UPDATE: Check out my Spring Walmart Workout Haul
Now that the shine’s worn off my New Year’s resolutions, I’m looking for a good incentive to get off the couch. A new addition to my workout wardrobe usually does the trick to bring a little freshness to my routine.
My daughters’ generation is exceedingly comfortable with their own curves and imperfections, but my insecurities come to full tilt when fabric stretches tight across my backside. Although I love the freedom and comfort of today’s new fabrics, I also want to feel I’m wearing something that supports and flatters my shape.
With that in mind, let’s put today’s essential workout piece front and center and talk about: yoga pants. Let’s face it, we’ve all seen the yoga pant gone so very wrong on women of every age. Read on for some quick tips and tricks to choose a pair that will serve you well in function and style.
Check the fit
Lately, I’ve been loving trying on items in my own home versus the retail dressing room.
I buy several sizes of the same item, bring them home to try on, and then return what I don’t like. The comfort of trying yoga pants on at home, where I can actually do a few exercises in them, far outweighs the hassle of making returns.
Clothing subscription services sound really appealing, but I haven’t tried one yet. If you have a favorite, please leave your advice in the comments.
Look for slimming elements
As I’m writing this, I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of Avia leggings. Two features that made me love them were the high waist and the vertical stripe down the side. Both features make me look and feel a little slimmer, and that’s great motivation to keep moving. Priced under $20, there’s no reason to have just one pair.
Take the lightbulb test
Many of us have unfortunate stories of standing behind someone who wore a yoga pant that failed her when exercise class got tough. Before you buy your bottom half, hold the single layer of fabric up to the light and make sure you can’t see your hand through it. Need I say more?
Armed with this checklist, be brave! Get out there and check out the spring workout fashions at your local retailer. I can see you killing that yoga routine right now…
For more great ideas on updating your workout look, check out these posts from 40 Plus Style and Fabulous After 40.
I love all these tips! I also prefer the comfort of my own home while trying on clothes. I couldn’t tell you the last time I went in a real dressing room!! As far as clothing services/subscriptions, I am a real fan of stitch fix. Stitch fix is a clothing subscription service that sends you a box of five items picked by your stylist, you can keep what you want and returns are easy peasy… no trip to the post office needed. I have been using Stitch Fix for 2 years and continue to get a box every month or so. My favorite part of stitch fix is that I have my Pinterest board linked to my “style profile” and I can easily communicate to my stylist what kind of looks and items I am liking! At one time I signed up for Amazon Style, which is similar in concept, but was not impressed with the items that were chosen for me, so I opted out of having them sent. If you’re interested in Stitch Fix, here is a link that will give you a $25 credit!!! https://www.stitchfix.com/invite/aprilbrandt1?sod=i&som=c Please let me know if you have any questions, I love to share the joy I find it with Stitch Fix!!
Great ideas and also great link to Stitch Fix. I haven’t tried it yet, but based on your recommendation, I look forward to it!