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Performance Athletic Wear VS Athleisure

During a time when athleisure “active streetwear” and yoga pants are the new casual wear, people might wonder about the difference between athletic apparel brands that athletes wear like Nike, or Adidas versus athleisure or yoga brands like Alo Yoga, or GapFit, or Lululemon.

Although all the brands are very similar in structural appearance, the actual cut, fit, and flexibility differ dramatically. Performance athletic wear tends to be breathable, lightweight and flexible so you can perform intensely with limited restriction.

Though I LOVE Active Streetwear, the tight slim fit that gives great lines, can also limit the ability to be explosive and quick, and restrict muscle contraction or “firing”, as said in the sports world. As a hurdler, I am very aware of my range of motion as I need to clear a 33-inch hurdle. Wearing tights that are flexible and allow me to easily rotate my hips is a must! Athletic performance brands tend to use fabrics that are stretchy, that will allow you to achieve optimal athletic performance.

However, from a casual wear perspective Active Streetwear is great, fashionable, comfortable, and my weekend go-to’s. Sometimes I dress it up with the right accessories and will be good-to-go for a meeting or a night out with the girls– in my Alo Yoga tights! They are definitely some of my favorite tights and will always be apart of my wardrobe.

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