Written on September 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Anna Seils, fashion intern
While beach volleyball is all about the sand, hot bods and bikinis, the fashion trends spread far beyond the surf. Olympic volleyball athletes and teammates Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross sat down from their hectic lives of volleyball training—and winning like crazy in the AVP tournament—to talk about their trend-worthy style.
They wear what works for them. Although they look super similar (per tournament protocols), the winning ladies have different sponsors, so the gear isn’t identical. Jennings works with Asics for all of her equipment needs, whereas Ross teams up with Mizuno. Thankfully, for some tournaments, the uniform requirements are more flexible. “It’s fun, I can wear a green bottom and she can wear a green top,” says Ross. “But on the World Tour, you have to match exactly. So we wear a lot of black then.” And keep an eye out for gear designed by the pros—Jennings is developing a shoe and apparel line with Asics that is sure to be full of functional style.
Uniform features matter. After all, you don’t want to start a game and realize there’s no way you’re making it through a set with the top you have on. So Jennings and Ross test, test, test—and keep an eye out for key gear components. “For me, having a bikini that ties behind the neck, it crushes my neck, so I can’t have that,” says Ross. “And if you wear a bikini that ties behind the neck every day, it hurts really badly. So we do the criss-cross straps in the back.” One thing they don’t look for? Skimpy suits. “I think our sport is sexy enough,” explains Jennings.
They buy each other gifts. Many athletes are notorious for good luck charms, and Walsh and Jennings are no exception. For an extra mental push on the courts, “I got each of us a Giving Keys [pendant],” says Jennings. “Mine says, ‘breathe’ and April’s says ‘dream.’ I want to invite breath and pause into my life, and this is just a daily reminder.”
Beauty takes a backseat, but it’s not dismissed. Hair and nails take a pounding thanks to sweating in the elements these Olympians train in (tons of sand = not so great for manicures). To make ‘em last and look good throughout the competition, “You have to do gel on the beach,” explains Ross. “If you get a normal manicure, it’s gone in a day.” As for the hair, both whip it into a cute pony or braid so it stays out of the way while still looking stylish.
Their styles off-court vary. When they’re not kicking a** and taking names, the pair likes to relax (and, well, cover up) in comfy, casual outfits. While Jennings is a fan of the classic jeans and tank combo, Ross opts for feminine, flowy outfits (Free People is a fave brand)—but with an edge. “I like being more girly off court, but I can’t be too girly or I’ll feel weird,” she says. “So I’ll wear sundresses with sneakers or pile on harder jewelry to offset it. I try to find the balance, and my main concern is to feel comfortable.”
To get more of Jennings and Ross, watch them in the championship game of the AVP Beach Volleyball Tour this weekend.
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Written on September 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm , by Katie Maguire
Activewear as a fashion trend is not a new fad; for years, women have been spending increasingly more time and money on their workout wardrobes as fitness apparel becomes a norm for everyday attire. But Athleta has taken it to the next level with their adrenaline-pumping performance-turned-runway show, which acted as the unofficial start to NYFW—especially for us here at FITNESS.
Not your average runway show in the slightest, Athleta combined the athletic efforts of trampolines, jogging, yoga, breakdancing and more to showcase the wide range of sports and movement that can be done in the clothing. The show certainly lived up to the name “Crush of Adrenaline” and removed any traces of doubt that activewear can’t be a fashionable option.
The most important element to Athleta, as explained to us by senior design director Nancy Taylor, is that they create clothes that are fashionable and practical. “So it’s not extreme, overt athletic wear, but it combines both facets demonstrated honestly—not by traditional runway models—but true athletes performing in it in front of your eyes.”
“We’re seeing activewear and fitness emerge as a huge trend within fashion because women want to be healthy and active every day but not have to change a million times a day,” Taylor said backstage before yesterday’s show. One perfect example: the jogger pant, which, as Taylor described, would transition well through evening if paired with the right top.
We’re all about bridging the gap between chic outfits and heart-pumping workouts, so here’s to hoping there are more fitness-inspired shows at NYFW!
