The Lithe Method is about keeping your body toned through dance and cheerleader moves. So it’s no wonder that the clothing, by local designer Bela Shehu, is sleek. Leather leggings ($95) are wickable and tanks such as the Mojo Vented Top ($95) can be layered under sports bras or under blazers. www.lithemethod.com
Think bold-colored, body-hugging tanks layered under racer-back tops with empire waists or long-sleeved T’s and pants – boot-cut and skinny versions – that mold to our bottoms better than a pair of Lucky Brand jeans.
To help you get your workout on at the dawn of 2012, we’ve compiled a list of must-have pieces from apparel manufacturers that will help you look fantastic as you work on being fit.
Byrnes said the Athleta customer is all about CYA – covering your assets – after a workout. Hence the Contender skirt ($74). “It’s a skirt with a capri and it’s connected to one garment,” Byrnes noted. It’s not only cute, it features a removable water-resistant pouch, to keep cash dry, as well as mesh behind the knees for breathability and mobility. Out running early in the morning or at night before daylight savings time? This piece has reflective detailing. www.athleta.com
le Dress, 1741 W. Division: As if the selection of perfect party dresses at this charming shop isn’t enough, le Dress is offering a free le Dress private label accessory (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, etc.) with any purchase more than $150 Dec. 31.
House of Sole, 1237 S. Michigan: Have the perfect dress but not the perfect pair of heels? Owner Tiffany Bullock has marked offerings down by as much as 50 percent.