As I walked into my birthday dinner last Wednesday, one of my girlfriends promptly commented on my jeans, saying, “Wait, I have those jeans. They’re from (Insert high-end designer label), right?!” I proudly responded, “Nope. They’re Athleta.”
I imagine it’s pretty clear by now how many days a week — and really how many hours a day — I spend in leggings and a sports bra getting my sweat on. So I’m sure it also comes as no surprise that I pay close attention to the athletic clothes I wear every day in my workouts and running around the city.
I get asked a lot what a typical day looks like for me, running The Sweat Life, while also being the face of our brand. My consistent answer? There is no typical day. It’s one of the best and worst parts about being an entrepreneur.
Propel brought together a stellar group of female fitness icons to celebrate Propel Co: Labs – including our very own New York faces — Sweat Life founder Aly Teich, fitness blogger Evann Clingan, and Headstands and Heels blogger Melanie Torres. Each of the ladies was dressed head-to-toe by NYC fitness fashion favorite, Bandier, so we thought why not share their fit fashion picks?
The Olympics. It is something transcendent. Perhaps my love for the Olympics, and all things sports started when my father wanted to name me Abebe Bikila after the Ethiopian runner who won the 1960 Olympic marathon barefoot. Wearing red, white and blue is one way to show our spirit… and perhaps some of that guts to go out and do another burpee will lead us to our own glory.
As I stepped into Sweat Life founder Aly Teich’s West Village apartment for the first time, heaviness hung in the air. There was the physical heaviness of having so much packed into five-hundred square feet; the windows were even covered with ivy, suggesting that this was a place that had been uninhabited for a long time. Then there was the emotional heaviness.
The word “challenge” is often synonymous with the phrase “swimsuit season,” but I’m telling you it doesn’t have to be. It’s no secret that swimsuit season is my favorite time of the year, and I want to help you find something that you love, and can rock with total confidence.
Be it a weekend jaunt to the Hamptons or a European escape that evokes the golden era of beau-monde travel, paring down your packing can be, and is, a science you can master. Here are 4 tips for packing + my fashion pics for the Hamptons and Europe this summer.
Taylor Swift made the Monokini the new classic. And, while I am all for flaunting what your mama gave you, sometimes leaving a little more for the imagination is just as fun. So hit the pool, the beach, or even pair these with culottes or a long skirt for summer evening drinks.
For me, boldness means being true to yourself and following your passions. Maybe it’s my Italian roots showing through, but I have always been a bit bold in both how I dress and how I live my life. That’s especially true when it comes to The 12ish Style, a blog I started last spring.
The essence behind the accessories line, Mignonne Gavigan, is to redefine statement jewelry. We bring expertly crafted necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and now scarves, all hand-beaded by the same artisans who do the beadwork and embroidery for brands such as Valentino, Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and more, to our customer.
Style has always been an important part of how I express myself. Dress up was my favorite childhood game, and I realized early on that while I couldn’t afford to buy all the pretty things I wanted, I could learn to make many of them myself. By 5th grade I was taking adult metalsmithing classes at the local art center, creating jewelry for every friend or family member who showed interest.
Everyone knows us for our funky leggings — now, in a strategic move to further evolve our growing brand (and my, how it is growing!), Zara Terez has officially relaunched our brand as Terez. With the announcement of our rebrand, Terez has introduced an entirely new look. The logo, a sleek black planet, part of the new “Terez Universe,” represents our journey up until now, and also what the future holds for our growing company.
By Jill Foley, Senior Fashion Buyer at Peloton Cycle
When shopping brands for the Peloton Boutique, our apparel store with Peloton Cycle riders in mind, we choose our brands many different ways. Because we love boutique fitness (and fitness in general), we research the brands and test them out. We have spent the past two years testing different brands in the market, and have watched which ones our riders love the most.
BANDIER is the first luxury destination celebrating the intersection of fashion, fitness, and music. A radically new approach to shopping for fitnesswear, it is the meeting point of years of experience in the music industry, an unmistakable eye for trends, and a sharp sense of style. Three brands you need to know about are: The Upside, Koral, and Heroine Sport.
SweatStyle is an NYC-based subscription box service that helps women discover their new favorite brands of designer activewear through curated and personalized shopping. Our stylists sort through all the options, and based on a customer’s personalized profile, their stylist hand-picks outfits to be sent out. These are the 3 brands we think you need to know about right now.
