Wednesday, September 09, 2009
I’ve been thinking for a long time that I need to post about going to the gym as a woman and your individual style. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect anyone to get dolled up for going to the gym and reshaping your physique. But I noticed on a personal level that there is a difference in how I feel when I go to the gym in baggy shorts (that I stole from my husband) and a t-shirt (that I also stole from my husband) versus a stylish work-out outfit that complements my physique.
You see, I walk to the gym so I have time to think about this topic during the walk there and back. As much as I tell everyone no one is paying attention to what you wear or do at the gym, you personally can’t shake the feeling. You may want to hide your figure, so you wear baggy clothes. Or maybe you think it doesn’t matter, so you wore the same workout outfit you’ve owned (and barely used) for the past 10 years. It’s a little tight, the material is a little itchy. Oh well, who cares.
YOU DO! Do you know you will probably have a better work out if YOU feel good about yourself. It’s like a job interview – DRESS FOR THE PART! You are working out because you want to look and feel fabulous. Show it from day 1 at the gym! When I am wearing clothes that make me comfortable and make me feel cute, I seem to have boundless energy and can push out that one extra rep that just might make the difference and really tone my muscles!
Where can you find these cute clothes? Well, the eco-friendly mom behind the muscle (that’s me) says you have to check out Restore Clothing. Restore Clothing is responsible, earth-friendly, sustainable, organic, recycled and STYLISH. They are committed to environmentally and socially responsible practices. They source and manufacture domestically in New York City from North American Textiles and use low impact dyes. They also support and contribute to the environment by committing 1% of their revenues to 1% For the Planet. Plus, Restore Clothing is Third Party Certified Organic.
Restore Clothing is transitioning to Dream Repreve Recycled Nylon. They are the first to adopt Repreve® Nylon in a commercial application to reduce new material consumption and keep their impact on the resource supply chain to a minimum. Additionally they use Post Industrial Coconut Carbon (Cocona®) as a moisture and odor managing fabric.
Did you ever imagine that the clothes you work out in could be so environmentally conscientious? Now, Restore Clothing has both men and women’s apparel, but I am going to assume that 99% of you reading this want to know about chic styles for women that you can wear to the gym, out shopping, picking up kids – and feeling good with every step.
Me personally, I was attracted to the crossover bra and active shorts. Especially in Florida, where it can get quite steamy, I like to workout either in shorts and sports bra with a tank over it – or sometimes just the sports bra with shorts. Both the crossover bra and active shorts from Restore Clothing are available in expresso or black. I loved the expresso for a change of pace! A find it to be a nice, natural color that would work well with most skin tones.
The crossover sports bra is available in sizes XS to XL. It is a medium-impact racerback bra, so it would be good for the elliptical, power walking, hiking, walking, yoga, pilates and weight training. I love the stylish crossover front, which would work well for women with petite busts, as well as larger sizes. It is soft, stretchy and comfortable. Plus the Cocona® Knit Lining is awesome for odor and moisture management! (Yes, I sweat when I work-out … and sweat can be stinky if not controlled!). Better yet, the Cocona® Knit Lining technology lasts for the lifespan of the bra! I requested a medium, because I feel like I have a wide back at 36 inches, even though my bust itself is small. I find the fit to be perfect for me – exactly what I expected. The crossover bra is $50 from RestoreClothing.com.
If you like the crossover sports bra, but want more coverage, check out the crossover tank. You could easily wear this to the gym or even out for a Moms Night Out (MNO) with some jeans!
I wear the crossover bra with the active shorts. The shorts are form-fitting, but that helps show and slim your shape instead of making your hips look larger in baggy shorts. There is a contoured waistband that sits comfortably below your natural waistline. I like that better, so I don’t feel restricted when lifting weights. Plus, it’s cut lower in front and higher in the back to keep you covered whether you are doing a yoga pose like halasana or working abs with leg lifts.
The active shorts and crossover bra were my top picks from eco-friendly Restore Clothing’s selection of active wear. But you have to check out the complete selection of stylish clothing designed for fitness and fashion!
One buzz reader will have an opportunity to win active shorts and a crossover bra from Restore Clothing. To enter, check out the complete selection at Restore Clothing and and tell me your favorite piece – other than the shorts and crossover bra. (We already know they rock!)
To receive these extra opportunities for entries, you must fulfill the first REQUIRED entry. But for extra entries, you can:
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- Leave a comment on any other post (like Mom Buff and News) and/or enter another Buzz contest. Let me know where!
- What are your fitness goals?
Contest ends 10/1/09. Please refer to complete contest rules. The entries listed above are the ONLY entries for this contest. Winners will be notified by e-mail (if supplied in the entry or on profile page), as well as on the Winner’s Wall.
This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. Thank you Restore Clothing for providing the shorts and crossover top for review. Other people may have different experiences with the product. And don’t forget to enter my other hot contests so you can win and try buzzworthy products!