A tie for Nike & Athleta

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, Erika at MCM Mama runs and Patty at My no guilt life for Tuesdays on the run where today’s topic is Brand ambassadorship / Dream sponsor.


This was a hard topic for me. I work in marketing so  know that while word of mouth is the best publicity brands could have, I feel that some brands go over the top. It drives me nuts to see the same brands, pop up at the same time all over social media. Kudos to the marketing teams for doing their job, but still….

But if I was forced to choose, I would definitely choose an apparel brand, and it would be a complete toss up between Athleta or Nike, which make up at least 60% of my (running) wardrobe.

Athleta pants and jackets : I always find cuts which are flattering on my short frame and I find the quality excellent.




Nike tops : I wear them over and over and have several. I love the thumb holes of the long sleeved shirts, and they are not too tight around my middle where I tend to be a bit thick.


dad and Karen Maine 2015

Athleta top with Nike pants :


I have two of these tops because there is a rubberish band around the bottom which prevents the top from riding up.

I wear Athleta in my daily life. This is one of my favorite tops. The picture was taken spectating the 2015 Paris marathon.

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And this black one I have worn and worn and worn. Once again, it is fitted without being too tight.


Same black top with Athleta vest :


So if Nike or Athleta want me to try out all their new models, I would be happy to !

What is your favorite brand apparel ?

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Comments: 12

  1. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets March 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm Reply

    I really like both brands too! I’m too cheap to really buy more Athleta gear, though I do have a pair of capris I bought on clearance that I love! I hope they are looking your way! 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 8:02 pm Reply

      Their stuff does go on sale…..

  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy March 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm Reply

    Obviously you, Darlene, and I all think a lot.

    One way or another, I will make sure we make up in NYC!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 8:02 pm Reply

      Yes ! would love to meet in person.

  3. Athleta pants are great! I love all the new colors and patterns they have the last few years
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm Reply

      I am just careful with the material I buy because I have bought some and as soon as I sweat it look like I peed myself. I took them back.

  4. Stacey March 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm Reply

    I’ve never found Athleta pants to fit me quite right, but their dresses and swimsuits are the best!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm Reply

      I haven’t tried their dresses yet but I do have a swimsuit I love.

  5. Karen March 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm Reply

    I love Athleta but I don’t own any yet. I like Nike stuff but typically the tops don’t fit me, I always have a time finding stuff to fit. I love your pink Athleta, I do love when you finally find pieces that you can enjoy over and over.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 29, 2016 at 7:59 pm Reply

      Athleta has all kinds of different cuts. You should try it. AND it does go on sale.

  6. Lara @ Uptite Mamas March 30, 2016 at 12:05 am Reply

    You’re so cute! Love that shirt with the band around the bottom so it doesn’t ride up. I’m going to have to look into that. AND – I completely agree with the brands that overmarket. (Is that a word?) I tend to back away from the brands that I see everywhere too.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm Reply

      Makes me turn away too. Ugh. Way over the top….and not natural.

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