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Welcome to Part 2 of my Athleta Fit Review! Athleta Review Part 1 is here.   I only tried on two tights, two bras, one tank and a vest.  This is where I need your help.  If there’s a particular tight or pattern you’d like me to try, leave it in the comment section.  I know there are a lot of tank and bra options but I didn’t have the energy to grab more.  Again, if you have requests for tanks and tops, let me know.  Athleta was the last store I went to (end of the Promenade).  I think next time I’ll have to start at Athleta and work my way south on the Promenade.


Athleta Trophy Tight and Bralette Athleta Trophy Tight and Bralette Athleta Trophy Tight and Bralette Athleta Trophy Tight and Bralette Athleta Trophy Tight and Bralette


I picked the Trophy Tight and Trophy Bralette because it reminded me of Lululemon’s Reveal Tight and Reveal Crop Top.  The material and construction were very similar.  The main difference was the thickness of the fabric.  It is definitely more opaque than the Lululemon Reveal Tight.  It had a smooth feel to it and felt comfortable.  Had I seen the Trophy Tank, I might have tried that on instead of the Trophy Bralette.  I tend not to wear tops like that.  I think I liked the Trophy Bralette better than the Trophy Tight.  Although the tight is 7/8 length, it is quite long and fit me like a full length tight.  I stayed TTS in both items.  They are both made of recycled nylon, which is an added bonus.  But I wonder if it’s one of the reasons why the material feels hotter to me than Lululemon.  This style of tight is not something I gravitate towards, which is the reason why I don’t wear Lululemon’s Reveal Tights.  But for those of you that like Reveal Tights, you might enjoy these tights as well.

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Athleta Eclipse Tight Athleta Eclipse Tight Athleta Eclipse Tight Athleta Eclipse Tight Athleta Eclipse Tight Athleta Scallop Bra Athleta Mesh Chi Tank


I selected the Eclipse 7/8 Tight because it reminded me of Lululemon’s Inspire Tight/Crop (which I love).  The Eclipse Tight is made of a sweat-wicking, slightly compressive fabric (similar to Luxtreme but less compressive and slightly hotter).  It also has UPF protection, which is definitely a great bonus.  I liked the fit of these tights but the front pocket drove me nuts.  In the close up of the tight, there’s a crease where the inside pocket flap overlaps the actual pocket.  (I don’t know if a top pocket flap is necessary.  I’ve never had problems with front inside pockets that didn’t have an overlapping top flap.)  No amount of straightening would make the waistband smooth.  The back of the waistband also wouldn’t stay smooth.  I think if it had more compression, the waistband would smooth out.

For some reason, on the Athleta website, the bra is only searchable as the Scallop Bra.  Because the bra I tried on didn’t have cups inside, I didn’t want to upload a picture of the front.  Let’s just say the ladies were perky!  There was ventilation at the front center of the bra where you would sweat; so I thought that was a nice feature.  This is definitely a light support bra for low impact activities.  I like the way it looked in the back.  I stayed TTS in this bra, which is an XS (32D cup).

I was drawn to the light pink color (Ballerina Gown) of the Mesh Chi Tank.  The fabric of this tank is very similar to the fabric of the Sculpt Tank.  It also has UPF protection.  I stayed TTS is this tank.  I thought this was a nice tank that was flattering on me.  I particularly liked the mesh in the back.  This is definitely a tank I will consider.  The more I think about it, I think I’d purchase an Athleta tank before I purchase a tight.

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Athleta Mindset Vest Athleta Mindset Vest



I thought this would be a nice sleeveless cover-up to/fro the gym just for an extra layer; that is, until I tried it on!  The Mindset Vest is made of modal, which was silky soft and a lighter weight than the Santorini Dress.  I tried it on in my TTS but I think I should have sized down to an XXS.  But even with a smaller size, I don’t think it would have fit right.  The problem for me is the drawstring neck.  It was hard to adjust to make the vest would drape well.  If I tightened it, it would gather too much and pull the hem awkwardly.  If I loosened it, I thought it just looked like a shapeless blanket over my shoulders.  I also think the length of the vest was too long for me.  I definitely like the idea of a modal vest/cover-up but not this one.  What do you think?

