Thanks everyone for your kind words from the last post about my blogging journey. I feel humbled to have had this opportunity to share my dreams and visions through what I do here on my blog and to have you guys following along. Of course, there are still a lot of things that I need to learn and gain experience from, and of course we all are trying to figure it all out. But I am excited to see what the future holds. And thank you again. I really appreciate your readership, your thoughtful comments, and as well as messages I receive every day.
As the title suggests, I am going to do another brand review. I have mentioned this many time before that I only feature and talk about brands that I love; brands that have stories to tell and messages and goods to share, brands that not only offer quality products and services but also truly care for the people and the environment, brands that do cool things that I relate and feel like you guys would also love as well! And OUTDOOR VOICES (OV) is on the spotlight of today’s Brand Focus.
I love this tagline.
(Tagline is a catchphrase or slogan, especially is used in advertising, and often time it is a the punchline of a joke.)
OV further explains that the brand’s philosophy is just to have fun. They encourage everyone whether they are athletic or not to put on the best suit (referring to OV apparels) and exercise, no pressure, no competition. And they call it Doing Things.
I knew of OV about 2 years ago when Tyler Haney, OV founder and CEO, shared stories and what it took to found OV in a podcast episode. I think it was either Fat Mascara, one of my favorite beauty podcasts or the Girl Boss podcast with Sophie Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal. Ty shared her love for ‘technical apparels’ and brought the brand to where it is now through that. She started OV in 2013 with the money she raised among friends and family, just when you think the brand cannot compete with athletic wear giants such as Lululemon Athletica, Nike, Under Armour, and Ivy Park (Beyonce’s athletic brand sold at Topshop). She proved that being young, inexperience, and fresh out of college were not her excuses but rather the advantages that she used to get in many investors’ front doors. I related to her story so much as I was also in a team competing in an entrepreneurship competition at the time and I would take any lessons along the way possible. I quickly looked up OV after that and fell in love with the brand ever since. And it’s amazing seeing how much and fast OV has evolved.
Graphite/Ash/Dove — $95
26″ inseam. Textured Compression (defined by OV, a blend of body-hugging feel and universally flattering fit). 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex
I love these leggings to death, from the colors, the design, the fit, and the material. I wear these literally everywhere, shopping and hanging out in the weekends (but not as often as some of my black leggings for the obvious reason: the light color!). These were my first OV purchase, and I remembered getting them for 15% or 20% off around Thanksgiving or Black Friday time last year. I went for size XS and the tri-tone (3 colors) ones since lots of things were sold out. They were a bit tight on me, but I was able to put them on and take them off easy enough. I am a size 25 in jeans and XS-S in most bottoms, but I would like to try their leggings in size S. I had just bought two pairs of Lululemon leggings (size 2) before buying these OV ones. Compared to the Lululemon ones I have, these OV leggings are made from thicker material and very snug. The cut and construction of these leggings are amazing and form-fitting. I don’t reach for these leggings when I go hiking into the wood or tougher trails since these are light in color, and I would freak out if these get dirty anyhow.
I would suggest to size up if you are between sizes.
SHOP MY FAVORITE OV LEGGINGS:
I’M OBSESSED WITH THESE BIKER SHORTS:
Dove/Ash/Graphite — $60
Textured Compression. 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex
I made another oV purchase pretty recently. I bought two crop tops, one was this tri-tone slashback cutout crop top to match my tri-tone gray leggings and the other one was this Athena crop in the color Dandelion (yellow). Doesn’t it look so cool paired with the matching tri-tone colored leggings? I went for XS since I didn’t want my boob to move around when I walk or run. I love the high-neck, but it is difficult to get in and out, especially when I have makeup on. I’ve worn the crop top paired with my other black Lululemon leggings out hiking before. One thing I wish that I should have gone for a S instead as it does get uncomfortable to breath at time. Regardless, the slashback crop design is my top favorite. As mentioned before, I also bought the Athena. It’s just a simple racer back crop top with a stretch band at the bottom hem. I wear 32B in bras, and the XS fits me perfectly. I love the side-boob seams and the support that this crop give me.
I have also worn and styled my OV pieces differently many times before. Some of the photos are below:wearing the Athena crop
VISIT OUTDOOR VOICES STORES, LOCATIONS: here
Final thought: As mentioned from the beginning, I am truly a fan of the brand and their products. It gives me smile every time I go on to their website and start browsing their stuff. This tri-tone set might be a bit to hot to wear in the summer time, one reason is because I got both the crop top and the leggings in size XS. OV just came out with the tech sweat material, so those will for sure go in my cart pretty soon! I love the look of the solid colored leggings as well as the biker short cut in leggings for the summer. OV pieces are pretty comparable and up there in prices with Lululemon, but I don’t see they would get destroyed or lose their fit anytime soon either. I love the brand’s message and what they are doing on social media. And they’re DMed me about this photo on my Instagram recently. Check it out!
As always, thanks for reading! Let me know your favorite Outdoor Voices below. Have a great weekend!