While it is not super important to make a fashion statement while at the gym, you should still be mindful as to what clothes you decide to wear during your workouts as it can greatly affect both your routine and hygiene.
In the midst of piecing together an exercise wardrobe, you probably have one qualification in mind – comfort. Wearing comfortable and agreeable clothing during workouts will definitely make for easier sessions, but there are many other factors to consider. Here are a few helpful tips to consider while searching for exercise attire.
Last month, we were thrilled to unveil our improved sticky stock. And, this month, we’re keeping the good news rolling with the launch of our new Mary Jane Sock.
The Mary Jane taps into the greatness of our new classic low rise sock–think low profile design, cushioned sole, and fitted heel. Plus, they’ve been produced in the same lighter weight, soft premium cotton blend. As a personal favorite of Valerie Hudson, our VP of Product & Merchandising, these socks give you the same great grip with an arch band to provide gentle compression to lift and support.
So, why introduce a new style? The Mary Jane features a feminine and ballet-inspired design. The lightweight construction gives you a barely-there barefoot experience (for any sock haters out there!) with all the stickiness of our classic sock.
The Mary Jane sock is available in two color palettes: a black sock with sangria grip pads and light purple with black grip pads.
Can’t wait any longer? Head to a studio near you and check out the new Pure Barre Mary Jane socks.
Psst.. we have new festive holiday socks launching soon. Be on the lookout for some sparkle!
Our VP of Product and Merchandising, Valerie Hudson shares her four favorites from our latest collaboration–ALALA by Pure Barre.
Our newest collection, ALALA by Pure Barre, channels the urban vibe of New York City. Grounded in black and infused with rich jewel tones, the collection’s patterns and texture capture the energy of the city. And, its expert tailoring and smart color-blocking only make this collection extra figure-flattering. It’s the perfect collection to transition from barre to the bar (a glass of red wine anyone?).
Left: Lift Printed Tank and Lift Tight in berry. Right: Balance Vest in black and Lift Tight in grey.
The Lift Tight’s high performance fabric gives it a slimming silhouette. Mesh is super hot right now, so the sheer mesh panels give these tights that nice little pop of detail. Plus, they come in berry and grey–go bold or basic.
PIECE 2: Balance Long Sleeve Top
Balance Long Sleeve Top in black and Lift Tight in grey.
The Balance Long Sleeve Top is the ultimate combo of performance and style. The intricate mesh detailing is edgy and modern–making it the perfect pair with tights for class, and jeans and heels for a drink with the girls.
PIECE 3: Open Back Tunic
Open Back Tunic in charcoal grey, Balance Printed Bra and Lift Tight in berry.
The Open Back Tunic is super soft with a great fit from the front, and a back cut-out detail that adds a flirty and unexpected touch. It’s the best layering piece for when you’re running errands or running to catch a taxi.
PIECE 4: Lift Hoodie
Balance Printed Tight and Lift Hoodie.
The Lift Hoodie is my personal favorite. It’s that one basic item you love in your closet, but with a twist. The large mesh hood lining and cuffs are really on trend, and the fabric is unbelievably soft. Layer it over your tank for class or pair it with a flowy blouse for date night. Once you put it on you won’t want to take it off.
Introducing our NEW sticky socks. Exclusive to Pure Barre, these best-in-class socks truly raise the ‘barre’ with a great fit, awesome performance, and pure comfort.
To get the inside scoop on the new collection we spoke with Valerie Hudson, our VP of Product & Merchandising.
Tell us about this collection. What’s new?
Based on client feedback, we’ve upgraded our socks to include amazing features and benefits. All of the socks feature a lower profile design that fits below the ankle, and BFA-free non-slip grip soles that really make a difference during plank! The socks have heel tab pads and a cushioned sole for extra comfort, and the fitted heel eliminates bunching and twisting.
Has the classic Pure Barre sock changed at all?
The new Classic Low Rise is the update to our existing sock. The soft premium cotton blend feels amazing while also providing durability. Our new socks are much lighter in weight and provide the right amount of light compression for arch support. We spent several months wear-testing to make sure the quality was up to our standards.
