Spring is finally here, summer will be here in no time, and you've probably already forgotten about that new year resolution to be more active. Okay, okay, so while you've been staying true to your goal, I have definitely slacked off. I can think of about 99 reasons why getting started on a workout routine that is consistent has been tough, but I didn't want apparel to be one. So I ventured into foreign territory and began my research on sustainable active wear.
First I had to identify what kind of work out I would actually feel inclined to keep up with and decided on hiking, yoga, and barre. Then I put together a list of essential workout gear I would need - Yoga pants or leggings, low to medium impact sports bras, running shoes, and breathable tanks or tees - that are versatile enough to use no matter what kind of work out I'm feeling that day. For the purpose of narrowing down, I wanted to share my finds for the first two.
My verdict on the Monroe bra? I probably wouldn't run a marathon in it, but its perfect for light work outs, and hikes. The zipper makes it as convenient to take off as it is to put on, although I must admit this is the first sports bra I've owned that I could potentially live in.
It is cute enough to wear out as a crop top too. Coming to a musical festival near you....
I in-listed the help of facebook for this one. After asking in various fb groups focused on sustainability and filtering through their nightmare inducing tie-dye suggestions, I was able to come across this hidden gem. You see, if I'm working out in order to try to feel and look my best both physically and "spiritually" then I need apparel that will make it look like its possible. Ena apparel's line does just that.
Their collection is centered around basics that are easy to wear daily. Here I paired their Laila Slash bra top with my first Girlfriend leggings.
Even after the recommendation from a fellow slow fashion acquaintance, I had a hard time finding sufficient information on the brand, so I did what any conscious consumer should - I asked them directly. Prior to placing my order I learned that Ena apparel was a small, women owned company, manufacturing all of their pieces in Chicago. The pieces are cut from sample materials in small batches shortening their carbon footprint.
Although I feel the brand has some steps to take towards sustainability, I'm happy to be able to support this American company.
I'm hoping this list will continue to grow as my waist begins to shrink, and my core stregnthens, but in the meantime I find my active wardrobe to be pretty close to solid. Whether you dress in these threads just to make a weekly pizza run, or you call the gym your second home, I want to hear all about the active brands you love in the comments below.