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j May 12, 2018 - 4:44 am

Everything (other than the over-sized vest) looks great on you.
I like the mesh chi tank. The color is pretty and it seems to have a more feminine cut than the sculpt tank.

Mrs. O May 12, 2018 - 11:19 am

I liked that tank too. I honestly think my first purchase from Athleta may be a tank. The Mesh Chi Tank has a more form fitting cut than the Sculpt Tank. I also think it’s cut in more around the shoulders which I prefer because I have broad shoulders.

Gail May 12, 2018 - 5:58 am

The over-sized vest looks kind of like someone was going to make curtains, but then they decided it was a vest instead.

You look great!

Mrs. O May 12, 2018 - 11:20 am

That’s hilarious! You’re absolutely right. It would probably look good as curtains. Haha!

Anonymous May 12, 2018 - 12:25 pm

Sorry mrs O- when I scrolled down and saw the vest, I said out loud “what is that????!!!!” Lol! That’s a definite NO. I understand the concept, but the execution was just wrong. Really appreciate your trying everything on and the reviews. All looked good on you. Was the tank alittle snug across the chest?

Mrs. O May 12, 2018 - 7:44 pm

I don’t recall thinking the tank was snug across my chest but it definitely was looser around the waist. I don’t know if sizing up would make much of a difference. I didn’t see the tell-tell signs of horizontal lines across the chest which usually happens to me when a top is too tight. The tank does have a good amount of stretch in it. This is the problem with Athleta, something about the cut doesn’t quite work for me.

I’m glad you got a kick out of the vest. When I tried it on, I shook my head and thought everyone is going to laugh!

Shadowy_lady May 12, 2018 - 4:38 pm

I also like the Chi tank. Much nicer cut that the Sculpt Tank Lulu makes (which doesn’t work on my big boobs + narrow shoulder figure).

You look amazing as always 🙂

Mrs. O May 12, 2018 - 7:47 pm

Thanks, Shadowy Lady! I think the way it cuts in the shoulder is much more flattering on broad or narrow shouldered women. It’s more feminine; especially someone with your figure. It’s funny the images I have of readers based on all the comments and descriptions of why things don’t work. In my head, your this dark haired Persian beauty that’s athletic and vivacious! You must turn a lot of heads. And I have an idea of how put together you must be from hair to toes — workout and regular clothes.

Mrs. O May 12, 2018 - 7:49 pm

I’m going to laugh if your a light haired, blue-eyed Persian beauty!

Shadowy_lady May 14, 2018 - 3:27 pm

You are too kind, I may not be as exotic looking as you imagine 🙂 I do dye my hair black though. My mom is the light haired light eyes Persian lady, my dad is the opposite. I’m kinda in the middle 🙂

Anne May 13, 2018 - 3:58 pm

Thanks for the review. The waistband fit on the Eclipse 7/8 was odd and bunchy. Not sure what they were thinking with that pocket situation.

The Chi tank was nice, particularly for people who prefer a little more room around the waist. I haven’t checked out their tanks for awhile. I tend to get my tanks from Prana because the fit and length work for me.

Surprisingly, I don’t buy tanks from Lululemon because they are way too long (and I’m a long waisted 5’9”). I don’t know who they are made to fit.
I know Lulu will hem, but since I don’t live near a store, it requires two long round trips, so I don’t bother.

And the vest? There are no words… ?

Sarah May 14, 2018 - 2:12 pm

I really, really like the contender 7/8 tights. Next time you are in store you should definitely try them on. They stay in place during burpees, box jumps, running, and are opaque. They have limited color selection and I think they are on sale now, which may mean they aren’t permanent. I always feel like inspire tights/capris start slipping when I exercise. Not the case with these at all.

Mrs. O May 14, 2018 - 4:16 pm

I definitely will check them out! I’m thinking I’ll be close to a store sometime this week.


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