Let's Get Physical: Our Favorite Athleisure Finds

Jenny Rogers

The best leggings, T-shirts and more to rock at the gym and around town

Once athleisure hit the runways, it officially transitioned from fad to legitimate fashion trend-one with which we're totally on board-and it didn't take long for the local market to get in the game. Here's a look at our favorite takes on the "perfect for yoga then brunch" look. Remember: There's no reason you can't look fab post-sweat session.


You know Homage already, but you'll want to get to know the Be collection, a design collaboration between Columbus' favorite T-shirt shop and ESPNW that celebrates the courageous spirit of athletes including Billie Jean King and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The collection-which features statements like "Be Bold" and "Dare to Be"-includes racerback tanks, T-shirts and leggings.

Style Factor: Homage didn't get too flashy with this collection; they opted instead for muted hues and bold-yet-elegant type, so you can feel comfortable rocking your workout tights and tee to grab lunch. homage.com

Bend Active

The team behind Bend Active, which opened this year in Upper Arlington, gets it. Their product is for high-performing athletes, yes, but there's the eco component, too (most tops are made with bamboo fabric) and a bold fashion element. Into the print-on-print trend? This is your store.

Style Factor: If you're the kind of girl whose outfit always makes a statement, opt for a pair of Laura Hawk collection leggings. Rock these at Union's Sunday brunch. bendactive.com

Pronounce Activewear

Pronounce Activewear is where fashion and fitness meet. The online shop carries high-style brands from across the globe-including athlete-designed gear by MPG, yogi-approved Onzie and eco-friendly Teeki-so shoppers will find something regardless of fitness pursuit.

Style Factor: Performance and style are equally important at Pronounce, meaning you'll look awesome while getting the most out of your workout. Onzie's leggings were designed to withstand the heat of a hot yoga class, and they're fast-drying, meaning you can leave the studio without looking like you jumped into a pool. pronounceactivewear.com

To a Tee

If you're looking for a cute, quirky and locally made (and super-soft) T-shirt, there's no shortage of options. Here, the rundown on a few of our favorites:

Clothe Ohio

Every time a T-shirt or sweatshirt is ordered, another is donated-via relationships forged with nonprofits across the state-to an Ohioan in need.

Standouts: A gray shirt boldly stating "The Real Housewives of Ohio" (complete with a cardinal) and a graphic shout-out to our favorite neighborhood, "ShoNo." clotheohio.com


Impressive design work and printed-right-here quality make OutfitGood's T-shirts worth wearing. And their mission to collaborate with charities, small businesses and local artists on special apparel makes the company worth watching.

Standouts: The rainbow of Columbus Pride shirts crafted for this summer's main event. outfitgood.com

Activate Apparel

Columbus startup Print Syndicate has three T-shirt collections-Look Human and Merica Made are the other brands-but we're partial to the never-miss-a-workout vibe we're getting from Activate Apparel's selection.

Standouts: An punny tank printed with "Meeting My Girls at the Barre Tonight." activateapparel.com