Spring is right around the corner. To get your muscles toned and your abs in shape, you have to exercise. Running, cycling, Pilates, Jazzercize, jumping jacks, sit-ups. You name it. Just do it.
But you can’t just throw on any old thing. You need a new workout outfit. I went shopping and found some fashionable, easy-to-wear options.
JCC — how can you miss, it stands for Just Comfortable Clothes? — has a cotton pant ($86), T-shirt ($20) and hooded jacket ($92) that will take you from exercise class to around town in style. I love the lavender, but it also comes in sage, butter or melon. Sizes are 1-4, to make you feel good: When were you ever a 1? There’s also a woven zip jacket ($108) that can act as a blazer.
Eileen Fisher has an ultra-soft sueded cotton double zip jacket ($158) and elastic waist pants ($138) in oasis (aqua) or pumice (taupe). Add a T-back camisole ($58) or short sleeve T-shirt ($42) in black or white. This outfit can definitely go beyond exercise class. It would be perfect for long trips, or you can wear it to Fort Myers to see the Red Sox or Twins work out.
Tommy Bahama’s has a hooded jacket ($125) and pants ($98) in vanilla-colored terrycloth: great for after a swimming workout. They also have cotton cropped pants in melon ($98) and a matching hooded jacket ($110).
Another way to look good when you’re running away: a black zip jacket with a light blue flowered back ($125). Finish the look with black pull-on pants ($125).
These outfits should put some spring in your step.
Where to shop
Eileen Fisher, 1211 Third St. S., Naples, 403-7920, and 2055 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, (239) 472-4655
JCC, 1170 Third St. S., Naples, 262-4299; 4266 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, 262-4944; 850 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 262-3359 and 26851 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs, 949-1215
Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Store, 122 Third St. S., Naples, 643-7920
Trends for spring
Look for more lace, crochet, shorts (long and short), white shirts (you saw them this winter), platform shoes and gladiator sandals. Also, chartreuse seems to be popping up. And shades of aqua are still very popular.