Last night we went to Target, and I vowed to buy only one thing: notebooks. While I work almost exclusively with slick online tools at work, I’m old school at heart and love pencil and paper. I use plain, lined notebooks for everything. I have one as my running journal, one for goals and to-dos, one for menu planning, one for blogging, and others for miscellaneous, like planning trips. I buy my notebooks from Target because they’re cute and cheap. I got this three-pack for just $6.41.
While there, I thought I’d check out the activewear. I was impressed! I really liked some of the fabrics and styles. I purposefully didn’t try anything on because I didn’t want to be tempted to buy anything. Here are the things that caught my eye.
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This long sleeve with mesh details at the shoulder and dolman sleeves is very on-trend. It reminds me of the sexy tops from Michi and the new ones from Splits59, but at a $24.99 price tag. The rayon/spandex blend fabric was soft too. It’s available in black and a heathered charcoal grey. I was pretty proud of myself for walking away from this–it’s definitely my style.
I loved the super-soft fabric of these quarter zips! I really liked the teal green color. If I needed a quarter-zip, I’d definitely consider this one for $27.99.
The style of these tights ($27.99) with the diagonal stripes is also on-trend. Many brands are incorporating diagonal stripes or mesh insets into tights. The fabric felt pretty blah to me though, and I didn’t like how they looked stretched out on the hanger. Fabrics that have a lot of stretch are much smaller on a hanger, so my guess is that these aren’t very stretchy.
This pair reminded me of the K-Deer striped tights on the bottom, but the overall look of these and some others were very similar to Athleta.
There were a number of capris with fun colors and prints for $24.99.
This top ($24.99) was pretty. I liked the flowy style and open back. But the straps on the back were a pretty cheap elastic. I wondered if they’d be scratchy.
I was so tempted to try this bra ($19.99) on, but they didn’t have my size. I liked the pattern and that the back had an interesting strap design even though it was a hook closure.
This run jacket has a lot of great features. It’s very lightweight, has ventilation holes under the arms and in the back, has a back zippered pocket, and has fabric cuffs with thumb holes. The hood wasn’t packable, though, which is one of my requirements for a running jacket. And while the $44.99 price tag might seem really good, I actually thought it was bit pricy for what it was…though I guess it’s the same for all lightweight shells. It doesn’t seem like you should pay a lot for a shell!
There were a number of cute short colors and patterns. But it looked like there was only one short length, and I didn’t love the fabric. While it was very lightweight, it seemed almost fragile, like it could tear easily. Still, these shorts were just $6.99, and they went up to about $16.99. I couldn’t find the link for these specific ones online, so I’m wondering if these are for girls and not women. They did look small for a size large.
If I were just starting to build an activewear wardrobe on a budget, I’d definitely check out Target.