Ohm K was born at the front desk of Williamsburg, Brooklyn boutique fitness studio SYNCStudio. I’d known my now business partner, Katharine, for a few weeks, and I was playfully spouting off some “ideas” for yoga tank tops, and Katharine said: ”We should make those.” Well... we did! A year and a half later, we are the founders of the scrappiest women’s wellness apparel brand in Brooklyn.
Why am I here? What is the purpose of life? Is my only purpose to be a consumer, enjoy life and procreate? These were the questions that I asked myself at a very young age. Never did I think 15 years later I would be selling underwear to empower women out of poverty and into business via microfinance.
The idea for Vira Sun (pronounced veer-uh sun) was born about a year ago on the beautiful beaches of San Diego. At the end of 2014, my husband and I relocated from New York City to Southern California for a life reboot of sorts. The perpetually sunny weather is extremely energizing, and a good pair of sunglasses is a must!
Many studies have shown that the mental component to sports is just as important as the skill, if not more so. And, while the gym isn’t about impressing others, it is about taking pride in yourself. So, win half the battle, in these picks from our tried and true fitness brands, and some newer ones on the scene. Here are the latest and greatest of Sweat Fashion for 2016, where Function meets Fabulous.
After my recent surf trip to Nicaragua, I have a new appreciation for surf fashion. Surfing, while from the outside may look like a beautiful and graceful sport — when you are out there in the water fighting through or riding waves, it is easy for any piece of clothing to get tossed around as much as you do.
In today’s society, women have made a great deal of progress in gender equality. We’re running companies, countries, households, and marathons. And yet, despite all of this amazing progress, we’re starting to realize a whole other type of competition: the kind that subconsciously develops between each other.
We love a creative couple, a duo who just appears to exist seamlessly and effortlessly while still looking chic and creating great things: they are happy, they are successful, creative, healthy, and we all wonder how they do it. Fashion designer Jay Godfrey and his nutritionist wife, Dara are all these things and more — the “more” being their two spirited young daughters Allegra and Bardot.
Tory Burch has long been known for stylish, functional wear that has a signature look. Classic, crisp, tailored, but also worldly, curious prints. Now, she has taken her love for sport and the outdoors into her activewear collection, Tory Sport, which debuted at this year’s NY Fashion Week.
Bandier has become a well-known name in the fitness fashion world. So what happens when they pair up with one of the great fashion bloggers, Danielle Bernstein from WeWoreWhat? Athletic fashion magic. Danielle tells us about her experience as a top fashion blogger, and talks about the new collection with Strut This and Bandier.
It's that time of year again… the weather is getting crisp, and sadly, summer has come to an end. Being a sun lovin' surfer girl, this is a bit of a downer for me. Luckily, New York Fashion Week in the Big Apple arrives just in time to switch gears and focus on fall — and my new wardrobe for the season.
We’ve already introduced you to Uplift Studios on The Sweat Life — now from one of the Uplift co-founders, Helena Cawley, comes the newest idea in fitness fashion. Think StitchFix, but for fitness, and you have SweatStyle. Members create a profile about their workouts and fitness style, and SweatStyle’s fashion team sends a box of workout wear picks each month, catered to the specific needs.
We spend a lot of time here on Sweat Life Fashion talking about the latest printed leggings or gym to street style, and we realized we’ve been spending quite a bit of time on the ladies. So it’s the men’s turn in front of the mirror, so to speak, and who better to ask than NYC’s most well put-together trainers, from our favorite studios around the city.
Yoga, for me, is my escape into myself and onto my mat, which allows me to slip away from the stresses of life, move and push my body, breathe, and quiet my mind. So why on earth would I jeopardize that by doing my sun salutations next to a larger-than-life video billboard in Times Square?! However, when Athleta asked me to come partake in their Summer Solstice event just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist.
Recently, I had the pleasure of emceeing one of New Balance’s signature events - Girls Night Out. It is an inspiring in-store event, where an enthusiastic group of women come together to partake in an innovative fitness program. To me, this is what a girls night out should be all about — having fun and lifting one another up while you’re at it.
Cynthia Rowley is known for both her beautiful fashion pieces, and her active lifestyle. Her collections have meshed activewear into high fashion for quite a few years now, as one of the first to really affirm that activewear is part of the fashion mainstream in a big way. Now, Cynthia is opening a new studio space in NYC, also equipped to host fitness classes and influencers, all motivated by her own active interests.