Workout Leggings I Wear on Heavy Rotation (+Laundry Detergent Made Specifically for Them)

This post is sponsored by HEX Performance. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands who make this blog possible.

The amount of workout leggings I own is admittedly excessive. Yes, they are my work uniform, but still–no one needs this many pairs of leggings. And let’s be real. No matter how much of an article of clothing you own, you’ll still have your handful of favorites that you’ll wear over and over on heavy rotation while the rest of your wardrobe collects dust. I recently went on a Goodwill spree and successfully donated about half my activewear wardrobe but still could do some paring down. I’m guilty of doing the whole I haven’t worn these metallic Pokemon-patterned leggings since I bought them but OMG what if a local fitness studio has a Snorlax themed class, they’d be perfect, I MUST keep them.

Yes, Nicole. You must

Amidst the many options, there are a handful of leggings that I wear on heavy rotation (in no particular order):

  • Lululemon – Wunder Under Stirrup Yoga Leggings ($118) | These are the ones pictured above. They’re available in all black on their site but the two-tone I have is old. I actually found mine on Amazon and they’re still available there in a size 4.
  • Booty By Brabants – Bom Bom with Black Mesh ($80) | I have several pairs of BBB leggings because they’re so comfortable and flattering, but I think the black with mesh are my favorite because they have a higher waist than the originals. There are also now new BBB fabrics (the “croco skin” leggings) that are more opaque and a bit thicker, which I can’t wait to try out.
  • Michi – Shadow Leggings ($179) | I’m obsessed with Michi leggings, but they’re expensive and I was given mine for free so I always feel like a jerk recommending them. That being said, if you’re balling without a budget, give the brand a try. I also have an all-black pair that are old but this design is similar ($180).
  • Lululemon – Wunder Under Hi Rise Tech Mesh ($118) | I got these Lulus years ago and they’ve held up perfectly over the years. High waist, supportive material, and the most fun mesh pattern. They’re recently back in stock by popular demand.
  • Alo – Goddess Leggings ($98) | The palm springs print pictured below isn’t available anymore (I found mind in Alo’s Amazon store) but these white/gray ones are similar. My only wish is that the waist was a smidge higher so my next pair of Alo leggings will be these High Waisted Moto Legging ($114).

I recently got the chance to try out HEX Performance Laundry Detergent, which was made specifically with athletic wear in mind. While other detergents use heavy fragrances to mask odors, HEX detergent is designed to clean performance synthetic fabrics without the use of these heavy fragrances. It also has a non-allergenic molecule that helps to proactively prevent future stink and stains.

HEX Performance is also eco-friendly, which is a massive plus for me. It has a biodegradable formula and the packaging leaves a much smaller carbon footprint as they stay away from plastic bottles.

My laundry loads are 98% workout clothes, but it was actually Joe I had in mind when Hex Performance reached out to me. YOU GUYS. The smell. We’ve been living together for almost three years now and it still shocks me that an article of clothing can smell that rank after one workout. If he leaves his workout clothes on the bathroom floor and I so much as gingerly pick them up and put them in the hamper, I’ll have to wash my hands because they’ll stink. And if I accidentally put normal clothes in the washer with his workout clothes, they’ll have a faint odor to them even after going through a wash cycle. (Joe recently told me he wants to be on the blog more often and I don’t think this is what he had in mind LOL.) 

HEX Performance Advanced Laundry Detergent comes in a Fresh Clean scent (that’s the one I tried) and Free + Clear. As the name implies, the fresh clean detergent leaves clothes smelling fresh, but I found it to be a very light fragrance–not overpowering at all. I was surprised by how water-like the detergent is. Because they don’t use dyes or fillers, it pours from the bag clear. It also comes in single-dose packaging

In addition to removing odors as it cleans, HEX Performance detergent is also made to help prevent future odors. Even a slight improvement in the state of Joe’s workout clothing would be uh-mazing, so I’m excited to continue using it!

What are you most loved/worn pair of workout leggings? 

Hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HEX Performance. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cyber Monday Activewear Sales to Shop

Cyber Monday Activewear SalesI hope all my US readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had every intention of doing one of these roundup posts for Black Friday but my holiday food coma had other ideas … 😉

30% off Alo Yoga

Use code ALO30 at checkout.

I finally got myself a pair of their signature Goddess leggings that I see on every Insta-famous yoga chick and I love them! The material is thick and high-quality and I adore the leg-warmer look. Mine are the regular rise and I do think in the future I’ll go for the high rise cut. I’ve been eyeing the High-Waist Moto Leggings

Alo Yoga Leggings - Sale Picks

Moto LeggingsGoddess Legging Solid | Goddess Legging in Print (only $40!!)

25% off Bandier*

Use code CYBER25 at checkout.

