I’m just an incurable shopping addict. After swearing off buying crap, I recently started buying crap again. In my addict-addled mind, my rationale is:
- I work out so I need activewear. Sigh. Anything is justifiable this way. I write, therefore I need a $200 fountain pen!! I leave the house to join society, therefore I need moar clothes! Shoes to go with them! Wheee!
- My gym clothes are old cotton t-shirts and pants that are one squat away from a wardrobe malfunction. Time for replacements! (Truly, they’re fine, I just wanted new cute outfits.)
Really, I had no problems with any of my old gym clothes. In fact, I purposely avoided skin tight leggings and tops because they showed too much detail! They basically show the entire form of the naked body. I looked for sweatpants and loose fitting items made of cotton. I’m not sure what changed my mind. Maybe seeing it everywhere desensitized me? Added to that, I recently stumbled upon an activewear YouTube channel, HopeScope. She reviews leggings, sports tops, and other gear and that was about the time of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and blammo! I jumped on the wagon.
Since then, I’ve been ordering things left and right. I had a few items to return at Nordstrom Rack a week ago and was shaking from the excitement of being in a Nordstrom Rack. I’m just watching Suits and casually browsing every damn night.
The addiction feeling is real.
I come home to this crime scene and my heart skips a beat! I get a rush. A high! My brain releases real endorphins of pleasure. It’s releasing them right now as I relive it all.
So what have I purchased? Leggings galore!
What have I learned? I hate sports bras! I nearly dislocated my shoulder trying to get out of one.
Also, working out in sweat-wicking comfortable fabric is nice, but at the end of the day, I can do just as well in my rags. I’m still keeping my old stuff in rotation. The bottoms at least. The shirts have been repurposed as hair drying rags.
Here’s my activewear haul (in order of my preference):
- Vimmia Leggings: Made in the U.S. Best pair I own. $20.
- Beyond Yoga Sports bra: Made in the U.S. $8. Didn’t I just say how much I hated sports bras? These are different. I accidentally ordered two and decided to keep them both. They are phenomenal quality and not hard to get on and off.
- Onzie Leggings: Made in the U.S. $23 bucks.
- Onzie Capri Leggings: Made in the U.S. $17.
- Nux Leggings: Made in the U.S. $20.
- Phat Buddha Leggings: Made in the U.S. $12. I’m a bit worried about these. They’re totally nylon spandex which, isn’t that what women’s stockings are made of? And we all know how easy those things snag or run. Hopefully, these are sturdier, although I already snagged it trying to get the tag off – not a promising sign. On the other hand they are comfortable and are squat- and down dog-proof.
- Joe Fresh Tee: China. Boo! $6. Polyester. It’s a plastic shirt basically.
- Abound Tee: India. $6. Super soft synthetic shirt. It’s so nice I’m not sure I’m ready to sully it at the gym.
- Chromatic Capri Leggings: Came with a set of resistance bands I got. Made in China. $12 (including the bands). Smelled like a gas station until I left them outside for a few days to off-gas. The bands are nice! The leggings are decent, but I wouldn’t have chosen them separately.
I didn’t start out purposefully looking for U.S.-made leggings, the ones that I ended up liking just happened to be U.S.-made.
All the leggings that I listed are squat proof.
Also I did check Goodwill but it’s very challenging to find good condition activewear items because they take a beating at the gym. I did get a few gently used tops from my friend though, and they work great. Maybe tops are the most promising items to get second hand.
So there you have it. Moral of the story: Shopping is fun! Also YouTube is one gigantic commercial! I’ve fallen into this trap before, with make-up and bullet journaling. And before YouTube, it was My Little Pony.