Fitness apparel is a hot market right now; you can score a pair of yoga pants just about anywhere. Unfortunately, high-performance fitness gear often comes with a high price tag, but savvy shoppers know how to find fantastic clothing without obliterating a paycheck. After all, a recent report published by the American Psychological Association this past February found that money is the leading cause of stress, and stress is hell on the body. Why compromise your health to pay for a sports bra and sweat-wicking capris?
FitFrosting.com is the members-only club for in-the-know fit fashionistas on a budget. Fit Frosting offers deep discounts in flash sales on clothing from boutique fitness brands; recent sales have featured eco fitness brand Soybu, hot U.K. fitness fashion from Wellicious and Delano Lifestyle Activewear. It’s a great way to explore new lines creating fun, sweat-friendly gear that you may not have otherwise discovered.
It’s easy to sign up: Just go to the Fit Frosting site and give them your name and email address, and enter sartorial fitness nirvana. Some brands even use Fit Frosting to preview their new season lines, allowing you to test the hottest gear before its public release, such as Phat Buddha did with their spring line.
Fit Frosting also has an awesome friend referral program, Spread The Frosting, in which you can earn $10 to spend on your order when you get a friend to join up! Like them on Facebook for current sales, notices on ending sales — aka The Vanishing Squad — fitness inspiration, and healthy meal and cocktail recipes for life beyond the workout.
Department stores are a great way to get high-end fitness gear at a discount. They offer a huge selection, letting you choose clothes that fit your style and exercise needs. One-day sales, store credit incentives and coupons are all conspiring to get you the best deal on clothing that won’t be shot to hell while you abuse that unlimited class yoga studio card. Macy’s is the master of the one-day sale and constant discounts, and carries trusted names like Calvin Klein Performance and Nike. Nordstrom is another great department store; their latest sale features such brands as The North Face, Asics and Hard Tail.
Outlet shopping is a tricky prospect. Not all the stock is what would actually be sold at a designer’s actual store, some of the stock is sold at prices close to retail, and the real deals may be off-season. With some planning, however, you can find quality items for a steal.
First, find the outlet shopping center near you. Tanger, for instance, hosts several Under Armour outlets. Get acquainted with the retail prices and names of items. Scour the racks, especially the clearance racks, to truly get the best deals. Granted, some of the items may not be seasonal, but others, such as sports bras and basic jogging pants, are great year-round. Also, you’ll be glad you bought that thermal compression top in the summer when you find yourself searching for an outfit before a chilly fall run.
Under Armour’s online Outlet shop stocks items like their amazing Ultra Charged cotton capri pant. Altrec is another fitness shopping website with a well-stocked outlet shop, featuring such popular brands as Saucony, Dakine and Patagonia. If you see your size in an outlet or clearance sale, jump on it! Stock is often limited, and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.
Follow these tips, and you may finally have something to put into your savings account!