Repost: 13 Alternatives to Lululemon March 13, 2015 13:26
Don’t get me wrong, I love Lululemon, but they’re not the only players in the game. Ever since I developed a passion for printed pants I have found myself exploring a whole new world of yoga attire possibilities! I admit it’s become a bit of an addiction.
Here are 13 places where you can find rad yoga clothes for when you’re looking for something a little different to add to your collection of energy bras.
FLOW-Active (previously One Tooth Activewear) is located at 2237 Bloor Street West and carries predominately Canadian brands, as well as a number of others. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet (shame on me!) but after perusing their website I intend to make a stop there in the very near future.
One Tooth Activewear
One Tooth itself is a Vancouver-based company that specializes in high quality, Canadian-made yoga and loungewear. While you can get them at FLOW-Active, you can also order items online.
Pictured up and to the right is my current obsession, a pair of silky pants in “bandana” by US-made Onzie. I found these guys up in Blue Mountain at the One Tooth location there, but they also carry them at FLOW-Active and you can order them online. They have so many fun prints and the pants feel awesome and sexy on.
Titika Active Couture (above)
A personal favourite of mine, Titika‘s yoga wear is fashionable, original, comfy and urban. Just looking at their clothing, you get the feeling they put a lot of thought and consideration into their designs. They always have great sales to make room for what constantly feels like rotating new stock. They have a few locations in Ontario and you can find them here in Toronto at 357 Queen Street West.
I just discovered this New Westminster B.C. apparel company and I think my wallet tried to hide from me. Inner Fire has so many colourful leggings and witty tanks that say things like “I’m Just Here For The Savasana” and “Shake Your Asana,” with a number of inspirational messages thrown in for good measure. Find them in Toronto at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre.
Another Canadian company that you can purchase at a number of studios and shops in Toronto, including FLOW-Active. Pictured right, Tonic manufacturers their clothes in Vancouver and while I’ve never tried any of their stuff on before, it looks nice and classic.
This eco-friendly line is another piece of Canadian pride favouring Canadian fabric distributors. In Toronto, you can find them at the Wildflower boutique at 2780 Yonge Street, just north of Eglinton. (PS: I want this shirt). (Edit: can also buy at Flow-active at 2237 Bloor Street West or www.flow-active.com)
Another B.C. brand, Lija Style is a multi-sport clothing line known especially for their golf and tennis wear that has been around for about 15 years. Their clothing is really colourful and bright, though I’m not sure if it’s available here in Toronto. Huffington Post once said this brand may be the new Lululemon.
Mika Yoga Wear
I’ve had my eyes on a few things at Mike Yoga Wear for a while and have been meaning to check out one of the two locations in the city that carry the line: Brass Vixens at 721 Queen Street West and Felinity Inc at 794 Broadview Ave. I’m loving the chic braided details featured in several of the designs.
Anthropologie has some of the most feminine yoga clothing I’ve seen, especially the brand Free People (pictured left). With a new location at 761 Queen St W, it’s a great excuse to go for a scroll through the world’s second trendiest neighbourhood (according to Vogue) and buy all of the pretty things.
Bet you weren’t expecting this one, but Winners is the perfect place for the yogi on a budget. Not gonna lie, most of my yoga pants are from Winners. With a variety of brands and options at discounted prices, where can you go wrong?! Click herefor a list of local locations.
And if you happen to be at the mall…
Comfy, affordable and cute, Joe Fresh has become another great alternative for the yogi on the go. Though not the largest collection, Joe Fresh’s line has indeed expanded, and now includes the ever-so-sought-after tanks with built-in bras. At $24, they’re a fraction of the cost of the old standby and great when you only need a little support.
Finally, I leave you with the Gap. The company’s Gap Fit collection impresses me with its diverse designs, soft fabrics, and reasonable price tags. They’ve really amped this line up lately and grown it to include more elaborate back patterns and funky prints. An added bonus? The Gap frequently has sales!
Where else do you buy your yoga clothes? Let’s try to make a list of the best spots in the city.