7 Super Cool Yoga Brands You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Awesome Yoga Brands That Aren’t LuluLemon

Trends & Tribulations

While we are forever grateful to Lululemon for being the pioneers of fashionable yoga gear (because, obviously, it needed to happen…), there are so many new and exciting yoga apparel brands popping up every day.  Considering the last year’s market where sales of athletic pants equaled the sales of denim, it is really not a surprise that more and more companies are banking on the athleisure trend.  In honor of the recent article I wrote for MNYoga, here’s the skinny on the coolest yoga gear that’s (ahem) not LuluLemon.  Enjoy, loves!

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The Upside

The Upside

The Upside

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Sweaty Betty

sweaty betty

This British retailer was founded in 1998 to “inspire women to find empowerment through fitness“.  They combine innovative, feminine designs with technical fabrics.  Plus, they give super cute reusable bags adorned with their geometric logo and motivational quotes with purchase.

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Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh has an emphasis on futuristic prints and high-quality, technical fabrics that feature reinforced stitching and streamlined fused seams for unrestricted movement.  The designer, Anjhe Mules, uses her fashion and swimwear expertise to cut and craft yoga wear that flatters a women’s physique, while feeling comfortable and able to stretch freely.

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Alo Yoga

alo yoga

This retailer is inspired by life in the fashion and healthy-lifestyle mecca Los Angeles.  They test out all their gear on real yogi’s before putting it to market to ensure a slim and functional fit.  Plus, their color blocking is so perfect to mix and match tops and pants together.  Who knew you could feel so put together in yoga clothing?

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WearGrace

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WearGrace is yoga clothing designed for both on and off the mat.  Its creator is former art director, graphic designer, and then Director of Image for the Gucci group (creative agency for all the brands: Gucci, YSL, Mcqueen, Balenciaga, and Sergio Rossi, among others) who found yoga after a few incidences happened simultaneously, and she found herself unable to walk and lost her father and husband.  The founder, Karen Joyce, explains that her yoga practice became an analogy for her life.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

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Onzie

Onzie

Onzie

Onzie was created by a 20-year Bikram yoga practician to create affordably-priced clothing that is functional, flexible, and flattering.  Their lightweight, fast-drying fabric allows you to move freely whether you are doing yoga, pilates, spinning, swimming, surfing, or running.

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Teeki

Teeki

Teeki

Clothing made from recycled plastic bottles?  This LA-based retailer creates yoga pants and tops using fabric that is spun from fibers made out of recycled plastic water bottles, then cut, printed, and hand sewn using environmentally friendly practices.  Plus, everything is manufactured in the U.S., which provides jobs to Americans and reduces their carbon footprint.  Considering it takes over 400 years for plastic bottles to biodegrade, this is such an amazing way to help out the environment and offsets the need to produce new raw materials.  All that aside, I can personally attest to how unbelievably soft and lightweight their material is, as I own at least a few pairs of their pants (just doing my part for the environment….), and oh, my, are they just daaaarling.

Teeki

Teeki

What are your favorite athletic brands?  Do you shop at any of labels featured above?

xo

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Style Inspiration: Tropical Prints

As I write this post, I am burning up from the sunlight shining on me.  Which is pretty amazing, considering I basically require the temperature around me to average 100 degrees fahrenheit, and I teach hot yoga.  But, I love it all the same: Summer!

And with summer (and tropical vacations) comes colorful fashion and summer prints.  One of my favorite prints this season is green palm trees, especially in tandem with wicker hats and espadrilles, and, of course, pink!  Check out my inspiration below for creating your own style with these fun prints.

Tropical Paradise

What are your favorite summer prints and styles?  Share in the comments section below!

xo, darlings

 

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Etro

One of this summer’s hottest trends is bohemian-inspired styles circa 1970, as seen on the runways via platform shoes, fringe, wide-legged flares, and paisley prints.  Etro, a label known for its free-spirited flare and colorful prints, showcased knee-high fringe moccasins on their Spring/Summer 2015 runway, while these beaded suede sandals are now stealing the show.

Etro Beaded Sandals, $1,100

Etro Beaded Sandals, $1,100

Pair ’em with embellished white denim trousers for a low-key daytime look, or with a fringed skirt, like this DKNY one, to amp up the sex appeal.

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What do you think of these delicate sandals?  What would you pair them with?

xo,

Sophie

Designer Spotlight: Au Jour Le Jour

Au Jour Le Jour via Buro 24/7

Au Jour Le Jour via Buro 24/7

Recently, I stumbled across a sushi-printed jacket, and had to track down the designer immediately.  It turns out, the jacket was the product a new fashion label known as Au Jour Le Jour.  The Italian label debuted in 2010 as brainchild of designers Mirko Fontana and Diego Marquez.

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Designers Mirko Fontana e Diego Marquez

The designers combine their complementary and diverse skill sets and backgrounds to create elegant, yet quirky and sophisticated, yet totally unique designs.  

Anna Dello Russo in Au Jour Le Jour

Anna Dello Russo in Au Jour Le Jour

Their whimsical prints can be found on celebrities and fashion icons alike, as well as through high-end department stores and prestigious online fashion boutiques, such as FarFetch.

Au Jour Le Jour Menswear

Au Jour Le Jour Menswear

Their lines include both mens’ and womens’ wear, and prices range from $200 to over $1,000.  My personal favorites include this bus-printed skirt, this pair of sequin-embellished denim shorts, and this apple-print playsuit.

Au Jour Le Jour Spring/Summer '15 runway show, via StyleBlazer

Au Jour Le Jour Spring/Summer ’15 runway show, via StyleBlazer

What do you think of their funky designs?  Would you wear them?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Laurence Dacade

There’s something about stripes & flowers that immediately invoke a feeling of childhood nostalgia.  These Laurence Dacade embroidered striped ankle boots have a loud and playful feel, with a slightly edgy touch.  Pair ’em with flared denim and a pair of oversized shades for a perfectly adorable retro look.

Laurence Dacade Embroidered Ankle Boots, red, $748.51

Laurence Dacade Embroidered Ankle Boots, red, $748.51

Laurence Dacade Embroidered Ankle Boots, blue, $748.51

Laurence Dacade Embroidered Ankle Boots, blue, $748.51

 

What do you think of these ankle boots?

xo

Behind the Scenes: Louise Gray Spring/Summer 2013

Louise Gray’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection at London Fashion Week was a juxtaposition of geometric shapes and funky colors to make a perfect fashion kaleidoscope.   The earrings worn resembled exclamation points, and the optical illusion infused pieces are reminiscent of the comic book inspiration that is so popular in fashion today.  Here’s some photos from behind the scenes at Louise Gray, courtesy of BULLETT Magazine.

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NYC Street Style

This week, I went out and took some street photos of some stylish ladies on the streets on Manhattan.  Some of the most popular trends I noticed were neon brights, printed dresses and pants, loose-fitting basics on top paired with skinny jeans, and lots of colored, soft leather.  Read on to see more of the shots.

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Seeing Double: Prints on Prints

Prints paired with prints are trending everywhere this season, from the runways to the streets.  However, this trend is fairly difficult to master, as it involves defying the rules of matching that we have always abided by.  To master this ultra chic look, use a neutral color, such as black or grey, on either the top or the bottom, and choose color for the other print.  Altogether, the underlying rule for success is to use colors that complement each other.  Florals are a great print to pair; not only do they go well with other florals, they also combine well with geometric and grid-like prints.  The best way to find what goes well together in your closet is to simply experiment!  The different combinations are endless, and it guarantees that you won’t be seeing another lady on the street in the same outfit.