Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.
One of the many lessons I’ve learned when it comes to a healthy mentality, is understanding how wonderful it is to LET GO. This can be applied to many things, seemingly important, or not. Maybe you need to let go of certain relationships, a career, a location. Maybe you need to let go of a limiting belief, a fear. Or maybe, it’s something more tangible. Maybe you need to let go of “stuff”.
Over the last few years the idea of minimalism has grown, and we’ve seen Pinterest boards-a-plenty, devoted to the capsule wardrobe. I don’t ascribe to rules when it comes to my possessions (honestly, this too, can become ridiculous), but I do try to keep things simple. When we have less, we decrease our chances for stress.
This can also be true when we approach our athletic clothes. We have neon tops, 20 sports bras, 10 pairs of black leggings, and 15 pairs of patterned leggings we got on clearance and have never worn #blackclothesforlife.
Today I’m going to argue for letting go. Let go of the unnecessary and make room for things you love. Make room for TIME. Make room for PEOPLE.
How do I personally apply this to workout clothes? I buy few, high quality items that multitask. When those wear out (which takes quite a while since they’re good quality), I replace them. This eliminates the time wasted scouring racks for good deals (I know, I love sales too), time wasted analyzing if you need it or not (you don’t), and money wasted on items you’ll never wear (hey crazy pattern that looked good on the Victoria’s Secret Model).
When I go looking for my athletic clothes I look for a few specific things; feel-good fabric, easy-care items, and versatility (read: black).
My most recent favorite brand: Crane & Lion.
Crane & Lion specializes in high end athletic wear, but believe me when I say you can wear some of these pieces to work. This outfit, complete with their basic black leggings, black tank, and wrap sweater are my new fall staples. Yoga, brunch, shopping, traveling. These pieces are going to be used regularly.
The leggings are thick enough for full coverage without feeling like I have on Spanx. The fabric itself also breathes, which is nice, here in the low-country, where it can be hot during the day, but chilly at night.
Another day-night transition piece is this wrap sweater. I wore this sweater on a 10-hour road trip and the sleeves did not lose their form (praise-hands emoji).
The tank is as basic as it gets. No built-in bra, no weird hems, just high-quality fabric that hugs in all the right places. Again, thick enough, but not hot.
Finally, let’s talk about the color. Y’all know I’m all about neutrals, and Crane & Lion is, too. I base everything around black, and add in tan or a jewel tone here or there. When I started shopping their site, I knew I had found my soulmate in an athleisure brand. It’s luxury-meets-comfort, and it really couldn’t get any better.
Time to toss the random leggings and tanks. Who knew letting go could feel so good?