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I’ve been a fitness enthusiast for four years now, and I’ve tried my fair share of athleisure. Trust me, I have certain non-negotiables when it comes to activewear—and I’m sure you’ll agree:
1. No see-through (or sweaty crotch marks) during my workout.
2. No rolling down or slippage on my leggings when I do squats.
3. And I must be comfortable!
Before rounding up some of my favorite activewear lines, I have to say: sometimes, trying on new clothes can give people anxiety. You may have to size up or down depending on the fit. When you try on any of these brands, pay attention to what the fit feels like and remember the following questions: How do the clothes make you feel? Is the fabric comfortable? Do you feel supported in all of the right areas?
What’s not important is the size on the label. Sizes vary from brand-to-brand, and what’s printed on a little tag should not dictate how you feel. Your worth is not measured by a number; it is measured by the quality of person that you are: confident, kind, and resilient!
Now that we got the size stigma out of the way, here are a few of my favorite brands:
Sweaty Betty: If you are looking for compression, the Zero Gravity leggings are the way to go. They hold all of you in, and when you get down low for those squats, you don’t have to worry that your leggings will ride down at all.
Beyond Yoga: This is one of my favorite athleisure brands because their designs are so wonderfully thought out. Determined to spread a body-positive message, Beyond Yoga regularly features women of all shapes and sizes in their marketing—and that matters. The fabric is responsibly sourced and oh-so-soft, making you feel like you’re wearing actual clouds!
Avocado: I recently tried their leggings, and while there’s not too much compression, Avocado is all about comfort! The cut makes their leggings very flattering to the backside as well (if you know what I mean). Hello, peach emoji!
Zella by Nordstrom: Zella is a Nordstrom-made activewear line that is reasonably priced, and their designs feel on-trend yet practical. Many of the pieces I’ve bought and that are in-store feature pockets, making the style super convenient—especially if I am going on a hike or being active outdoors and don’t have access to a locker to store my belongings.
While I love tons of brands, I only have a few pieces because I get it—the cost of activewear can really add up. Invest in a few well made classic and comfortable staples so you can keep the clutter in your closet to a minimum, and what you have will withstand all of those tough workouts in the future!
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.