When I pack my “go bag” for a morning workout (and I always pack it the night before — trying to remember everything I need at 5 a.m. is way more than I’m capable of), I try to pack the simplest items I can find, and the fewer things I need to bring, the better. Generally, my workouts start with a swim, then a quick change in the locker room to get in some cardio or strength training, and, well, if I can pull just a top out of my bag rather than a top and a bra (or running shorts rather than, you know, shorts and undies), or if I can put on a pair of pants that I don’t have to cover up with sweats after the workout, that rocks.
The latest lucy items that found their way onto my front porch are perfect for this. The Synergy Tank (currently on sale for $39.99 to $44.99) is a bra and tank in one — they’re actually attached, so if you pack one, you’ve automatically got the other. Sweet. The tank is mesh, but not, like, creepy ’80s bodybuilder guy mesh. More like sport mesh. It feels really nice and looks sharp. And the fit is a bit looser than most tanks I’ve seen on the market lately, which is nice if you’re like me and maybe a teensy bit self-conscious about your middle.
The only downside to the Synergy Tank is that it’s a little … confusing. The two parts being interconnected is fantastic, but if you don’t fold and pack it carefully, it can be a bit of a jumbled-up mess that could take you, say, five or six minutes to figure out. And, if you need a lot of bust support, I can’t guarantee the built-in bra will be quite enough. I was able to run in it, but I don’t think I’d want to jump.
I also got to check out the Hatha Legging ($89), a full-length workout legging with seams designed to flatter (and not chafe — yay!). They’re low-rise, moisture-wicking and made with the compressive lucy powermax material (which I’ve checked out and loved before), so they’re great for everything from yoga to running to weight training.
The 28-inch inseam will be a bit long for those with shorter legs, but for me, they came to just a bit above my ankle, which has been awesome with the unusually cold weather we’re having in Florida. (And no, I’m not complaining at all — it’s just strange to actually have to wear, you know, full-length pants when I’m going to be outside.) That length means they can also double as awesome casual leggings with a long sweater and boots if you’re looking to get the most wear out of your $89 yoga pants (and, let’s face it — aren’t we all?).
When I’ve worn these for a full day (because, yes, sometimes I do that knowing that I’ll be fitting in workouts throughout the day), I noticed that I had to tug them up a wee bit more than I normally do with my lucy capris. However, I should note that my calves are a little larger than your average girl — as in, I cannot just order any old pair of boots without getting a measurement of the circumference, because most won’t just be snug; they will not go on my leg), so I have a feeling this was less a sagging issue and more of a calves pulling down more than their fair share of material over the course of a day.
Still, both of these pieces have found prominent spots in my workout clothing rotation this winter. Comfy, cute, fashionable and functional — that’s pretty much what I look for in everything, you know?
Have you found yourself wearing more full-length workout pants this winter because of the cold? Or do you still get too hot? —Kristen