We can’t stop talking about the five-toe Pure Barre socks! Why should we give them a try?
The new five-toe construction encourages your toes to move and spread naturally, giving you greater stability and more comfort. They are made of the same lightweight, soft and durable premium cotton blend as our new Classic Low Rise sock.
What can we expect to see in studios this fall in terms of sticky sock design?
You will see new colors for the season as well as some fun prints such as chevron, cheetah and stripes. We’re also introducing a Mary Jane silhouette in October in two colorways that is a personal favorite. Holiday versions of the classic low rise sock will come out in late November–get ready for some sparkle!
Can’t wait any longer? Head to a studio near you and treat yourself to the new version of the Pure Barre class essential!
Have you heard the news? We created our first-ever Pure Barre sports bra! The NEW Loren Bra is seamless and water wicking for superior comfort. It’s an amazing layering piece and pairs perfectly with any of the tanks or pullover in our September collection. Visit your local studio and check it out!
Keep Your Sports Bra in Top Shape
Your sports bra is one of your most essential pieces in your athleisure wardrobe. All the more reason to take great care of it. Use our washing tips to help it keep that perfect fit:
Never wear your sports bra more than once. We know it can be tempting, but avoid pulling yesterday’s sports bra out of the dirty laundry pile to wear again. Bacteria can build in the wet sweaty environment in less than 24 hours.
Hand wash or machine wash on gentle. Wash your sports bras on the gentle cycle in cold water with just the right amount of detergent to help keep its perfect fit. If you have the time, hand washing is even better to extend the life of your sports bra!
Use a lingerie bag. If you are using the washing machine to wash your sports bras, try putting them in a lingerie bag. The bag will help your bras keep their shape, and will protect them from getting any pulls or snags.
Lay flat to dry. We know you’ve heard it – never put any of your bras in the dryer as they will stretch out and lose their support. Lay your sports bras flat on a drying rack and avoid hanging them by their straps as they can stretch out over time.
Are you loving your new Loren Seamless Bra by Pure Barre? Snap a photo and share it with us on Instagram!
Check out our other tips in our Washing Your Workout Clothes series including our tights and sticky socks feature.
Just like your sticky socks, Pure Barre tights are a class essential. Not only do they keep your muscles warm so you can work deeper in class, their quick dry technology and moisture wicking abilities make them a must-have for even the hardest Platform class.
Keep your tights in tip top shape so you can LTB several times per week with our washing tips:
Turn them inside out. After giving it your all in class, all of the sweat and dead skin cells are now on the inside of your tights (ew). Wash your tights inside out to get the best wash, and also protect the color and printed design.
Avoid fabric softener! Fabric softener can damage any fabric that stretches and cause your tights to lose their perfect fit. It also leaves behind a coating that traps smells and can lock in smelly odors, making this one a double no-no.
Wash on cold and the gentle cycle. Cold water prevents shrinkage and color bleed in your tights. The fabrics in your tights are delicate, so be sure to wash them on the gentle cycle.
Wash like with like. Take sorting lights and darks to the next level when it comes to your workout clothes. Avoid mixing non-performance fabrics (sweaters, jeans, towels) with your performance pieces which can be harmful, and avoid washing them with other items that have Velcro or zippers, as they can damage your tights. If separate wash loads is not possible, try washing your tights inside a lingerie bag to protect them.
Invest in a drying rack. It can take up some space, but it’s totally worth it. Air drying protects the fabrics in your tights and helps them keep their shape. Avoid throwing them in the dryer which can break down the fabrics and shorten the lifetime of your tights.
Rock your just-washed tights inside and outside the studio with our layering pieces in your local studio and on the Pure Barre shop. And remember: leggings ARE pants.
Sticky socks: the one thing that you never want to forget to bring to class. Not only are they your lifeline during those 55 minutes (especially the 90 second plank!), they also help with balance and stability, create traction and promote circulation while you are working out. Ask any Pure Barre addict how many pairs of sticky socks they have in their bag right now, and we guarantee it’s at least two.
