Up until two years ago, I woke up every morning, showered, and dressed up for work in retail sales in Southern California. Working for a high-end boutique-style company meant I had to dress the part, so designer denim, flowy dresses, layered and cropped tops, and not to mention overalls, were my everyday uniform.
L.A. nights circa 2012
Oh, living in forever-summer, styling lovely women, and relishing in all the new fashion trends, but also running around all day to please the Stepford wives and making sure you hit your daily goal… Let’s just say the cons weighed out the pros.
Fast-forward a few years and a move up to Portland, OR, and my uniform has switched to spandex, there are fewer showers, and I get to guide to people in their yoga practice among many other things. It’s a much better use of my time and skills, and if there are high maintenance folks, all I can do is be kind and hopefully kick their butt in a HIIT & Flow class at some point. And while much has changed in my world, fashion seems pretty ingrained.
Yes, to some, fashion may seem very materialistic and superficial, but I see it as a way for people to add more expression and joy into their day. There’s no doubt I was more successful in sales when I was wearing an outfit that really felt like me, put together, a little different, but stylish. There something about curating your own look, even if you only add a scarf or a necklace, that makes you feel more confident and powerful to take on the day.
Even today, as spandex is my uniform of choice, I still try to curate an outfit in a way that feels like me. My go-to cuts for pants are high-waisted, with the leg length hitting just above the ankle. I tend to go for darker colors, but I like to add in a print here and there. For the tops, my instinct these days is to always go for crop top (have to relish the crop top days while I can!). When I’m wanting less crop and more coverage, I tend to gravitate towards a flowy, A-line top; something that has a good drape, but not too much fabric. These are the looks that work for me; they are versatile, comfortable, and make me feel confident when I stand up in front of a room of people.
Since I’m wearing yoga and fitness apparel all day long these days, I have set some high standards and requirements to ensure comfort, durability, functionality, and of course, the right look for me. Thankfully I can always count on prAna to go above and beyond my expectations of quality, comfort, and even sustainability. They choose quality fabrics that are longer-lasting, sweat-wicking, as well as recycled to lessen our impact on the environment.
prAna also understands different shapes, sizes, and styles, and has created looks that suit the rock climber, the yogi, the socialite, the casual businesswoman, and more. Their new line for fall is filled with rich colors, layers upon layers, and cuts and fabrics that create the perfect fit.
Currently, I am obsessing (to say the least) over the Roxanne Printed Leggings, pictured above. They fit the bill of everything I want in a pair of leggings. The mid-rise cut hits just below the navel, and the waistline stays put. Anyone else completely over pulling up their yoga pants everytime they come into high crescent lunge?! The print is subtle with splashes of yellow, red and green to brighten it up. The fabric is soft and feels durable for days when biking and teaching yoga are abundant and perfect for weekend hiking.
These pants have been everywhere since I got them – yoga classes, bike rides around town, and coffee dates, and I’ve only had them for a few weeks. I’m not tired of the print, they’re still fitting great after many washes, and they’ll be coming with me on all my upcoming fall adventures.
I also picked up the Sway Tank in charcoal without even noticing that the built-in bra matched the pants. I’m not into the matching look, but this was subtle and people thought I was wearing a body suit underneath the tank – I’ll take it!
The overlay tank is slightly structured and fitted, but not too snug. For me, if it’s not a crop top, it can’t be tight. We all have our things. The tank is easy to move and groove in and the built-in bra is a huge plus so I don’t have to worry about too many moving pieces before I leave the house to teach or practice.
Somedays I do reminisce over being up to date on the latest brands and fashions, but I wouldn’t change anything to go back to retail life. I’m glad I can still tap into a world of fashion in my new roles that revolve around wellness and fitness. And better yet, I can leave behind the Stepford wives and long days on my feet.
I’m starting to realize that just like fashion, we have to curate our own lives, roll with the punches, adapt to the changes, and pick and take the things that really work for us on to the next stage, and as always, try not to look back. So to that, I say, have fun while you’re curating life or your closet. There’s no time to worry about a life you’ve left behind especially when you made the conscious decision to do so. Keep moving forward and keep being you.
If your closet is in need of some revamping or you’re just itching for something new in your life, you should definitely take some time to explore prAna.com. Once you find those yoga pants, your next adventure coat, the cute blouse, or comfy sweats, use the code FANR15 for 15% off your order (Offer expires 9/30).
This post was sponsored by prAna. All opinions are my own. I truly appreciate all the brands that support the Sweat Pink community!