Stocking up on cozy athleisure wear for autumn

Let’s be honest: Working from home means our athleisure wear is getting more use than normal. Let’s be more honest: It’s past time to retire those sweatpants and stock up on some new pieces.

Whether you’re looking for something to get you through Zoom conferences in comfort and style, or dreaming of your next camping trip, there are plenty of shops all across Spokane County to get what you need.

You can design yourself a quest for the perfect pair of yoga pants without leaving Spokane’s Main Avenue, since specialty stores LULULEMON and ATHLETA are within walking distance of each other. Then, continue your tour-de-slouch down the street to THE NORTH FACE for iconically soft sweatshirts and pants, and the NIKE FACTORY STORE for shoes and men’s and women’s apparel. Other downtown retailers that we don’t always associate with gym clothes also have plenty to offer, like NORDSTROM and THE GAP.

Of course, it isn’t all happening downtown. Cross the river heading north, and you’ll find answers to all of your outdoor needs at REI, including equipment for more adventurous activities. If you’re further north and are of the hunting persuasion, SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE offers gear for adults and kids. The General Store offers a wide array of equipment, including clothes, but also all kinds of sporting goods you can imagine to keep your kids occupied and active while they’re stuck at home.

If you’re looking for a sports bra, you can’t beat the NorthTown Mall. Victoria’s SECRET has options in a variety of different sizes and styles and will guarantee that you get the right fit, and while you’re there, you might as well indulge in some PINK sweatpants. If traditional retailers never seem to carry your size, check out TORRID for an unparalleled selection of plus-size sports bras in bright prints and colors.

Speaking of women’s sporting clothes, TITLE NINE is nestled in the middle of the Perry District, a Spokane neighborhood known for its market and accumulating mass of niche shops and restaurants. Named after the landmark civil rights law that expanded sporting opportunities to female students, Title Nine stocks all kinds of athletic gear from plus-size swimsuits to sneakers.

Lots of Spokane’s athletic wear stops have locations in the Valley, too. FLEET FEET now has three locations: Kendall Yards, in the Valley, and in North Spokane. They provide expert, hands-on help in selecting your next running or walking shoe. After observing your gait, their staff will make recommendations for inserts and shoe type so you can have the safest and most comfortable treks possible. JUST SPORTS, located both in the NorthTown Mall and in the Spokane Valley Mall, has licensed professional and college sports apparel so you can don your favorite players’ jerseys. Also in the Valley Mall are LIDS, a store specializing in licensed team hats, and FOOT LOCKER which stocks a variety of shoes and apparel.

When you’re thinking of where to pick up your next favorite pair of stretchy pants, don’t forget our local exercise studios. BEYOUTIFUL HOT YOGA on the South Hill and SPOKANE BARRE above the Globe on Division offer some handpicked options to purchase and carry out of the lobby, or change into for a sweat session at the same place.

Whether you’re exercising at home, getting your outdoor time from jogs and hikes, or have no interest in raising your heart rate but want to sit comfortably, you deserve to look and feel your best. With everything so uncertain and stressful, our waistbands should at least be able to relax.

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