I’ve been stocking up on summer fitness buys to accommodate what I intend to be a very active summer — running, hiking, golf, lake sports, long walks! I did order the hyped Lululemon Align dress in the flush pink color seen below. I think I first heard about this dress from the Instagram account “Beach Reads and Bubbly,” a new follow for fun summer reading. She is newly postpartum and mentioned that she feels great in this dress, and (in her words, paraphrased): “If I feel good in this dress so close to having a baby, so will you.” I sized up two whole sizes. Lululemon runs small (as one Magpie put it, the sizing is “a feature, not a bug”), and there are few things worse than trying to work out in clothes that are too tight. I am normally a 0 but went up to a 4 in this style. For reference, I own Align leggings in both 2 and 4 and both fit fine! I almost notice no difference. I will report back with findings! I have never been a big fitness dress gal but this summer, I am anticipating lots of opportunities for wear, not only with the activities outlined above, but also with the casual weekends where kids will be running through the sprinkler and exploring the neighborhood. As you know, I already own and am getting wear out of this Madewell style, too. (Size up if in question — runs small.)
A roundup of the rest of my favorite summer fitness/active finds below, but I do want to call out a few items:
+I know we all have our “ESWB” (“emotional support water bottle”) of choice, but this is my personal favorite. I bought one for Mr. Magpie awhile back and then totally co-opted it. I like it because it keeps water cold (insulated), holds the perfect amount of water (I once bought an enormous water bottle under the guise of getting myself to drink more water, and it was just too much to lug around — Mr. Magpie called it my “lead pipe” haha!), has a wide mouth for filling with ice/water, and has a perfect drinking spout. I love it.
+Have been hearing good things about these Target running shorts, and they’re on sale through today for only $20/pop. I bought them in this mushroom color seen below. A bunch of their fitness pieces are on sale through today, FYI — including this strappy fitness dress ($24! great colors!) and my favorite racerback tanks. The latter are only $10/pop, come in great colors, hold up well, and have a nice, loose fit.
+I really love these Beyond Yoga stride shorts. They’re longer length than a lot of others you’ll find out there (my preference) and have bike shorts underneath. Just a really good, comfortable short that makes you feel as if there’s no “constriction” and no need for adjustment.
+Beyond Yoga is running a MDW sale — you can get their cropped racerback tanks for 50% off in select colors.
+I love a solid-colored half-zip — have a number of them at this point — for throwing on over fitness wear, and this Everlane one is on sale for $35 (even less in other colors). I am also eyeing one of the Anine Bing sweatshirts after my friend Nan raved about them.
+These Feetures socks remain my absolute favorite running socks. I kind of freak out if I have no clean pairs — they are cushion-y and snug and low-profile but never slip off your heel. The best.
01. LULULEMON ALIGN DRESS // 02. PRINCE T-SHIRT // 03. BEYOND YOGA TANK // 04. BEYOND YOGA BIKE SHORTS // 05. NIKE RUNNING SHOES // 06. ODODOS BELT BAG // 07. SPLENDID SCALLOP SWEATSHIRT // 08. SPLENDID SCALLOP SHORTS // 09. KOSAS SUNSCREEN // 10. EVERLANE SWEATSHIRT // 11. TAKEYA WATER BOTTLE // 12. SILVER BIRKS // 13. CALPAK DUFFEL // 14. FEETURES SOCKS // 15. TARGET TANK // 16. ON TRAIL RUNNING SNEAKERS // 17. TARGET RUNNING SHORTS // 18. CREW SOCKS // 19. MADEWELL FITNESS DRESS // 20. HAIR TIES // 21. SPANX SHORTS (10% OFF WITH CODE SHOOPXSPANX) // 22. TARGET SPORTS BRA TANK // 23. BEYOND YOGA TEE (CHECK OUT THE BACK!) // 24. BEYOND YOGA SHORTS (BLUE COLOR HERE)
P.P.P.S. Travel gear for families.