Don’t let your sticky socks lose their grip – follow our tips for keeping them like new:
Always wash your sticky socks inside out. This will ensure they don’t lose their grip. They will also get a better clean!
Wash on cold and the gentle cycle. You can machine wash your sticky socks, but avoid hot temperatures and rough cycles which can shrink and shorten the lifetime of your socks.
Don’t use too much detergent. Using too much detergent for your laundry load size can cause fungal growth and lead to a mildew odor – yuck!
Always air or line dry. Keep your socks soft and grippy by avoiding throwing them in the dryer. Always air dry your socks on a drying rack, or line dry them. And just in case you were wondering, there is no need to iron them either 😉
There you have it – tips to keep your sticky socks like new. Now if only someone could tell us how to get rid of the sock monster who creates the infamous mismatched sock look….but at least they’re clean right?!
Pure Barre’s August delivery of our Fall/Holiday 2016 Collection unites fashion with fitness. We introduce incredible new styles and patterns along with strong and powerful colors. Many of the pieces are designed to perform as well in the studio as on the street, allowing you to show off your Pure Barre style throughout your every day.
We can’t get enough of this collection and know you’ll love it, too! To get the inside scoop on the design, we met with Valerie Hudson, Head of Product & Merchandising. Keep reading to learn more about this new collection, in studios now!
Pure Barre: Tell us about the inspiration behind the August collection.
Valerie: The inspiration for the season came from the passion we have for our client. We wanted to create a collection that represented her lifestyle.
Pure Barre: What can we expect to see this fall from Pure Barre?
Valerie: We created four distinct stories for the fall/holiday season. We know our clients are in the studio multiple times per week and crave newness. We are providing new pieces monthly to make sure your local studio always has new, exciting apparel. We also introduced new fabrics that help her cross over from studio to street.
Pure Barre: This season introduces the Avery hoodie, which we love! Can you tell us a little more about designing this amazing studio to street piece?
Valerie: We wanted to provide clients with a great go-to style that can transition across their busy lifestyle. We fell in love with the fabric immediately, and then the styling.
Pure Barre: What are you most proud of in this collection?
Valerie: While performance attributes in activewear are expected, we’re proud to offer compelling styling that goes along with it. This collection is a true representation of the Pure Barre client. We look forward to evolving the Pure Barre collection each season!
Pure Barre’s 2016 Spring Collection features fresh pops of color, fun, branded graphics, intricate back detailing, and subtle textures. We can’t get enough of this collection and know you’ll love it, too! To get the inside scoop on the design, we met with Amy Tankersley, Vice President of Product & Retail Strategy at Pure Barre’s corporate headquarters. Keep reading to learn more about your favorite styles, hitting studios next week!
Pure Barre: How did you go about designing this collection?
This time of the year is about getting back in the studio, getting serious about your fitness and offering those great silhouettes. Fun, bright color for the spring season was definitely my inspiration behind the Pure Barre 2016 Spring Collection. We wanted to ensure that clients can mix and match the collection, so we brought in steel, a great shade of grey. Steel is really trending for spring, and acts as the perfect neutral to balance the pops of color. This season I also wanted to focus on texture and detail. For example, one of our tops has amazing intricate mesh back detail, which is unexpected and fun!
Pure Barre: What can we expect to see this spring from Pure Barre?
This spring in your studio you will see bright and neutral tights in several fits.
We are bringing back our best-selling full length Gemini tight, that you can wear three different ways – high, mid, or low rise. The tight is available in a bright violet color as well as in black. Our clients asked us to bring this tight back – and I’m excited to say that we have! We also add more novelty to the tights this season. Our Haydentight has subtle color blocking and a hidden waistband pocket. If you love the Eridtight, you will love the Hayden! The Nessa tight is another style that has been requested, and we are bringing back this great style in a neutral steel color with fun, two- color scripted branding. The colors in the Nessa tight can easily work with a neutral top as well. Lastly we have the popular Erid tight, which is both a tight and a legwarmer all in one!
