Thursday, September 17, 2015

Derek Lam 10C for Athleta Collaboration

Perhaps for some people working out makes them want to wear more stylish fitness clothes, but for me it’s the opposite! There’s something to be said about the mindset change you achieve when you swap out your baggy yoga pants and oversized college tees for pieces built to help you perform. An outfit that will easily take me from the barre classes to post workout iced coffee has seriously transformative powers. This is why I couldn’t be more thrilled when my two worlds collided when Derek Lam teamed up with Athleta to launch a collection of activewear that’s equal parts fashion and function.
While I danced through high school and was captain of my dance team, things just weren’t the same post-college. Gyms just aren’t my jam. I need great music, a class that challenges me, and most importantly something fun. I’m happy to say I’ve finally got my work out groove back at my Barre3 studio. The mix of Pilates, yoga, and ballet are the perfect blend for me. I gave my new outfit from the Derek Lam 10C Athleta collaboration a test drive in my work out class and it not only performed well, but made me feel confident too!
Sporty chic sweatshirt & compression leggings for barre class.
Slouchy grey sweatshirt & black colorblock compression leggings at Barre class

One of the keys to barre is a proper-fitting pair of leggings. It’s about more than just fashion- it helps you see your form and trigger the correct muscles for different movements. The Block Studio Legging from the new Derek Lam 10C for Athleta collection combines trendy colorblocking cut lines with moisture- wicking and breathable compression fabric. Wearing them to class was not only comfortable, but it let me see all of the definition I’ve been working so hard to create.

Athleta x Derek Lam 10c Barre workout class outfit.
Barre class workout in colorblock leggings

Conveniently, there’s a coffee shop a few doors down from my studio, so I love that there are pieces in the collection that are athletic inspired but easily fit in with your regular wardrobe. I can just throw on the french terry 2 N 1 City Sweatshirt over my leggings to grab an iced coffee. I think when it comes to post-workout looks, it’s all about balancing the loose and roomy silhouettes.

From barre class to the coffee shop with a sporty chic sweatshirt
Barre to Brunch Outfit
Though we go shoeless in barre class, there is no better finishing touch for a sleek post-outfit workout than a great pair of sneakers. I’ve been obsessing over cute kicks lately and the 515 New Balance Downtown Sneakers are designed specially for the Derek Lam 10C Athleta collaboration. Not only do they coordinate perfectly with my fitness gear, but they’d look just as cute with jeans. When I’m feeling funky, I can have my green laces in or swap them out for classic black.

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The Derek Lam 10C for Athleta collection fuses fitness and style in a way that makes it so easy to wear whether you’re working out, running errands, or relaxing on the weekend. Each piece is not just made to look chic, but it’s designed to perform and make you feel stylish during your workout. Be sure to check it out online and in select stores!

xoxo, lauren

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Athleta through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about the Derek Lam 10C Athleta collection, all opinions are my own.


Jessica said...

Get it girrrrl! You look amazing :) Can't wait to check out this collection!

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HiFashion said...

This is such a cute work out look! I'm massively struggling to find my perfect work out activity. I feel like when I do, I'll enjoy working out a lot more.

Sarah Lagen said...

Get it girl!! I'm totally that person is more motivated by wearing cute workout gear, this line looks amazing! I'll have to check it out this line soon!! Great post Lauren, and you look amazing!! :)

xo, Sarah

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