Uniform Dressing Made Easy

 

I have this fantasy. It starts in my closet and ends with me having very little clothes.

 

Sounds naughty, but it’s not. What I’m talking about is a good old closet purge. Every season I go through my belongings and get rid of a few things I haven’t worn in a while. Even when I push myself to be a little more ruthless, I’m still left with a closet full of things I don’t wear: The Ungaro tweed jacket that cost me an arm and a leg and was supposed to go with everything (it didn’t); the bell-sleeved blouse I once wore to lunch with a Vogue editor but that is so not my style; the jeans I was wearing when my husband proposed. They all need to go, but I can’t seem to say goodbye to them. Call it nostalgic hoarding. At least I only seem to have it with clothes.

 

But I still have that fantasy: Everything I own on one clothing rack. And all the pieces are multifunctional basics that make getting dressed in the morning (or for a night on the town) a snap. There would be everyday wear—leggings, jeans, sweatshirts and t’s—and things for work meetings and nights out, like a skirt or two, basic pants, a couple blouses, tanks and jackets. Classics. Basics. Perfects.

 

It’s a common fantasy and the one that inspired Nina Faulhaber and Meg He to form ADAY, a London and NYC-base clothing line completely built around the concept of seasonless basics and uniform dressing. Falhauber and He met while working high-flying, banking jobs in the London office of Goldman Sachs, and felt like there wasn’t anything on the market that quite fit their need for clothes that could travel cross-country as well as they could from work to yoga and beyond. Their innovative twist on the uniform-dressing trend is that all the pieces are also made of hyper-functional fabrics.

 

Meg He and Nina Faulhaber of ADAY
Meg He and Nina Faulhaber of ADAY

 

“When we started the brand, we looked at our wardrobe basics such as the tailored pant, the sweatshirt, the leather pants and the tank top — clothing that we can wear everyday, forever. We wanted to recreate them to be the most comfortable and versatile clothing in any wardrobe, using inherently active fabrics we love and technical production techniques,” says He, who was born in China and earned her yoga teacher’s certificate while living in San Francisco.

 

meg-he-nina-faulhaber-co-founders-aday-cropped-1Standouts in the line include their Throw & Roll Leggings (fun fact: they are made in the same factory that makes Michael Phelps’ Olympic swimsuits) and (my and ) He’s favorite, the all-white, zipper-backed Like a Boss sweatshirt, which can be dressed up or down and—here’s my favorite part—washed in a washing machine. “Using smart technical fabrics is at the core of our ethos. We pride ourselves on using responsive fabrics, such as our signature compression fabric which is sculpting, sweat-wicking, quick-drying and UV-resistant,” explains Frankfurt-born Falhauber, who was a competitive gymnast while growing up between Europe and Asia.

 

In a lot of ways, ADAY is more than just a fashion line, it’s a radical approach to dressing. One that’s streamlined and simplified and bridges the concepts of athletic apparel and fashion. “We look towards the runways for trend inspiration, the athletic market for technical manufacturing tips, but also in our closets — our favorite pieces that we wear day in and day out,” says He.

 

The full line of ADAY is available exclusively on their website.

The Cool Girl’s Guide to Refreshing Your Gym Look

The author in a favorite gym look.
The author in a favorite gym look.

Look better, lift better: All the reason we need to invest a little time and dinero in our workout wardrobe this season. And since everyone (even non-fitness-fanatics) want to channel that sporty, cool girl vibe these days, consider shopping for pieces can do double duty as daytime staples or even date-night go-tos. Here are my top tips for building a gym look that can go the distance.

 

 

  1. FIT COMES FIRST: Nothing looks good unless it fits properly. Anything boxy, loose or that resembles a tent should be saved for sleeping or camping in remote areas. On the other side of the spectrum, if you can’t bend or breathe in it (a.k.a., jeans, Spanx, a bombshell push up bra, or booty shorts) then it’s also a pass. You want to find pieces that hug and hold rather than drown or strangle.

 

  1. GO THE DISTANCE: No matter how excellent the brand (trainer Heather Marr favors Lululemons because of their comfort and fit), I always recommend the full length pants in the darker colored options, because, though cropped or “loose fit” pants may appear cute on Instagram, they actually chop the body’s proportions. That means your legs will appear shorter, and that’s never flattering, right? Meanwhile light colors can make the body look wider and also don’t pop against the skin, depending on your skin tone. Bottom line (no pun intended): Stay dark, fitted, and full length for the pant, especially for a clean look at the gym.

 

  1. SHORT STORY: There is but one rule when it comes to shorts: Try them on! Unless you have a style you love and you know are flattering, do not attempt to buy these online (or buy them online but be prepared to send most of them back). I personally like gym shorts that are tight at the hip and looser over the backside, rather than the tight-all-over shorts as they tend to make me feel very self conscious and rarely looking good on anyone (except for Michael Phelps).

 

  1. TOP IT OFF: When it comes to tops, it starts with your bra. I trust Nike, as they have all different levels of support, with a lot of design details like fun straps, cut outs and zippers. But whatever brand and style you settle on, the real fun comes with coordinating your bra with your top. “I like to wear one of Nike’s strappy racer back style sports bras with a basic scoop down tank, so the cool strap details poke out. Its also extra fun if the bra is colored or printed and the rest of the look is black; it’s an unexpected pop of color and fun,” says one of my model friends. But don’t verge to far on the cray-cray scale: “If your outfit is mismatched you will be perceived as disorganized, and more importantly, that’s how you will start to perceive yourself,” says another friend.

 

My fall shopping game plan? I’ll be replenishing some of my clean-lined basics that have gotten worn out (like the Nike Pro Indy Cross Back sports bra and Women’s Training Tank) and investing in some pants and tops with sheer cut outs. Specifically, I have my eyes on the Inspire Tight II Lululemon pant in black and Onzie Women’s High Rise Bondage Leggings, which are full length with seam details and mesh inserts to keep things edgy. And Alala’s Mesh Tank or Trina Turk’s Lazer Cuts Solids Jacket are perfect for throwing over a bright bra top for a pop of color.

Back-to-school shopping? Nah. It’s back-to-gym shopping for me.

 

Trina Turk Lazer Jacket
Trina Turk Lazer Jacket

 

Onzie Bondage Leggings
Onzie Bondage Leggings

 

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Alala Mesh Tank