How do you look doing your downward facing dog? Even if looking good during your workout routine isn’t your number one priority, fitness fashion has to be functional as well, allowing plenty of movement without being too tight or too loose. These five Dallas athletic shops are perfect stops to making your performance pretty and powerful.
1 Lululemon Athletica
It makes sense that the yoga craze in turn created a craze for the perfect yoga clothing. Enter Lululemon Athletica, which carries an assortment of upscale workout pieces for men and women who want to look and feel good at the gym. Each lightweight jacket, shirt, or pant even has a description on the tag entitled "Why We Made This," which outlines the perks for that particular item. The pink fleece pictured is listed as pre-shrunk cotton, created with stretch side panels for a close fit, built-in zipper "garage" to keep the zipper from chafing your chin, and thumbholes to keep your hands warm as you climb up a mountain or head to the yoga studio. Don't you love fashion that's smart?
The Galleria, 13350 N Dallas Parkway, #2285, 972.385.2316, www.lululemon.com
2 Luke's Locker
Any seasoned runner can tell you the importance of the running shoe. Whether you're a 5k novice or a marathon pro, you're going to need the best footwear to get your time down and your energy up. The Texan family behind Luke's Locker understood this better than many decades ago, when they opened their store filled with the best performance shoes available. Locals flocked to the small shop for their fitness gear, and to this day Luke's nine Texas locations are hubs for folks getting ready for a good run. The store also offers unique training classes to help runners perfect their performances.
3607 Oak Lawn Ave, 214.528.1290, www.lukeslocker.com
3 Body Rio
Upscale gyms like Lifetime Fitness and fine women's wear boutiques carry the Body Rio brand, a sexy line of yoga and workout gear for women based here in Dallas. Manufactured in Rio de Janeiro, Body Rio fitness wear is made from premium Brazilian Supplex performance fabric, which has 500% elasticity and provides an optimal blend of cottony softness, comfortable compression and colorfast quality. The one-size-fits-all line is wrinkle and shrink-free, and can flatter practically any body type.
6860 N Dallas Parkway, #200, www.bodyrio.com
4 Lucy Activewear
Lucy may be a national brand, but Dallas fitness fans rock the brand in their exercise escapades anyway. Shop for your sportswear by first selecting your activity (running? yoga?) and then choose from an array of active wear and accessories, from gym bags and socks to Lucy headbands. You can even find items for more relaxed activities, such as their "Spa Pant" or "Walkabout Pant," both comfy-looking versions of a cargo pant.
8300 Preston Rd, #600, 214.363.0273, www.lucy.com
5 Body Talk Dallas
If you want to save your energy for that Zumba class, forgo the shopping expedition and order your chic sportswear from the comfort of your own home. At BodyTalkDallas.com, you will find a wealth of tanks, shorts, bootleg pants, jackets and more, from the likes of Mary White, B. Temple, Pezzi and more. And if you're looking for those rare fashion items called "Skort," Body Talk has got you covered there.
11453 Newkirk St., #1233, 972.620.8290, www.bodytalkdallas.com