If only Lululemon and Ivivva Athletica had been around when I was experiencing daily woes over my junior high gym strip. Honestly, with hardly any options to step it up a notch from the thin shapeless t-shirt and itchy blue shorts – it was hard to be inspired to participate in group activities in gym class let alone build up a love of exercising. Instead, most of the class was spent feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. Now that there is so much great fitness gear out there, I feel perfectly happy going to the gym loving my outfit and feeling secure and comfortable in the excellently tailored garments.
I recently was asked by Ivivva Athletica (Lululemon’s junior counterpart) to bring my teen friend, Bri in for a custom experience in the store. Bri is a dancer and also participates in a lot of other activities like yoga so this opportunity to get pick out some cute new outfits was greatly appreciated by her. The helpful staff started pulling all sorts of great pieces from their collection but we soon realized that Bri loves neutrals and basics! No purple or sparkles for this girl! She picked out some great pieces including a couple pairs of reversible yoga pants and leggings as well as some comfy workout shirts – also reversible.
I love how the store promotes health, exercise and good body image. In the change room area there is a fun runway area with a big mirror, so the girls can come out and strut their stuff! Like any form-fitting gear, sometimes you just don’t want to come out of the change room. Amazingly, Ivivva has thought about instances like this – they have a ‘Mom Window’ at the top of the change room door so your Mom can slide it open and give the final yay-or-nay on that new dance leotard! Perfect for the shy girls out there. Not only that but Ivivva and Lululemon often carry some of the same products
Bri ended up leaving feeling so uplifted and excited about wearing her new clothing to her next dance practice – I think that is how shopping for this kind of stuff should be. The importance is on what looks and feels great and fills you with confidence to push your body to the limit!