In the wake of outrage over Lululemon’s poor quality control and arrogant statements about their ideal customer, I think it’s appropriate to look for some alternative brands for your yoga class or morning run. These brands are not only eco-friendly, they also offer some of the most stylish and comfortable workout gear around.
If you’ve hit a workout plateau, re-energize your routine with new, stylish exercise clothes that will make you want to run out the door. But flattering and functional performance gear is not just about motivating you to hit the gym. Wearing old, worn-out clothes and shoes can literally drag you down. For cross training, running, yoga, and fitness classes, look for form-fitting styles made of moisture-wicking materials, supportive and comfortable sports bras, or tank tops with built-in shelf bras. For endurance training and spinning, compression tights or capris will help keep the swelling down and give a subtle added boost. If you run as well as train at the gym, it is recommended that you have a pair of supportive running shoes and a pair of cross trainers with soles that “let you feel the floor” as you lift weights or train laterally.
Yoga brand Alo is committed to eco-friendly sourcing and production practices, right down to their solar powered offices in LA. Their colorful, modern tank tops are perfect for yoga, pilates, spinning, fitness classes, or running.
I recently purchased a Coobie Scoop Neck Bra for yoga and it has since changed my life. These are by far the most comfortable bras I’ve ever worn, and are perfect for low-impact activities as well as weekends. The cut and fabric are super flattering and you can get them in many different colors, tie-dye patterns, or lace trims.
These color block capris are sleek, slimming, and comfortable. Made with anti-bacterial, moisture-wicking fabric.
A great running shoe is a must for any indoor or outdoor runner. Adrenaline GTS has excellent arch and ankle support and cushioning while still being lightweight and allowing your feet to feel the ground. Plus, like almost all Brooks running shoes, this style is 100% vegan.
Prana is a fair labor, sustainability-minded company that produces yoga, hiking, and street wear in Boulder, Colorado. Although the Quinn Chakra top is perfect for yoga or barre class, it’s so pretty you will want to wear it outside the studio, too.
These capri pants with wide band at the waist and subtle shirring at the hem will flatter and fit you so that you can focus on your asanas.
Let’s not forget about men. Although most guys wear their college tees and basketball shorts to the gym, they might look–and feel–a bit more comfortable in yoga class with the right kind of clothing. Andy Long Sleeve Shirt is made for hiking, but also great for warming up in yoga class.
These loose, comfortable yoga pants won’t look out of place running errands or just around the house.
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Photo: Alo, Coobi, Brooks, Prana