Fall is always my favorite time of year for new fitness fashion. I love being able to layer on more instead of just wear as little as possible to manage the heat. I love the saturated colors and the wonderfully cozy fabrics.
The activewear market is still young in terms of the broader fashion world, so it’s really neat to see how the landscape continues to evolve and mature. New brands continue to pop up, and brands that have been around for a couple of years are starting to step up their game and really come into their own.
Here’s a selection of the newness from September.
The latest collection from Carbon38’s in-house label is here, featuring a Japanese-inspired lineup. One of the flagship items from the collection is their crane print leggings, shown above. They also debuted new shine finish leggings in a couple of nice fall colors, like wine. See everything new in the collection here.
Alo debuted a cool new textured mesh on several of their styles, including the new vitality leggings and wanderer long sleeve shown above. They’ve already proven to be pretty popular. I’m really liking the evermint wanderer LS, although I’m admittedly terrified of snagging it. Alo is stocked at many retailers, so even if your size is sold out one place, chances are you can find it elsewhere. I spotted the new mesh styles via Revolve, Nordstrom, Bandier, Carbon38, and even Amazon, to name a few.
High fashion label Prabal Gurung brought their avant garde style to the active fashion world via a collaboration with Bandier. The collection uses abstract prints and lots of angles to bring something a little different to the table. See the collection here.
Speaking of bringing something new and different to the table, another new brand to know: P.E. Nation. They’ve been popping up just about everywhere. Their style is anything but typical, instead emphasizing an androgynous, retro aesthetic. You can find their goods via Bandier, Carbon38, and Revolve. (Photo via Bandier)
Lululemon debuted a new fabric this month: nulux. As the name suggests, it’s intended to be a hybrid between nulu and luxtreme. It’s a lightweight, naked sensation that’s supposed to provide a bit more compression than regular nulu. However, the majority of lulu lovers have lamented the sheerness of the new fabric, so approach leggings with caution. I’m curious about the nulux energy bra and if it would feel smoother and more comfortable than luxtreme.
This past week, lululemon also rolled out the essential rhythm capsule, a yoga collection featuring mesh with nice ribbon designs. This deep green color on the essential rhythm high times pants is a really lovely shade.
If you’re looking for some new outerwear, active brand Lolë has a great selection. I found some of their new releases via Nordstrom, or you can shop other colors and styles on Lolë’s own website. The nicky jacket has to be my favorite. Take note they do use down, so if you’re looking for vegan insulation, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
Athleta is really coming in strong this season. I love these two new prints: the multi-colored sonar capris remind me of space, and I love that the luminous powder peak tights (pictured) are paired with navy in the back instead of the usual black.
If you’re on the hunt for cold weather tights this season, add Athleta’s powerlift tights to your list of styles to try. These are made with tech fleece and polartec fabric. I tried on last year’s version in stores and I remember being very impressed with how incredibly warm they were. You can find navy and maroon here, heathered neutrals here, and black with reflective detail here.
More new arrivals from Athleta are here.
K-Deer just released a new “Made for Midnight” capsule. The collection focuses on teals, blues, and purples in a four new geometric prints. The new snake print, hustle (pictured), has to be my favorite of the bunch.
With the release of this capsule, they also debuted a third length: the ankle legging. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s happy to see this addition to their lineup. This cut will be an ideal full length for shorties like me, since it’s between their capri length and their super-crazy long full length. Right now, the ankle length is only available in the newest capsule, but they wrote that more styles (stripes?!) will be made in the new cut soon.