First things first, this is not an "activewear" round up. I am not, nor will I ever be, athletic. Sticking to a consistent workout routine has never been my strong suit, however I love my at home yoga routine and walking with my girls (or, you know, chasing them around all day) is as close to a gym session as I get these days.
Although there are a plethora of ethical brands that can withstand a gym session or a marathon, this round up is intentionally titled Athleisure for a reason - these are the brands that make me feel like relaxing after a good yoga session. They're the pieces I want to slip into for a self-care day at home, or a movie date with the hubby. They're the softest, stretchiest, comfiest, most versatile basics out there and I think every ethical closet needs a few pieces that make everything from lounging to yoga to girl time that much better.
With versatility and "real life" in mind, Efrat, a mom of two boys, avid yoga lover, artist and real mom who needed clothes to go from yoga to playground, designed her line at PirateFlo for the everyday woman. Her pieces, like this rust Catvaari Crop Top, can be worn multiple ways. I picture this top paired with leggings for yoga class, and transitioning to high-waisted shorts, or a boho maxi skirt for a summer concert. Similarly, her Neva Pants are meant to be a breezy and unique alternative to traditional yoga pants. All of PirateFlo's pieces are made with sustainable materials, primarily modal and cotton.
Similarly, her EKA Leotard can double as a layering piece, or a separate for yoga class.
One of my long-time brand crushes that I recently got to test out for myself, MiaKoda is an NYC based brand that is the epitome of sustainability and transparency. You'll read much more about them soon on SL&Co, but for now, know that their pieces are perfect for, you guessed it, literally everything.
You've no doubt heard of them before, but Encircled is one of my favorite Canadian brands that I've worked with before and never get sick of promoting. They design their pieces to transition from work, to the airport, to yoga class, and everywhere in between.
**This post is sponsored by PirateFlo. Thank you for supporting the incredible brands that make this blog possible!**