Dress for success - what you wear matters

Dress for success, comfort and a better workout.

Some people say I’m a slave to fashion. I believe that what I wear makes a difference. When I have a power business meeting, I typically wear a Burberry A-line skirt, Theory white blouse and navy Ralph Lauren blazer. An evening dinner may demand a Trina Turk Black sheath with Leboutian heels. When I power down on the weekends, Sebago dock siders, J.Crew shorts and Vineyard Vines polo. Therefore when I hit the gym for my workouts, the clothes I wear matter. They convey my sense of style, confidence and of course they stand up to the demands of my workouts with technical benefits.

Here are my latest rave reviews on fitness attire:

New on the block
Zella Movement from Nordstrom
If you thought you could only get great style and performance from a specialty fitness store, you were wrong. Zella Movement line launched this past spring at Nordstrom kicked off with fitness classes in stores. That’s not the impressive part though. It’s the fashion, bright colors and suede breathing fabrics that impressed me. From capris to skorts and styled yoga tops to bra tops, the line is one of my new favorites.

For Serious Athletes: Skirt Sports .
No longer just a siort company the line of technical gear has expanded and hit international markets. I love the shorter length skirts with briefs for running and longer ones with shorts for riding bikes. The fabrics are light weight, silky and wicking that hold up even in the dryer ( I don’t have time to separate ). Teamed with Jackie McFee, the Kendall Kollection was developed to raise money for LLS using the popular school supplies patterns on the fitness clothing. I was surprised to find them Down Under.

Australian Designer Challenge :LORNA JANE
Upon my trip last June with the Challenge Cairn and Queensland tourism families, I discovered a trendy, stylized fitness brand that is the tops down under: LORNA JANE. Although Lorna Jane isn’t a US name or brand, she has won Australia’s fitness style and design awards year after year. Lorna Jane offers the sleekness and comfort of lines like Lululemon, Lucy, and Athleta in the states and the great function of solid performance brands like Nike, New Balance, and Oakley apparel. I purchased a few pieces as price points are similar to the ones mentioned here but love. love, love them.

Accessory Roundup
SPI BELT -
If you are a runner, walker, or on the go commuter, the SPI BELT - Small Personal Item belt has an expandable pouch that can work for money, iPod, keys, etc or double as a race number belt in 5K to triathlon competition. Dual purpose and functionality make it a winning accessory.

TOE SOCKS -
You may not love the monkey feet like shoes by VIBRAM Five Fingers but you may like what they can do for your feet! Wear a sock that helps support each toe to improve posture, sweat reduction and comfort underneath. The Injinji performance socks have been recommended by the Podiatric Society of the United States for their health benefits. Although they take some time to put on, the difference you’ll feel in each step Encourages better circulation and allows toes to spread naturally for better balance and bio-mechanics.

OAKLEY

Protecting your eyes from the sun and getting your clearest picture is a necessity.  Oakley understands and as a leader in eyewear for years, their Necessity style sunglasses offer a high fashion edge to a active wear sunglasses.

IBEANI HEADPHONES in headband
Don’t lose your head over these cool new integrated headband and hat earphones! By far one of the most innovative products I came across at #FitBloggin this past May. The head phones are interfaced in the hat making it one less thing to coordinate. They also are inside a moisture wicking head band that you can switch out for any color. The secret is the Velcro pads that connect the system. Great idea and great convenience make this one my favorites.

BALCONI TOPLESS HAT
Renee Balaconi was a pro European female soccer player and twin who has found herself training top athletes, business executives and soccer enthusiasts in the Midwest. With her training, she found that hats made her hot. Yet she wanted the warmth from them on her ears and the visor to shade the sun. Hence, she developed her first patent on the Balaconi topless hat. Sold across the country in specialty running and winter sports shops, it’s a cool design. The twenty-nine-year-old Renee, coach, designer, and pro athlete is humble and strong with proceeds giving back to society as a major part of the brand philosophy. Love this brand for the inspiration and function.

When you feel good about what your wearing you might find you’ll get more out of each workout. I know I do!

One doesn't need a closet full of clothes, just a closet with the right clothes. Time to throw out the things you aren't wearing and focus on pieces that make you feel, look and perform your best.

Andrea Metcalf is a healthy lifestyle spokesperson, author of Naked Fitness, speaker and life coach. She is a lifestyle journalist, producer, and adventure travel seeker.

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