Today is International Women’s Day! In honor of the day, I’m highlighting one of my favorite woman-owned activewear brands: Alala.
Despite the raging popularity of women’s active fashion, you’d be surprised how many activewear businesses cater to women but are still run by men. Alala was founded by Denise Lee, who still heads up the company. She’s joined by a predominately female staff, making the company founded by women, run by women, and made for women.
Their ethos has always had overtones of empowered, strong women. Their name is actually taken from mythology: “Alala” refers to the Greek goddess of the war cry. I already like to support small, independent businesses, and the extra layer of strong women is another element that I can totally get behind. As part of that, they wrote a Women’s Day featuring this totally butt-kicking lady who’s rocking Alala at 90 years young.
Alala recently released their first round of products for spring, and I was so excited to try a few new pieces from their new blue tide capsule. Read on for more info on the new gear.
Besides celebrating woman-run active brands, take a moment out of your day to celebrate the women (like you!) who wear it!
Thanks to Alala for supporting this blog by sponsoring this post. All opinions are always my own.
I’ll admit it, this mesh tank isn’t something I would’ve thought to try on my own. But once I put it on and wore it for a workout, it completely won me over! Here’s why.
The mesh fabric is extremely lightweight and breathable. The light fabric, loose fit, and low cut armholes combine to create the cool feeling of going sans shirt, but the longer length and high neck keeps you covered. The soft blue looks great with my fair skin tone. The back tie detail is fully functional and can be left loose or tight.
The slightly cropped length is on fire right now, but besides being trendy, it’s flattering for us shorties. I recommend pairing it with higher rise bottoms for both extra coverage and for maximum leg elongating effects.
Seamless layer bra
The new seamless layer bra melds edgy mesh with delicate, feminine straps. I love the simple but stylish back design and its super-comfortable, no-dig fit.
The seamless fabric is very stretchy, meaning the size S (the smallest size available) fits an XS as well. Its stretchy qualities also means the bra offers only light support. The high neck offers coverage for fuller busts, which is really helpful for me. I would recommend this for lighter impact activities where you don’t need strong support. If you’ve tried any of Alala’s other seamless bras, this layer bra has a very similar fit and feel.
New compression fabric for tights
One important note about Alala’s spring collection: they have a new bottoms fabric!
Both the siren tights and heroine tights in this post are a brand new fabric made of a polyamide/elastane blend. The new fabric offers strong compression, with a tight but still breathable and cool feel. It’s not as silky as their old fabric, and instead has a tighter knit and more technical feel. It’s fully opaque, so even if you’re bending and squatting, you can wear whatever you like under these.
Because of the additional compression, the new fabric fits a little smaller in my opinion. It goes on tight, but the fabric molds to your body after a couple of wears. Previously, I would’ve recommended sizing down if you’re in between sizes. With the new fabric, I recommend sizing up for in betweeners.
I’m personally really excited about the new fabric. It fits me very well and has fantastic performance qualities. I’m not sure if it will be on all bottoms or just some, so look for the key word “compression” in the product description if you want to give the new fabric a try. I will definitely be buying more in this fabric as new releases roll out.
The siren tights are an all-new design with the all-new compression fabric. They’re accentuated with seam details, pindot, and mesh panels. The mesh panel hits just below the knee, but the seam does not dig in. They have a high rise that reaches up to my belly button and holds everything neatly in place. There’s a waistband pocket at the back hip rather than the usual front hip area.
As I mentioned above, these tights run slightly small. I’m wearing my usual XS and recommend going with a larger size if you’re not sure.
Last but certainly not least, the heroine tights are Alala’s first foray into 7/8 length territory. This new pair was on my wishlist, so I was really excited to receive them.
Like the siren tights, these are made of Alala’s new compression fabric. They feature similar details with the mesh and pindot fabrics, but with the addition of a swath of color that ties in perfectly with the blue tide mesh top. The side hem is curved, creating a flattering, feminine effect.
Sizing is the same as the siren tights, except the heroine tights are a medium rise. Instead of reaching my belly button like the sirens, the heroines fall about an inch below. Also unlike the siren tights, I don’t have any bunching at the ankles due to the petite fit. As you can see in the photos, they reach exactly at ankle length on me (I’m 5’3″).
Overall, each of my new pieces from spring are fabulous. Alala is a staple label in my closet that I keep coming back to season after season. They continue to improve with every collection and so far, this spring is no different! After such a strong start, I’m really optimistic to see the rest of the spring/summer season.
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