Photos courtesy of Athleta
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Written on August 27, 2014 at 9:51 am , by Katie Maguire
Don’t get us wrong; we love the U.S. Open primarily for its action-packed matches, incredibly talented athletes and unexpected wins from the underdog. But, tennis is also one of the few sports that allows for a little personality to shine in every outfit. So when the official US Open 2014 seedings were released by the U.S. Tennis Association, we decided to combine the numbers with a little bit of their expected fashion choices—we always want to keep you 100 percent informed, after all. These are only a few of the looks that have been confirmed and we can’t wait to see what else comes down the
Serena Williams (and our May cover star!)
Never one to bore on the tennis court, Serena always keeps it fun and bright.
Country: United States
Maria’s look is cool and sleek, keeping her focused and driven during the match.
As the youngest top-rated player, Eugenie keeps it bright and fun to match her age, but not too distracting: she’s out here to win.
You can never go wrong with an all-black ensemble and Ana adds a little pop of color with her mint shoes.
Caroline’s look is flirty and fun, but remains trim and practical for ultimate performance.
The blue and white combo is always a good choice: clean and simple with pops of sophisticated color.
Forget orange, nude is the new black: simple, but oh so chic. Andrea is keeping her eye on the prize.
You can find all items for purchase online here, so you can recreate the player’s looks yourself. Which outfit is your favorite?
Pictures courtesy of Nike and Adidas
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Written on August 19, 2014 at 9:56 am , by Katie Maguire
In every woman’s collection of accessories, a statement pair of sunglasses is a must. However, most people tend to stick to their one perfect shape and focus on practicality, rather than fun. But why do we do that? Don’t we all deserve a pair of sunglasses that makes us feel like a million bucks while spending a fraction of the price? CRAP Eyewear, ironically named, is your answer to a cool, funky pair of sunglasses that won’t break the bank.
Self-described on their website as “an independent sunglass founded by a couple of beach rats who still own and operate the brand,” CRAP Eyewear is gaining popularity all over the country as the low-maintenance, stylish option we all crave. With style names like “The Human Fly,” “The Diamond Brunch” and “The Nudie Mag,” the brand offers frame shapes that you don’t see everyday, which is exactly their angle. It’s a budget-friendly alternative that yields a big reward in the chic department. Every collection ranges in colors and shapes and every pair is under $60. Consider me sold.
Here are a few of my personal favorites, but check out the rest of their Summer ’14 collection on their website.
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Written on August 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Anna Hecht, editorial intern
What’s more fun than looking super cute while training like a beast? Answer: nothing. Which is why we totally love a good running skirt. This fall, the brand behind the original, Skirt Sports, celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a “Virtual 10 on 10 Run” on September 13th. As you probably guessed, we’re joining the fun and are pretty pumped to sport this season’s trendiest styles.
Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of what exactly a “Virtual 10 on 10 Run” entails, we must talk about just how crazy it is that the running skirt has officially been around for an entire decade. News like this can make a girl feel pretty old. I mean, we’re talking 2004 here, back when Usher’s “Burn” was the top pop single and movies like Mean Girls and The Notebook were rockin’ the big screen (We still love you, RyGos and Rachel).
It was also the year that professional triathlete Nicole DeBoom debuted the running skirt—while winning Ironman Wisconsin, no less—and used her prize money to start Skirt Sports, a brand that’s dedicated the last decade to making women look and feel great while running. Talk about major girl power.
So, what exactly is this virtual run, and how can you participate? From September 13-15, Skirt Sports invites women from around the world to run either a 10K or 10 miles (if you happen to live in Boulder, CO you can run with the Skirt Sports team!). Sign up here, and share your training and race-day adventures on social media—just remember to tag @SkirtSports. Every participant that registers will receive a gift certificate to Skirt Sports, a Lucky #10 race bib and a finisher’s gift post-race.
Still new to the world of running skirts? Check out some of our fave picks below. From the most fashionable styles to the best options for optimal performance, you’ll love the freedom that comes with wearing skirts while running your fastest. What are you waiting for? Time to suit up, sign up and pound some pavement. Happy training!
From Left to Right:
- Skirt Sports ($65, skirtsports.com)
- New Balance ($31, newbalance.com)
- Adidas ($45, adidas.com)
- Asics ($30, asicsamerica.com)
- Under Armour ($41, underarmour.com)
- Nike ($33, dickssportinggoods.com)
- Lululemon ($58, lululemon.com)
- Fabletics ($30, fabletics.com)
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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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