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Active Apparel and Accessories for the Gym

Active apparel that’s comfortable and supportive can help you maximize your workout. These gym bag essentials will have you looking and feeling your best

By Hilary Meyerson February 16, 2017


This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Seattle Magazine.


1. Throw on one of these inspiring T-shirts, $25, from local newcomer Jumpbox Fitness to show the workout world you’re part of the cult. “Burpees for breakfast?” Yes, please. Available at

2. Look to local women’s apparel line Oiselle for your go-to for working out in wet weather, the Vim running jacket, $120. It’s waterproof and windproof, but the story here is weight—the jacket is light as a feather so it won’t slow you down. Oiselle, University Village, 2632 NE University Village St.; 206.523.1091;

3. Whether you’re looking to increase flexibility, muscle strength or just relax, Barefoot Yoga performance grip mat, $54, can help lay out your goals. Tote your mat in style in Ballard-based KAVU’s Guru yoga bag, $40. Mat available at and bag available at KAVU, Ballard, 5419 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.783.0060;

4. Wear your Seattle cycle cred on your sleeve with a Kaidel Ride Seattle Ride Skyline cycling jersey, $80. Headquartered in North Seattle, the company creates designs that are uniquely Pacific Northwest. Available online at

5. Eddie Bauer’s Movement printed bra, $55, features moisture-wicking FreeDry compression fabric, so the fit stays close to the body without restricting mobility. Eddie Bauer, available at multiple store locations and at




6. Lace up with Brooks’ Launch 4 running shoe, $100. The Fremont-based brand’s latest iteration of its best-selling shoes is versatile enough to support everyday life in the gym and beyond, so you can hit the treadmill, aerobics class or carpool line in style.
Brooks Trailhead store, Fremont, 3400 Stone Way N; 206.858.5700;


7. Working out in the water might have the greatest health benefits with the lowest risk of injury. Local retailer Sylvia’s Swimwear has everything you need to dive in: Dolfin suit, $70, Barracuda goggles, $25, Speedo swim cap, $10, and Sylvia’s kickboard, $14.50. Available at Sylvia’s Swimwear, Bellevue, 14100 NE 20th St., 425.747.1131; Shoreline, 20030 Ballinger Way NE, 206.985.7946;

8. Most workout leggings seem to be created for fashion, not function. Luckily, we’ve discovered Bombsheller, the Queen Anne company that is customizing this key item, $75–$90, on demand. You choose the style you like from the infinite designs (each created by an individual artist) on its website and then key in your measurements. Done! Many styles are available in sizes up to 6XL. Available online only at

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