Fun, Frugal Fashion: Camo Leggings
I’m a firm believer of the saying: Everything happens for a reason. Saturday was a prime example.
If you follow me on Twitter you might be aware that I was incredibly jazzed to workout with The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels on Saturday at the Los Angeles Fitness Expo.
Although I don’t watch her show, I interviewed her a few years ago and she seemed really fun and funny. I’ve also tried her Jillian Michaels Hot Body Meltdown DVD and it was a really great workout. Finally, she has a sick bod, so I figured taking a class from her in person would be pretty freaking cool.
Well, fast forward to one hour after I wrote that tweet when my friend Gigi and I were still unable to find a parking spot and the class was beginning. We were super bummed to say the least.
So after 30 minutes of driving to the expo and an hour circling the LA Convention Center (thanks for stealing all the parking spots Grammy goers), we decided to salvage the day and find something fun to do downtown.
Gigi suggested we explore the stores in the Fashion District, an area where they sell textiles for high-end designers and mass-produced clothing alike. I’d never been — and I’m all about good deals — so I said, “What the hey, let’s do it!”
Just a few blocks from the glittering buildings housing huge law firms and banks is an area that reminded me of my high school trips to Puerto Penasco in Mexico. There’s fruit stands, fake designer bags, $1 rings…
(is it Movember yet?)
…and — the best part — mountains of uber-hip leggings.
Pretty much every store we went to had piles and piles of patterned leggings that are oh so popular these days in fun prints, hearts, tribal, and neon.
I remembered that Camouflage is back in a big way after seeing my friend Bethann of BethAnimalPrint sporting them, so I scooped up a pair of them immediately.
I was prepared to shell out $20 for them, assuming they cost about half of the $40 that they sell them for at the local L.A. boutiques.
I was wrong.
“That will be $5,” said the vendor.
I almost kissed him.
Totally cute and on-trend leggings that will double as workout wear and PJs for less than I spent on a Starbucks latte? It made my day — nay, my weekend.
They’re light weight, extremely soft, and yet still durable. I haven’t washed them yet so I’m not sure how they’ll hold up in the laundry, but for $5, I don’t really care.
I immediately forgot the fact that we had missed the Jillian Michaels event and started brainstorming ways I could bring this good news to the world.
I wore the camo leggings to Sweat Garage yesterday and one of the gals in my class raved about how cute they were and asked where she could get a pair.
The point of all this is that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on athletic wear to look cute at the gym.
I’m not going to lie, I love my Lorna Jane. But I like to balance out the pricey-er stuff with cheap stuff like these camouflage legging. Cheap finds like these are great for trying out trends that you’re not sure about, like the camo.
Now that I know I’m obsessed with them, I’ll be going back for more.
Field trip downtown anyone?