Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Dummies Guide to Fitness Apparel: Palm Beach Athletic Wear

I did one of those color runs last month where you start the race clean and pristine, but by the time you cross finish line you look like an exploded rainbow.  While I was waiting in the packet pick up line, the conversation with my fellow color runners turned to what we would be wearing to race.  I mentioned that even though they claimed the color would wash out, I wasn't willing to risk my good workout clothes.  What if it didn't wash out completely?  I shared that I planned on wearing old crappy clothes that I didn't care about.  A man turned to me and said, "Aren't all workout clothes old crappy clothes you don't care about?"  The poor man was clearly, well...a man.  (No offense intended to my well-dressed men friends).  It is quite the opposite, my friend. 

If it wasn't for the dress code requirements of my corporate day job, I would live in athletic wear.  I'd rather spend my hard earned money on workout clothes than on clothes for cubicle sitting work.  I am a bargain hunter when it comes to my work clothes, but nothing but the best will do for my workout gear.  Why?  It has to be high quality performance wear.  Proper fit is important, quality is important, and the right cloth is essential, but it also has to look good!  Workout clothes that look good, make you feel good.  When you feel good, it gives you a level of confidence.  Sometimes that confidence can be a source of added motivation.

This is exactly why I am loving Palm Beach Athletic Wear.  They offer the perfect mix of fashion forward style with fitness function. Their high quality athletic wear looks super cute, performs, and you can wear it to the gym or to run your Saturday afternoon errands.

Palm Beach Athletic Wear
The first item I pulled out of the box from Palm Beach Athletic Wear was a T-back sports bra with horizontal strap detail in the back.  I was instantly in love.  This is hands down, the sexiest sports bra that I own. A sexy sports bra would be pointless without performance.  This is the best of both worlds.  It is made with a quick dry fabric that feels comfortable and is supportive.  The cups are lined to avoid the dreaded "headlights" and the cut of the bra adds natural looking lift without any padding.  I actually look like I have cleavage shape!

Planking in my Palm Beach Athletic Wear bra and shorts.  Don't you just love those straps?

When I first looked at the butterfly shorts, I thought they looked tiny!  I was worried that they might be too small, but when I tried them on, they conformed exactly to my shape.  They were a perfect fit; snug, flattering, stretchy, and comfortable.  The waistband is firm, supportive, and forgiving of a non-perfect belly (for us non-fitness models).  I love the butterfly screen print design on the back.  The perfect combination of fashion and fitness.

Butterfly Short Waistband Detail

I have to admit that when I first pulled out the hoodie mesh vest, I wasn't sure what to think of it.  This is the sort of item that I usually wouldn't give a second look, but once I slipped it on over my sports bra, I realized, this is brilliant!  It is a cover-up for your workout clothes!  Suddenly I could stop at the grocery store on my way home from the gym or a race without being over exposed in my sports bra.  It is so light and airy that you could certainly leave it on during your workout.  This fashion forward piece has instantly become a new staple in my fitness wardrobe.

Back Yard Yoga in my hoodie mesh vest
Stretch it out!
Last, but certainly not least, is the racer back Palm Beach Athletic Wear logo rib tank, which happens to combine my two favorite colors, turquoise and black. While I don't workout in cotton shirts, this is a perfect casual wear tank.  The rib is sturdy with good recovery, which means it fits your shape without being skin tight.  The day it arrived, I wore it all day and out to hubby's show that night in Dallas.  I may have worn it again the next day too, I'll never tell.

I am entirely too happy in my Palm Beach Athletic Wear Tank


A Dummies Guide To Fitness Apparel:


1.  Be cute.  Look for styles that make you look and feel amazing.
2.  Performance features are key.  Look for quick drying fabrics with breath-ability and moisture control.  Find high quality items that will hold their shape and color in the wash over time.
3.  Get the most bang for your buck by buying fitness apparel that can double as street wear.
4.  Don't ever sacrifice comfort for style.  You can have the best of both worlds.

You can check out Palm Beach Athletic Wear Here.  My birthday just passed, but I've pinned some of my favorite PB Athletic Wear over on Pinterest.  After all, Christmas is just around the corner. 

Right now they are offering free shipping in the U.S. and I have a codes for a 15% discount off your online purchase.  If you are interested in the discount, leave a comment below and tell me your favorite item from www.palmbeachathleticwear.com.

Use discount code fitlea12 for 15% off expires Oct 8th!

What do you think about combining fashion and fitness? Necessity or luxury?

*Disclaimer:  These thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was provided the clothes free of charge for the purpose of a product review but I’m under no obligation to give them a positive review.  If I hated them, I’d tell you.

Keep Running,

Lea

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25 comments :

  1. oh wow!!! this stuff is soo cute!! def checking it out now!! thanks! spa love!

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    1. thanks! It is super cute, right? Email me at runningfordummies@gmail.com if you want the discount code. Thanks for stopping by, SPA sister!!! Lea

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  2. I love the pink sports bra! I definitely want to look good while working out. Makes me feel more confident:)

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    1. thanks for stopping by! If you want the discount code to order the bra at a discount, email me at runningfordummies@gmail.com

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  3. this is so cute. I'd love the discount code! I can't decide what I want to buy, it is all so cute.

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    1. email me at runningfordummies@gmail.com and I'll send you the code. thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I LOVE that sports bra you were wearing in your pic! If I got the discount code, I would definitely buy that! :) Love it. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Great! Email me at runningfordummies@gmail.com and I will send you the discount code. This bra is super comfortable and cute, I think you will love it. p.s. I am following your blog now too. :)

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  5. can I have the discount code? I see lots of things i'd like to buy from the website. thanks for sharing

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    1. yes! email me at runningfordummies@gmail.com and I'll send you the discount code. Thanks for stopping by! Lea

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  6. The vest and the sports bra, ahhh! I must have these! Are you still giving away the discount code?

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    1. Yes! I still have discounts codes. Email me at runningfordummies@gmail.com and I will send it to you! Thanks for checking it out!

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  7. Nice review. I agree - it is so important to have workout clothes we love to wear and feel great in!

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  8. I love LOVE love the back of that sports bra! I'm with you, I'd be happy wearing workout gear all day long :) Great tips for buying workout clothes!

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  9. I totally agree with having cute workout clothes. It makes you more excited to go workout or go for a run if you have the most adorable clothing. Especially if you look good in them and you know it!

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  10. Nice fitness attire! I love to have that ones too. Combined it with the best Ozeri Scale to calculate accurately your body weight.

    Regards,

    Dorothy Parker
    Successful Weight Loser

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  11. you know if i worked out i would totally be wearing this stuff. i might just wear that sports bra for fun anyway! so cute...

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  13. I think all fitness clothing needs to be light and I also have a theory that if you look good then you will feel good and if you feel good in the gym then it could help your performance.

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  14. Great top to workout in along with a sports bra. Love the comfort and the quality. I recommend just my size 1979 .

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  15. I love to have that ones too. I definitely want to look good while working out. Makes me feel more confident:)

    http://www.apparelnbags.com/sport-tek/index.htm

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  16. Lovely little shout out missy - look forward to having a little read myself ;-)

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  17. Synthetic fabrics are man-made textiles produced with chemicals. Among these are spandex and polyester, which manufacturers use for making clothing. Spandex materials stretch and this is really a great knowledge that you have shared about active wears.
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/athleticwear-athletic-shorts.htm

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  18. cute fitness apparel,i love it

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