Break a Sweat with Swirlgear Fitness Apparel

Body-con exercise gear


The time the barista pointed out your camel toe. When you bumped into your boss mid-pit-sniff. Or got caught, fanny pack and all, on a speed walk. By your ex.

Save face with Swirlgear, a new line of Chicago-designed fitness wear that travels from the gym to your next order of business.

Frustrated by the lack of fashion-forward, functional, affordable workout gear, marathon runner/mom/entrepreneur Lacie Whyte decided to make it herself. Over dim sum in Chinatown, she and a patternmaker got to work. The debut collection is full of spray-dyed (read: tie-dyed) tops and bottoms in pinks, purples, and yellows; no two pieces are the same.

Breathable, moisture-wicking fabric stays dry and doesn’t hold odor. Shirts and sleeves are cut long; smart side paneling has a slimming effect. Reflective logos, earbud clips, vents, and hoods with ponytail cutouts solve the problems of a modern-day athlete.

The spring line ships at the end of March.

Until then: Try that home workout DVD on for size.

Available for preorder at swirlgear.com, $36-$70.

Photo: Courtesy of Swirlgear