Warm Up Chicago with the women’s activewear line Lucy
By Brian Gulash

Bathing suit season is right around the corner, and who doesn’t want to look their best? Gym memberships sky rocket from January on. Everyone is trying to get in shape for the warm weather, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t look good while working out.

While heading to the gym with a friend, my fashion-eye focused on her shirt. She had worn it to work under her blazer that day and converted it into her workout get up. Clever girl. The top was sophisticated enough to wear to work, yet casual enough for the gym and yet, still sexy. I was intrigued and, as a self proclaimed fashion genius, I had to know more.

The top was from ‘Lucy,’ a women’s active wear company that was founded in 1999, and headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The company is privately owned with well known investors like Chicos FAS, Inc. As of today, Mike Edwards is the president and CEO of ‘Lucy’. They started out in an unconventional way as an online shop, until 2001 when they opened their first brick-and-mortar store. Now, you can find ‘Lucy’ all over the United States; they have a total of twenty-five stores and are now catering to the Chicago girl on the go.

The company offers women almost everything to fulfill their busy lifestyles. Finally, you will no longer need to spend hours in a department store rummaging through racks just trying to find clothes to wear to the gym. Lucy offers women their own exclusively designed label along with hard to find favorites like Splendid and Om Girl, and of course the latest from classic active wear brands such as Nike and Puma.

Looks from the line include everything from perfect fitting tees, to pants that can be converted into capris. The vision behind the label is to fit, flatter, and inspire. Whether you’re just walking around town, going to a yoga class, or a casual lunch, ‘Lucy’ has you covered. When they say “perfect fit,” they mean it; ‘Lucy’ guarantees it! Arrays of sizes are offered from XS-XL (0-18), and any length you may need, whether you’re short, regular, or tall. They even offer accessories from socks to yoga mats. And for those expecting mothers, ‘Lucy’ offers a variety of maternity options.

For your spring wardrobe, keep your eye out for cropped pants from coulottes and capris to bramuda shorts, and high waters. A little color never hurt anyone; “Lucy” features the ‘it’ color for spring, you will look ‘red’ hot…literally. And don’t forget the graphic tee; pair it with Rock & Republic denim for an edgy look, or with your lycra shorts for the gym.

Fashion, function, and best of all: ‘Lucy’ offers is affordable too. You can find stores in Deer Park at Deer Park Town Center at 20530 N. Rand Road , and there are plans in the works for stores to be opened in Naperville and Northbrook . For more information, visit ‘Lucy’ on the web at www.lucy.com. Are you ready to go shopping and hit the gym yet?