Welcome back to a new week, friends! We hosted our son’s graduation party last night, and it was full of so many emotions! On the one hand, it was amazing to be surrounded with so many people who love and support him. To see him embraced by the community he’s built was such a proud moment for me.
But on the other hand, we’re now one step closer to the end of this season with him. I know the next season will be sweet, but right now, all I feel is bittersweet. And a little sad. And even a touch scared. I know I’ve spent much of this year chattering about this transition, and I so appreciate y’all indulging me, and lifting me up.
Let’s change the subject before I start ugly crying, shall we?! I’m super excited about today’s post…one, because I found the most amazing new pieces; and two, it’s featuring a brand you’ve been requesting for years!! Literally years!
I often ask you guys which retailers you’d like me to add to the mix, and Athleta is always at the top of the list. And for the life of me, I don’t know what took me so long to try them for myself! After only one trip, I’m hooked!
Here’s what I love about Athleta pieces so far…
one // The fabrics are buttery soft and so well made, and most pieces come in petite, tall, and regular sizes.
two // The seams are smooth so there’s no scratching or chaffing.
three // They offer a super liberal return policy, even encouraging you to work out in your new pieces before deciding if you want to keep them!
four // The colors are vivid and the prints so cute. And even better, they fit like a glove for all your active needs.
five // Many of their pieces are made in a Fair Trade Certified Factory
I already have a handful of new favorites, starting with these striped leggings. The material is smooth and cool to the touch, with just a touch of compression. The mid-rise holds you in, without creating a muffin-top. They also have a back zipper compartment for small essentials. Plus, the colorful stripe is super cute!
The tank is a lightweight, silky nylon with a touch of stretch and smooth seams. See more of the detail in the next pic!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in both tank and leggings
With the Texas heat, outdoor workouts require shorts! The wider waistband of these mid-rise run shorts help keep them comfortably in place, and the 4″ inseam stay put without bunching up when running. They offer a built-in liner and both a secure zippered pocket and hidden key envelope pocket.
This is the same tank as above, but you can see the cute detail on the side. I might need this in every color!
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in both the tank and shorts.
Same shorts, but in a fun dark camo pattern! You can see the back also has a concealed ventilation flap to keep you cool. The tank is buttery soft with a touch of compression. It’s also a longer length if you prefer to cover your bum, and the back is a ruched mesh racerback.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS in both
I haven’t played tennis in ages, but I suddenly want to pick it up again! How cute and fun is this pleated skirt? Actually, it’s a skort, thanks to the built-in shorts. It’s a silky lycra material and high-rise waist with adjustable internal drawstring. It offers a back zip and internal phone and tennis ball pockets, too.
The collared shirt is semi-fitted with a notched v-neck and a special Cooltouch fabric that moves with you. It also has added ventilation in targeted spots to keep you cooler.
Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in both, but would prefer a size down.
Another surprise to me…Athleta offers clothes outside of activewear! The same soft, quality fabrics, in easy-to-wear shapes. This scoop neck tank is made of 100% organic cotton, and is lightweight and soft. These linen shorts have a comfortable wide elastic waistband and cute front pockets (so no added bulk on the sides).
Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS tank and size 0 shorts, but would prefer a 2.
Meet your new pack-and-go travel dress! This super-soft high neck dress is modal cotton with a touch of stretch. It skims the body in all the right places, without clinging, and falls to the knee. The empire waist gives the illusion of a taller, leaner form, too!
Fit Tip: I sized up to a small for less body-con fit.
And the surprises just keep coming! While shopping Athleta, I spotted Hill City on the Gap Inc site, and added a few things for Mr. SP to my cart. Hill City offers the same amazing fit and high-performance fabrics, but for the guys! Mr. SP lives in athleisure, and has already declared these as new faves for working out and lounging around.
This t-shirt is 100% Supima cotton that dries quickly and fights odor. #praise! I love the simple logo, too. He gives these shorts two very enthusiastic thumbs-up! They’re moisture-wicking, water-repellant, and wrinkle-free! Plus, they offer UV production, and dry quickly. He’s worn them to work out and play golf, and loves them!
Fit Tip: Mr. SP is 5’10” and 160lbs, and wearing a medium in both pieces.
These long-sleeve tees are made with a special fiber that dries quickly and wicks sweat, while staying super soft on the skin. The training vest is made of a 4-way stretch that regulates body temperature and fights odor.
Fit Tip: He’s wearing a medium in all pieces, so true to size for a relaxed fit.
Amazing pieces, right?! And I’ve only scratched the surface! Athleta also offers swimsuits, bras, shoes, dresses, rompers, jackets and accessories! I don’t know if I’m excited or nervous about Little Miss discovering Athleta Girl!
So tell me, what are your go-to Athleta pieces? What do I need to try next?? And I promise not to wait so long next time you recommend a brand!
[Shop My Athleta Faves]
[Shop Mr. SP’s Hill City Faves]
*This post is created in collaboration with Athleta, Hill City, and ShopStyle, but all product selections, opinions, and humbled blogger feelings are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors.*