Written on July 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm , by FITNESS Editors
Written by Mary Christ Anderson, deputy editor
Being an editor at FITNESS, I’m always looking for scoop on what’s now and next for the sporty lifestyle. One blog I make a must is StyleofSport.com. I think I’ve settled on a cute beach tote when —poof—my new favorite pops up in the Style of Sport newsletter. SOS’s founder Claudia Lebenthal always nails the haute and cool mix of picks because she has an eye for design. “There’s a definite intersection of sport with fashion, art, news and culture and I see it everywhere: in magazines and movies, on ski slopes, at the gym or a photo gallery—you name it,” says Lebenthal. (She was a visuals director at both Women’s Sports & Fitness and Self—I know because we worked at both together!—before she set her sights on, well, sites.)
“At first, I wanted to have a store that sold the sporty chic clothes I loved and worked out in,” she says. “That sparked me to bring together my collection of what I was craving online instead.”
Much like planning the spreads in magazines, Lebenthal scouts the season out and plucks the best gets for SOS. And you can tell she’s the real deal from her exploits—paddle boarding, flyfishing, kite surfing, back country skiing—all of which she shares, along with other profiles and tidbits. (You’ve got to read the essay she penned for FITNESS to be inspired. Readers wrote to us that they had co-opted her you-can-do-this mantra in that essay: It’s your level now.
“My goal,” says Lebenthal, “is to appeal to both the athlete and fashionista. Performance is the bottom line but style is what makes it fun!”
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Written on July 15, 2014 at 11:52 am , by Samantha Shelton
I love my Fitbit Flex as much as the next girl, and I swear, it really does make me walk more throughout the day (I’m seriously addicted to getting those little lights to flash on my wrist). But let’s be honest: the bands leave a little to be desired in the looks department. Of course, there’s been improvement over the last few years, and my current pink band blends with most of my outfits, but there’s no way you’ll catch me wearing it to the fancier events on my schedule (hello, wedding season).
Fitbit heard my cries for a fashion upgrade and are answering with total chicness. Enter their new collaboration with Tory Burch, which just launched an accessories line designed exclusively for the Flex. Your options: one of two silicone bands, both of which have the iconic Tory Burch pattern and retail for $38 apiece, or a piece of jewelry—specifically, a gold-tone pendant or bangle. The latter options are a little pricier, checking out at $175 or $195, respectively.
While the costs might seem high upfront, think about how often you’ll wear the band (um, every day) and how quickly you’ll make your money’s worth. After all, Fitbit users take 43 percent more steps when wearing their trackers compared to those who don’t measure any movement. So not only will you have a new, Insta-worthy fashion accessory, but you’ll be bettering your health every time you see that flashy little reminder on your wrist to go grab an afternoon coffee.
Oh, and don’t worry if you have yet to jump on the activity tracker trend. Tory Burch is selling the actual Fitbit Flex as well, so you can pick one up along with your new band. Happy stepping!
Photo courtesy of Fitbit
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Written on June 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm , by FITNESS Editors
Written by Katie Maguire, fashion assistant
It’s official: Athletic Propulsion Labs has launched the coolest new running shoe. APL is an athletic footwear company founded by the adorable Goldston twins, who know what they’re talking about when it comes to sports: both played basketball and football at the University of Southern California. Shortly after the brand’s initial launch in 2009, it gained widespread attention when the NBA banned all players from wearing APL basketball shoes, which claimed to help basketball players jump higher than normal, thanks to a spring-like device hidden inside the shoe. With press like that, the company quickly designed new ways to revolutionize all athletic shoes.
Their new running line includes 3 collections: The Joyride, The TechloomTM and The Windchill, each of which is designed to reduce stress on your feet in order to maximize your energy while running. We have yet to test the shoes out, but if this company’s past is any indication, I don’t want to wait much longer. To learn more about the company or buy a pair for yourself, check out their website. And be sure to post your results in the comments section below!
Photo courtesy of APL
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Written on May 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Jordan Clifford, editorial intern
I have a love-hate relationship with online shopping. I love it because it’s fast, easy and relatively painless. A few clicks of the mouse, a little indecision and one cringe-inducing moment of entering my credit card number and I’m done. I don’t have to stand in line for hours for the fitting room or rummage my way through crowded racks to find the perfect top. But when I tear into that pretty package promising to make me a fashion goddess, it almost always turns out that what I thought was a size eight fits like a size six around my bum, and that effortlessly flowy top actually looks like I stole a potato sack out of the pantry and tried pulling it off as a shirt. Not cool.
