In 2011, our readers voted Gaiam one of the top finalists for best brand of yoga and Pilates workout clothes. So I thought I'd get you the skinny on some of their other workout related clothing, because, of course, those of us who workout need things that cover us up when we're not working out.
We need "special" clothing to get back and forth to the studio -- clothing that suggests that we workout, are about to workout, or have, indeed, just worked out. That's my full-time wardrobe outside of my actual workout clothes so I think I know a thing or two about how to live in it. But not in the case of the Breezy sweater from Gaiam.
The breezy sweater is more of a wrap with sleeves than a true sweater. It is open at the front, no buttons or zipper, with sides that are longer in front than in back. They hang down ones sides like potential wings. Indeed, around the house we nick-named it "the flight suit". It is supposed to be a draped fit but I think the size runs a little large, adding extra fabric effect. I was not so sure about the hanging flaps, because the last thing my figure needs is folds of fabric hanging about the hips, but I got compliments.
Gaiam says you can tie the sides in front for more coverage but that doesn't work on me. My attempts just put a big wad of fabric out in front of me. We can take Gaiam's word for it. Maybe a different body type could handle it. I did, however, find that draping one long side across the front and over my shoulder created a very chic shawl effect. That, combined with the silver champagne color, "wind chime" and delicate modal and fine wool knit of the body, made me think I looked quite stylish, and I heard I did.
It was a happy time. I had something new and unique and very, very soft. In fact my Breezy was so comforting to wear -- soft, thin, light and warm -- it was little like a baby blankie. But the love affair was not to last.
I destroyed it. My blankie. The sleeves are a close knit, but the body is a delicate open weave and in a couple of weeks I snagged it multiple times -- on rings, purses, and I know not what. There are threads popping up on the shoulders and the back and a long run down the side. And I'm a "wear it 'till it dies" kind of gal. That usually takes a long time. I never expected this. I wore my Breezy to the studio, where it was an attention getter. I wore it out to lunch. I wore it in my office. A couple of times I threw it in the backseat. Nothing crazy, I swear.
So this is not a workout wear cover-up. Maybe you can do it if you go straight to the studio and straight home and for don't put a purse or bag on your shoulder for anything. If I had it to do over, I would only wear my precious "Breezy blankie" on special, casual but upscale occasions. The Breezy retails for $128.00 at Gaiam. Be stylin', be comfy, and treat it with respect.
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