I’m going to take the liberty and say that anyone in marathon training (or just addicted to running) lives in their workout clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fashion obsessed, but with the majority of my money going to races and my time spent working or at the gym, it’s natural that I spend most of my time in spandex and dri-fit clothing. One of my all-time favorite pieces? My Lululemon Wunder Under Crops that I splurged on when I got a promotion last year. Since then, I’ve found myself wandering into Lululemon, dreaming of the day that I will find a killer sale rack. In reality, it’s tanks and tempos the majority of the time…that is until I found Target’s best kept secret.
We all know that Target has workout clothes. I’ve tried some on in the past and sure they fit, but I found my self pulling up the capris, overly hot and the stiching rubbing my sides raw. But given that Target is my secret lover, I gave him a second chance earlier this month with two new bras and two new shorts.
First, let’s talk about the bras. I’ve actually worn these bras for a while now and they work really well for me. They are the C9 by Champion Women’s Seamless Sports Bra – on sale for $14.99 (I scored mine for $9.99 each…long story). These bras are perfect for us small-chested folk. Just the right amount of snugness, without cutting into your side. Plus, they are seamless, wick the sweat pretty well and come in some really bright and obnoxious colors – I love it! The down side is that the colors fade and that snappy neon orange you’ll be so excited about will soon turn into a subdued pumpkin that is a little stretched out. But for only $14.99, I’m cool with looking a little less than peppy.
TWO CENT RATING: Definitely a 4.5 out of 5 stars. If only they didn’t fade and stretch…
Next, the SHORTS and what I’m most excited about. Why did I buy two pairs in one trip? I have no idea…it’s Target…it has a way of doing that to you. Let’s start with my new favorite lounge, lift, yoga, too hot to put on anything else shorts.
The C9 by Champion Women’s Seamless Roll-Over Waist Yoga Shorts (wow, what a mouthful) are like light-weight, stretchy butter. Not too tight to cause unnecessary “rollage” and lightweight enough to feel like your soul isn’t being sucked out by the spandex. The top gray part rolls over so you can make them as high or as low as you want. The only down side? I wouldn’t wear these running. They have a tendency to ride a bit and I found myself pulling the legs down so I wasn’t a total hooch.
TWO CENT RATING: 4 out of 5 stars. These are a gals perfect cross-training spandex shorts. But don’t run in them as you will surely be showing more than what is necessary.
Now for the big one…as mentioned above, there is nothing like slipping into a pair of Lululemons and I haven’t found anything that rivaled it’s snug yet comfortable fit…until now. These C9 by Champion® Women’s Premium Reversible Shorts are the closest thing I’ve found to Lululemon and at half the price ($25). The fabric is thick, yet breathable, and holds the jiggle in all the right places. Not only does it have the same hidden pocket in the thick top band of the shorts as Lululemons, but they are also reversible (changes to an all black short). If you were thinking about buying a pair of Lulus but couldn’t bit the bullet, go buy a pair of these STAT, but just make sure it’s the Champion Premium line.
TWO CENT RATING: 5 out of 5 stars. The same fit and feel of Lululemon at half the price? I’m in!
So there you have it folks, my two cents on some of my latest gear from Target. Tell me, do you have Target workout clothes? What ones? Love or hate?
P.S. Please note that I was not sent these products to review. I just love ‘em so much I wanted to share them all with you!