I hate shopping.  I used to love it when I was a teenager. I would spend hours roaming the mall with all my girlfriends.  Somewhere around 20ish I started to loathe it.  These days I shop like I run – fast.  I know what I need, where to get it and I’m in and out as quickly as possible.  But when I spy say this store…

Do you also hear choirs of angels?

Do you also hear choirs of angels?

I can linger for hours!  I absolutely love shopping for fitness gear, clothing and accessories.  I must get an Athleta catalog in the mail every other week (they’re trying to kill me!) and I flip though it every time as if there’s something I either don’t have or haven’t seen!

Don’t get me wrong, I like to spread the love around when it comes to fitness fashion.  Other favorites include TrailHeads, Oiselle, Lorna Jane and, of course, good ‘ol Under Armour and Nike.

For your information and entertainment, I put together a few outfit ideas and what to where for different sweat activities with varying temps.  Enjoy!


There are three different temperatures to dress for when running outside in the Northeast:

1.  Ridiculously cold.  This is any temp under 30 degrees and/or major windchill involved.  I will typically go outside for a run as long as it’s above 10 degrees and I will look like this:

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2.  Just cold.  This is when the temps are between 30 and 45 degrees.  When it hits 40, I bust out the shorts.  The last time I wore shorts, my kids were picking out Halloween costumes!

I love this Oiselle Flyte top because it’s long and it stays put on the run.  Your buns will never get cold with this baby on.  I’m wearing it under my jacket in the above picture as well.  It’s worth every penny and I kinda feel like I can fly when I’m wearing it.


3.  HOT.  Anything above 50 gets hot out there.  Trust me.  A good tip for running outside is that, when you first step out your door you should feel cold.  If you don’t, you’re overdressed.  Your body is going to be producing a lot of heat on the run so dress as if the temp was about 10-15 degrees warmer.

I wasn’t sure about these Lorna Jane shorts at first but I absolutely love them.  I have run many miles on the treadmill with these babies already.  I can’t wait to take them outside!


This is for a day with temps in the 60s. Anything above that and it’s sports bra only on top. Anything less would get me arrested.


Since I only bike outside when the temp reaches about 40 (it’s my magic number) or indoors, I usually just wear a tank, with pockets for fuel, and biking shorts.  The tricky thing with bike shorts is to have some padding but not too much.  Athleta to the rescue:

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I teach a Power Sculpt class once a week at a local gym.  When I owned my studio and the weather warmed-up, I would take everyone outside.  I don’t have the luxury of doing that anymore (something about lawsuits?) so I usually go with something like this:




These are a few of my favorite things!  Working out is hard.  It’s nice to have a few perks here and there to help take the edge off:


Compression socks. A massage in a sock. BOOM!


More socks, my beloved foam roll and SNACKS care of Runnerbox!


My child is not my accessory, however the Optic Nerve sunglasses he’s sporting are!


I keep all my cold weather favorites in one spot so I can grab and GO! This box is home to all my gloves, hats, headbands, neck warmers and hand warmers. It’s a big box.

Lastly, I want to address all fitness clothing makers everywhere when I say ENOUGH WITH THE THUMBHOLES!  I can’t even tell you how many tops I have with these things.  Two years ago when they started becoming popular, everyone loved them, me included.  Now I’m hard pressed to find a top without them!  And because I’m psycho Type A, I feel obligated to use them.  But, when I use them I feel like they are little germ collectors because they’re on my hands!


That is all.

WAIT – there actually is one more thing.


How do you feel about thumb holes?  Who is your favorite clothing designer – fitness or otherwise?

What’s your go-to workout outfit?