Words/Images Judith Ecochard
Athleta -the sportswear/lifestyle/casual apparel line we could live in 24/7 open it's new Columbus Avenue store for a media peak a whole range of wear for gals on the move...
Schoeller's C-Change-durable,windproof,waterproof, Primaloft®, Lycra®, Athleta's own Utility Stretch™, moisture management/anti-microbial, etc),--and including organic textiles---PLUS manufactures the highest quality items with a slew of smart details (non-chafing flatlock stitching, reflective details, non-intrusive 'hidden' pockets...)---as the line is conjured up by and for female athletes...
Giving the wearer a leg-up on whatever endeavor she does...including just hanging out on a couch.
The Westside of Manhattan store, the one we visited- is packed with merchandise ----but flows well-with areas of apparel logically laid out on shelves/racks by activity---ie yoga, running, hiking. There is no size chart available---which would help those not familiar with the Athleta way of things---but the sales help knows it all (and their on online kiosks to their site)...
All seem ready for the crunch of buyers we think this collection of terrific outer/active wear deserves.
NOTE: We find the sizing of items from Athleta (and most Gap owned apparel lines in general)--- are "American" sized-and not the typical Euro cut-particularly in the hips, cut generously...good to know as NYC is a shopping mecca for all body types. XXXS ---someday, we hope.
Last week we got a media peak at the terrific Holiday collection that includes outwear pieces for winter sports too.
First off, we saw the amazing assortment of versatile yoga/low impact tops that Athleta does so well...and we haven't been to a yoga class yet where we weren't watching the clock pronto...no matter.
These tanks work for climbing too---as well as casual everyday wear...and the color range is terrific.
|Lycra 2-1 wicking/antimicrobial---seams are flattering...a best seller Kerala $59|
|back pockets helpful for spinning classes|
|ENERGY TANK for high impact $69-breathable, anti-odor|
|This tank has a built in shelf bra made of spacer fabric that forms the molded bra/no wire needed.|
|Back zip pocket...|
|Capris match up with the Tinker tops|
|Pretty cap sleeve with gentle ruching-flattering fit|
|Hana Run Short $39|
|Light reflective details on shorts-wide waistband- nice!|
|A great base layer---fleece feel.|
One of our favs---this layered tee has power mesh panels for breathability.
|Losser fitting tanks too Sodha $59|
|Super lightweight, inner brief, SPF 50+ Stability Run Short $44|
|pocket in the back with a waterproof pouch!|
|Love-Relay Capri made for year round use out of Supplex fabric -with banded cuffs|
|Contender Skirt/Capri combo is adorable and a nice feature for women that want a bit more coverage|
|OR Cocoon Cozy Sweater $98 shape cowl neck sweater/tunic can be worn draped...|
|Rolled down like a shrug.....|
WINDWARRIOR Tights $98 made of stretching/wicking Velocitek®, wind proof panels, elastic grips at ankles... pair for just Winter to wear under tunics with boots-works too.
|Winter tights par excellence have reflective zippers-straight legs keeps the wind out.|
|Reflective details on heavier weight flared pants-water/wind resistant|
|We thought the back pockets cute-subtle logo|
Many base layer options are so well done---we could see wearing these on their own...not hidden beneath!
|Breathable, no chafe seamless, anti-odor/anti-bacterial, wicking/breathable---Seamless Twist Top Hoodie $89|
|Nice ruching details at shoulders|
|Back pocket-reflective design element|
|Thumbholes keep the sleeves in place and the wearer warm.|
We don't see too many of these in NYC yet---but most mountain towns we've been too have gals wearing winter skirts made of materials to withstand the elements. These WindWarrior Skirt-$98---by Athleta are wind blocking (panels) with 360 degrees reflectivity---and moisture wicking/breathable and CUTE!
|Snow Stomper $89-Quilted Down Skirt can be worn on or off the slopes.|
|Pockets and a split pleat at the bottom ....baffle stitching keeps the profile slim|
SKI PANTS---are also good for winter hiking....weather tough---in pretty colors too!
|FREERIDE Ski Pants $198-with water/wind resistant fabric bonded to fleece---warmth without the bulk...ruching on front legs=nice details. Back leg zips and internal gaiters|
|We think these Fall Line Ski snow pants are super cool...$218|
|High Back Yoke keeps the snow out as do gaiters. Fleece lined for warmth.|
|Made with Schoeller's C-Change materials---POWDER JEANS $328-with amazing moisture management/windproof/waterproof/durable---with a great hand feel...not stiff!|
Athleta has some well made outwear pieces that are multi-tasking...a wardrobe basics for the cold...
|FRESHIE VEST-$148-cinch at hem, water stain resistant. With a removable faux fur hood-Lined in nice gray contrast-zipped outer pocket, warmth via InsulEight™ 800 Fill.|
|Terrific details---ruching/quilting pattern on back---|
|Waterproof rain jacket with flattering seams, cinched waist---with sealed seams|
Our favorite item we think---is this amazingly chic Moto Trench Jacket----with oversized diagonal zippers---kept cozy warm via Primaloft® Insulation
|Zipper sleeves-articulated elbows for ez movement|
|With the removable hood up---snaps high on the collar for warmth|
No way to be cold---not in this Chalet Coat $248-Super light and compressive InsulEight™-down 800 Fill quilted down coat! Metal closures too...water/stain resistant.
As snowboarders, we know to look for the details---and Athleta delivers a well thought out FLURRY Jacket----for $498---made of Schoeller C-Change---with a remove-able snowskirt, media pockets and access for headphones....
|Recco tagged! A means to track those buried in snow-a real lifesaver found on smartly made skiwear!|
|Retractable ski pass clip|
|Hood compatible with helmets of all sizes.|
Have it your way---a zip off shearling car length coat becomes a hip biker style jacket with a few unzips. Versatile and affordable-a great value.
|Wonderful Shearling jacket|