It’s true, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Working out in cute clothes makes the act of sweating that much more bearable.
This is somewhat of a recent discovery for me, by the way. I used to run in tattered shirts with holes in them and whatever shorts I had on hand (wait, it gets worse, because I’d also have a scrunchie in my hair, haha!), but that changed when I found the Zella Live-In Capris.
Now, I kind of enjoy getting suited up for a workout, and the cuter and more color coordinated the outfit, the better.
I also enjoy shopping for workout clothes…
When I spied these cute Actra Kendra Running Compression Capris ($35.99) at Lady Footlocker (diggin’ the purple ombre stripes on the side), I decided to step out of my Zella comfort zone and give ’em a whirl.
I love the attention to detail here, like the reflective strip at the bottom and the key pocket, which is zippered to keep your key from falling out.
The Kendra Capri is a compression garment, a type of form-fitting workout pant designed to prevent muscle strain and fatigue, thereby increasing athletic performance, by keeping your muscles warm. They’re also supposed to minimize chafing and rashes by wicking perspiration away from your body.
- Mid-rise with a 20″ inseam (side note: these sit a little lower on the waist than the Zella Live-Ins)
- A zippered back pocket
- Non-chafing seams
- Tight compression fit from hip to knee
- EVAPORÂ® technology wicks sweat away from the skin
- Made from 75% nylon/25% spandex
- Sizes XS, S, M, L and XL
- Available in black with black stripes, black with teal ombre and black with purple ombre
- Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
And since they’re snug, they help keep your drawers in place!
For me, this is a top priority. I can’t stand workout pants that make my underwear shift like tectonic plates. I need to keep those suckers on lockdown! — something the Kendra Capris totally do.
I’ve been wearing these off and on since early June, and I like ’em. I like ’em a lot. I haven’t really noticed a difference in my running performance from the compression (then again, Iâ€™m the farthest thing from an elite athlete), but I have noticed that these wick well and really keep me cool.
Perfect for when it’s 90 degrees, and I want to go for a run outside.
The material isn’t as opaque as the material used in my Zellas, though, so I like to wear them with a shirt that covers up my bum. By no means are they see-through — no butt cheeks peek through, I checked! — but I feel a little better when my backside is covered, since these are so snug.
To cover my bum, I pair it with this matching Tie-Dye T-Shirt from Actra ($21.99; available in four shades), a loose-fitting T with a hem shorter in the front and longer in the back.
Oh, and it wicks!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,