Sportswear for the polished player
When it comes down to it, Portland is more “practice” than “preen.” Portlanders adore their yoga. They also love to toss running shoes into their bag so they can catch a jog at lunch. After work they delight in riding bikes to grab a craft cocktail or frothy local microbrew. No wonder Lucy Activewear (1015 NW Couch St, 503-226-0220), a high-performance activewear store, thrives in the heart of the Pearl.
Portlanders who are keen on going from a Pilates class to work or from work to a hike in Forest Park should find their way to this handsome shop on a prominent stretch of the Brewery Blocks. It’s true that Lucy apparel features top-of-the-line sportswear produced with tremendous attention to detail: think moisture-wicking, breathable fabric with four-way stretch, chafe-free flatlock seams, mesh in high-heat zones, and reflectivity for night owls and early risers. But on top of that, the fabrics and styles are so versatile and dapper that fashion transitions between work and play are seamless, so to speak.
For instance, the popular (and flattering) Studio Hatha capri legging will keep yogis in good stead through an hour of warrior sequences. After class, throw on the svelte, ultra-packable, and wrinkle-free Destination Anywhere dress with some heels and a necklace, and voilà: you’re ready for that glass of pinot in a candlelit restaurant.
The cornerstone of Lucy’s offerings is the acclaimed pant selection. “When you’re new to Lucy, we want to bring you first to the pant wall,” says manager Kelly Aguilar. “The fit and fabric of our pants is what makes Lucy shine.” Plus, the staff provides clients with concierge-inspired service, which is greatly appreciated when you’re searching for the perfect bottom.
And, unlike some other sportswear brands, Lucy carries plus-size clothing—another way the California-based retailer works to facilitate a wellness lifestyle to a diverse range of people. In that same vein, the store offers free yoga classes on Sundays. But be careful. You might end up leaving with a bag full of pants. –Ellee Thalheimer | Photo by Ashley Anderson