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Studio Style: Printed Leggings

While leggings have been a fashion staple in the fitness world for quite some time now, a new trend seems to be taking over: patterned leggings. Say goodbye to your plain, black spandex and hello to these bight, bold prints! We are excited to give this trend a home on our shelves @ the BBS boutique, by carrying MPG + Karma brands. However, we understand that this added feature on our previously basic garment adds a whole new level of complexity. It is no doubt that making an outfit out of your new favorite pair of printed leggings proves to be a trying task, so today on the blog we are spilling a few tips and tricks about all things leggings! Read on:


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Firstly, regardless if you are rocking the printed pants in studio or on the street, you can never go wrong with a basic top. Our number one tip is to keep the top half simple. Choose a color in the leggings and find a plain tank, tee or long sleeve that matches. Remember that for light-colored leggings, white or light grey is always a sure bet and for dark-colored leggings, you can never go wrong with black or dark grey. Keep your shoes (or ToeSox) within the same color scheme and you are good to go!

 One of our favorite spring styles is denim, which also happens to fit perfectly with your bold leggings. If you are looking for a post-barre look, throw on a jean jacket or a denim shirt. This is super easy and perfect for when the weather starts to climb. If you want to take this look a little bit further, add in a contrasting colored accessory like a scarf, necklace or bag.

Crop tops are always a good idea – we know what you are thinking, SAYS WHO?! But as the high-waisted trend takes off, crop tops are certainly on the rise too when it comes to active wear. People that say that diamonds are a girls bestfriend, have obviously never tried on a pair of high-waisted leggings. We are obsessed! Pair these with a cute sports bra and a slouchy crop top and you are ready to rock the barre.

Check out these pics of Julianne Hough repping the MPG brand that we carry in studio.

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XO

Barre Body Studio – Edmonton

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Studio Style: Leg Warmers

History has a tendency to repeat itself and leg warmers are no exception! We have noticed them popping up in a number of athletic clothing retailers… and we must admit, we are BIG fans! In studio we carry a few different styles of leg warmers: thigh and knee high warmers in various colors, created by the brand ToeSox. Knee highs have a cable knit pattern reaching to 22 inches in length. Thigh highs have a ribbed knit pattern and reach to 40 inches in length. Both are style designed to scrunch and be worn to your preference.

We also just recently stocked our shelves with stir-up styled, open heel leg warmers. Complete the ballerina look and still get full security from the grips on your ToeSox. These warmers are a thinner, thigh-high variation making them even more adaptable from studio to street style!

Initially designed for dancers to keep their legs and ankles warm and limber during class, leg warmers are a functional accessory that serves their purpose in dance related activities, such as barre. Leg warmers increase and retain body heat produced during a work out to ready muscles for peak performance. They also serve to warm and protect ankle joints while working any exercise done in releve (or up on your toes). For this reason, they are a PERFECT addition to your studio style! Channel your inner ballerina and pair them with matching bella or low-rise grip socks over top of leggings and voila, you’re set! For those chillier winter mornings, slip on a pair of scrunch knees, pull them up all the way, and then layer your leg warmers on top. Remember that they can easily be slipped off once things start heating up at the barre.

No need to ditch the leg warmers after class because this 80’s trend is back in action and transform into the cutest winter accessories when matched with boots. Black knee-highs can be worn over top of a pair of ankle boot and skinny’s for a casual and comfy style. If thigh highs are more your thing, wear them underneath tall boots and pulled up a little past the rim of the boots for an adorable peek-a-boo look. When the temp starts to rise we also love pairing leg warmers over top of flats or tucked into combat boots with a skirt, dress or shorts!  

Check out some of our favourite leg warmers looks for every season…
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XO
Barre Body Studio - Edmonton


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Studio Style: Grip Socks

Barre just wouldn’t be the same without our favorite, little grip socks. We know they’re cute and yes, we do need a pair in every color but have you ever wondered WHY we use them? The muscles in our feet can actually be weakened from being squished in those tight pumps all day. Working out in socks allows the foot freedom to spread, move, and strengthen! The grips are crucial to get maximal benefit out of your barre exercises. Try doing chair while your feet slip out from underneath you, no thanks! Socks also warm the soles of the feet to assist in muscle activation in those love-to-hate barre movements. Have you ever wondered why we use socks rather than running shoes? Well, rather than relying heavily on the arch support built into our favorite pair of trainers, the BBS method requires mental consideration to be drawn to those arches during class. Eventually over time, our feet actually get stronger from this. Barre isn’t just for those glutes and hamstrings, when we say full body workout… we mean FULL body.

So what’s the difference between the Plies and the Bellas? Or the Shashis and the Low Rise? Now that we have established the purpose of grip socks, we’ve also broken down all the different styles that we carry in studio. Check these out:  Now all you have to do is pick your favorite color. ;)  

Toe Sox
IMG_9667-e1445432176899-1024x392  Toe sox creates their products to mimic the natural design of the foot, space for all 10 toes allows you to spread them. This helps strengthen the feet, increase blood circulation and align mistreated toes. Aside from socks,the company also designs and manufactures sandals and workout gloves. The styles we carry at BBS include Bellas, Low-Rise, Scrunch Knee High, and Plié.

Bella

 

FullSizeRender-7-300x294Bella’s are everybody’s favorite, Mary-Jane style sock. With the tops of the foot exposed and the low heel cuff, your feet can breathe in these ones! Bella’s are made either half toe (with the toes open) for a more barefoot experience or full toe (with the toes covered) for best non-slip grip.    




Low Rise

Low rise socks come with the tops of the foot covered and a higher heel lip to reduceFullSizeRender-8-300x297 slipping off of the back of the foot (this is why we love wearing them in our runners!) Low rise are made with an arch support band to gently lift and support the middle of the foot. Like the bellas, Low Rise is available in either half toe or full toe.  

 



Scrunch Knee High

FullSizeRender-5-300x296Wear them high or scrunch them down! Not only can we rock these high socks with boots they are also perfect on those chilly, winter days in the studio .... stylish from studio to street! With the tops of the foot covered much like the Low Rise style, these socks reach to about knee height.  




Plies

Plies take on the same shape as the Bella’s with a very special feature! A perfectly positioned leather pad provides extra support and cushion for the metatarsal during barre work done with the heels pulled up. We also highly recommend this style for those of you that love our BBS Blast classes. Plies provide extra support during those high-impact cardio series.  

Shashi

Shashi designs socks to fit feet perfectly, no twisting here! If you are not a fan of the toe separation, than these are thIMG_5001-1024x683e socks for you! Shashi’s are also made with the same non-slip grip on the bottom to get the most out of your barre burn. CLASSIC socks have a mesh panel to cover the foot while still allowing the feet to breathe when things get sweaty. STAR sock are the same design as the CLASSIC but with the shiny sequins on the top. Who does like a little glitter? Studio to street tip, STAR socks pair perfectly with open top flats or heels to add some shine!

PS. Not sure which foot is which? The ‘Running Dog’ logo should always be on the outside of the ankle.


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