This post is sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s Active wear in stores or at oldnavy.com #GetYourActiveON.
I have not been this excited to write a review post in a long time. I was offered the chance to try out some of Old Navy’s Active wear line and thought I’d like it.
I love it.
***I love the line so much that at the bottom of my post, you can enter to win an Old Navy gift card and buy your own goodies — while this review is sponsored, the giveaway is not. I’m so excited about what I got that I wanted to dip into my own pocket and give you a chance to try it too!***
2012 was an interesting year for fitness in my life. I got pregnant in January, stayed very active until about 37 weeks pregnant and then spent the last quarter of the year either gearing up for baby, delivering a baby, or recovering from delivering a baby.
In 2013, my goal is to keep fitness and workouts a major part of my life, not only because it truly makes me feel better about myself, but because I want my daughter to grow up knowing how important it is to be active and find something that is a passion.
So the week of Christmas, I went through all of my old gear — the stinky race shirts and stretched out yoga pants — and got rid of anything that didn’t make me feel awesome. I wanted to only have items that I was excited to wear and that inspired me to sweat.
And that left me with only a few items. Yikes.
Enter: Old Navy’s Active line.
I knew that the Active gear was 40% off in stores and online, so I headed over to our closest Old Navy and took — no exaggeration — 25 items into the fitting room. Some I ruled out right away:
(The compression pants were super comfortable and I almost bought them, but there were so many other things that I liked better, so I put them back. The shirts would be amazing on smaller-chested women, especially for yoga, but not for me.)
Some I liked so much that I bought more than one!
I came home with two pair of running shorts, two pair of shoes, one pullover with thumb holes (and I think I am going to go back for a second one in purple) and one zip-up with thumb holes.
Here are my favorites from the bunch:
- RUNNING SHORTS (online here)
I hesitated to even try these on because I don’t normally like running shorts. They ride up, chafe, don’t wick away sweat well. But in my store, I snagged them for $6 each, and they’re long enough that I don’t feel exposed.
They also have a cool little pocket inside the waistband. Not big enough for a phone, but perfect for a house key or pack of Gu.
I wanted to make sure that they weren’t going to fall the way of my other running shorts, so I took them out on my longest post-baby run. Success! No chafing, no riding up and even though it was 86 degrees and they were soaked when I came home, they didn’t look wet at all. (The shirt is an old Gap racerback — I didn’t get it in this Old Navy haul.)
I bought blue and pink and just a quick note — these run just a SMIDGE big.
Two words: Thumb Holes.
The design of these two items is very much like another brand I won’t name, except for the price — I got the pullover for $15 and the jacket for $25. My favorite part of the pullover is that it looks fancy enough that I can wear it to my business casual office.
And the jacket has the most fabulous seaming and structure.
The jacket has pockets, too, so I think this is going to be my new go-to layering piece for chilly days in Florida (they’re few and far between but we do get them!).
I squealed when I saw these and now that I look at the pictures, I wish I had also bought them in black (they didn’t have the purple ones in my size but they do online…). They are that awesome.
I would not wear these for running, but they’re going to be perfect for Dance Trance and the new TurboFire set that I bought. They’re extremely flexible and soft and look pretty stunning with workout pants and jeans. Seriously, I am in love with these shoes. Bought them for $9 and $12, respectively.
A few notes about the line — it’s very colorful. That’s part of the reason I love it so much, but if the stuff you see here is too loud or bold, they do have more muted items, especially in the pants (lots of black and charcoal options). In my experience, the shorts run big, the shirts run true-to-size and the shoes run small (they fit perfectly without socks but might be tight with — I go sockless at Dance Trance).
Also, a MAJOR note: everything was cheaper in the store than online. But the sale ends on the 16th, so you’ll have to hit it soon.
I’m so excited about the Active line by Old Navy that I decided to purchase a $20 gift card for one reader — the above post was sponsored, but this card giveaway is NOT from Old Navy — it is from my own pocket, and it’s easy to enter! See the embedded tool below: