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I’ve been a fitness enthusiast for four years now, and I’ve tried my fair share of athleisure. Trust me, I have certain non-negotiables when it comes to activewear—and I’m sure you’ll agree:
1. No see-through (or sweaty crotch marks) during my workout.
2. No rolling down or slippage on my leggings when I do squats.
3. And I must be comfortable!
Before rounding up some of my favorite activewear lines, I have to say: sometimes, trying on new clothes can give people anxiety. You may have to size up or down depending on the fit. When you try on any of these brands, pay attention to what the fit feels like and remember the following questions: How do the clothes make you feel? Is the fabric comfortable? Do you feel supported in all of the right areas?
What’s not important is the size on the label. Sizes vary from brand-to-brand, and what’s printed on a little tag should not dictate how you feel. Your worth is not measured by a number; it is measured by the quality of person that you are: confident, kind, and resilient!
Now that we got the size stigma out of the way, here are a few of my favorite brands:
Sweaty Betty: If you are looking for compression, the Zero Gravity leggings are the way to go. They hold all of you in, and when you get down low for those squats, you don’t have to worry that your leggings will ride down at all.
Beyond Yoga: This is one of my favorite athleisure brands because their designs are so wonderfully thought out. Determined to spread a body-positive message, Beyond Yoga regularly features women of all shapes and sizes in their marketing—and that matters. The fabric is responsibly sourced and oh-so-soft, making you feel like you’re wearing actual clouds!
Avocado: I recently tried their leggings, and while there’s not too much compression, Avocado is all about comfort! The cut makes their leggings very flattering to the backside as well (if you know what I mean). Hello, peach emoji!
Zella by Nordstrom: Zella is a Nordstrom-made activewear line that is reasonably priced, and their designs feel on-trend yet practical. Many of the pieces I’ve bought and that are in-store feature pockets, making the style super convenient—especially if I am going on a hike or being active outdoors and don’t have access to a locker to store my belongings.
While I love tons of brands, I only have a few pieces because I get it—the cost of activewear can really add up. Invest in a few well made classic and comfortable staples so you can keep the clutter in your closet to a minimum, and what you have will withstand all of those tough workouts in the future!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!