Perusing Athleta

I was introduced to Athleta a few years ago by my good friend Rebecca. Her sister was in town, looking super cute as always, and because I gushed and gushed about Melanie’s attire, Rebecca told me that she shops at Athleta. You know, that store owned by the Banana Republic people.

Why no, I did not know the store called Athleta owned by the good folks over at the Banana. I knew they were in a clothing family with Gap and Old Navy, but Athleta had eluded me. Rebecca wondered why I had never noticed the circular pinwheel logo with ATHLETA written bigger than Dallas on one of the tabs of the Banana’s website. I was intrigued so I checked it out.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that my entire wardrobe could never come from Athleta. Let’s put a pin in the fact that it’s on the expensive side and concentrate on the actual items sold. No one would ever believe I was that sporty. And I’d feel like a poser if I wore their garments each and every day.

What I did purchase a few months later was a pair of yoga-type pants WITH POCKETS that I probably wear three times a week in the cooler months. In Texas, that’s January and maybe February. I also wear these pants on airplanes or long road trips. They are my absolute favorite. In fact, I’ve been on the hunt to find the exact same pair in a color other than black.

My other garment from Athleta is a skirt that is sporty. I could be one of those women who plays tennis during my lunch hour, or I could be just a cute lady who doesn’t want to wear shorts, but doesn’t want to dress up either.

Sometimes I feel like I’m an “Athleta girl” when I wear my two items of clothing purchased in their store. Then the marketing people send me their catalog and I’m reminded that the real Athleta women live their lives just as I do. It’s refreshing to know I have so much in common with the models. For example:

Exhibit A: My hair always looks this good after a leisurely afternoon of paddle boarding. Just a little sunlight, sand, and surf, and I’m good to transition from the beach to dinner in minutes.

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Exhibit B: After a long day of catching some waves, I like to relax with a ice cold coconut shell of milk. I smile because my really cool necklace I found in Bali last year didn’t fall off when I was shredding the Big One.

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Exhibit C: Hovering brings joy to my life.

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Exhibit D: Finally! A line of athletic clothing specifically structured to help me climb waterfalls. Take that Fabletics!

Athleta

Exhibit E: This is exactly how some girls used to look at me in high school. Now I too can judge others silently in matching mean girls bathing suits!

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Exhibit F: All I want is a sports bra that doesn’t show my boobs and some biker shorts that cover my butt cheeks when I stretch upside down on the boardwalk. Is that too much to ask? Bonus points if I can score headbands in multiple summery colors.

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Exhibit G: If I had a dollar for every time I had to find a piece of driftwood to use during my morning exercise routine at dawn, I’d have enough money to buy another exercise outfit from Athleta.

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Exhibit H: This skirt is similar to the one I mentioned before. I often pair mine with various bikini tops for early dinners. It’s important for me to show off my abs, since I put in all that hard work.

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Please tell me I’m not the only one who buys Athleta for the specific purpose of being comfortable in front of my computer. Should I drive myself to the beach in my favorite pants? Perhaps I’m missing something. Galveston has a wall. I would be willing to try that upside down thing to see if something miraculous happens.

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Kelli
Kelli

I had a pair of yoga pants from VS that I loved. I, too, am all about comfort. I bought a pair of sweats at Old Navy that I have lived in (in front of the computer) for a couple of years and I found a light weight pair at Target. This brand is too expensive for me and I find I get better deals at Kohls and Target . I sure don’t look like that when I work out–think “sweaty, drippy mess” and you have me.

Lincee

Thanks for the tips, Kelli. I forget to look at Target. I’m there all the time!

Shelley Hodges
Shelley Hodges

This calls for a link to my favorite video amongst my friends because it’s all so true: https://youtu.be/CYRENWT8lz8

Now im…going to sit at my home office and work in my “active wear!” 🙂

Katie A.
Katie A.

That video is so funny! Thanks for sharing!

Shelley Hodges
Shelley Hodges

Beware…it may get stuck in your head for days! 🙂

Lincee

L-O-V-E!

