Tara Manning for Ellasports

April 28th, 2010, on the topic of Catalog, Lifestyle Models, Lifestyle Print, Sports Print

Hips Don’t Lie: Athletic Wear for Real Women

I don’t know if I’m an apple or a pear. Bananas are nice, but I doubt I’m one of those either. I just don’t like comparing my body to a fruit basket. But I do know this: I have hips…and thighs. And good lord, yes, a butt.

I consider myself active and have a (fairly) healthy lifestyle, but no amount of squats, crunches or sprints will ever rid me of my curves. Real woman have curves, remember? So then why was it so hard for me to find athletic wear for women that actually fits well and gives me the support I need? I was so sick of avoiding the mirrors at the gym (or worse, skipping a workout entirely) because my too snug tank top was inching up past my belly button with each squat, and my shorts were riding up my thighs with each stride on the treadmill. Do you know how hard it is to sprint when you’ve got one hand between your thighs trying to pull your shorts back to a more G-rated location? Difficult and unattractive. Exercise is supposed to make you feel better about yourself and yet, somehow, it was making me feel worse.

So, a friend of mine recommended I try the new athletic wear from ellasport, their mission is to “provide women with workout apparel that makes them look and feel amazing…because when you are comfortable and feel good about how you look, you have a much better workout!”

So I tried a few pieces and it was love at first crunch. Imagine, a line of athletic wear designed to be supportive and comfortable. Ellasport, where have you been all my life?

Here are some of my favorites:

Gramercy Racerback tank
I love it because: the hip is slightly wider than the waist and top so it stays in place and does not ride up.

Chelsea Racerback tank
It fits me because: the top has a built-in bra that provides support and gives full coverage across the chest with a wider hip just like the gramercy tank.

Power capris
It changed my life because: the fabric provides moderate compression that conceals those less-than-perfect areas and the line across the back makes your butt look half the size!

Workout skirt™
I wear it because: the skirt has compression shorts attached to give support, but with the coverage and flexibility of a skirt. Genius.

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by Elyse Lindsey for Marie Claire