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This workout wear is so classy, you might not want to sweat in it

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I am a bit of a fitness fanatic, always wanting to try the latest workout du jour, whether it's TRX, P90X or crossfit. But while I am motivated to get moving, sometimes I need a little push to keep the momentum going -- and that always comes in the form of new workout wear.

I love to refresh my workout clothes on a regular basis -- partly because they do go through a fair bit of wear and tear, but also because it really does motivate you to hit the gym. Might as well look good while you sweat, right?

These days, there is so much to choose from when it comes to high-performance wear. Long gone are the baggy sweats and old beer promo tees that barely breathe and look, well, frumpy. Today there is a plethora of fabulously fashionable athletic wear such as stretch structured tops, snug cropped pants -- even jogging shorts can look stylish.

While I'm not an advocate of wearing workout clothing outside of the gym or studio, the styles today can take you from class to the local smoothie/juice bar for a refuel without looking like you just rolled out of bed. And the Karma Wear 2012 spring/summer collection is further proof of that.

Vancouver-based Karma is redefining yoga apparel. Inspired by movement, Karma is active performance wear that, according the company, is "expertly designed, constructed and contoured to highlight the feminine shape and enhance what makes women beautiful." Yay!

This season's lineup consists of three fabulous collections: Studio Line, Revolution and Bombshell.

The Studio Line is the foundation of the Karma brand and is named after The Eight Limbs of Yoga. It includes core pieces that can be used for a variety of activities such as yoga, dance, general fitness and Pilates.

The Revolution Collection conveys Karma's movement toward lifestyle yoga wear, with detailing like ruffles, asymmetrical necklines and scooped backs -- ideal to wear post-class. Each style is named for a woman who has made a difference and revolutionized the world.

Inspired by the strong, independent women of the '40s and '50s, The Bombshell Collection reflects the femininity of that era. Each style highlights a feminine silhouette with back details and the use of soft, luxurious fabrics.

What sets Karma apart from other athletic wear is that the designs are inspired by runway fashion, current trends and the feeling of movement. Many of their pieces incorporate interesting design details such as layered-strap backs, ruching and gathering.

Karma wear is available through a number of online retailers including www.breatheathletic.com, www.awearecoboutique.ca and www.nordstrom.com.

 

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 12, 2012 E10

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