Happy Holidays! I took a quick break in this final holiday shopping push to do a little shopping at Athleta’s Semi Annual Sale. As a regular gym goer, I do shop often at Athleta. Some people in my area don’t even know their clothes and I’m always shocked but I understand – our closest store is not at our local mall but one 20 minutes away in another state – Virginia at Tysons Corner Mall. Some people are daunted by going to another state. It seems far, right? To me it isn’t at all but that’s another story. Lol. I took one of these last few holiday shopping days and to head over there because for me, I always prefer to try it on in person if I can. It was definitely worth it.
Why I Like Athleta
Athleta clothes are just as good as Lululemon and Zella as far as styles, quality and fit. They also offer free alterations and a bonus is being able to use any Gap/Old Navy/Banana rewards in the store. I actually have a Gap credit card and save up my rewards to use specifically at Athleta. ? It makes the shopping more fun! Another reason I love Athleta is that the have such a large line of athleisure clothes, bathing suits and cover ups for the Summer, and shoes. So more then just gym clothes. Oh and I almost forgot, and especially important this time of year, is that they have pants that can be worn outside for Winter activities, too! And finally, they make an awesome catalog. I always love getting the catalog in the mail – it offers great outfit ideas and at least shows the clothes better then just looking online. Oh how I envy those models and their perfectly fit and laid back lifestyle. Ha!
My Picks from the Sale
Now, let me say I did my best with the clothes to find what I felt was worth trying on and available in my size. The store was quite busy and while the sale just started yesterday, you can tell some items are going fast. And the lighting, gosh the lighting….it’s always a bit rough in this store so I tried my best.
Power Up Tank (XS) in White – this ran big, a bit loose and long. Not great for me. But I could see it working well on someone else.
High Rise Serpeant Chatarunga Tight (XS) in Silver Bells – Athleta’s Chaturanga line is their line of tights I already own and are my favorites. These tights are on sale in black but I grabbed this gray color for something different. The run TTS and were quite comfortable. I’d go for either color if you’re looking for a tight/legging with a little bit of a pattern.
Elite Max Cushion No Show Tab by Feetures® Socks – So this was random but I noticed they had socks and while my feet are really small, I generally stay away from the ones in stores because they’re always big. But this pair was unpackaged so I felt it was sign to try them on. Lol. I really liked them! They’re made for running but I think they’re warm and comfy so I’d just wear them around the house. And therefore….I didn’t buy them. Couldn’t justify it right now even though they are on sale for $9.99.
So then I just kept on the above outfit and threw on this Merino Tunic Sweater (XS) in Dove. It is not on sale but I liked it! A simple every day sweater you could throw on with a lot of different outfits.
Then I moved on to trying on clothes in the blue family. Ha! So I grabbed these High Rise Shine Chaturanga Tight (XS) in Total Eclipse because I thought they were on sale but turns out this gray/blue color is not included in the sale, only the black and brown (espresso) are. Go for the black if they still have your size! (They do run TTS) I just didn’t love the blue color in person, I was really looking more of a real blue but this is definitely a blue/gray. That being said, they are comfortable! Again, they’re from the Chaturanga line of tights, my favorite. ? And the shine is really in style and very versatile!
Power Up Long Sleeve (XS) in Navy – This top I just happened upon and this was the best surprise! I originally grabbed it in an XXS but I ended up liking the XS, which is my regular size, just fine. It is super comfortable and even perfect for every day and not just for the gm. The thumb holes are a little bonus.
Same tights as above but showing the Camo Speedlight Tank (XS). It is NOT on sale but I was really drawn to the blue camo. And honestly, now that I see it’s sold out online in the XS I wish I had bought it today. It was perfectly comfortable and has good cleavage coverage. Bummer.
Wearing the same Power Up Tank from the first picture but with the Spectrum Sonar 7/8 Tight (XS) in Black. I’ve never really been a fan of running tights but I loved the rainbow reflective trim on these. I thought it was so fun and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked these tights!
Wearing the same Spectrum Sonar 7/8 Tights as above but with the Transcendence Support Tank (XS) in black. This reminds me of a tank I have from Lululemon (link is to new version, I have old version). This one piece support tank with the built in bra is perfect for yoga since the back is really open. I only wish it was a bit higher in the cleavage area.
Transcendence Support Tank (XS) close up
These Polartec Power Stretch Tights (Small) are not on sale but I’d been thinking about them for awhile because they are fleece lined. Yup, fleece!! So while I have a cheap pair of fleece leggings I got 2 years ago at Target when we had a blizzard, occasionally I’ve wished for a fleece lined pair that looks better for every day. And not for under snow pants. These Polartec Power Stretch Tights are it! They also have zippered pockets and are similar to the Metro Drifter Tight, which I do own in black and love. Just know you need to size up and they are tight at the ankle!
Other items I saw in the store but weren’t available in my size to try on and saw online are below except for these Adelynn by Jslides (Silver) sneakers. I only saw them online and I do love Jslides! Actually, the booties I was wearing that day that are in some of the pictures are actually Jslides as well.