Saturday, November 1, 2014

Women's Workout Wear with Boden {See Also: I Will Never Be A Fitness Model}

As a busy mom with three littles under the age of five, I am constantly on the move. Just because I don't run marathons or head to the gym five times a week doesn't mean I can't appreciate a good set of workout clothes. 

Whether we're racing each other to the neighborhood playground, "jogging" the track at the nearby high school (I use the term "jogging" loosely because it usually involves me abandoning the stroller and chasing the older boys out of other runners lanes), or spending the morning with our friends at the brand new trampoline park down the street, not only do I I need to dress for comfort but also in something that doesn't ride up or slide down or bunch up in all the wrong places. Bonus points if said get up is slimming and stylish not to mention something I can transition with from workout to preschool pick up and beyond.

Boden recently unveiled their brand new line of work out gear and to celebrate their launch, they've enlisted the help of bloggers to try out the new line and share their thoughts. These women come from all different levels of activity and each share their own opinions on some of the new pieces. You can check out #BodenOnTheGo for additional reviews.

I was sent three pieces to put to the test and all in all I think Boden got it right when picking and choosing the right materials and styles for their new line. Not only does their line come in three fashionable colors (Red, Navy and Black) but they tastefully mix in fun patterns that don't overwhelm or become obnoxious to look at after a while. At the time Boden sent the pieces to review, Navy and Red were the only available colors. I went a little out of my standard black workout wear comfort zone when choosing navy and it ended up being a nice change of pace.

Hands down, my favorite of all three pieces is the Run Faster Sweatshirt. Since the temperatures are starting to dip here, I've often needed an extra layer or two over my simple workout tank and this sweatshirt has been the perfect addition. I think the best part about it is definitely the thumb holes.  When I'm jogging with the stroller, I hate having to constantly tug my sleeves down as they ride up and thumb holes are the perfect solution. I would recommend sizing up in this jacket as it seems to fit a bit snug and I prefer to have a little extra room in my zip-ups. 

Paired with the Run Faster Cropped Legging and Run Faster Tee, this get up has me feeling not only sporty but stylish too. Cropped leggings aren't typically my favorite pant length to wear when working out so I'm happy to report that if the cropped length isn't your favorite either, these pants are also available in a full legging. There's just something about feeling them wrinkle behind my knee that drives me a little crazy and when that happens I can't seem to focus on anything else than that feeling. However, I do love the fit and material of the pants and the nice wide waist band keeps me feeling tucked in. These leggings feel nothing like the compression-style leggings that I'm more accustomed to wearing while working out and even though they don't give me that firm-everything-is-sucked-in feeling, the material is of a nice fitted and supportive weight.

During a recent play date at the trampoline park I wore the cropped leggings and with all of the bouncing, jumping and hopping I did, the pants stayed in place at the waist which helped all of my jiggly bits stay in place and for that, I give the pants two thumbs up despite the cropped length.

In retrospect, I wish I had chosen the Run Faster Sports Top over the Tee as a patterned contrast to the mostly solid capris- wearing the two together is a little too much Navy for me and I do love the accent pattern on the capris and Sports Top. Even though I chose the long sleeve tee over the top, the material is still comfortable and a nice blend of fashion meets moisture-wicking functionality.

All in all I'm quite happy with Boden's brand new activewear line and I look forward to seeing it grow and expand with new pieces such as bras, swimsuits and socks. I recently purchased a five week pass to a brand new Pure Barre studio and I can't wait to put my new leggings and tee to the test!

Looking to add a little more flair to your workout wear? Take advantage of Boden's current promotion and snag 15% off with code YOGA. Promotion ends November 9th, 2014. 

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I received the above pieces for free in exchange for my honest review as expressed above. Additional compensation was not received for this post. 

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