Howdy, folks! It’s a totally miserable, dreary day here in the DC area, so I hope that you all are having extra sunny Tuesdays to counteract the weather here!
So in my post last week about the horrors of going to a college with a legitimate reputation for hot girls, and the body-image issues that ensued when I tried to work out around them, I left off saying that I would report back in with details about the actual functionality of the Active by Old Navy clothing I had been asked to try. Well, here I am!
I know that you’ve probably been seeing quite a few of these Old Navy posts floating around the blogosphere over the past week or so, and that can be kind of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s great because no body (and nobody!) is exactly the same, wears the same size, has the same body shape, or likes the same stuff, so there’s a pretty wide variety presented within the same line. But on the other hand, I’m sure it can get a little grating seeing similar–if not the same–stuff over and over again. I’m sure it would feel that way no matter what the actual content–if every healthy living blogger coincidentally posted on the same day about what they ate, and nothing else, I’m sure that might get old too. (Oh, wait… awkward. Haaahahahaha.)
Now, all that being said, I really do think that this line offers fantastic options for those who might not want to shell out $70 for a single piece of UnderArmour or Lululemon clothing. And as with ALL things, there are pros and cons. So now that I’ve had more time to wear, stretch, relax, and workout in these clothes, I figured I would report back in. Also, joy! A zillion more pictures of me! Bahahaha.
Okay, so let’s talk utility. Functionality. Usability. Being in the healthy living blog business, as well as having a sister who works for UnderArmour, I like to think I’m in a pretty good position to have an opinion about workout clothing. I mean, at this point, I practically own more of it than I do regular clothes (okay, well, that’s not true, because I am a shopaholic, but you get what I’m saying). Ironic, since I am always saying how much I hate working out, eh? Bahaha. Anyway, as I was saying, at this point I definitely know the things that I like when it comes to activewera: the features I look for, the fit that I want, etc.
Which is why I’m happy to report that these items really do fit the bill for me! And, of course, remain a fraction of the cost of many other brands. I mean, I liked certain items so much that I doubled up on them, so that should really say a lot. So, let’s break it down, shall we?
I actually tried on like, every single item from the Active line, because I was in such a giddy shopping mood, haha, but the pieces I ended up walking out of Old Navy with were:
- Active GoDRY Mesh Tanks in black and neon salmon sizzle (also known as pink–what kind of name is that?)
- Active Fold-over Yoga Pants in fiber optic (lime) and retro violet (purple)
- Active GoDRY running top in silver
I love the fit of the tanks–fitted at the top but looser around my stomach–as well as the fact that they are SUPER lightweight. They are a mesh material that isn’t see-through and just feels really, really nice. I may or may not have slept in one at one point, that’s how comfy they are. I also really liked how long the tops were. Since I have larger, ahem, lady lumps than some, I find that it can be difficult to find tops that are the length I like (and I just really like the look of long tops in general).
Same for the pants–the fit is awesome, they’re not too long and not too short, which is actually kind of a hard balance to strike with yoga pants. They are nice and fitted through the thigh and knee, and the fold-over waistband is perfect for someone like me who still has a bit of a gut. Plus, the waistbands come in SUPER fun colors (I kind of wish I had gone with another bright color rather than the purple, actually, cause you can barely tell its purple and the bright lime green is so fun!)
I really like the fit of the running top, too. It’s not too tight in the shoulders, still skims over my stomach without being baggy. Also, the running top has THUMBHOLES. Which are the best. Because I find running gloves kind of annoying, actually, since I run with my phone for GPS/music and not all my gloves have capacitave touch. Also, I should probably note that I got size L in all the clothing, except for one kind of hilarious mistake which I will go into in a second.
(Sidenote: even with a camera remote, self-timed jumping pics are really, really hard.)
