Just when you thought Forever 21 couldn’t get any better, the budget-friendly black hole has expanded into the fitness side of fashion. While the items are no Lucy or Lululemon or Nike, they offer replicas in style and design from these big fitness brands that are much more affordable and will pass - as long as you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of quality. But seasoned Forever shoppers already know that high-quality can’t always be expected there.
Strappy-Back Sports Bra in Black $15
Heathered Abstract Trim Sports Bra in Charcoal $15
So cute, but so not practical. At least for me. I found a similar problem that I experienced with my Fabletics bras as well—not nearly enough support. I would be uncomfortable wearing these even around the house, let alone in public to work out in. Major uni-boob happening with the black bra. Every girl’s nightmare, am I right? The straps, while intriguing in the design aspect, were too long and much too thin to offer any support. The grey bra offered a bit more separation and compression, and the color combo really caught my eye. But again, the straps felt as though they would tear with just one jerking movement. I hate to be such a hater—but a girl’s gotta have the right bra for a successful and focused workout!
Fold-Over Yoga Capri Leggings in Charcoal/Black $10
These passed the see-through test as long as you have the appropriate size. I did feel somewhat exposed though with such thin cotton material. I wouldn’t recommend wearing these for intense workouts, unless you don’t mind flaunting a bit of sweat in awkward places. However, I see no reason why these wouldn’t pass for decent yoga or lounge pants. On a positive note that they are very flattering for shapely legs!
Texture-Paneled Performance Shorts in Black $13
Not to paint any weird visuals, but I could barely slip this over my booty. Once I did, there was a somewhat fluffy muffin top flowing over the waist a.k.a. nightmare number two. Even if I were to go one size up, the inseam is much too short for my comfort level. While it may be the perfect short to show off a nice rear end, bending over might put on a show that reveals more than you care to share.
While the prices are extremely tempting, I have to say most likely will not rely on Forever 21 for my workout clothes in the future; maybe I’ll try their tank tops or bottoms that aren’t cotton. But I will be trying them on in-store as opposed to ordering online. I would rather spend more for quality pieces that will last longer and not have me worrying about their function or holding up during exercise. I apologize for such a downer review—stay tuned for uppity fitness fashion test runs in the future!
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Disclosure: We received the items reviewed in this post courtesy of the brand. The decision to write this review and all opinions expressed are entirely our own.