But it’s a new age and Australian fashion writer Larissa Thorne has made my day life! Her new website, Sizeable, launched last week and aims to revolutionize online shopping by taking the guess work out of what may or may not look good—and there’s shipping to the United States! Instead of showing clothes on models that all seem to have the same body type, Sizeable shows the item on six different models, all of whom have varying body shapes and sizes ranging from 6 to 14 (with full measurements and shoe sizes displayed). All you have to do is choose your model, then shop the site “with” her so you get a better idea of what an item might look like on you.
So why did Thorne venture into this groundbreaking realm of online fashion? “I find shopping online can be really demoralizing sometimes,” she told the Daily Mail. “It’s left me feeling really down on my body and we want to encourage women to embrace how they look. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, we all know there are millions of beautiful women out there who don’t look like a Victoria’s Secret model.” Preach!
Of course, Thorne’s six models don’t meet every body type, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. It’s certainly taken out a lot of guesswork out of my eternal search for fashion goddess-ness!
Would you shop at a site like Sizeable? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo courtesy of Sizeable
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Written on May 14, 2014 at 10:27 am , by Marla Horenbein
Updating your wardrobe each season with the hottest, trendiest pieces can be overwhelming and exhausting, not to mention hard on your wallet. To help you navigate through all the fashion fuss, we’ve created a ‘Top 5 Trends’ list, which will instantly amp up your summer style game. Check in each week for our latest trend tip!
This week’s pick: the T-shirt. The best part about this trend is that you probably already own dozens, you just need a new way of styling them to make ‘em feel fresh for the season. Pair a slouchy tee (crushing on this one…splurge!) with a structured pencil skirt for a laid back, office-appropriate look—think casual Fridays–or toss a plunging v-neck on with a pair of destroyed boyfriend jeans and lots of layered boho necklaces for an easy weekend style.
If you’re ready to freshen up your closet with some new tees, check out some of our favorites below!
- Cut Out: Hardtail ($84, hardtailforever.com)
- Baseball: Hurley ($27, hurley.com)
- Crop: H&M ($7, hm.com)
- Graphic: Aerie, ($23, aerie.com)
- V-Neck: J.Crew ($30, jcrew.com)
- Muscle: American Eagle ($30, ae.com)
- Sweatshirt: Zoe Karssen ($130, net-a-porter.com)
- Striped: Pink ($20, victoriassecret.com)
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Written on March 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm , by Marla Horenbein
We’re tired. Tired of talking about the cold, tired of dressing for the cold, and most definitely tired of running in the cold. And if we’re this tired of it, we’re pretty sure you are too. Lucky for us, it finally seems like temps are starting to creep above freezing, and we’re desperately waiting for the day when we can officially chuck our snow boots to the back the closet, never to be worn again…at least until next winter. Until then, we’re stock piling some of our favorite warm-weather trends, and what better way to break out of the winter blues than with a burst of red?
Call Me, Maybe?: Cell phones have become just as much of an accessory as our jewelry and handbags, so why not dress yours up in a ‘notice me’ color this spring? Our pick: ban.do’s Shazaam Red.
Baby Got Back: We’re suckers for cute undies, especially comfy boyshorts, like these from Aerie. Wear ‘em under your favorite flouncy skirt or when it’s time to hit the hay…we’ll leave that up to you.
Cutting Edge: Splits59 has quickly become one of our go-to active brands, and we’re obsessed with their super cozy sweats. This edgy top features a sexy cut-out neckline and thumbholes. Yes, please!
Watch Out: The best way to add a POC (pop of color) to your wardrobe without going overboard? A little wrist action. We can’t get enough of the fun designs from May28th.
Babe Watch: You don’t have to be Pam Anderson to look smokin’ hot in a red bathing suit. This sporty style will have you turning heads on spring break.
Kick Back: Flashy slip-on kicks are all the rage this season, but if fire engine red is too vibrant for your style, try a washed version instead!
Eye Candy: Ditch your boring black shades for a pair with some spunk. Hobie’s Dogpatch sunglasses have cool reflective (and polarized!) lenses to keep your eyes safe from the sun. Grab a red pair and be part of the limited edition crew!
Back Up: Hike through less-than-perfect weather this spring with this water-resistant backpack from Timberland. Your stuff will stay dry, and this poppy red will ensure that your hiking buddies won’t lose you along the trail.
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Written on February 14, 2014 at 9:32 am , by Marla Horenbein
This Valentine’s Day will be the first one that I’ve spent solo in almost nine years (insert Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance here). Because I have a love-hate relationship with February 14th, I’m not totally bummed about not having plans (a night of rom-coms? Okay by me!), and knowing that there will be no pressure to find the perfect dress to be wined and dined in is a huge sigh of relief. But like most single gals, the thought of not receiving an embarrassingly large bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolate from a crush does sting a little. So instead of waiting for Mr. Right to suddenly appear and shower me with gifts, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands. Here’s how I’ll be spoiling myself this V-Day, with a little love from some of my favorite jewelry designers. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, ladies!
