Spring is finally here and while you have been hitting the gym diligently, your indoor or winter workout gear won’t suffice for increased outdoor workouts. While you don’t want to be that girl in full makeup and false eyelashes or that guy in some too short shorts, you do want to look fresh, modern and weather appropriate. These five shops scattered around Atlanta will help you inject some fun and function into your locker or gym bag.
Hours: Sun – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Deka, located in Buckhead, is Greek for the number 10. Part boutique, part athletic store, Deka Atlanta is a perfect 10 for fashion conscious women and men looking for clothes and shoes for yoga, running, swimming or any other athletic venture. The store carries 70 brands including Adidas by Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen for Puma, Puma Black Label and Y-3. Come see “Where Performance Meets Fashion” at Deka Atlanta.
Hours: Sun – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mon to Thur – Noon to 8:00 p.m., Fri to Sat – Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sometimes you want to rock a sporty urban look with no intentions of going anywhere near a gym. Wish Atlanta, located in Little Five Points, has a great selection of limited edition footwear brands and vintage track jackets. Wish Atlanta has cute baby tees and bright coin purses for women and graphic tees and backpacks for the gentlemen. Fun fact: if you are into the Chinese Zodiacs, this is the year of the dragon and Wish Atlanta has a Nike Year of the Dragon jacket with amazingly vivid embroidery.
Hours: Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WestStride is a full resource store for runners of all abilities. It offers shoes, spikes, clothing and accessories for both men and women. WestStride offers a custom shoe fitting complete with a mini-run on the treadmill to assess your stride, as well as information on running clubs and marathons in the area. Additionally, WestStride offers an updated list of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, dietitians and podiatrists. Fun Fact: WestStride offers a 10% discount on shoes and spikes to high school runners.
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Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Walking under brilliant chandeliers while purchasing posh athletic wear is an experience that can only be had at Atlanta Activewear in the Virginia Highland District. Shop owner Danielle Burke takes fashion as seriously as she does fitness. Browse the best brands in athletic fashion including RESE, Under Armour, Tonic, Rogiani, Nux and more. Fun fact: Atlanta Activewear offers personal shoppers to help you choose the best clothing and accessories for your needs.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Founder Chip Wilson began the first Lululemon in Vancouver, Canada after taking yoga classes and not being satisfied with the cotton clothes that he wore. He took his passion for technical athletic fabrics and created yoga gear for men and women that was breathable, fast-drying and truly flexible. Lulueman offers clothing for running and biking in the United States and Canada. A fun fact: complimentary yoga is held in this Atlanta store on Sundays from 11 a.m. until Noon
A Parsons School of Design trained Fashion Designer turned Fashion Journalist, Alicia Edwards is the founder of AliciaStyle, under which she reports fashionable happenings, conducts celebrity interviews, does wardrobe consulting and will help you find your personal style. Alicia’s work has appeared on Examiner.com, Type F, Kouture Magazine, AND Magazine and other outlets. She was recently named an ACE contributor for a pilot program between Examiner.com and CBS Local. Alicia currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.