Olga Kramar
Olga Kramar

Hysterical, great video

lindamarie
lindamarie

I put the “leisure” in “Athleisure.” I, too, work from home on my computer. It’s all about the Athleta sweatpants.

Lincee

Amen, sister.

Katie A.
Katie A.

Love this post! It basically sums up my life. I’m all about the comfort!

Lincee

Thanks Katie A!

Laura Jean

I buy all Athleta things, all the time. When I wear my Athelta magenta racerback tank top, I also go from having a rat’s nest to perfectly full and tousled beach hair + tan. Pulling my kids off of everything that is climbable never looked so good, and boy does my butt reach new heights of suctioned with that spandex/Lyrca/neoprene combo. Suddenly, with my white and sweat-camouflaging rock-climbing shirt , I have upper body strength that has never existed in my arms or shoulders, and forget yoga pants, because these sculpted stems are ready to rock in Athleta’s shorty mesh shorts. And girl, the first sentence in this paragraph is not at all true, so neither is the rest.

I see you, old gym shorts and well-worn t-shirts. And yes, any athletic wear I do put on is often enjoyed whilst sleeping or sitting in front of a screen! Someday I will get some athletic wear with a purpose beyond “can I chase small humans in this?” For now…when I’m not saving my kids from certain furniture-related maiming, I’m on my easy chair reading blogs like this!

Lincee

HILARIOUS Laura Jean!

Kristin
Kristin

So funny! My sister and I like athleta clothes, but are also sad at the prices.

I just wanted to say that the other day I went to exercise at the gym. I didn’t take a shower before I went because I went right after I woke up and I threw my hair up in a ponytail and wasn’t wearing make-up. When I exercise my face turns red. After I ran a few miles, I saw two of my former students who were there working. I taught them until 8th grade and now they are in their 20s. They didn’t even recognize me at first because of how bad I looked and then they said, “Your face is so red! You look sunburned!” So embarrassing!

Lincee

Hey. That’s called hard work!! You rock that red face my friend!

Babs
Babs

Kuddos to the Athleta catalog for not having all size 0 models!

Lincee

I do agree with that. Lots of sizes of ladies!

Andrea
Andrea

Look on thredup for second hand athleta! They’re really picky about what they take and I see it on there all the time

Lincee

Thanks for the tip, Andrea!

MinnesotaNice
MinnesotaNice

LOL! When I first read the title I thought it said, “PURSUING ATHLETA”!!
I have to admit, I thought, “oh boy, this is going to be good if Lincee is trying to become and Athleta girl”!!
Sorry Lincee, I was looking forward to hear about you training and going on all the adventures pictured. From your perspective I thought it would be, well, pretty funny!
I’m an outdoor adventure girl myself, but I hate to say I look more like Ranger Rick than Athleta!
Thanks for the funny post!!

Lara
Lara

I really like that skirt. This is such a fun post. I love comfy wear and being a computer potato. I will look for some less expensive alternatives; thank you for the inspiration and hilarious comments. I look forward to my own transformation as I wear these new garments. I do a light work out each day but it will be great to just morph into one of these pretty models. I choose the one with the coconut shell. For one, she looks happy. It may because she was able to crack a coconut open with her bare hands; something I am not sure wonder woman could do. She is also not suspended in mid air (spooky) or upside down in a position it would hurt me to get in or out of no matter what I was wearing. I am also fair skinned so I will enjoy how these outfits make you automatically perfectly tanned. Yeah!!

Olga Kramar
Olga Kramar

Many years ago I loved to peruse the Athleta catalog. They had women doing what I did: kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, Jeeping. I related, and I was a good customer. The outdoor scenes were inspired, not urban. The latest catalog just arrived full of city girls in city backgrounds. Then there is the urban loft workout studio. And then the country yoga retreat where all the city girls go on a weekend. It morphed from a sports catalog for women out having fun to an urban girls virtue signaling how fit and mindful they are. The global consciousness drivel throughout was the last straw.

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