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Alright, ladies, who else is always on the hunt for new workout gear and athleisure clothing? I know I’m not alone.
Since becoming a mom, heck even before then, I’ve had an affinity for comfort. I began working exclusively from home around 8 years ago and realized that I really have no reason to dress up, but I also still wanted to look and feel cute and put together.
This is where athleisure wear comes into play. I had heard of Calia By Carrie, even bought a few pieces when the line first came out. But I remember being a bit turned off by it because it was quite pricey compared to other options.
Fast forward a few years to today and I just recently purchased a whole haul of items that I found on sale. I was giddy with excitement at the selection and even more giddy about the prices.Of course, when I try a new apparel line, I always feel compelled to share it with readers because I know we’re all looking for generally the same thing. So, here it is, my honest Calia By Carrie review.
What is Calia By Carrie?
Calia is a clothing line designed by Carrie Underwood (who, I assume we all know and love). According to their website, Carrie began her line out of her desire to make stylish, functional clothing that women feel good in. She wants to motivate women to live a healthy, active lifestyle and knows that that’s easier when you’re armed with clothes that you’re excited about.
The line is sold exclusively through Dick’s Sporting Goods, so you can purchase in-store or online. Since I don’t live near a Dick’s and I’m an online-shopaholic, I order through their website.
The line first debuted in 2015 and has since developed new collections for each season, adding more and more stylish staples each year.
What Makes This Brand Unique?
In a world where there’s seemingly a new athletic clothing brand launched each day, it can be hard to differentiate the good from the bad. The good being the clothes that are cute, durable, functional, and have a great fit. The bad being the ones that are cheaply made, odor-trapping, and ill-fitting.
Calia By Carrie has what they call their “Life Improving Technologies” built right into all their pieces. These technologies include:
NEW Apparel Technologies
Body Breeze is their rapid-evaporation wicking technology that works to pull moisture away from your skin, keeping you cool and dry without soaking your clothes.
Body Air technology includes small perforations that draw heat away from your body to maximize breathability and allow you to maintain a comfortable body temperature when you’re working hard.
Body Free is all about staying fresh and not smelling like you just left the gym, even though you did. It’s odor control technology that allows you to go from your spin class to brunch with the girls without changing your clothes.
What Kinds of Apparel Do They Offer?
This line is full of all your workout and athleisure essentials and then some. I was impressed with their selection of items that could be worn casually or to the office, too. It’s a great mix of serious workout gear and everyday clothing.
The main categories include:
Tops: shirts, tanks, hoodies & sweatshirts, sweaters
Bottoms: leggings, pants & joggers, shorts, skirts & skorts
Accessories: bags, headwear, scarves, socks
Calia Leggings Review
Let’s start with everyone’s (myself included) favorite piece of clothing - leggings. When it comes to leggings, they’re either great or they suck, for a lack of a better word.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about leggings over the years is that it’s 100% worth it to spend a little extra money to get a high-quality pair. That said, I’m always on the lookout for deals and sales and, luckily, Dick’s tends to have them on their Calia Leggings.
I have several different Calia By Carrie Leggings. Their essential leggings are by far their most popular and tried and true. These are comfortable, squat proof, stylish, and they have pockets. Need I say more?Seriously, these leggings check all the boxes and I could not be happier with them. I reach for these more often than I do my Athleta and LuLulemons.
Calia has several different styles of sports bras which I love. There are options for low, medium, and high impact workouts. Their bras are designed with the same innovative materials as the rest of their clothing that keep your cool and dry during your workout.
I just purchased this Power Sculpt Crop Top and love it. I am loving pairing this with a pair of high-waisted leggings or shorts and working out.
There are tons of options including different colors, designs, and support levels. There’s honestly nothing earth-shattering about their bras, but they are for sure high quality and supportive so I give them two thumbs up.
If you’re anything like me, you like to cross your t’s and dot your I’s before making a purchase. So, here are some Calia By Carrie FAQs so you can get the information you need.
A: Yes, I find that they do. I wear my normal size in all the Calia apparel I have purchased and find that they fit nearly perfectly. However, I have seen some Calia By Carrie Reviews that state that some of the sports bras are a little tight for larger-busted ladies. This doesn’t apply to me, so I cannot confirm or deny this.
A: One thing that I love about this brand is the fact that they are so size-inclusive and body positive. They have regular and plus-size options which I think is incredible. For plus-sized women, this brand feels like a breath of fresh air knowing that you can get the exact same, quality workout clothing, but in sizes that fit your body.
A: As I mentioned earlier, one of my initial hesitations for trying this brand when it launched back in 2015 was the fact that the price point felt higher. But keep in mind that it’s being sold in Dick’s next to racks of Nike, Under Armor, and the likes of brands that are notoriously priced relatively high - so it’s all perspective and it comes down to the quality and whether or not it’s worth it.
In the case of Calia, I can attest to the fact that the clothing is really great stuff. It’s durable, comfortable, and includes all the essentials you need.
For reference, here are some general prices:
Leggings: $55-$98 each
Sports Bras: $25-$45 each
Tops: $30-$45 each
Shorts: $30-$70 each
I highly recommend browsing the sales, though. Dick’s is constantly marking their apparel down and you can snag some great gear for a fraction of the cost!
So, Is It Worth It?
In my opinion, yes, it is! It’s tough to find good quality apparel online these days, you just never know what you’re getting, but Calia is the real deal.
I love that you can go to Dick’s and pick out and try on the things you like in the store, or you can order online and take advantage of their free returns.
Every item I have purchased has been constructed from great material that both looks and feels good. What more could you ask for?I just bought this skirt and this tank top and am obsessed with both! Check out their full selection here and if you have any Calia pieces let me know in the comments what you think!
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