I specifically went for more yoga/group exercise-style workout wear this go around, mostly because I already have SO MUCH RUNNING stuff (not that I’m complaining, I’m just saying). So while Old Navy does carry a line of compression running stuff, I was very deliberate in my choices. I did some yoga and a session of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred in the tank top and yoga pants and had no problems. The tank tops have sweat-wicking technology that did work insofar as I can tell (I am a SWEAT MACHINE) and the pants were stretchy and comfortable, without exposing my crack to Harry and Daxter in the process. I did find myself pulling at the green yoga pants a little bit during some of the more flex-intensive yoga moves, but it wasn’t terrible, and I think really it comes down to the fact that I probably should have sized down in the pants. I’ll get into that in a second though.
I haven’t tested the utility of the running top by actually RUNNING, but I will say that in the capacity I did use it (um, just, like, wearing it, haha) it definitely reminds me of a lot of my UA heatgear stuff, because I felt it was keeping me warm despite the fact that it’s super lightweight. So that’s a definite plus for outdoor runners/exercisers! And even though I did sweat quite a bit in one of the tank tops, I didn’t find it smelled super rank or anything afterward, which is a DEFINITE plus (though don’t ask me how I know that, hahaha).
Okay, so here we come down to really my only issue with this line (and arguably, with Old Navy in general). The sizing is SO inconsistent. Generally, when I go into an Old Navy I assume the sizing is pretty generous. So whereas I may still barely be able to squeeze the girls into an L blouse at J.Crew, at Old Navy, I often fit into a size M. I mean, honestly, that’s probably one of the reasons I’ve always loved wearing Old Navy so much, because back when I *was* bigger, and quickly climbing my way up to size 20, I could always count on Old Navy to hold strong as a size 18, hahaha.
However, with many of the items in their Activewear line, I found the opposite problem. I own a lot of compression leggings and capris for running, and I consistently fit into an UnderArmour size L without much of a problem. I mean, they’re tight, sure, but they’re supposed to be. But when I tried on the Old Navy compression leggings in size L? Could not even get them on. They were SO tight. And belive me, I tried! But I would have had to size up one, maybe two sizes in order to even squeeze into them. And maybe it’s a thing about my particular body shape (I gots THIGHS, yo!) but I found the same thing with their super tight, compression, built-in-bra tanks.
Somewhat hilariously (because I’m an idiot), I actually ended up grabbing the wrong size in the purple foldover yoga pants. I tried on the green ones in L, and they fit, and I really liked them, so I grabbed another pair in purple without checking the tag on the inside (only the size on the hanger). My mistake. By the time I got home (having already cut the tags off because, again, I’m an idiot), I realized I grabbed the wrong size! A much, MUCH smaller size. However, I still put ‘em on, and I think you’ll notice in the pictures above, that it doesn’t really look like the purple pants are too small. In fact, I almost liked the fit better with the smaller pants (probably because I wear so much compression gear) than with the size Ls.
So, yeah. Super inconsistent sizing, for which I could really smack Old Navy (title reference #1!) because it makes online ordering a pain. So I recommend you definitely go into a store and try things on if you can (although I think they offer free return shipping if you order from their website anyway, so that’s really good).
And with that, we move on to the final workout clothing judgement criteria (and arguably the most important one)…
And yes, that would be title reference #2. Heh. Oh please, don’t even try and pretend like you don’t think about this factor when it comes to yoga pants. So yes, borderline-inappropriate photo aside, the pants in particular are, in my opinion, very flattering and they satisfy that need of mine to be both incredibly comfortable and look as good as possible in one fell swoop. So sizing issues aside, as long as you find the size that fits you best, I heartily recommend this line.
Only time will tell if it has the long-lasting durability that some of my other fitness clothing, but if you’re looking for a few bright, fun new pieces to add to your workout wardrobe, why not grab yourself an $8 tank top or $12 pair of yoga pants? If nothing else, maybe it’ll be a way to get your signficant other to appreciate you just a little bit more.
This post is sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s Active wear in stores or at oldnavy.com. Active by Old Navy is 40% off until January 16th! I received a gift card and stipend for my participation but my words and opinions are 100% my own. #GetYourActiveON