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When searching for a piece of workout clothing, are you more drawn to the brand name or to the piece itself? I tend to find myself drawn to the piece, and then, if I like it, I try to stick with that brand.
Somehow, however, I keep being drawn to Fila pieces, and then I end up not being happy with them. I guess I need to do a better job of checking the brand name before I buy!
This top is similar to the windowpane racer tank (without the window pane). It is a very form fitting shirt, which is not helpful when you are trying to ignore your midsection. It is helpful if you are participating in active workouts, as your shirt will not move much during the activity. This particular shirt is made from polyester and spandex, which give it a more "silky" feel. It doesn't stick to me when I get hot and sweaty. This material also does not wrinkle easily which makes it a great choice when I'm in a hurry and just want to throw something on and get to the gym. I don't care for how low it is cut in the front, as it provides a great view of my cleavage as I'm doing bent over rows. It is long enough to not have to worry about it rising to my midsection when doing shoulder presses. Not my favorite, but it will do in a pinch.
Next up is a shirt with a sleeve, similar to the heritage cap sleeve top. It is a slightly looser fit than the racer back and, while made of similar material, my shirt has a mesh-like fabric on the sides for additional air flow. Depending on the sports bra I wear with it, I have to constantly do some adjusting with the neckline to help keep the bra from peaking out. This also allows views of cleavage during bent over or plank activities. With the "silkier" material, the sleeves have some flexibility to them, so the sleeves are not tight at all around my biceps. This is also true of the waistline/bottom of the shirt. Again, the "silkier" material doesn't stick to me during strenuous activities and the shirt is long enough to not reveal my midsection when I go up for a spike. I have noticed that some stains don't come out of these shirts, so just be advised on your pre- or post-workout meals to avoid getting them on your clothing!
Avoid at All Costs!
The third Fila shirt I have is the one I hate the most. (Check out5 Must-Have Solutions to Athleticwear Flaws to see why.) The one positive is that the fit is looser at the waist. However, it is obvious that larger busted girls were not consulted in the design of this shirt. The shirt has a built-in bra with removable pads and straps in the back for adjustment. I'm just going to shake my head here and assume that a man designed this shirt. I cannot wear this shirt by itself because the bra is not supportive at all and I am constantly pulling it up to avoid too much cleavage showing. It is also not supportive enough for medium-to-high impact activities. However, with the multi-spaghetti strap design in the back (see link above for pick of the back of the shirt), you can't wear another bra with it unless that bra TOO has spaghetti straps in the back and then what? You have two bras that don't support you and a bunch of crazy straps in the back that you're trying to untangle and determine which goes with which garment in order to try and have someone tighten them for you. Apparently, they realized the error of their ways, because I can't find anything that looks like it on their website. Moving on...
Fila Running Capris
The one pair of capri leggings I have from Fila are from their running collection. Again, very form fitting, but, if you're running, you don't need things bouncing around down there. These pants have a couple of small reflective stripes on them for safety running in darker hours and a small zippered pocket on the right side hip. You could maybe get a car key or a flip phone in there, but there's not room for much else. The zipper is small enough to not be an annoyance or hindrance. The material is a smooth blend of polyester and spandex, so your thighs will brush against each other smoothly (at least that's an issue for me!). The waistband is about 2" in width and tends to stay in place when doing up and down activities like jumping jacks. You will have to constantly unfold the waistband, however, if doing waist bending activities like crunches. *Please forgive my dirty mirror!*
Save Your Money!
So, as a real-life sized woman, if you are looking for clothing to wear for more than tennis, I would suggest looking at another company than Fila. In the pieces I have tried, their sizing is not generous and they don't seem to understand the needs of real-life sized women. I think your money would be better spent elsewhere.
Agree? Disagree? Have another company you love more? Let me know in the comments below!