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Written on January 2, 2014 at 10:10 am , by Marla Horenbein
You’ve indulged more than you’d like to admit this holiday season, and now it’s time get back out there and burn some serious calories. But thinking about getting out of your warm bed at 6am to head to the gym seems less than appealing, right? Getting dressed is half the battle, so leave the excuses and whining at home, and take on the cold with some of winter’s best accessories and layers.
- Nike’s Aeroloft vest is the perfect layering piece for winter runs. It’s super lightweight (800-fill goose down!), so it keeps you warm without weighing you down.
- Whether you’re heading to the gym or venturing out for a snowy run, this Under Armour Charged Cotton Storm beanie will keep your noggin dry in the worst conditions. UA’s water-resistant storm technology wicks away moisture to help keep you dry longer, so using weather as an excuse to slack-off is not an option!
- Editor tested, athlete approved. Altheta’s Queen of the Mountain jacket is on the top of our list for keeping warm while being active this winter. And with 360* reflective detailing, you’ll be fully visible during those early morning or late night workouts.
- Sometimes all you need is a little color to get you inspired and out of your rut. These Saucony Space Dye Run gloves will add a fun pop to your outfit, and are sure to get you motivated and out on the streets.
- Jumping into a workout with cold muscles can cause injuries, so when you head to your next barre or Pilates class, try a pair of flats to help keep your tootsies warm. Blake Brody has tons of cute options, but the colorful braided strap on the Leah flat is just too good to pass up.
- Headed to the mountain? Keep your ears warm with the Bauhaus Knitted headband from Sweaty Betty. The fun jacquard print will make you stand out on the slopes, while staying put for extra comfort.
- Layer up for your next savasana sesh with Lululemon’s Savasana socks. The cozy merino wool will keep your toes toasty both in and out of the studio.
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Written on January 1, 2014 at 7:30 am , by Guest Blogger
FITNESS has teamed up with Gilt to bring you up to 60 percent off the best workout clothes and gear. Shop the sale at gilt.com/fitness starting January 1. Here, check out the go-to pieces Tracey Lomrantz Lester, the women’s editorial director of Gilt, chooses for looking stylish while working out.
Fitness is a really important part of my life. I’m prone to being a stress case, so I love the opportunity to turn everything off and sweat it all out. Here’s a peek at my best get-sweaty looks.
Bikram is my therapy! I aim to get to the studio three mornings a week, usually on my busiest weekdays so that I can get centered before the crazy comes. I think my most productive workouts are my sweatiest ones, and there is no lack of that when you spend 90 minutes in a 105-degree room. I keep my wardrobe minimal so the laundry isn’t as daunting; a sports bra and little boogie shorts do the trick.
I do most of my spinning on the weekends, because that’s when the class times are most convenient for me. I love to do a 9am on a Saturday–it makes me feel energized all day (and a little less guilty for that second martini on Saturday night). My go-to gear is a long bike pant and a tank top with a built-in sports bra. I like something streamlined so it doesn’t get in the way of my ride.
Cardio at the Gym
When I can’t commit to a class time or am in a crunch, I’ll head to my gym for some cardio and light weights. I like 45 minutes on the stair climber or elliptical, usually in running shorts and an old college T-shirt swiped from my husband’s drawer.
Even in the colder months, I love getting a little fresh air when I exercise. I live close to Central Park, so I take my bike around the 6-mile loop once or twice. They key is to layer up so you don’t freeze your butt off! I usually wear my bike pants, a sweat-wicking top, a zip-up jacket, and a fleece or a vest on top.
Written on December 19, 2013 at 9:05 am , by Marla Horenbein
Drop the Christmas sweater! We repeat: Drop the Christmas sweater! And while you’re at it, ditch your sequin dress, plaid shirts and candy cane earrings. This holiday season, we don’t want you to look like a walking Christmas present, so we’ve pulled together some tips that will have you acing holiday style, without looking like you belong under the tree.
We love a good ugly Christmas sweater party, but they call them that for a reason. There are other ways to be festive on Christmas without sporting Rudolph all day. We suggest layering a crisp white shirt under an oversized cozy cable knit or funnel neck sweater, like the one below. It reeks of chicness, and if grandma asks why you didn’t wear the sweater she got you last year, just show her pictures from that party you went to. We think she’ll approve.To wear tights, or not to wear tights? That is the question. We all face it this time of year (at least those of us living in cities with freezing temps), so why not nix it all together and opt for pants instead? Sure, a dress or skirt might feel like the right option for your holiday bash, but a cool pair of leather pants and some sexy pumps can have the same effect without the goosebumps and the chills.