Exciting news from Carbon38: besides being fitness fashion stockist extraordinaire, they just debuted their very own activewear label today!
The jab bralette plays with some not-so-basic design elements by incorporating thin horizontal straps.
Carbon38 chose a compression polyester blend fabric for each of these pieces. The prices are moderate as far as high-end activewear is concerned (ranging from $52-$98). Pictured: interval basic tank.
The new line definitely has a lot of potential. Carbon38 is in the business of activewear already and sees hundreds of luxury activewear styles come through their office and likely has a good idea of what makes activewear good vs not so good. I like to think they’ve incorporated that experience and knowledge while designing their own collection. The one thing that I don’t love is that the new styles are only made in XS-L. Yes, these are obviously the most common sizes and therefore the most financially viable, and yes, as an XXS I’m a little biased, but I think offering 5-6 sizes is a more robust and complete range and helps consumers get the best possible fit. Hopefully they are just testing the waters and will expand in the future.
I also really like to see that Carbon38 mixes their own collection in alongside dozens of other brands. I’ve noticed that some brands seem to feel somewhat threatened or defensive at the very mention of competing brands (especially if it’s in a positive light). In reality, competition is good for ALL of us, and there’s no reason that competing brands can’t coexist and even complement one another. There’s always room at the top, and just because one brand does something well doesn’t mean that another brand can’t also be adored by fans, too.
Anyway, I’m so curious to try the new line, but I don’t have much of a need for basic black right now, so I’ll hold off and see what else they have up their sleeve!
As I mentioned in this weekend’s Carbon38 sale post, Alala had a little surprise up their sleeve with these new pewter styles. They uploaded the newness to their site yesterday! The drop was fairly small, featuring just a few of their core styles in new, festive colors.
My favorite piece from this capsule: pewter captain crops. Swoon! Unfortunately, Alala is already out of XS–crazy!! Fortunately, Revolve still has XS in stock, so I went ahead and ordered them there. I almost ordered the new blocked crop tights with pewter accents, too, but decided to hold off for now.
I thought about getting the pewter captain ankle tights instead, but I like the idea of crop length since I can wear them year-round. It also doesn’t help that the photos for the full-length just didn’t turn out as nice as the crop pics, imo.
A few styles got updated with metallic mesh accents, like the infinity scarf. This mesh is still pretty and a little sparkly, but a lot more subtle than full-on pewter.
Besides the shiny silver, Alala also debuted imperial purple in the fractal tee and toughie tank. I love these, but have to draw the buying line somewhere! So tough to resist though–the color looks so nice with the new pewter! My Alala wishlist is about 10 miles long now.
As always, AA readers get 15% off with code AA15!
You might not have heard of Varley before–they’re a newer fitness fashion brand with a luxe aesthetic that blends London and LA style. I’ve been wanting to give Varley a try for a while, so I checked out their new fall/winter ’15 collection this week.
They use a lot of abstract and nature-inspired prints like granite and leopard. I like that the prints they choose often have a luxe look about them. Shown: pacific rose leopard tight (matching palisades bra), Sofia marble compression tight (matching Margot bra).
Here’s another print: claret croc, on the Sofia tights. The moto zip detailed Sofias are a signature Varley design that really helped put them on the fitness fashion map.
Saving the best for last: I am absolutely in love with these Sofia tights in navy. The color is just gorgeous, and the gold zip accents are just perfection. All of Varley’s tights are made of polyamide, so I’m guessing they’ll have a similar feel and quality as the polyamide pants from The Upside that I recently got.
I 100% will want to try these navy Sofias, but Varley charges $15 shipping if you order from their website, so I’ve been holding off and stalking Bandier and Carbon38 to see if they upload Varley’s new collection. Fingers crossed! (Update: quite a few pieces from the new collection are now on Carbon38 here, including the navy Sofias in XS-L.)