3 Street Styles We’re Lovin’

Three Fall Street Styles | Montana Blues

From studio to street, these ladies are keepin’ it chic – 3 street styles to rock this Fall!

Animal print is always in style with it’s playful patterns that give texture to any outfit – try these Solow Snakeskin Long Leggings.

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Oversized sweaters of any color are a Fall & fashion YES this season – try the Hard Tail 3/4 Raglan Shirt.

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Leather leggings are the epitome of cool & collected – try these Onzie Black Magic Capri Pants.

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Celebrity photos collected from:

http://www.whowhatwear.com/photo-galleries/oversized-sweater/page/3

http://www.refinery29.com/celebrities-wearing-leggings

http://dailym.ai/1MVwhm9 – snakeskin leggings



Fall 2015: Back-to-School

 

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It’s that time of year again & we couldn’t be more excited! Back-to-school means fall is on its way, the leaves are turning red, the chai tea is steepin’, & fall fashion trends are making their way onto our shelves just waiting to be snuggled. There’s just something about an oversized sweater, comfy leggings, & a scarf that has our heart a-flutterin’!

So here are some of the trending colors, prints, & styles you’ll be seein’ at Montana Blues as we welcome the Fall semester.

 

Crew Neck Sweatshirts

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Featured: Kale Unisex Sweatshirt by Sub Urban Riot // Aria Bra in Berry by Alo Yoga // Paddle Fast Bra in Black & Stormy Heather by Alo Yoga // Yoga Mats in Sam & Caliban by Yeti

Maroon & Smokey Grey

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Featured: Escape Leggings in Silver Floral by Harvest Active // Twist Tank in Berry by Alo Yoga // Yoga Mat in Sam by Yeti

Floral Prints

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Featured: Printed Long Legging in Mercury by Vimmia // Escape Leggings in Silver Floral by Harvest Active // Aria Bra in Berry by Alo Yoga // Paddle Fast Bra in Black & Stormy Heather by Alo Yoga

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Featured: Escape Leggings in Silver Floral by Harvest Active // Tracy Thankful Tee by good hYOUman

 



Brand Crush: Om Shanti

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Want to spice up your workout wardrobe & add some color to your closet? Then you’ll love this week’s brand crush!

Let us introduce you to the lovely OM SHANTI

Om Shanti is an American brand known for their “power pants” that are full of life & beyond vibrant in color. Not only are the products made here in the U.S., Om Shanti also adds a new twist to eco-friendly clothing by making incorporating yarn made from recycled plastic bottles into their fabric. That’s right, you’ll feel extra good rocking these stellar workout pants knowing Om Shanti is going the extra mile to be ecologically savvy.

In the words of Om Shanti, “Express the truth with the clothes you wear.”

Fashion created with the purpose in mind, they use fabric that provides moisture movement & antimicrobial treatments to shift the sweat from your body to the surface of the fabric, keeping you dry & comfortable. The pieces also contain a special odor-retardant to keep you smellin’ fresh during even the sweatiest workouts, perfect for that hot yoga sesh!

Keep Moving Forward, Keep Evolving…

Om Shanti continues to evolve through close attention to customer feedback, & they have made a number of changes to their new collection to meet the needs of all shapes & sizes, including:

• Lengthening the leggings to comfortably fit both tall & small fitness lovers

• Revamping the gusset from the original diamond shape to a more popular & functional triangle shape

• Redesigning the contour of the leggings to eliminate any pesky bunching behind the knee for a glove-like fit

We love Om Shanti overall because they are dedicated to creating unique activewear that makes you feel good about who you are, leading the way for a fresh sustainability practice, & making you stand out from the crowd in some very colorful, very fun statement pieces.

Take a look for yourself — shop the OM SHANTI collection on Montana Blues!



Sports Bras

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It doesn’t matter what size your breasts are, wearing the wrong sports bra can result in some major uncomfortability. Working out allows the breast tissue to move about, & if you’re wearing a sports bra that doesn’t allow adequate support, you can experience soreness, pain, & sagging. A good sports bra is supposed to reduce the movement your breasts make during exercise; hence, reducing the irritations that come with an ill fitting bra. So, when investing in your next sports bra, make sure it has the right qualifications.

A good sports bra should support your body & reduce both back & breast pain to enhance your overall workout routine. Depending on the impact of your workout, different sports bras allow different levels of support, & this should be kept in mind with the level of activity. So first, lets discuss exercise impact.

 

  • Low-impact: Low impact exercises usually have one foot on the ground at all times & are typically easier on the body & its joints.  Low impact exercises include activities such as walking, elliptical, & yoga.
  • Medium-impact: Medium impact exercises usually combines both low & high impact levels of activity. These exercises may include, hiking, skiing and some aerobics.
  • High-impact: In high impact exercise, both feet leave the ground at the same time. Running, jump rope, & some aerobics are classified as high impact.

 

After keeping in mind the type & level of exercise, it’s important to know the types of sports bras & what they’re best for.

