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.
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.
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.
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?