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It's in the name, these tights are now my favorite pair of workout leggings I own (and I own Lululemon, Zella and Target leggings). They are lightweight, form-fitting (i.e. tight enough to not fall when you run, but loose enough to not give any weird muffin top), full-length, and moisture managing for those sweaty folks like myself. (Image: Brooks Running)

It's ok to get excited about fall, if it's about fall *workout clothes*

Yes, I just made that rule - but it makes sense; don't you think?

Usually if anyone starts talking about fall in the middle of summer, I want to slap 'em across the face. But when Brooks Running invited me to their Fall Preview Fashion Show, I decided I'd let it slide. Here were my reasons:

  • A) Fall fashion is one of my favorite parts of fall
  • B) Workout clothes are my favorite type of fashion
  • C) I love the idea of a fashion show that is purely workout clothes - it's #SoNorthwest! (P.S. Everyone else does too, the Live Feed of the show has reached over 6,000 people!)

When it comes to workout clothes - everyone has their own favorites. This sports bra supports better than other, those leggings don't see through, etc. etc. And if you've found your perfect match - gosh bless ya, and stick with it! Here were the big takeaways for me and my workout needs from Brooks' fall line:

Leggings

Leggings are both the greatest and worst thing to ever happen to me. Greatest because I wear them all. the. time. Probably more than I should. But we all know that there are three drastically different types of leggings. There are the workout ones that you actually exercise in, there are the athleisure pair that you wear around on weekends or hanging out, and then there are work leggings that you can dress up with a slouchy tee and boots and get away with wearing out. All three are very important, but none of them work (usually) in the other scenarios. Until the Go-To Running Tights ($46-$60). It's in the name - these tights are now my favorite pair of workout leggings I own (and I own Lululemon, Zella and Target leggings). They are lightweight, form-fitting (i.e. tight enough to not fall when you run, but loose enough to not give any weird muffin-top), full-length, and moisture managing for those sweaty folks like myself. They are incredible soft - it's not listed on Brooks' website but I'm pretty sure unicorn fur is one of the materials used. I got the cobalt blue pictured in the gallery just to mix things up, but there is also your staple black and navy options as well.

Shoes

Have you all noticed that knitwear is kind of what's "in" with sneakers these days? I suppose we have Kanye to thank for that. Before the Women's Revel Running Shoe ($100), I was going to my bootcamp classes in Nike Free's. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the free's and still have them for a cute lifestyle shoe - but it was becoming super clear to me that they weren't providing the support during the sprints, box jumps and mountain climbers I was doing on a daily basis. I've always shied away from getting straight running shoes, because I don't consider myself a runner. I occasionally jog, short sprints are usually a part of my bootcamp workouts - but you will *never* catch me on a five mile run just for the heck of it. Which is why the Revel style is perfect for me - Brooks literally described it as the shoe for "athletic types that don't consider themselves runners". Ding Ding Ding! It's a durable shoes that also has that fancy knit style - take that 'Ye! Color options are black/white, white/grey, blue/navy or pink/orange.

Jacket

Here is what I'm the MOST excited about after my trip to Brooks. If you're like me, pretty much every single person you know in middle/high school had the black North Face zip-up. Yes, it was kind of about the brand, but it was also just a super cute, simple, warm jacket that you could wear with pretty much anything. As I've grown up, however - every time I see one I am instantly transported back to middle school. There's something about wearing the same thing you wore as a 13-year-old, when you're pushing 30. Maybe it's just me. But the problem of finding an adult version of that wardrobe stable was still there! I wanted something warm, cute, black and comfortable. I literally hadn't found one I liked as much as that staple North Face jacket until the Fly-By Hoodie. It's simple but pleated (to give it a little style), made with thermal fabric to continually keep you warm (but at the same time isn't bulky), has pockets (thank you thank you), and looks good on every single body type that I've seen in it so far. If anyone out there, like me, has been searching for the adult version of that North Face zip-up, I encourage you to check this bad boy out. Obviously I'm craving the black color (as seen in gallery), but they also have grey and bright pink.

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