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So, this is an unusual question that I've never seen posted
here... Do any of you work out gals know of a brand or
style of workout pants (other then the baggy kind) that are
designed in a way that doesn't show the crease in the labia?
This makes me so self conscious and I don't always wear long
tops to cover. I don't know if it's a matter of better
quality, or body type/weight. I've worn work out pants from
Target, Marshalls, Lucy's, and Athleta. They all have a
center seam that seems to define the two sides. Are there
any brands that make a center piece (like remember chi
pants?)? Thanks for any info. self conscious in workouts
I can sympathize with you--I have this issue with a lot of
workout pants! It's awful to be tugging at your crotch as
you exercise. My favorites are actually from Athleta, which
you said don't work for you. The Kickbooty has the straight
seam down the middle, but have you tried the Revelation
pant? That one has the diamond-like patch in the middle, so
may work better for you. If you have a longer seat, I also
highly recommend getting a tall size. They're often not only
longer in the leg, but longer in the butt, too, so may not
pull at the crotch so much. (If you aren't tall, you can
always have them shortened. Athleta does all hemming free of
charge.)I also like Calvin Klein's exercise pants/capris.
Again, not all of their styles have the center piece, so be
sure to try them out in a store.
Hope that helps... Good luck!
A Sympathetic Runner
My first thought is that you need to go up a size. Too-tight
workout pants show everything. I wear a size 6 or 8 in
regular pants, but sometimes find myself fitting better in a
large in fitness pants.
Title Nine sells a workout pant called the Not-So-Tight
Fitness Pant. They don't fit quite as snugly as other yoga
pants, but they are comfortable and not baggy:
I have had some luck with Lucy pants. In particular, I like
these, the Ultimate Xtraining pant:
I know you said you tried Athleta, but I've been very happy
with their Kickbooty pants. I carry my weight in my hips and
thighs, so I have a hard time finding flattering, good
fitting workout pants. The Kickbooty fits well and is very
The Gaim catalog seems to have not super tight fitness
pants, as do Lands End and Soft Surroundings. Never tried
And yes!! I do remember chi pants. They were made in Emeryville!
Can anyone recommend a good store near Piedmont for gym wear, ie warm up pants &
jackets, and workout tops and bottoms that are athletic but not overly scant for
a somewhat fit over-40 body? (Reasonably priced would be a plus!)
New to the Area
I like Lululemon at College and Ashby in Berkeley's Elmwood district.
You can preview their styles at lululemon.com and see if it's what
you're looking for. I think See Jane Run lower on College (nr
Rockridge BART) also carries not-too-skimpy athletic wear. And
there's also Title 9 in Berkeley or online at titlenine.com.
Should Spend As Much Time Working Out as I Do Shopping
Try Trans Sports which has a store on College and another on Solano
Avenue. They were also really good at helping me fit running shoes.
I buy all my gym wear at Marshalls and Ross! Great prices and good
brands. Otherwise you could try Sports Mart in Emeryville.
Lululemon has a store in Berkeley, right at the corner of College and
Ashby, which is a quick drive from Piedmont. Walnut Creek has a Title
Nine store. A Walnut Creek Lululemon is opening at the end of May.
I buy all my gymwear at TJ Maxx or Marshalls because I don't care
about brands or labels and the quality has been fine. Both chains
have a whole long rack of workout wear and worth checking as prices
about as reasonable as you can find.
frugal gym rat
I am looking for some very good-looking quality clothes to wear
for yoga, jogging, going to the park, running errands on
foot/bike, etc. Are there shops in the Albany/Berkeley/Oakland
area with an especially good selection?
Title 9 (near REI) is just what you want. Just what I want too,
but too expensive for my budget
Title Nine. REI. Body Options carries Prahna. Namaste Yoga Studio on College. See
Jane Run. Royal Robins - more casual wear than athletic gear, but you mentioned
shopping. Athletica is my favorite, but online only - no stores nearby.
Have fun shopping!
Although not in the East Bay, I just discovered Lucy in Corte
Madera (www.lucy.com). It's usually eaier to get to Marin than
anywhere on Highway 80! Great quality clothes, range of prices
and they don't look like they're made for 16-year olds
I think REI in Berkeley has a nice selection of
Also worth checking out:
Destination 1440 - 1440 San Pablo Ave. (south of REI)
Title Nine 1374 Tenth St. Berkeley
See Jane Run 5817 College Ave, Oakland (Rockridge)
Body Options 3212 College Ave, Oakland (I think this is also in
I *love* Title 9, on 10th street behind REI, near Gilman. They also have a great
catalog. They carry clothes that work for active, atheletic women-- they fit, they feel
great, they wear well-- they seem to specialize in clothes that move easily from
sports/work out to running errands/playing. I can't say enough good things about
I would try Title 9 located at 1374 Tenth St. in Berkeley (right behind REI) or See Jane
Run on College in Rockridge (5817 College Ave.). Another place to look would be the
North Face Outlet store off of Gilman in Berkeley, and REI actually has a pretty good
Namaste yoga on College in the Rockridge area usually has a good
selection of clothing. So does Title Nine off of Gilman in Berkeley
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