Stylish Activewear with a Sustainable Purpose from adidas by Stella McCartney

When I want to take a break from denim I usually opt for activewear or leggings, of course in my favorite color, black. I adore a brand that can make edgy pieces with stylish detailing without relying on prints too much. Boldness without being too eye-catching, dark with a twist or edge without flair. I’m not sure if that makes a whole lot of sense to most readers, but that’s how my mind’s flowing at the moment while I’m trying to describe my preferred style. It also goes without saying here, if you’ve been reading my blog long enough, that if a brand can encapsulate all this while being sustainable gives them major points in my book. I prefer to spend a little more for those doing their best to clean up our environment a bit and have a purpose other than simply helping us look good. I’m a fairly big fan of adidas, and I’ve known about their collaboration with Stella McCartney for awhile, but somehow I only now recently learned they’ve got something much more going on within their already-awesome stylish activewear collections.

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The Weirdest and Most Unique Denim at Shopbop

So for those who followed me through my last post, you know why I’ve been MIA for three weeks: I was at that little party in the desert. You know, that one that’s actually a temporary city built by 70,000 people, and also known as Burning Man! What an experience! Since my blog doesn’t focus on such things, I won’t get into details, but I’ll just say it was the most transformative experience of my life. It tested my mental strength several times, and gave me some clarity to some of the things I wanted to improve in my “default” daily life. This event also encourages everyone to be participants rather than spectators, so the collaboration we had giving back to our camp (building, bartending, helping with workshops, etc) was also extremely fulfilling considering that teamwork is not always so easy in the real world! Yeah, there was plenty of partying, but it went way deeper than that—there’s something so liberating and inspiring seeing so many people letting loose with their creativity, and doing good for others without expecting anything in return.

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Shape Up for Summer with Eye Catching Leggings

Shape Up for Summer with Eye Catching Leggings

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As obsessed as I am with denim, I’ve grown a huge soft spot for leggings. Just like jeans, they come in so many different fabrics, fits and designs, so it’s easy to want to start a huge collection! I usually wear leggings to the gym rather than all over the place, but once I find a pair with insane eye popping graphics, I am always, for some reason, too afraid to sweat in them! Typically those are reserved for music festivals, DJ gigs or other fun musical events for me. However, considering the quality and attention to detail that goes into these higher end leggings, they really are great for whatever you want to use them for. The battle between jeans or leggings seems to be ongoing, and I’ve never seen so many gorgeous, eye popping designs on performance leggings before! Just like most premium jeans, you pretty much have to expect to pay a little more for quality, 360 degree movement, comfort, fit and longevity, as long as you don’t mind taking a little extra care (avoid tumble drying)!

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Five Sustainable or Ethical Designer Brands on Shopbop

The designer fashion world is often seen as self-serving, shallow, snooty and of course, gosh darn expensive…and I don’t often write about it because I know it’s a bit beyond my, and most people’s, reach. However, I do admire the creativity that goes into many of these brands, and I also like getting to the bottom of truth. Not all high end brands recklessly pursue the almighty dollar—there are definitely a lot to give shoutouts to. Some brands started off with sustainability or other ethical initiatives in mind, and some make the switch later as awareness grows and they become more mindful of their footprint on this planet. No matter the price point, I like to give coverage to a brand that realizes resources are finite, or that human rights are important. If you happen to be one that adorns your closet with designer goods but are looking to shop a little more guilt-free, then this post is perfect for you!

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adidas by Stella McCartney

adidas by Stella McCartney - Tops

adidas by Stella McCartney – From L to R: Perforated Hoodie, Techfit Running Tank, Studio Perforated Tee

adidas by Stella McCartney

If you haven’t yet noticed, there’s been a recent shift in fashion and style preferences lately. Activewear and loungewear are slowly taking over the market, even starting to give denim a run for its money! Workout attire has always had a cute, stylish side, but only now has it somehow become so cute and stylish that many are opting to wear it out on the town or even to work in place of their usual garb. I’ll agree that it’s definitely comfortable, but I know personally through all the jeans reviews I’ve done with Denimology that the denim market long ago had introduced softer-than-soft versions of their best selling products which definitely lean more into the legging realm, so honestly I don’t really understand the “jeans are too uncomfortable” thing going on lately…anyhoo, I digress. Don’t get me wrong, I am a workoutaholic and I LOVE stylish activewear! I’m not really big on Lululemon. I don’t really know why, but it hasn’t caught on with me, even though we just had a store open in town. For working out, I always go after the tried and true (and already pretty stylish) brands: Under Armour, Adidas, Asics, Puma…you get my drift. But it’s interesting now to see high end fashion brands collaborating with these sports brands. Case in point here…adidas and Stella McCartney! How cute are these pieces? I love how they definitely aren’t too cute to sweat in, and actually make me want to go on a long run or hit the gym even more than I already enjoy to, because it’s always more fun to work out with a little flair. So this stuff instantly grabs my attention…two of my favorite things in one: fitness and fashion!

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adidas by Stella McCartney – From L to R: Perforated Mid Layer Jacket, Perforated Running Tee, Studio Long Sleeve Tee

Stella McCartney is no stranger to fashion obviously (but I thought I’d say so in case of those who aren’t aware). The designer was born in London and worked with big brand Chloe for awhile, starting in 1997, as their creative director in Paris. She showed her first collection in 2001 and the rest is history. Her pieces glow with a sense of femininity, and some might like to hear she uses no fur or leather in her designs, as she is a vegetarian. I have no problem with leather, as it’s mainly a biproduct, but fur? Thank you Stella! She also works with a barrage of charities. Adidas probably needs no big introduction, as they’ve dominated the fitness and street fashion industry for long enough. The two have been working together since 2005, not just on workout wear, but also winter sports, cycling, tennis, swim and even surf apparel.

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adidas by Stella McCartney – From L to R: Studio Tights, Techfit Running Tights, Essentials Starter Tights

Most of the tops have bottoms that match, and the collection also includes underwear, shorts, sports bras, bags, beanies and shoes. I picked out everything I would either wear or that I thought just simply looked cool. I’ll have to keep my eyes on some of these…I’m digging the Studio Long Sleeve Tee, and the shoes below!

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adidas by Stella McCartney – Front L to R: Essential Pants, 3/4 Running Tights, Essentials 3/4 Starter Tights

adidas by Stella McCartney - Shoes

adidas by Stella McCartney Pure Boost Running Shoes

Shop the collection on Revolve Clothing here, and read all about Stella McCartney here.