 

The 3 Types Of Sports Bras

 

  1. Compression bras work by compressing the breasts against the chest to restrict movement, & work well for small to medium-breasted women with an A-B cup size. Compression bras come in 2 styles, the scoop-back which works well for low-medium impact activities, & the racer-back which is more supportive & works better for medium-high impact activities.

 

  1. Encapsulation sports bras have individual cups that surround & support each breast. Most regular bras are encapsulation bras & have no compression. These bras are great for women with a cup size of C & up, & provide support to eliminate bouncing & side movement.

 

  1. Encapsulation/Compression sports bras combine compression with encapsulation for dual support of the breasts. These sports bras offer the most support, & can be worn for most activities.

 

How Should My Sports Bra Fit?

 

When looking for a new sports bra, remember that you want both support & comfort. You want a sports bra that fits well, but isn’t making it difficult to move or breath. These 3 qualities are important to keep in mind on your next sports bra voyage.

  • When trying on a sports bra, try raising your arms & creating movement to see if the band or cups move. If the bra is moving with your movements, you may want to try a smaller band.
  • When looking for a cup size that feels right, remember that your breasts shouldn’t be bulging out of the sports bra. If this occurs, try a larger size. Additionally, the cups shouldn’t have any wrinkles or gaps. If the cup fabric is wrinkled, you may want to try a smaller size. Overall, your sports bra should feel tighter than a regular bra, but should still allow you to breathe deeply & comfortably.
  • When looking for a sports bra, keep in mind the fabric type. You’ll want to look for fabrics that allow for durable movement, breathability, & moisture wicking properties. Moisture wicking fabrics can reduce chafing & help remove excess moisture from sweat that can cause skin irritations. Ultimately, moisture wicking fabrics help keep you cool & comfortable so that you can focus on your workout. 

 

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Looking for a new sports bra? Try these favorites from our top brands.

Compression: The Jamaica Chic Bra by Onzie is a compression top that features a multi criss-cross design in the back and simple scoop neckline in the front. The top is designed with free-flow technology, dries quickly for ultimate ventilation, & is fully lined for maximum support. 

Encapsulation: The Paddle Fast Bra by Alo Yoga is an encapsulation sports bra made from a high performance fabric that allows comfortable four-way stretch & eliminates chafing.

Encapsulation/Compression: The CrossFire Sports Bra by Harvest Active has both compression & encapsulation qualities for ultimate support.  The bra is made with fabric that allows a 4 way stretch with flat seams, & moisture wicking properties for a breathable fit that is both secure & comfortable. The bra is also made from close to 90% recycled material for a win, win, win!

Featured sports bras available at Montana Blues



Brand Crush: Vimmia

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For us, haute athletic wear means great quality athletic clothing featuring beautiful designs that can be worn from studio to street; so we wanted to do some research to figure out just what makes some of the hottest athleisure brands so… well, haute.

Our first stop: Vimmia!

Vimmia is a name we’ve heard thrown around in magazines such as Women’s Health, Us Weekly, Shape, Yoga Journal & an abundance of others. We discovered that Vimmia’s name is more than just a pretty word, it has a special meaning specifically designed for women who balance life, love, family & fitness. Vimmia is derived from the Latin word vim, meaning “life force.” The company’s entire mission is built upon the idea of harnessing this life force & living a healthy, confident life that is filled with the utmost vitality & strength.

In the words of Vimmia, “To live with vim is to vow to live every day feeling healthy, confident, and present in your body, in your self.”

Vimmia is not only spiritually conscious, but they are also passionate about creating the best quality clothing that is designed & made right here in the U.S.A. Vimmia keeps production local, which allows them to put all of their hard earned dollars right back into the communities we love; which not only makes us happy, but makes our economy happy too. Vimmia has not only been featured in some of the largest magazines in the U.S., but has also become the activewear brand celebs love; receiving some rave reviews from stars such as Khloe Kardashian (who is known for her huge athletic wear closet) & Jada Pinkett Smith.

Vimmia competes with top brands such as Athleta, Lululemon & Reebok for a shining spot at the top, & considering they’ve only been around for a couple of years, we’re colored impressed. But it’s no surprise that Vimmia has grown so quickly in the last few seasons with their signature cutouts, slimming compression leggings, & their fine attention to detail. When combined with materials that provide UVA & UVB sun protection, antibacterial properties, & moisture wicking fibers, it seems there is nothing Vimmia can’t do. Vimmia cuts no corners when it comes to integrating form & function to provide a quality fit that will outlast any performance. It’s these qualities that has made the brand pretty hard not to love, but just in case you needed some more convincing, here’s our top 3 reasons why we’re gushing over Vimmia.

3 Reasons to Love Vimmia

1. Fashion for the Gym & Beyond

Vimmia has a wide variety of styles such as classic greys & slimming blacks, to trendy patterned leggings that are great for adding some fun into your wardrobe. But now, Vimmia has teamed up with maternity store A Pea In The Pod to make sure our lovely moms-to-be are included in on the fashion fun. Vimmia’s new maternity line includes 9 exclusive styles that incorporate all of their staple signature looks. Combined with their modest cutouts that allow for style and ventilation, & feminine details such as pleated hems, Vimmia is a fashion yes in our book.

