Dear Old Navy: I never thought you’d be the one I’d turn to for activewear

So, here’s the deal: I’m generally not into big name brands (though I do occasionally dabble in a little Zara shopping), and as far as Old Navy goes, I have never been the slightest interested in their stuff, ever. Clearly, this is not a sponsored ad. Their clothing and branding is just not my style or vibe. Here’s the thing: Old Navy Activewear is the activewear you didn’t know you’ve been searching for all along.

After having been on the hunt for forever in search of decent and affordable leggings (how many hours can one spend reading reviews on Amazon about leggings without going crazy?), I somehow found myself at a midtown Old Navy.

They were advertising a big sale and I decided to check it out. And let me tell you, I am so glad that I did. Their sports bras, shorts, and leggings are my go-to when I don’t feel like (or simply can’t) break the bank. They’re cute, but more importantly, they do what they were meant to: stay in place, keep you cool, and make you forget what you’re wearing while working out. Here are some of my favorites.

Favorite Bra

Light Support Seamless Racerback Sports Bra for Women

First, here’s a disclaimer: I am a B-cup. This bra is considered offering “light support”, which I agree is pretty accurate, but ‘light’ is also vague. I wear a medium and this holds me in just right for all workouts including running. It is by no means a flimsy thing, so don’t fear if this description puts you off. With that said, if you wear a sports bra and want no movement whatsoever, then maybe take a pass here. Otherwise, you’ll probably really like it too. And as far as “seamless” goes, meh. It’s not the most seamless thing but there also aren’t any weird straps, zippers, or holes. If you want a simple sports bra that’ll do the trick, this is it.

Favorite Legging

High-Waisted Elevate Powersoft Side-Pocket Crop Leggings

The elevate legging is by far my favorite. It’s on the thinner side compared to some toher which is perfect for the summertime, and the two pockets that come on each side are deep.  On long runs, I stick my massive iPhone, airpods case, chew blocks, and gum, and the stuff does not move. It has a spandex-y feel to it and if you prefer something thicker, I recommend something from their yoga collection that will still work well for running.

Favorite Shorts

High-Waisted Elevate Compression Bermuda Shorts For Women – 8-Inch Inseam

These shorts hit the spot. They’re high-waisted, are available in an array of prints, and the 8 inch inseam is just the right length. These won’t budge, ride up, or put anything on display you’re not trying to. And if you put them on intending to go for a run but don’t, you won’t feel weird having worn them all day: they’re pretty cute and sturdy unlike some weird see-through, stretchy leggings.

So, there you have it. Thank you for surprising me Old Navy, and thank you for not breaking the bank.

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