Work It Out: Three Athleisure and Activewear Brands We Love for Spring

Posted on April 09, 2018, 10:56 am
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What could be worse that doing the same exercise routine every day? How about wearing the same boring black, nondescript workout wear while doing it? Luckily, the mundane workout gear phase has come to an end, quicker than you can say “kombucha.” More and more, we are seeing stand-out pieces that are engineered for versatile motion and style, that are performance-based, yet chic.

The athleisure movement has taken activewear beyond the gym, and it is exciting to see it now go beyond a past, cookie-cutter mentality with modern pieces for all shapes and sizes. Toss those tired black yoga pants aside and get some snazzy gear to motivate you to better health. Here are my three favorites that help you stand out while you work out, or get out and about.

Sweaty Betty at Nordstrom

Sweaty Betty. Image courtesy of Nordstrom.

The London-based activewear brand Sweaty Betty recently partnered for the first time with Nordstrom in celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary. The Sweaty Betty Spring/Summer 2018 collection features more than 100 pieces designed for function and fashion, including the cult-favorite: bum-sculpting superhero leggings. (You had us at “bum-sculpting.) This includes their best-selling item from 2012, the Power Leggings in a heritage Union Jack print.

The Union Jack leggings are just the first in a series of limited-edition products from the archives. Sweaty Betty will be releasing a new item each month to celebrate twenty years of fashion. Sweaty Betty’s Nordstrom collab also features reversible yoga pants, lightweight shorts, and sports bras in exclusive new prints.

Designed by an all-female team, the brand aims to make women feel beautiful and powerful from studio to street. Sweaty Betty’s expansion is a first beyond their own stores and will be in 25 Nordstrom stores, as well as online. Find the collection at



Terez Star Wars Scrapbook Legging

This New York company was created by two lifelong friends who have their fingers on the pulse of what is now. Terez makes some of the freshest patterns out there. In addition to releasing new prints each month, the company also has a special edition Star Wars collaboration that is out of this world. Pop culture rules with cheeky prints like mixed tapes, emojis, stars, rainbow stripes and even a dog named Toast featured in a collage of fun, with partial sales benefiting the Humane Society of The United States’ Friends of Finn initiative.

Beyond the fab designs of tees, hoodies and more, I love the real life details in design. The high band option on both their capri and full length leggings makes for major comfort and ease of movement even during the most challenging HIIT workout. If there was a company of unicorn and rainbows personified, Terez would be it.



Alala Talus Parka

This chicest of athleisure companies has head-turning pieces that make you feel ready to conquer the town. The designs of Alala are sleek and understated in black, white, gray and navy, but range from an edgy moto vibe to more sophisticated, urban silhouettes.

Want to wear something original? Alala offers customization, where you can create personalized tights. After you pick your size, you can choose from 10 colors/prints for the upper and mid sections, plus you can monogram them at no additional charge. This cool company goes beyond the gym, with a gorgeous raincoat, dresses and bodysuits that will keep up with your busy life.

Featured image courtesy of Nordstrom.

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog,, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.