More of us are wearing a blend of athletic and leisure clothing — “athleisure” — all the time now. Instead of dressing for work and then heading to the gym, we’re hanging out all day in yoga pants, shorts and sweats. Call them pre-pajamas.
The coronavirus, shuttered businesses and schools, and amped-up online shopping have moved us perpetually into casual athletic duds, according to researchers.
The NPD Group, which tracks sales data from stores and e-commerce sites, estimates that active clothing represents 28% of the total apparel dollars spent in the 12 months ending May 2020.
Eleven by Venus Williams takes activewear to a stylish new level. The tennis great’s Wonder Woman Collection has gold stars on black catsuits ($130), hoodies ($115), leggings ($99) and sports bras ($79).
Epoque Evolution’s Orion Legging II ($118) is another good example of upscale athleisure wear: It’s sharp looking with front ankle slits. It’s designed to shape and lift. It’s made of soft, sustainable, durable fabrics that dry quickly and wick away sweat. Take 10% off your first order. Buy two organic cotton tops, any color and style, at a 15% discount (20% off for three).
Under Armour just launched the Women’s UA Meridian + Moisture Infused Collection. The soft fabric has moisturizing microspheres to replaced the need for lotion. Long sleeve shirts are around $90 and leggings are $100. There is free shipping on orders of $60 or more.
And instead of tailored suits and leather shoes, this summer’s highly anticipated Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale had an expanded selection of loungewear, activewear and cozy items designed for customers committing to the stay-at-home lifestyle.
Here are other sources to find athleisure sales to ease into fall:
Alo Yoga has Alolux sweats said to be “cashmere soft.” Need snuggling layers? See the hoodies, pullovers and long sleeve tops. Alo is offering free, all-levels, live yoga and mindfulness classes in September.
Beyond Yoga has ultra-soft Spacedye joggers, other clothing in sizes XS-3X plus a maternity line. Sign up for emails and get 15% off your first order.
Fabletics, cofounded by actress Kate Hudson, has anti-stink, four-way stretch, quick drying and lightweight tops, bottoms, underwear and accessories (socks, active hats) to help keep men and women active. Receive two pairs of leggings for $24.
Lululemon has activewear for women and men, like soft, barely-there Align Pant leggings in a variety of lengths, stretchy joggers, fast-drying Everlux fabric tights and wind- and water-resistant vest fabric.
Nike is having a sale with up to 40% off on Women’s React Infinity Run Flyknit running shoes in nine colors ($120.97, regularly $160), men’s Joyride Run Flynit shoes in six colors ($122.97, regularly $180) and more. Check out leggings and men’s basketball crew. There is free shipping.
Outdoor Voices recreation brand has extra roomy, fleecy-soft Nimbus hoodies and sweats. Enter your email to take $10 off your first order.
Rhone offers high-performance activewear for men at the gym, outdoors or while commuting to work. The Notch Performance T-shirt, made of lightweight pique mesh fabric with GoldFusion technology “to fight man stink,” is on sale for $54 (regularly $78). Take 10% off your first order. Shipping is free.
Vuori Clothing has men and women’s performance apparel to inspire fitness, nature, creativity and community. Take 20% off your first purchase. Ground shipping is free for orders more than $75.
Yoga Outlet lets you save up to 60% off high-waisted leggings, capris, sports bras, men’s shorts, grip socks and more. Take 10% off your first order. There is free shipping on orders of more than $75.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072