As the experts in barre, we make sure to always design our apparel to complement our technique. This collection includes a number of performance-based tops that are perfect for both Pure Barre and Platform classes.
Our Dinah tank is a supplex, fitted racerback tank. It also includes an inside shelf bra for extra support! It is also longer for backside coverage. The Faye tank appeals to a very broad audience. This is a loose silhouette with an amazingly beautiful open back. The gorgeous, intricate mesh detailing is my favorite feature of this tank. You can wear your own sports bra with it, and it has a loose silhouette. Our Alize tank is a great style to wear to and from the studio. The long, deep arm holes let you show off your cute sports bra, and its longer backside coverage is always a plus in the Pure Barre world!
We do feature a layering piece in this collection as well. The Kiernan cardigan is a lightweight French terry wrap pullover, with a twisted front body and extended rib sleeve cuffs. It’s fun and comfortable to wear after class and around town.
Pure Barre: What are you most proud of in this collection?
I am most proud of the fact that feedback from the Pure Barre clients helped inspire many pieces in this collection. We kept those tried and true styles like the Erid and Gemini tights, and we responded to client’s requests for longer tank silhouettes. We also listened to client feedback on pricing and are excited to offer a variety of price options in studio!
You can only find this collection in your local Pure Barre studio. No one else sells Pure Barre branded apparel, and we don’t sell to anyone but Pure Barre clients, so you can be sure the collection was designed with you in mind. All of these pieces are customized to the Pure Barre experience, and that’s what’s so cool about a clothing line of our own. Our clients have the uniqueness and exclusivity, and that is so fun to design for.
We want to hear from you! Share your feedback here about Pure Barre branded clothing, and we hope to incorporate your feedback into future collections designed just for YOU!
What could be better than giving the gift of health this holiday season? Whether you are looking for a gift for your Pure Barre bestie, or have your friend become the next Pure Barre addict – we have the perfect gift ideas for you!
We will also let you in on a little secret…stay tuned this week for a special sale on our Pure Barre shop and in your local studio!
Pure Barre Classes. Contact your friend or family member’s local studio to ask about gifting Pure Barre classes! Are they a Pure Barre newbie? Ask about the New Client special. Pure Barre studios offer a variety of membership options, from one month to a year of unlimited classes, plus class pack options like 5, 10, or 20 classes – choose the one that is best for them!
Pure Barre DVDs and streaming workouts are the perfect gift for a friend or family member who travels frequently or does not have a studio close to them (yet!). Check out the Pure Results DVDs which feature a 60 minute workout with a focus on toning and strengthening a different area of the body that we target during Pure Barre classes – arms, thighs, seat, and abs. Tight on time? The brand new FLEX series is perfect for someone trying to squeeze in a 10 or 30 minute Pure Barre workout into their day, or combine it with another workout. Don’t forget about our streaming options! They are a great deal and are perfect for mobile or tablet.
Pure Barre Tervis Tumbler. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This customized Pure Barre Tervis Tumbler holds 20oz of water, and only requires 3-4 refills to consume all of the water you need in a day.
Apparel. The more workout clothes you have, the more you will exercise, right? Check out the apparel on our website or in your local studio for cute outfits that can take you from the studio and beyond.
Cold Weather Accessories. The weather outside is frightful, but don’t let that stop you from making a trip to the barre! Check out our legwarmers to keep your muscles warm during class and will keep you nice and cozy for your after class adventures (or just walking to your car). And don’t forget your hat!
Pure Barre LifePlanner. Do you know someone who loves to plan? Check out the new Erin Condren Pure Barre LifePlanner! Schedule your appointments, vacations, Pure Barre classes, reservations and more all with this amazing life planner. BONUS! Check out the Pure Barre bundle which includes a snap-in dashboard where you can schedule your meals and track your goals. Also included are enough Pure Barre class and challenge stickers to get you through the entire year!
Commit to health this holiday season, and we will see you at the barre!