Every time I clear out my closet, I get a little more intentional about what clothes I’m choosing to bring in. I’m pretty much always going to be drawn to certain colors, eye-catching patterns, and feel-good fabrics, but for those items to go from a theoretical purchase to earning a hanger in my home, they’ve also got to work well for my lifestyle.
And when those items come from a company that shares a lot of the values I hold dear? Well, that definitely gets my attention.
I remember talking to Jenn years ago about how great it was that Title Nine’s models were all “ordinary women capable of extraordinary things” — they’re athletes, moms, dog owners, businesswomen, yogis, surfers … they’re strong women, and they’re all of us. This women-owned company also offers Starting Block grants to provide financial or in-kind donations for small, grassroots organizations that are working to help girls in underserved communities to have the opportunity to get into sports and fitness, and they also host the T9 Movers & Makers Pitchfest to find the next generation of entrepreneurial, badass women.
Oh, and also, they happen to make a pretty sweet array of clothing that’s made for women who love living active lives … but would also like to look sharp while they’re at it. And so, it won’t surprise anyone to know that when they offered me a chance to check out a few pieces that are currently available, I was all in. So much so that we also became an affiliate. Here’s what I’ve been sporting — and what I thought of each piece.
Dream Dress Updated, $85
So, I’ll be honest. I have a real affinity for dresses — they’re comfortable, they look nice, and they make getting dressed so easy (it’s only one thing to put on!). But the last thing I need is another really, really lovely dress that I can only wear with a certain bra, when I’m not likely to sweat, and when it’s not too windy. Luckily, all Title Nine dresses are built to be active and comfortable (sweat-wicking, fast-drying, lightweight, sun-protective fabrics) and designed for travel and adventure (lightweight, pack-friendly with secure pockets). So, basically, they’re made for me — and the Dream Dress Updated even includes a SwiftSnap at the hem, which keeps all the important bits covered up, even if I’m biking, or squatting, or getting on the floor to snuggle a dog.
I’ve worn it for travel days, sightseeing, dinners out, and even just around the house because it’s super comfortable. Best of all, I’ve put it on after leaving it in a pile of clean clothes and the wrinkles more or less shook out, so it just couldn’t be easier to wear.
Mad Dash Reversible Running Tights, $99
With a fantastic pattern, yummy fabric, and large pockets, it’s probably not a shock that the Mad Dash Reversible Running Tights made me look twice right off the bat. But it was the fact that they’re a two-in-one option (patterned on one side, black on the other) and offer reflective details that really sold me here.
Because, honestly, I wear a lot of workout leggings when I travel — especially when I’m out on some fun FBG-related trip that involves lots of workouts and such — so the fact that I can pack one pair and get two looks is a huge bonus. They’ve stayed in place perfectly for hot yoga classes and haven’t let me down on a run yet, and it’s worth noting that the pockets stay flat and look totally sleek when empty — not always the case with pockets on leggings, I’ve found.
Clamberista Pants, $89
I’ve had a hard time finding casual, non-legging athletic pants — like what you’d wear for a hike or camping — that I like. They tend to be too heavy, or, even if they’re not … I think we all know that I’ve got some pretty athletic thighs and calves, right? Which means the fit can be quite tricky, and so I was a little skeptical about how the Clamberista Pants would work, but I’m so glad I opted to give them a shot.
They fit me really well, with enough room to make any movement easy but not so much as to look sloppy, so I’ve happily worn them out and about in place of leggings or jeans, even when I don’t have any exciting outdoor activities on the agenda. The fabric is just thick enough to be really sturdy — like, I won’t be nervous about them holding up when I scramble over some rocks — and they’ve got loads of pockets (including a zippered side pocket that actually holds my phone). And, at the bottom hem, there are drawstrings so you can bring the length up, as well as a reflective detail for visibility.
Isn’t it such fun to find a brand that works so well for your body — and your life? Are you a Title Nine fan yet? If not, where are you shopping, and why are you loving them so much? —Kristen