Carrot, Banana & Peach sounds good enough to eat, doesn’t it?
Though I don’t recommend it, you probably could eat the clothing made by Carrot, Banana & Peach, considering most of the materials the company uses to create their eco-friendly yoga apparel comes from bamboo, soybeans, milk, bananas and aloe vera.
Carrot, Banana & Peach is a U.K.-based yoga and lifestyle apparel company specializing in “hypoallergenic yoga clothing created from organic and sustainable sources.” While I’m curious as to how they make stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric from aloe vera, milk and soybeans, I can imagine the fabric feels super soft. I love the subtle and natural colour palette they’ve used in their collection of “retreat” wear, and the bright pops of colour featured on some of their yoga and fitness gear. Below are a few of my favourite looks from their fall collection. (more…)
A few posts ago I mentioned I struggled to find well-made, stylish athletic apparel for “plus-sized” women to feature on #FItFashion Friday. Although some brands do have sizes up to 14, what’s a girl to do if you don’t fit comfortably into a 14? It’s not fair that there is all this amazing, gorgeous athletic apparel for the extra-small types, but limited options for sizes extra large and up.
That’s why after further digging since finding Lola Getts — a collection of cross-functional active wear for “the woman who celebrates her curves and her busy lifestyle” — I was excited to find another great brand specializing in active wear for sizes 14 and up.
Fit Girl Redefined, a U.S.-based active wear line by Jennifer McClelland, is “all about quality workout clothes that are designed to embrace curvy women.” Not only are the pieces stylish and comfortable, but most are also made locally in the states, which is something I can get behind. I also love what McClelland says about why she founded the brand:
Bouncing. Chafing. Swoobage. Back pain. Pancaking. Potential suffocation during downward dog …
Yes I’m talking about boobs, and what happens when you don’t contain them properly during exercise.
A good sports bra is one of the most important pieces of workout gear for women, and one of the hardest things to shop for. While you may be tempted to shop by style and what will look awesome under your tank top at the gym, the reality is everybooby—I mean, everybody—is different, and a bra with a customized fit that keeps everything comfortably in place during your workout should be your number one priority.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to rock the super supportive beige granny bra during your workout. Thankfully, there are a few apparel companies that make sports bras that are both functional and stylish.
Not sure what brand of sports bra would be best for your cup size and the type of activities you do? Read on to hear from nine women of all shapes and cup sizes who participate in a variety of activities—from ultra marathons and triathlons to weight lifting and Jazzercise—about some of the common issues they’ve experienced and what brands and types of sports bras they recommend. (more…)
Though I love the way all the run-to-runway fitness gear I feature in #FitFashion Friday posts looks on the models, you’d never catch me wearing a laser-cut designer sports bra with tiger-print spandex pants out in public. Maybe if I lived in New York… but we’re a little less fashion-forward here in Victoria on the west coast. Gortex, Lululemon, Crocs, Tilly hats, tie-dye and cargo pants seem to be acceptable here; wild prints and colourful designer clothing, not so much.
Also, most of the clothes I tend to feature aren’t practical for the average-sized woman, as the sizing only goes up to a large. Also, a designer sports bra with laser-cut holes probably won’t keep the “girls” under control during a workout.
So for this #FitFashion Friday feature, I decided to hunt down some designer fitness apparel for normal-sized women. Which was actually harder than I thought it was going to be. (more…)
I first discovered personal trainer and British designer Charli Cohen’s stylish athletic apparel through a Kickstarter campaign. Charli was raising funds to help launch a pop-up store in London over the holidays to showcase her first collection, SS14: The VIS Collection. I was on the hunt for a pair of leggings for winter runner and absolutely loved the look of her Laser Leggings — but not the $250 price tag. After reading her story and following her on social media, I decided to support the campaign to help launch her first collection, even though the coveted leggings weren’t really in my budget. I bought the more affordable Dynamo Bra, which came with a super soft organic cotton workout tank top, a nice thank-you card and a healthy holiday recipe ebook. I love the sports bra and tank top, which not only look super chic but also perform well during a workout. The fabric stays light even when it gets soaked in sweat, and the sports bra doesn’t chafe or feel restrictive. (more…)
Though it might not be obvious to those who see me day-to-day, I love fashion and they way clothes look on the body — but not in the sitting-at-a-desk, walking-to-the-car or just-standing-there kind of way. I like the look of clothes on bodies in motion, hence why my wardrobe is 80% workout gear, 10% office attire and 10% casual clothes and dresses. I don’t bat an eye at $110 workout pants, yet struggle to spend more than $40 on a pair of pants for work. I own three pairs of heels, and 20 pairs of running shoes. Laundry day is hell because all that spandex and sweat-wicking material is hang-to-dry. Some people call it lazy fashion, but I don’t like to think of it like that. I’d rather be spending my day in motion instead of sitting in an office, so why not spend the money on the clothes you know you’ll get the most out of? Plus, I think we can all agree spandex is more comfortable than a structured cotton pencil skirt.
That said, I’m going to start a new Friday feature on my blog highlighting some of my favourite functional workout gear and things I’m coveting at the moment. (more…)