Bandier is a trendy activewear boutique that carries some of my favorite brands. Their selection tends to skew to the pricier side so this sale could be an excuse to get something that’d normally be out of your budget. Bandier Sale Picks

Peek-a-boo joggers | Cozy Fleece Breeze HoodieDusk leggings | I’m Just Here for the Savasana

25% off Puppies Make Me Happy

Use code CYBERPUPPIES at checkout.

I have three of the sleeveless tanks from this company and wear them all the time. Not only are they adorable but the quality is excellent (of the sleeveless muscle tanks, anyway–haven’t personally tried the other cuts!). Here a few of my favorites: Puppies Make Me Happy Tanks - get 25% off Cyber Monday

Pugs N’ Roses | Puppies Make Me Happy | Puppies and Fitness (they have these for barre, boxing, spin and yoga as well) | Puppies & Coffee

25% off Sweaty Betty*

I love the studio leggings Sweaty Betty makes! I haven’t has as much luck with their running leggings, but all their studio category rocks my world.

Sweaty Betty sale picks

Jive Crop Reversible leggings | Open Turn Barre Tank | Flaunt It Tank

2 Best-Selling Fabletics Leggings for $24*

This is a KILLER deal but you need to be a Fabletics member to take advantage of it. I have several pairs of Fabletics leggings and wear them all regularly. They used to be great for basics but it’s been exciting to see them expand into fun prints and different fabrics. Fabletics Leggings Sale

Salar Leggings in White Fresco Print | Gaviota Leggings in black | Brogan Leggings | Brogan Capri

20% off at Athleta*

Use code RECHARGE at checkout.

I recently bought the High Rise Cut Out Chaturanga Tight and the long-sleeved Pose Top (pictured below) and am OBSESSED with both. The top is great for layering and is so soft that I usually end up wearing it all day and then to bed at night. Hygiene what?! 😉 Athleta Cyber Monday Picks

Chaturanga Tight | Pose Top | CYA Vest (I tried this on in-store–so warm and cute!)

Other Noteworthy Sales

  • Amazon has been making a push to step up their fashion game and I’ve found some awesome workout clothes and sneakers lately on the site (side note: my Prime obsession is out of control). Select items are 30% off  through midnight tonight. The adidas Pureboost caught my eye!*
  • New Balance is offering 25% off and free shipping. I LOVE their Newbury tight.
  • Shopbop is having a sale where the more you spend, the more you save. They have an ever-growing Activewear selection from top designers.*
  • Take 20% all final sale items at Revolve with code CYBER20.*

Did you do any Cyber Monday shopping? What sales are you loving?

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Recent Stitch Fix Keepers

Stitch Fix review - Andrew Marc jacket

I’ve received a couple Stitch Fix deliveries since last posting about them so today I’m highlighting the keepers from each (plus sharing another non-Stitch Fix top I’m currently obsessed with). This long sweater was in one of the fixes, but since I’ve already worn it on the blog I decided to spare you the redundancy today.

Teanen Puffer Coat from Andrew Marc ($118)

Stitch Fix review - Andrew Marc jacket

OUTFIT DETAILS | Tank is from a novelty t-shirt shop in Boston – this tank is the closest I could find online // Jeans from a previous fix // Jeans are from a previous fix // Converse high tops // gas station cheapie sunglassesStitch Fix review - Andrew Marc jacket

I was on the hunt for a new winter jacket and fell in love with the burgundy color of this. The collar is thick and padded and the hood is removable.

Alpine Plaid Wrap Scarf by Look by M ($38)

Stitch Fix review - Look by M blanket scarf Stitch Fix review - Look by M blanket scarfThis oversized blanket scarf is impossibly soft and warm. I tend to wear black on black on black outfits all winter so the color of it will be a welcomed addition to my typically boring color coordinating.

Pistola Jeans ($88)

Stitch Fix review - Pistola jeansRips AND zippers?? Sign me up. I got these in a fix in September so I could be off a little with the price but I know they were under $100. I’m new to the Pistola brand but am officially a fan!


(Not Stitch Fix) Lexi Top by Clayton c/o Shopbop ($62)

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OUTFIT DETAILS | Zara jeans – old but similar by ILY Couture ($88) and Rag & Bone ($225 but 15% off with code GOBIG16) // Jeffrey Campbell booties – old but the designer has a similar buckle style in a low-heel bootie and I’m obsessed with this split-ankle bootie as well // H&M jacket – old but this is similarLexi Top by Clayton with boyfriend jeans Lexi Top by Clayton with boyfriend jeans

This has become my go-to shirt for going out for dinner or drinks on the weekend–I love it! I’m totally into the choker trend so the fact that this is an off-the-shoulder top and choker in one made me fall hard for it. Shopbop is actually having a sale right now where the more you spend the more you save so take advantage of it! The sale code is GOBIG16.

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I’ve got a workout coming your way tomorrow that requires no equipment so you can try it even if you’re traveling for the holidays. Before I sign off today, I’ll leave you with this bit of creepiness (#AmericasNextTopModel): Stitch Fix review - Look by M blanket scarf

Fellow Stitch Fixers — get any good deliveries lately?

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