It’s not everyday that you’re offered the chance to test out a piece of fitness equipment with dual purpose. Would I ever jump in the pool with my running clothes on? Maybe, but it wouldn’t look all that attractive. Would I ever run with ski goggles? I mean, if dared to, I suppose I could; but holy face mask that would be incredibly uncomfortable.
All that changes with Nayad, a company started by two lovely ladies who melded the needs of runners and swimmers (and I suppose yogis and every other athlete too) together into one hybrid brand.
It started with an e-mail from Nayad’s co-founder Kate, a former Manhattanite who teamed up with Jennie, the other part of the co-founding equation. (You can read their full stories here.)
An exercise buff with a love of the mental gain attained from a hard-earned sweat (a girl after my own heart, indeed), Kate suggested I check out their new collection of gym, swim, run-friendly fitness apparel. I was sold. After all, versatility is a virtue.
From there, I had the privilege of working with Kate directly to create an awesome two-toned set of aqua swim shorts and an aqua fitness top which, as their names suggest, can be worn from the pavement to the pool—even in pigeon pose. (Sorry, I got a little carried away with that one.)
What Nayad offers is truly unique. Marrying athletic silhouettes with quick-drying, dancewear construction, there is bound to be something that piques everyone’s fitness fashion palate. As a picky consumer myself, I personally love the fact that Nayad encourages you to get creative (if you want) and choose all of the specifics, from waistband width to style and color.
I’m not the most coordinated person in the world (and absolutely adore mixing prints), but here’s what I came up with.
Bottoms: Black + “Inhale” (translation, crazy colorful flowers) waist with a wide waistband.
Top: Black, scoop neck with a criss-cross back and “whichever purple tile color goes best with the Inhale purple shade.” Specificity is a strong point of mine.
Truth: I never wore the top and bottom together because, as an outdoor runner, I faithfully believe in covering up my entire epidermis. You will never see me running in a sports bra and tiny spandex shorts; I prefer to leave those outfits to the elites.
I did, however, test each out separately. I absolutely loved the way the sports bra top looked (criss-cross back = so cute), felt and held me in tightly (not that there’s much to hold). I couldn’t wait to put it back on again after using it once, and am now totally stoked to go to Hilton Head for Thanksgiving, where I can take the top from a nice, long beach run straight to the hot tub.
As for the shorts, while flattering from behind, I see myself wearing these during yoga and not necessarily for running. This is totally a personal preference however, not anything Nayad could have done; I simply can’t run in ultra-tight shorts. I tried. I tried again. And ultimately, I like little, loose mesh shorts so much more. Fortunately, the quick-dry material will be perfect for hot power yoga this winter or even fishing on my dad’s boat next summer.
Want to check out a set of your own? Guess what. Nayad has agreed to run an amazing giveaway, in which the winner gets to choose a top and bottom – any style – of their own. (The retail value is over $125.)
Want to enter? It’s easy. Simply leave a comment below describing which activities you’d wear your new Nayad top and bottom for. Would you wear them together, or separately? Running, swimming, yoga and badminton are all acceptable answers.
For a bonus entry, Tweet out something along the lines of the following (and let me know below): I just entered this #giveaway to design my own running top + bottom from @RunForGlitter + @nayadwoman http://bit.ly/QnNDMw #runpretty
I’ll choose a winner first thing Monday morning, once I’ve drank all the wine out on the East End of Long Island. Off to the vineyards for a belated birthday present for Noah!
- Which activities would you wear your new Nayad top and bottom for?
- Do you wear the same clothing for different workouts, or do you have separate wardrobes?