Winter Workout Wear & Gift Guide for the Fitness Lover

Happy Monday, loves, and welcome back to a new week! Thank you so much for the birthday love… your messages made my weekend even more special! We laid low at the lake, eating cake and playing games, and it was exactly what I wanted! I even played the birthday card and got Mr. SP to help me put up a little tree there. I still can’t believe the Sugar Shack is ours!

We had genuinely chilly days this weekend, so the layers came out. I love being active outside year-round, and winter months call for quality layers that keep me both warm and dry. Of course Athleta delivers with both style and function!

Evolve Fleece Vest | In Motion Top | Downtown Jacket | Salutation Stash Pocket 7/8 TightsRibbed Pom Beanie

There’s a lot to love about Athleta, so partnering with them this season has been a real honor!

  1. Athleta is size inclusive, and most everything comes in 0-26 for petite, tall, and regular, so their styles are for everyone! And they showcase them as such on both their website and in-store mannequins.
  2. The fabrics are buttery soft and the seams are smooth, so there’s no scratching or chaffing. Plus, they’re so well-made they last for years.
  3. 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!
  4. The colors are vivid and the prints so cute. And even better, they fit like a glove for all your active needs.
  5. Many of their pieces are made in a Fair Trade Certified Factory.

Plus, Athleta’s core value is Women for Women, and they are committed to celebrating the power of women and girls everywhere! That’s a message I strive to teach and exemplify to my daughter every day!

If you’re an outdoor runner in winter, this Evolve Fleece Vest is amazing for adding warmth to your core, without bulk and weight. I layered it over the In Motion Top, which is lightweight with seamless construction.

Sugarplum Fit Tip: The vest is fitted, so size up if you plan to zip it. The shirt is stretchy and relaxed, I’m in an XS.

Evolve Fleece Vest | In Motion Top | Ribbed Pom Beanie

I’d like to tell you I’ll be wearing this Downtown Jacket all winter, but Little Miss has already swiped it from my closet! And she’s not even a puffer girl!! (There’s a reason this is Athleta’s Top 10 selling item!)

The fit and weight is perfection… super lightweight, but warm, and not overly bulky. I love the tall collar and longer length in the back for wearing over workout leggings.

And speaking of Little Miss, this jacket would make a great gift for all the teen girls in your life!

Fit Tip: I always size up in jackets, I’m in a small.

Downtown Jacket | Salutation Stash Pocket 7/8 TightsRibbed Pom Beanie

Downtown Jacket | Salutation Stash Pocket 7/8 Tights

The Salutation Stash Pocket 7/8 Tights are my favorites so far (I haven’t tried them all yet!)… they have good compression without constriction, a high-waist with smooth seams, and great cropped length for my height. They even have a pocket perfect for stashing your phone. Isn’t this print so fun? I love the pink leopard, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Salutation Stash Pocket 7/8 Tights

Evolve Fleece Vest | In Motion Top | Downtown Jacket | Salutation Stash Pocket 7/8 TightsRibbed Pom Beanie


I love everything I’m wearing… and all are great for yourself or gifting. If you’ve got some active lovers and outdoor enthusiasts on your list, here are a few of my top gift picks from Athleta.

one. Luxe Tunic Sweatshirt | two. Leopard Scarf
three. Arm/Ankle Weights | four. Insulated Water Bottle
five. Pom Beanie | six. Coffee Run Wallet
seven. Sherpa Jacket | eight. Silk Scrunchies
nine. Waist Bag | ten. Bombas Fitness Socks


Whether you’re looking workout essentials or cozy must-haves, Athleta has you covered! And most is available in sizes 0 to 26, including petite and tall!

Their Holiday Gift Shop is chock-full of great ideas at all price points, perfect for you or all the women and girls on your list! So tell me, what Athleta pieces do you love most in Winter?



*Photos by the darling and talented Audrie Dollins. This post is created in collaboration with Athleta and ShopStyle Collective, but all product selections, styling, and brand crushes are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

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