Sunday, February 8, 2009

Yoga Gear

I am not good at Polyvore. I'm going to say it right now, because you'll all be thinking it when you see this set.
Yoga - by Julia York on

Polyvore is hard.

But yoga is fun! And it's a good excuse to buy cute new workout clothes. I got a yoga mat last week, but I did it in the worst way-- the night before the class started, I went to K-Mart and got the only yoga mat they had left. It's mostly fine, but if my hands get the least bit sweaty I start sliding all over the place during downward dog. I look at the other students' brightly colored Gaiam mats, $21.95, and get horribly jealous.

So I have a mat, but no mat bag. I've been carrying it around in a giant plastic K-mart bag or just holding it under my arm, but I really want a fun bag. I'm in love with these Find Bliss brocade bags, $24.95. Sure, they cost more than my mat, and they're such a specific shape that I wouldn't really be able to use them for anything else. I think I would go to yoga class way more often, because I'd be sitting at home in my pajamas, thinking, "Ugh, I don't want to go to the gym... wait, I can use my pretty mat bag! I do want to go to the gym!" That's how I'm justifying it, anyway. Now I just need to decide which color I want... the red one would match my iPod (has there ever been a more spoiled sentence than, "This yoga bag will match my iPod"?), and the blue one will sort of match my mat, but the gold one is nice and glitzy and the aqua one reminds me of doing yoga by the ocean. I've ruled out the black one, so that's progress.

The other item in this set that I might actually buy are the cropped yoga pants. I blogged about So Low Fold-Over Yoga Pants before, and I got a pair for Christmas. I swear to god, they are the most comfortable things I have ever put on my body. If I could only wear one piece of clothing for the rest of my life, I might pick these pants. The fabric is ridiculously soft, the cut is snug but not binding, and the fold-over waistband is fun to play with. The only problem is that they were ridiculously, crazily long. I asked my mom to hem them and she took off five or six inches. And I'm 5'3", which isn't tall but isn't dollhouse sized! So I would recommend the regular length pants only to my lucky glamazon readers or crafty ladies who can hem their own pants. For myself, I want these jersey plaid cropped pants, originally $70 but now $21 (So Low has a sick sale section). I'm guessing that since they hit this model mid-calve, they'll hit me just around the ankles, which is fine for gym clothes.

The other things in this set are from J.Crew yoga, and I mostly added them to fill space. The double strand headband, $9.99, is pretty cute, and I like how this model has the fancy ponytail with the covered hairband. The shirt is the seamless cross-back yoga cami, $19.99, and it would be nice to have a shirt that won't fall down when your legs are above your head.


Tara said...

You definitely have to check out for Yoga mat bags. So cute and you're supporting indie crafts.

Julia York said...

Thank you for the tip! I definitely hadn't thought of checking out Etsy, which is silly, because Etsy has EVERYTHING!