2. Fit like a Glove

People have raved about Vimmia’s comfortable fit that allows them to go from work to gym to street; but another reason people love Vimmia, is for their slimming leggings that are great for tucking in the tummy. Vimmia’s leggings feature a slimming band that tucks & compresses for a slender fit that remains comfortable. Comfortable & slimming? Yes, please.

3. Feelings of Good & Gleaming

When you wear Vimmia, you not only feel your own life force gleaming, but it’s a brand you can feel good about implementing into your closet. Vimmia is a brand that truly goes above & beyond to provide quality, which is why Vimmia is one of our top loved brands. We not only trust Vimmia as a name, but we trust that once you slip on one of their luxury items, you’ll feel your inner goddess ready to take on the world.

See for yourself, shop Vimmia today!



The Legging Revolution, and Why It’s Unstoppable

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 I don’t know what it is about yoga wear that is so holding, but it’s hard not to notice how the trend has caught on. Not just because everyone and their mom has a pair, either. What was once a novelty reserved for yoga or pilates is now a staple piece in wardrobes all over the world. More often than not, these pants can be seen branded with state of the art fabric or in a one of a kind print, supplying us with a truly bold, eye catching craze. Leggings really have taken over the world. Blame it on yoga’s great revival or on our call for comfort and functionality, but this trend is going nowhere. Here’s why.

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There’s a pair of leggings in your closet whether you’re a fitness junkie or not, so it’s no surprise that leggings have redefined the standard of celebrity wardrobes. Whether they are a cotton blend or StretchFlex, printed or solid, leggings are being worn as statement pieces in the outfits of today’s most trusted style icons. Bold, chic, and eye-grabbing.

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This leap in yoga wear popularity has lead to some super interesting advances in the industry. As the demand for yoga wear goes up, so does the technology the yoga brands use in the creation of these products. Brands are perfecting their own, signature fabrics that transcend into all of the brand’s merchandise, each fabric with a unique set of focuses and specific yoga style aims.

Alo Yoga, a favorite here at Montana Blues, has started using eco-friendly, lavish fabrics like bamboo spandex jersey and organic cotton. They’ve also designed fabrics with moisture-wicking properties to draw sweat away from the body,  anti-bacterial technology to block the growth of microbes that cause odor, and StretchFlex technology that allows for ultimate movement and stretch during your workouts.

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Onzie, another favorite, is a brand hot yoga enthusiasts continuously flock over. Onzie has developed its signature fabric that is super flexible, 100% waterproof, and with Utilizing Free-Flow Fabric Technology. Onzie is good to wear to yoga class, out shopping, or even on your next beach vacation.

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Right now in the fitness apparel industry, quality is everything. Companies fight to have the best, most luxurious fabrics on the market—a fight that, luckily, makes for an array of options for us legging enthusiasts to choose from! Check us out on MontanaBlues.com for even more of our favorite leggings!

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So, What is Athleisure?

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Wave goodbye to those blue jeans of yours! While fashion trends are impelling, dramatic, and impossible to avoid, we all know how rarely these trends offer the same chic, current style with a sense of functionality and practicality to match. Lucky for you, Montana Blues has this up and coming trend down to a science!

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Fitness and fashion. Studio to street. Athleisure. Making the most of the pieces so comfy you just can’t take them off. Easily weaving your active lifestyle into your busy day-to-day life, and looking great as you do it!  

So why embrace this fashion movement? For one, it is one of the rare cases in which a trend caters to its followers’ needs, and not vice-versa. This reincarnation of cool fitness-wear takes all that is uncomfortable, unneeded, or unrealistic and works to keep things current, casual, and conceptual, making for one seriously wearable fashion trend.

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Secondly, the concept of athleisure is rooted in the increasing amount of people who have started embracing a healthier lifestyle. There are more people now eating clean, living sustainably, and giving part of their daily life to fitness—and the big names in the fashion industry have taken note! Alexander Wang, Milly, Juicy Couture, and Chanel are just a handful of designers who have crafted up their own unique collections of fitness oriented garments. At the end of it all, we have clothes we’d normally wear to the gym being worked into forward, street-ready ensembles; these are clothes we all have (tees, sweats, yoga pants) with a modern, fashion-forward edge. 

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So get going! You deserve to take advantage of this emerging fashion gift. We’ll even help you get started! Here are a few of our favorite products that will get you that chic, fresh-out-the-gym look:

collage         Solow Boyfriend Hoodie                Alala Captain Ankle Tight                   Kensie Cardigan 

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We love Alo Yoga!

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Who:  Yoga inspired clothing that reflects the fashionable and healthy lifestyle of LA.

What:  High performance clothing with booty lifting, tummy flattening and move-with-you fit.

Why:  Known for their Goddess Ribbed Legging – Worth Worshiping!

Where:    From studio to street or carpool to class.   Active wear is Everywhere!

Want to be the first to know?  http://montanablues.com/