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Can Workout Wear Work Miracles?
We’ve all had moments where we’ve wished that extra belly “pooch” would just go away already. It happens to the best of us. Fortunately, we have Pilates, but what if your clothing could give you a little help? That idea seems to be a new fitness-apparel trend—of late we’ve noticed some brands are making workout clothes with fabrics that support and smooth strategic areas.
Marika , a brand of fitness apparel that we’ve always liked, has joined the trend with a new line of “shape-enhancing activewear” called Miracles . Miracles features pants and capris with “butt-boosting” and “tummy-control” components along with waist-cinching tank tops and “uplifting” bras. That’s a lot to promise, and admittedly, we were skeptical. But when we handed over samples to our crack team of clothing testers, they liked what they found.
Marika sent over samples of its Miraculous Uplift Sport Bra and its Miraculous Butt Booster Capri with Tummy Control. The Uplift Sport Bra is designed to enhance the shape of the bustline and comes with removable foam cutlet inserts. It’s most suitable for those with small to medium cup sizes, who might want a more defined shape or added volume. It’s a racerback style with skinny, adjustable straps, and a wide strip of Marika’s Power Mesh down the middle of the back for optimal ventilation. We were unable to find a reviewer who was interested in wearing the inserts, but we did get a report that the bra alone had solid, movable support and was comfortable without being compressive. It’s made from the Miracles signature fabric, called Elasta-Tight™, which contrary to images the name might conjure, is breathable and soft to the touch. Our tester reported that the bra ventilated nicely and felt good on the skin. The Uplift retails for about $30 and, for the qual...
Pilates Apparel that Speaks Your Language
There are a lot of great yoga/Pilates wear lines out there. But many of them seem to be designed with a yoga practitioner in mind first, the Pilates devotee second. Not so with RESE Pilates Activewear . The clothing line’s founder, Gail Reisman, had practiced Pilates for many years before deciding to design clothing to help women focus on key areas important to Pilates.
Her circular yin-yang logo is placed at the core on her pants, reminding you to “scoop” your abs. Seams on some of the tanks keep your ribcage in check. And a contrasting color band that goes around the hips of many of her pants helps you keep pelvis aligned. Many of the tanks are longer and a looser at the bottom than other brands, and the pants are supportive—not tight—and come in enough styles that everyone can find a flattering fit. None of these extras will do your workout for you, but they’re thoughtful touches that Pilates junkies can appreciate.
Of RESE Pilates’ new looks for fall, the Pauline top ($60, shown above) is the most distinctive—and versatile; it has fashion-forward ruching around the neckline and a loose, baby doll fit, but a hidden fitted layer underneath makes sure you stay covered in class. Also new are the Lola tank ($58), which features a high neckline for full support, and the Shannon ($98), a fitted jacket with cuffs that fold down into mitts to keep your hands warm as the weather turns cold. The Karen capri ($68) is a new top-selling pant, featuring tulip-shaped slits at the calves for comfort.
Some other popular items in the RESE Pilates line i...