I’m all in favor of fashionable activewear (obviously), but at the end of the day, my activewear needs to be just that: activewear. Occasionally, I see styles that are so far out on the edge that I can’t help but think the only run they’ll ever know is a coffee run. The examples below represent some of my most confusing moments while spandex shopping.
Before I dive in, I want to be clear that I don’t intend to insult anyone person or brand here. Everyone has different opinions on everything, so if you happen to like one of these things and it’s working for you, then by all means, keep doing your thing. This post is meant to be light-hearted, and only represents my own thoughts and reactions.
1 | Lace-up leggings
Lace-up styles are very on-trend right now, but usually the tied-up details are subtle when they’re applied to activewear. These leggings take lace-up to a whole new level. I’m sure they’re stylish as casual leggings, but they also boast performance compression fabric, so clearly they were made with fitness in mind. But with a pinchy, stringy panel all down the front, I would barely want to walk around in these, much less do rapid-fire squats while they rub up and down my knees. And lunges? I’m cringing just thinking about it.
The offender: Carbon38 x Jonathan Simkhai lace-up corset legging
2 | Mesh in dangerous locations
I think the idea here is that putting mesh right below your bum will frame the whole area and thus give you a visual lift.
That said, I hope you don’t need to lean over, squat, or really move in any way, because these would only have to shift an inch or two before you’re revealing more than you bargained for. I can’t imagine not being horribly self-conscious and worried about flashing someone if I wore these to the gym.
And the super bananas crazy thing? These have been on Revolve’s bestseller list for ages. Maybe that means these are ultra-flattering miracle pants? Guess I’ll never find out.
The offender: Beloforte laced legging
P.S. They even offer a white version, for those who really, REALLY want to live life on the edge.
3 | One-shoulder sports bras
I think these should really be called “athletic inspired asymmetrical bralettes”, not actually “sports bras”, because I don’t think they have an ounce of “sport” in them. I can’t imagine these being anything other than purely decorative. Even if you’re small-busted, one shoulder doesn’t sound comfortable for a high-impact workout. A shoulder cramp waiting to happen.
4 | Crotch zips
With a metal zip hanging out front and center, any core work or stretching on your belly is a no-go because ouch. Honestly, I’m good without something digging into my pubic bone mid-workout. If I wanted a zip fly, I’d wear jeans.
Also, I don’t see the appeal of directing gazes straight to my lady business. Nope.
5 | Hip cut-outs
Who needs muffin tops above your waistband when you can have them below your waistband?
First of all, I guess you have no choice but to go commando with these. Second of all, no matter how low your body fat is, I can’t imagine these being flattering. Not to mention the pinching! The idea of these slicing and squishing my hip meat while I try to exercise just sounds like a recipe for a bad time.
Have you tried any of these? Am I dead wrong? What would you add to the list?