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My Favorite Athleisure

Whether or not your new years resolutions (or “goals,” as everyone seems to be calling them these days) explicitly include fitness, I think it’s safe to say that many people are more likely to try and make positive lifestyle changes–especially easy/low hanging fruit ones–at the start of a new year. I’m very happy with my current workout routine (though going two times a week isn’t really all I should be doing fitness wise, and I’m planning on trying out a nearby yoga studio soon) and have realized that unsurprisingly, a more regimented fitness routine means caring more about the fit and quality of my workout attire, being able to stay active while traveling, and feeling comfortable enough to stretch/foam roll, etc. while lounging around the house on a Saturday afternoon. Basically, I am so glad someone decided athleisure should [basically] be the new casual weekend wear–it’s something I further embraced last year, and plan to continue doing in the new year.

In a similar vein, you may have noticed that my outfit posts are often on the more casual side…I try and post combinations I actually wear IRL, and work in a fairly casual business casual environment. I also don’t frequently have engagements that require seriously dressing up, so it would feel a little inauthentic to consistently post fancier ensembles that in reality, only see the light a handful of times of year. Plus, there are some items and brands I consistently rave about to friends, in passing on the blog, and on Insta stories, so one of my goals for the blog in 2018 is to better highlight these tried and true favorites so you can actually see them in action (vs. just me talking about them or putting them in a collage.)

My favorite athleisure

L.L. Bean Sweater Fleece

I rarely go a week without mentioning the L.L. Bean Sweater Fleece and own two of them, meaning they get worn 3-4x/week (especially since I telework on Friday and don’t like keeping the heat turned up really high at home, no matter how cold it is out–anyone else?) L.L. Bean also generously just sent over this quilted quarter-zip, which I know is going to be an immediate addition to the regular rotation. For sizing reference, I have both a large and a medium in the sweater fleece (wearing a large here) and a small in the quarter-zip. Their sizing can be inconsistent so I always make sure to read the reviews, item description, and sizing chart. The customer service is always excellent as well so if you have any doubts, it’s worth reaching out!

My favorite athleisure

The sweater fleece would be great for outdoor workouts/post-gym, but I reserve it for athleisure and around the house wear (as an aside, if you need a good lightweight long sleeve workout top, this one is my current favorite–size up!) Basically, if you can’t tell by now, this entire outfit is what I typically wear to dress down on the weekends. Like many of you, I live in a loose fitting tee–sadly this exact one from Everlane isn’t currently available. but you know how much I love their basics–a down parka (necessity this time of year!), and full-length leggings. If you haven’t tried Zella before and are in the market for new athletic clothes that are high quality but not Lululemon price-wise, I’d highly recommend checking it out…I wear the full-length leggings casually but wear this cropped pair for workouts.

Lastly, my sneakers–they’re nearly sold out right now because they were marked down by 40%, but I picked them up in the Nordstrom sale this past summer after seeing how well Ashlee’s similar pair packed in her suitcase while we were in Newport (here’s a version that’s still in stock). I always lugged around my normal running sneakers and since I never check a bag, found it difficult to justify taking them on most trips. These take up so little space and are incredibly lightweight…I reach for them most weekends and while they don’t provide the same support as my running shoes (#insoles #flatfeet), have still found them suitable for exercise when traveling.

L.L. Bean Sweater Fleece

This post felt like a bit of a ramble, but hopefully you took something away from it–I love my basics, and you’re looking at five of the items I wear most. Sometimes it feels silly to spend more money on pieces that don’t see the light of day from 9-5 M-F (well, through Thursday on my end) but I’ve found them to be worth the investment since as everyone knows, high-quality pieces last longer and don’t need to be replaced as frequently :)

I’d love to know–are you someone who, like me, plan to never stop embracing athleisure? And what are your favorite workout/casual brands? I really want to try Outdoor Voices!

IN THIS POST:

Everlane tee (c/o; sold out but other long sleeves here)
L.L. Bean pullover (literally the best–I’m wearing a large here but also have it in a medium)
Zella leggings (size down)
North Face parka
Nike sneakers (on sale but barely any left–a similar pair)

My favorite athleisure

My favorite athleisure

Photos by Katie

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5 Comments

  1. Ashlee wrote:

    All about that athleisure! Love the new kicks!

    – Ashlee

    Published 1.3.18
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    • Monica wrote:

      Thanks for the inspo :)

      Published 1.4.18
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  2. katie wrote:

    Athleisure is the best leisure! You know how I feel about the sneaks!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    Published 1.3.18
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    • Monica wrote:

      Yes!!! I’m glad this niche continues to expand!

      Published 1.4.18
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