Hello! I’m going to start things off with a little fashion show about some of my favorite lesser-known fitness apparel brands. Don’t get me wrong — I do love the big brands, too! — but if you’re looking for some new running gear outside the usual spectrum of Nike, Brooks, Lulu, etc. then here are some other shopping options to consider. (*FYI I wasn’t compensated to promote the brands below in this post — just 100% my own thoughts!)
And then we’ll end with pizza!
1. Cory Vines. This Canadian company is all about high-quality “curated” fitness apparel that’s simple and versatile. I tried one of their tanks a couple years ago (sorry, the coupon code in that post isn’t valid anymore!) and was impressed by the soft, breathable feel of the fabric. If you end up ordering something, remember that their sizes run a little big!
2. Sweaty Betty. Check out Sweaty Better for fun prints, patterns, and bright colors. I think this company’s been in the UK for awhile and is now entering the US market! Apparently they just opened a store in NYC. I tried one of their tanks a few months ago and really liked it. Opposite of Cory Vines, SB’s clothes run more toward the form-fitting side. This tank layers really well under jackets, too. I always get compliments on the fun faded pattern!
3. Oiselle. I don’t know if Oiselle counts as “lesser known” anymore since Kara Goucher recently ditched Nike (!) to represent them instead, but I’m still adding them to the list! I actually don’t own anything from Oiselle but have always wanted to try their famous “no-poof” shorts. Maybe when I overcome my obsession with Nike tempo shorts, I’ll go buy a pair?
4. Fabletics. Fabletics is a new find of mine. I ordered the new customer special a while back and got a sports bra, tank top, and capris for $30. Considering what a deal it was, I expected to be underwhelmed by the quality of the clothing — but was actually surprised at how nice everything was. The sports bra was so-so (but then again, nothing will ever beat the Aerie sports bra in my opinion), but the tank and BRIGHT blue capris were awesome! They fit well and weren’t scratchy, sticky, or cheap-looking. In the photo below I’m wearing the capris while modeling my signature TRX moves 😉 (the top I’m wearing is actually from Cotton on Body, an Australian brand. I’ll have to do an Australian fitness clothing post next!)
5. Ellie. Formerly pv.body, this company went from being a distributor of off-season/sale items from other brands to becoming its own producer and distributor of Ellie-branded items. I know they had some bumps in the beginning, but I’m hoping they’ve sorted their business model out by now! I tried a top and leggings from them a couple years ago, and still wear both today!
And because it’s Friday, let’s end with pizza. When I heard that Five Points Pizza in East Nashville was giving out free slices at their walk-thru window the other night, you bet I dropped everything I was doing and got my butt in line ASAP.Five Point Pizza just won a Best of Nashville award (for pizza, obviously). I can’t think of a better way to say thank you to its voters!I’d never tried their pizza before. It was really good!! I think we’ve found our permanent Nashville pizza place… though I’m concerned about this fact because Five Points Pizza is less than two miles from my house. Could be dangerous.Dangerously delicious. Have a lovely weekend!
- Locals: what’s your favorite Nashville pizza spot?
- Name a lesser-known fitness brand you love!
- Tell me what you’re looking forward to this weekend!