Fitness Fashion Friday: Sassy backs

Hi friends! Hope you’re all having a great night! We’re about to dinner with some friends, but I wanted to pop in with a little fitness fashion Friday post. 

While I was getting ready today, and trying to convince myself to wear “real” clothes instead of athletic wear, I figured that it was time to go through my the tops and tanks and start to organize for spring. Since I wear fitness clothes daily (and am a serious sweat-er), they get gnarly and over-loved pretty quickly. I started to sort through and decide which ones were still alive, and noticed a theme amongst the tank top selection: sassy backs. I’m especially loving tanks with solid fronts, you turn around, and BOOM: awesome cut-outs, draping, or criss-cross straps.

This spring, there are so many gorgeous lightweight tanks to choose from, and they’re functional as well as gorgeous. I especially love this style for a hot yoga class or for barre.

Here’s one I’m loving lately: the wild tank from lulu. The fabric is super light and dreamy, and it has medium support. (<— wouldn’t wear it for a run, but it’s perfect for strength training, barre, Core40 or yoga). The best part: the awesome details on the back! The also have a lot of gorgeous colors; I was drawn to this grey-blue.

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Here are some more detailed tanks for spring:

Cut out tanks

1) Just breathe tank from lululemon

2) Sonic tank from Zella

3) Double Time tank from Koral

4) Snow drop tank by alo

5) Feel the Beat singlet from lucy

6) Silvie Excel tank from Lorna Jane

7) wild tank (pics above!) from lululemon

8) Fitted crisscross tank by Koral

9) Exquisite tank from lululemon

10) Elastic tank from Onzie


Is this a style you like? What’s your all-time fave workout top? I have a black one from lucy that I wear constantly; it’s super supportive and matches all of my crazy patterned and mesh leggings.

Happy happy Friday!


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  1. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on January 16, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Love the top! I love seeing all the new patterns with the tanks and bras now! I have a top from Zella that is getting frequent wear these days. I also have a lot of Under Armour. Can you imagine it’s time to think about spring clothes already? Time flies!

  2. Tamara @ A Side Of Dessert on January 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I looooove these tanks! Their definitely my favourite alonside lululemon. My workout wardrobe is probably 80% lulu…whoops! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  3. Val @ Balancing Val on January 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I’m loving the sassy backs too! Or even just sports bras that are cray with a lower cut tank top.

    How long do you keep a lulu tank before calling it quits?

    And do you donate them or trade them in? I have a few pieces in good/great condition that I can’t seem to get off my hands!

    I’d rather sell or trade them than donate since each piece is an investment for the most part.

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      it depends on the shirt and how gross it is haha. if they’re in great condition, try thred up! usually a good tank top will last me a couple of years, but if it’s one that i REALLY love and wear all the time, a year is usually when it’s time to say goodbye

  4. Jessie on January 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I love that tank! Looks great on you. I think you’ve mentioned before that you are petite. I am too, 5 foot 2 inches and was wondering which brand of paints are best for you length-wise? Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      i have and love the wunder unders and various crops from lululemon; they hem them for free

      • Jessie on January 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        Thank you!

  5. Heather on January 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    i always love the no limits tank from lulu! But still want to know what tank you are wearing in the pic at the top of your site and on the cover of your book!

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      i was looking for your comment so i could write back to it! it’s from lucy, but i got it exactly one year ago. haven’t seen them again since!

      • Heather on January 18, 2015 at 9:43 am

        Well it looks fab on you! Thanks!

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I just got that Lulu top last week in grey. It’s my absolutely, all-time favorite! I love all their stuff.

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      love it so much!

  7. Alex @ True Femme on January 16, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    That grey-blue Lulu one looks so good on you! I love sassy back shirts! Splits 59 has some ones I like but I’m also partial to the Pure Barre line, which has some super cute ones.

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      i need to check out their stuff!

  8. Karina @ fitsickle on January 16, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I love my wild tank! Wore it to Pure Barre and it quad perfect 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      heh heh

  9. Robyn on January 16, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Those cutouts are SO cute!! Love the look. I find having cute workout gear actually increases my motivation to work out haha 😛 Great post.

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      i totally agree 🙂

  10. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables on January 17, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I love that! The color is gorgeous and I like the detail on the back. Super cute!

  11. cait @pieceofcait on January 17, 2015 at 6:47 am

    love that tank!!! perfect spring fitness find.

  12. April on January 17, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I love the lulu tank! It’s so cute that you wouldn’t know that it’s gym attire. Also, I love your braid – so pretty 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      thank you friend!

  13. Heather @ Housewife Glamour on January 17, 2015 at 8:36 am

    That top is adorable! Also, next time I see you… we ARE having that braid tutorial night with you and Katy! <3

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      yes please!!

  14. Molly@This Life Is Sparkling on January 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I love the look of cutout workout tops! so fun.

  15. Ashley on January 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Lululemon has got some amazing tanks this year. I am loving the backs on these tanks. I have set a goal for myself that once I lose 10lbs I will treat myself to one!

  16. Britt@MyOwnBalance on January 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I love cool detailing on the back of my workout tops but I often forget what’s back there haha!

  17. Jasmine on January 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Hi just wondering when WSU is scheduled for? I want to get it on the calendar and am looking forward to joining this year!

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      one week from mon (the 26th!)

  18. Juetta West on January 17, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Looking for super sassy? Check out the Knockout Top from Turn It On Fitness. It also comes in a bra top. Looks from the runway in fitness wear!

  19. SarahF on January 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I LOVE sassy backs like that! Definitely will have to check it out! Though now that I work out predominately from home, I feel like really nice work out clothes is almost a waste and no one sees me in them but me. I guess if it convinces me to work out then it’s worth it 🙂

  20. Les @ The Balanced Berry on January 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    LOVE that top – so cute! I’m all about open, sassy backs on workout tops.

  21. Gosia on January 18, 2015 at 5:39 am

    I looooooooooooove this style 😀 I got this top from H&M (hope it links properly) – super sexy, comfy and stays on your hips even in a headstand 😉

    • Fitnessista on January 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      ohhhh i love that! thank you for linking to it!

  22. Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat on January 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    It is amazing that after all these years I have still yet to purchase a single lulu item. I am afraid that once I start I will not stop lol. And since I burn through workout gear that can just get expensive!

  23. Sarah on January 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Ohh boy, wild tank —– love it!!! I like that style and its flowy in the front and would hide my post-preg belly roll nicely! Lol 🙂

  24. Nicole @ Fitful Focus on January 20, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I LOVE that last one! Super cute! I actually don’t have any sassy backed tanks. Looks like I need to go shopping!

  25. Angelica@The Pretty Girl Diaries on January 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

    The top is sooooo pretty can’t wait to have a toned back so I can rock work out tops like this!!!

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