How many of you made a New Year’s resolution to exercise more? How many of you have decided that New Year’s resolutions to exercise more are futile? Either way, I figured that January was an appropriate time to share slow fashion options in the world of fitness clothes. Now, I’m not the world’s biggest athlete. I am very un-outdoorsy and have very few requirements of my workout clothes; namely, I don’t like it when my pants are too loose and fall down. That makes exercise way more annoying than it has to be.

Most of the ethical fitness gear I found is for the lighter exercises: your average gym going, yoga doing, bi-cycling. Presumably there are more rugged pursuits that would need specialized equipment. I am not quite so useful to you there (although Patagonia is a great place to start). Again, I don’t spend much time out of doors.

Elise Epp / Slow Fashion Guide to Workout Gear

Onzie / Yoga clothes made in California…plus you can wear them for swimming!

Daub + Design / Each piece is hand-dyed in Vancouver, Canada.

Inner Fire / The leggings? Recycled water bottles. And everything is made in Vancouver, Canada.

Michi / Not your standard workout gear. Michi has killer design and does all its manufacturing in Canada.

Zen Nomad / Clothes for yoga (and more) made in Toronto out of sustainably sourced fabrics.

Green Apple Active / Organic, biodegradable clothes made out of bamboo and cotton.

LVR / Yoga gear made in Los Angeles out of organic cotton. They also partner with a wildlife rescue centre in Guatemala and donate clothing to the Downtown Women’s Center in LA.

prAna / Eco-friendly, fair trade, sustainable…they do it all! And they have a huge range of activewear, so you can feel good about ALL of the exercise clothes.

Patagonia / These guys have more ethics, morals, and responsibilities than I’ll ever even know exist. Plus, they have weird (to me) stuff like wetsuits and waders. For people who sportz more than I do.

Elise Epp / Slow Fashion Guide to Workout Gear

Dunbar Top / Sewaholic Patterns
Duathlon Shorts / Fehr Trade
Pneuma Tank / Papercut Patterns
Jillian Tank / Greenstyle Creations
Cora Shorts / Jalie
Lane Raglan Tee / Hey June Handmade
Ooh La Leggings / Papercut Patterns
Pacific Leggings / Sewaholic Patterns
Kerri Sports Bra / Pin-Up Girls

Also, here’s a great big article from Seamwork Magazine with a whole bunch of patterns for specialized kinds of exercise (like horseback riding! cycling! climbing!).

And of course, you can always work out in basic tees and such from my Slow Fashion Guide to Basics. Happy sportsing!

Elise Epp / Slow Fashion Guide to Workout Gear

P.S. Check out my Slow Fashion Guides to Party Dresses and Bags!

 

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