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Lands' End Active Wear
Yoga clothing has become lifestyle wear, and as such high-end stores entice us with of-the-moment patterns and trends. At the same time, discount stores offer inexpensive products meant to be used for a season and then discarded (although those on limited incomes will of course hang on to them for as long as possible.) In the middle of this divide lies the clothing company Landís End, which produces a line of active wear that, while not dirt cheap, costs relatively little but provides long-lasting use and comfort.
The company offers a selection of workout pants in a variety of lengths. Most are constructed out of a polyester/spandex combination of fibers, offering stretch and easy-care washability. While styling and colors are limited, many are classic enough to be wearable throughout the day, even for those who donít like running errands in gym wear. With prices from thirty-five to seventy-five dollars, itís possible to wardrobe oneís lower half for a week of workouts for less than two hundred dollars.
Top pieces are more varied. Styles again are simple, with some striped pieces and a few patterns. Colors can be too bright for the black-on-black brigade, but the cheerful tones will help one through a difficult workout. On the web page, styles are divided by sleeve length, a plus for those who have a definite preference. Like the bottoms, most pieces are polyester/spandex. Again, prices are reasonable if not cut-rate.
Those searching for cotton clothing are in luck at Landís End, as the company sells offers Sport Knit Shorts in five colors. At nineteen dollars a pair, these are wonderful in hot weather; while the fabric doesnít exactly wick sweat, the shorts are styled loosely enough to allow the flow of air. The Cotton Tank Tops are offered in nineteen different colors, at $15.50 a pop; these tops offer thick straps that cover sports bras well. While neither of these products are at all stylish, their simple usefulness and quality construction make them a valuable addition to a wardrobe (and one can always layer something more fashion-forward on top!) They are machine washable and dryable, and extremely long-lasting.
The company offers one simple sports bra, in black, sized by cup from 36C to 38DD. At $24.99 and with removable cups, this is quite a bargain for a basic sports bra. Itís underwire free, which is good news for some and a deal breaker for others.
Those looking for a reasonably priced gym bag, take note. Landís End sells tote bags for $34.99. Constructed of thick canvas, these are again machine washable and long-lasting, although possibly too preppy for some fashion tastes. The company does not as yet sell traditional gym bags or yoga mats.
Sizing is generous at Landís End, with tall, plus, petite, and petite plus sizes offered. The company should be commended for this, as it caters to active people of all sizes. Orders over $50.00 get free shipping, and the company has an extremely generous return policy. Those who prefer to try on before they buy can find Landís End departments in some Sears stores across the United States.
Disclaimer: I am not associated with Landís End. I have paid for my clothing with my own funds.
The company's website can be found at landsend.com.
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