I took advantage of the Athleta Friends & Family Sale a few weeks ago to try on some pieces for spring — in particular linen pants and crop tops. I haven’t ordered from Athleta for a while — not because I don’t love their stuff — but because it lasts forever so I haven’t had to replace anything! From yoga leggings to sports bras to travel pants and more, I have worn the heck out of some Athleta and it hangs with you.
Athleta Outfit Inspo: Joggers, Linen + A Shockingly Good Midi Dress
I ordered a slew of items totally expecting to return 90% of it….quite the opposite. I couldn’t find anything I didn’t like — not even the Winona Support Midi Sleeveless Dress I felt destined to loathe! I’m going to break this into outfits to make it easier to follow, as well as add some “non-athleisure” looks for those times you want comfort and also to dress like a real adult. Join me on my journey…
I’ve been pining for a “matchy, matchy” workout outfit in the hopes that it will inspire me to actually, well, workout. I was drawn to these Salutation Joggers (inclusive sizing) because they are tapered, but not constrictive. I can see myself throwing these on for a walk around the neighborhood (they are moisture-wicking) or for some early morning yoga (if I put the intention out there, maybe I’ll wake up early enough to do it). I paired these navy Salutation Joggers with a navy Conscious Crop Top (also available in sizes D-DD). It shows a little skin, but the high-waist of the joggers and extra length of the crop top make it perfect for this mama who has her fair share of stretch marks (tiger stripes — whatever, lines from growing humans) and carries her weight on her stomach. I’ve never thought of myself as a crop top gal, but this one has changed my mind.
Fit: The Salutation Joggers and Conscious Crop Top are both a size Large. I’m typically a large so this is TTS for me.
Outfit 2: Linen Pants + Crop Top
As my Mom Edit Insiders can attest, we have been on the hunt for a “stupid pant” (ie: Nike Palazzo Pant-avail. in grey) for spring. I had high hopes for these Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pants (inclusive sizing) and they did NOT disappoint! They are everything we love about the OG stupid pants without the fleece: they are wide leg, drawstring, high-waisted and have POCKETS. Could they be any more perfect? I paired them with the Muted Lilac Crop Top and my Lavender Waterproof Arizona Birkenstocks, which are quickly becoming my go-to shoe. (Yes, spring arrived in Texas in late Feb. After the snowpocalypse we endured and the impending “dry heat” of the coming summer, we deserve this fleeting moment of respite.)
There are so many ways to dress these Cabo Linen Pants (cough, blog coming soon, cough), but I ultimately decided on my Madewell Short-Sleeve Chambray Button Down Shirt and a statement necklace (similar). I’ve never tried the fully buttoned shirt with a necklace look, but I am here for it! Flats like these Everlane Italian Leather Day Glove shoes would complement the outfit nicely (eagerly awaiting the arrival of mine)!
Fit: I tried on the Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pants in both the 10 and the 8, and ultimately decided to keep the 8. A tad shorter and a more fitted look. The Lilac Crop Top is a Large, which provides support without flattening my chest. My beloved Birkenstocks are my normal size 8.
Outfit 3: Linen Shorts + Crop Top
As I wrote in my search for postpartum jean shorts, I lived in drawstring, linen shorts last summer. I’m clearly not giving them up any time soon because I adore these Cabo Linen Shorts (inclusive sizing) 4in. Hearth Rose. The fabric is lightweight — a necessity for Lone Star summers — and the length hits perfectly mid-thigh on me (I’m 5-7). I kept the Crop Top on to show where the shorts hit. Not how I would typically wear it, but I’m surprised how confident I feel with this much midriff showing (dang, I sound old).
Fit: I purchased the shorts in a size 10, but probably could have gotten away with a size 8. The Crop Top is a Large.
Outfit 4: Winona Midi Dress + NOTHING (it’s that good)
I had the lowest expectations for this Winona Midi Support Dress. So many potential pitfalls. Built-in bra? Sleeveless? Opening in the back? Major side-eye. I’m a big enough woman to admit when I’m wrong, and I was DEAD WRONG. I don’t know what witchcraft is involved in making a dress with built-in support that doesn’t flatten ya girls like a mammogram machine, is fitted, but not too fitted, shows some back without the rolls (hold the butter too), AND has pockets, but I would gladly sell my voice for it, thank you very much, Ursula. I. Love. This. Dress. It’s definitely getting its own post on ways to style it because I am living in it this summer. The fabric is lightweight, you can tell it will travel well, and for once, I’m not wearing black. It’s a miracle!
Fit: I ordered this in a Large and it feels great. I’m probably more between sizes than a true Large, but it just depends on how you like your clothing to fit.
I am super impressed with Athleta’s spring drop, how well it works with other items in my closet, and in particular, their commitment to more inclusive sizes from XXS-3x, regular, petite and tall. Go, Athleta!