Ten sizzling designs for your summer workout wardrobe
By L.A. Jones
After busting your butt to get a sexy bod for the big day, it’s only right to show it off in this season’s emboldened new duds. Summer’s fashion tides are bringing in eye-catching colors, a 1920s retro influence and a flirty vibe sure to turn your sweetheart’s head. Creative hidden pockets, comfortable but heavy duty cuts and eco-aware fabrics make these brands as smart as they are stylish.
Flattering and unique, Skirt Sports’ Lotta Breeze Capris are (almost) too cute. The opaque mesh fights off chills and wicks away sweat, plus the skirt hides a sonic music port and two pockets making it suited for everything from running to nights on the town.
Sizes: XS-XXL (varies by color)
Available at REI and sports outfitters nationwide
(Pictured above: Lotta Breeze Capris by Skirt Shorts in Midori Black. Photo courtesy of Skirt Sports.)
Capers in Capris
The Marmot Colodri 3/4 Pant is a great option for men seeking supreme comfort and durability. Articulated knees grant freedom of movement plus more protection than shorts, minus the annoyance of longer pants that soak up puddles.
Available at REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods and outdoors outfitters nationwide
(Pictured above: Colodri 3/4 Men’s Pant in Gargoyle. Photo courtesy of Marmot.)
Something to Omm About
Yoga wear that doesn’t look like yoga wear; now there’s a refreshing concept. Eco-conscious clothing pioneer prAna weaves durable construction and recycled fabric together in the empire-waisted Kaley Tunic Top. Choose from four beautiful patterns, any of which will easily take you straight from downward dog to your dinner date.
Available at outfitters nationwide and the prAna flagship store in Boulder, Colo.
(Pictured above: Kaley Tunic Top in Blue Starburst. Photo courtesy of prAna.)
Up, Up and Awesome!
True to its name, the breathable mesh Wonder Girl Dress gives runners a whole new way to fly. Strong enough to support curvy ladies with a low-bounce bra, the dress is still relaxed enough to grant freedom of movement. It even makes your keys invisible in a clever Cleavage Alley Pocket.
Sizes: S-XL Cup sizes: A-C
Available at REI and sports outfitters nationwide
(Pictured above: Wonder Girl Running Dress in Endless Summer. Photo courtesy of Skirt Sports.)
ExOfficio’s attractive Insect Shield Baja Long-Sleeve Shirt has ventilated back and underarm panels to let you look hot but keep the heat from getting to you. The UVA-and-UVB-ray-blocking top also boasts the stamp of approval of the African Wildlife Foundation.
Sizes: XS-XL (women), S-XXL (men)
Available at specialty outfitters nationwide and ExOfficio retail stores in Seattle and JFK International Airport
(Pictured above: Insect Shield Baja Long-sleeve Shirt in Grape. Photo courtesy of ExOfficio.)
Enjoy the environment without letting bugs enjoy you. ExOfficio’s Insect Shield Purdom Vented Hiker Socks are made from recycled polyester and treated to repel unwanted insect advances. A good buy for nature lovers in mosquito or tick-heavy zones, the footwear is great for the outdoors—just avoid wearing through ponds or streams since permethrin can have a toxic effect on aquatic life.
Available at specialty outfitters nationwide, ExOfficio retail stores in Washington state and JFK International Airport
(Pictured above: Insect Shield Purdom Vented Hiker Sock in Light Khaki. Photo courtesy of ExOfficio.)
The Boreal Storm’s cutting edge rubber molding techniques make this shoe conform like no other to climbers’ feet contortions, and the elastic and Velcro design makes de-gearing downright luxurious compared to lace-up styles. For the best possible fit, be sure to have your feet measured in more precise European sizing.
Sizes: 2-12 (UK)
Available at REI, specialty climbing stores and outdoors outfitters nationwide
(Pictured above: Boreal Storm Climbing Shoe. Photo courtesy of Bill Bruner.)
Summer’s shoe blockbuster, the Reebok Zigtech’s sole ups shoes’ lifespan by 20 per cent, making it a smart buy in a zigzagging economy. Besides, they’re a blast to design
Sizes: 5-11, 12 (women), 6.5-15 (men)
(Pictured above: Zigtech Customizable Shoe. Photo courtesy of Reebok.)
Extra-comfy and extra-fast drying, the Navigator Swim Trunk from renowned underwear designer Andrew Christian has all you could ask for, except excess material. It’s the perfect way to flaunt this season’s shortening hemlines.
Available online and at retail locations in Los Angeles and Amsterdam
(Pictured above: Navigator Swim Shorts. Photo courtesy of Andrew Christian.)
Sugoi’s K-Scope Swim Racer with Deckster fabric reduces water absorption, meaning less drag and quicker drying. With an enticing pattern, it’s snazzier than most performance suits, and comes in equally attractive azure, coral or gunmetal colors.
Sizes: 26-40 (Analogous to dress sizes 0-14)
Available at REI
(Pictured above: K-Scope Swim Racer in Coral. Photo courtesy Sugoi.)
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