Please note: I was not asked to review or write about this party. I am not affiliated with Athleta or any of its parent or subsidiary companies, and I was not compensated for writing this post.
Athleta has finally opened a store near me! I’ve always loved the look of their apparel, but buying clothes online is always a crap shoot. You pay for shipping, and then the item doesn’t fit, and you have to pay additional shipping to send it back. No fun at all. But now, I’ll be able to try on all of the lovely athletic apparel I want without paying for shipping!
My college buddy, Chris, is the General Manager of the store, so I got an invitation to attend the Grand Opening party last night (this sounds really cool and exclusive, but they were letting people in without tickets; whomp whomp). Upon entering the store, I was handed a coupon for a free yoga class at a local studio, and this pretty little hair tie/bracelet with the Athleta slogan “Power to the She” on it. I love me some free swag! They were also offering complimentary wine, and different juice/smoothie samples.
I told one of the (very friendly) employees that I have a running/fitness blog and asked if it was OK to take pictures in the store; she gave the affirmative. Unfortunately, the store was IMMENSELY crowded. I’m not sure they were limiting the number of people allowed inside, and it was difficult to move around. It was also really hot inside, and I started sweating immediately.
I spent about 25 minutes wandering around with my complimentary white wine and coveting everything I saw. I could seriously spend an entire paycheck in here and not bat an eye. Chris recommended the Relay Capris, which have an oversize zipper pocket at the back that’s supposed to fit smartphones, reflective detailing, and wide cuffs that are supposed to prevent the legs from sliding around. They come in lots of great colors and prints, but since I’m broke as heck right now, I held off. I don’t think I’ll be able to resist for long, though. Does anyone else prefer athletic apparel to just about any other clothing options? #leggings4life
Another reason I’m so excited about Athleta opening in my town is that they offer all kinds of great in-store activities like fitness classes and group runs FOR FREE! I also found out that they offer free hemming on pants, capris and skirts so that you get the best fit possible. Um, hello? Who does that? Well, Athleta does! And last and certainly not least, they offer a Fitness Professional Discount, so all you certified run coaches, personal trainers, and group fitness instructors can get 30% off full-priced merchandise in store! Woo!
Do you shop at Athleta?
Have you ever gone to a “Grand Opening” party at a local store?
Anybody else wear athletic clothing any time it’s remotely acceptable, or even when it’s not? I can’t be the only one…