not loose like the sweatshirt either. For me the cut was just right. Old Navy also carries a few sports bras that will work with the open back tops. This strappy back bra offers light support, and they also have a medium support strappy back bra.