It’s only Tuesday, and this week already feels like it’s 10 days long. Anyone else? Just me? Awesome. CrossFit is hard. To distract yourself from how slow this week is going, here are 5 more quirky picks from the world of athleisure on this week’s lemon-free list.
I know the hooded North Face Dress was a popular item from last time, and I couldn’t help but snap one up for myself. In case you missed it, catch the review here. And now? ONWARD!
Favorite #1: Athleta Aurora Precision 7/8 Tight ($118) in black*
Oh looky here, I’ve been distracted by a shiny item. Black doesn’t tell the whole story… because Athleta decided to see if they can capitalize on the fact that people were willing to shell out $800 on eBay for lululemon’s rainbow reflective Speed Tights from this year’s exclusive collection. While not an all over effect, I like the angles incorporated into the design. I’ve got my eye on you!
Favorite #2A: Sorel Out ‘N About Boot ($115) in black, mud
I still regret not jumping on the lululemon lumberjack Scuba 2 years ago. I had an expensive July that year, and I tried to exercise some self control. Ugh. Anyway, I’ve been known to tell people that my favorite color is plaid, so it won’t come to a shock to my friends and family that I’m raving over these boots on the internet.
Also, for those who don’t know… I am a complete bootsaholic. Namely, I’m a Sorelholic.
When Sorel released a lineup of buffalo checked boots last week, I nearly fell out of my chair in excitement. I have a pair of their moto boots from last season that are *lined* with this pattern, but now it’s on the outside for the world to see.
Favorite #2B: Sorel Whitney Camp Boot ($110) in red dahlia
Why they call them red dahlia here and black, mud on the others I have no clue. I definitely want a pair of one of these, but I’m not sure which. The Out & Abouts look like I’d wear them around town in New England more. The problem with me at this time of the year is that I start to get Aspen brain, because I’m a lucky duck who gets to spend a few weeks there on business in January. The Whitney Camps would fit in more there. They look like slippers, yes they do.
I don’t know. I am going to order one of these pairs, and soon. Input welcome in the comments section below! (Heads up: If you try and talk me out of them, I won’t listen.)
Not only are Sorels edgy enough in style to wear multiple seasons in a row, they are comfortable, durable and stand up to any snow or puddle you can stomp through.
Side Note: Sorel is owned by Columbia Sportswear. So, next time you go outlet shopping, pop into Columbia and it’s likely you’ll find a lineup of discounted boots.
Favorite #3: Athleta Merino Strobe Sweater ($78.99) in black combo
Like Game of Thrones incessantly reminded the world for years, winter is coming. Winter in my house means I just wear black & gray all the time because everything matches and packing suitcases in colder months becomes a piece of cake.
Monochromatic color blocking. Mod. I dig it.
Favorite #4: Puma Explosive Bodysuit ($49.99) in black
Hear me out. Any time lululemon’s tried to do a one-piece like this, it’s always landed at the bottom of my weekly Tuesday list. If I ever had a reason/occasion/confidence to work out in a one piece, THIS is what it should look like. Yogis, ballerinas, this one’s for you!
Favorite #5: prAna Diva Chevron Quilt Vest ($85.78) in indigo
You know what I love, and don’t own enough of? An off-centered zipper. The cozy lining around the neck is a great spot to bury your face in when you’ve misjudged the weather and thought you could get away with no jacket, just a vest. Because I’ve never done THAT before.
The Dud: NSF Lisse Sweatshirt ($294) in drab and NSF Sayde Sweatpants ($225) in drab
I could not believe my eyes when an email came through my inbox last week that touted these as a stylish new release. Are you kidding me? This is part of Carbon38’s ‘Deconstructed Edit’… which might as well be subtitled ‘War at the Laundromat, and the Laundromat Won’.
More baffling is that the page says ‘Back in Stock’… meaning someone actually bought these drab things the first go around, and Carbon38 had to get more. To that, I say:
That tattered looking getup costs over $500. Walmart sweats and a box cutter will probably set you back $18.47. You decide how you want to spend your money.
To put it in perspective, everything else on this list (incl BOTH pairs of Sorels) total up to ~$562. Those two are $519 alone.
ANYHOO… All this cold weather gear and nowhere to wear it, because it’s October 24th in CT and it’s still 70 degrees out. I suppose I should be grateful that this gives me more time to pick a pair of Sorels.