I wear a lot of hats as I travel the long hours from sun up to sun down. And chances are you do to. I am mom. Teacher. Athlete. Friend. Wife. Writer. Photographer. Adventurer.
Some of you have more hats. Like boss, doctor or engineer.
One of the best things about the “fitwear revolution” (the increased popularity of fitness clothing for casual wear) is that all the comfortable aspects of our favorite performance clothing is now being incorporated into stylish everyday pieces. Below is a list of my favorite pieces that Bridge the Gap:
1. Peak’s Flannel Shirt by Mountain Khakis ($89.95 – $35.95 *sale)
I have a love hate relationship with flannel. It is oh so soft but usually, oh so restrictive! Not this shirt! Putting this wool-blend flannel shirt on for the first time was like a dream. It felt like my favorite pair of flannel sheets mixed with a pair of yoga pants. It stretches and moves but feels exactly like flannel. It has a casual fit, but is distinctly feminine.
2. Nuu Muu/ Ruu Muu Fitness Dress ($70-$58 *sale)
This dress is truly a bridger of the gap. I wore the dress over jeans to church, switched into my bike shorts and went on a ride. Talk about versatile! Could be worn to work, out on a lunch ride, or to meet your girl friends! SO VERSATILE!
Read my full review of the Ruu-Muu for cycling and kid’s dresses here.
Small design additions like princess seams front and back and a delicate zipper dress this top up from its performance siblings. Crazy cute patterns mixed with high performing and baby soft fabric make it a favorite to every activities across the spectrum. It a “go to” shirt that you’ll find yourself reaching for time and time again.
Read my full review of the Stonewear Designs Toaster top here.
4. Chrome Industries Pasha Merino Hoodie ($160)
I love this hoodie. And wear it everywhere. This is not just a basic hoodie. Made of merino wool and having all the technical elements of urban cycling wear (rear pass through pocket, thumb loops, long torso) It is functional beyond its peers and performs better than most technical jackets. But it looks sharp. Making it my first choice for social functions and casual work wear.
Here is my husband’s full review of the men’s hoodie. Both hoodies are the same except the women’s does not have a wrist pocket.
5. Bogs Summit Boot for Women ($100)
This a super comfortable, warm and cute boot for those of us who want our casual wear shoes have a bit of rugged adventurer in them as well. For me, they handle those daily mom adventures that require me to look cute but also chase a toddler through a puddle. While I wouldn’t wear them as a technical winter boot, they are great for casual wear that makes up the bulk of our time in the spring and fall.
Here is my full review.