I’ve been a Keeping Up with the Kardashians fan—more specifically, a Khloé Kardashian fan—since the show first aired back in 2007. She initially became my favorite Kardashian sister because of her humorous personality, but over the years, her passion for fitness has inspired me to go hard in the gym (her Snapchat workout videos are serious).
Now the reality show star has launched an active line within her inclusive (sizes XS-4X) Good American clothing brand. When I sat down with Kardashian and Good American co-founder Emma Grede during their activewear launch event earlier this month in Times Square, they explained that every piece of Good American apparel—including the new activewear pieces they've designed—are things they'd actually want to wear themselves.
"We’re never going to put something out in the market that we don’t stand behind," Kardashian told me. "There’s always room to improve—but [we'd never sell something] that we don’t generally live in, want to wear, or know is a great product.”
Grede added, “It’s really a natural extension of our lifestyles.”
That got me thinking. If these workout clothes are made for Khloé to live in, then I’d put them to the test by living in them, too. I not only worked out in Good American’s new activewear, I also worked in them. And went grocery shopping in them. And went out in them. Here’s how it went—and looked.
Their high-waisted leggings worked with me, not against me.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I received the Crossback Icon Sports Bra and Core Power Leggings in the mail to try for the first time. Based on first impressions, both the bra and the leggings seemed super simple (designed in black with black detailing), so I wasn’t sure what really differentiated the pieces from similar ones I’d tried in the past—then I put them on.
First, the leggings: I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they felt on (not overly tight), and the great compression support I felt while wearing them, which surprisingly I don’t get from most high-waisted leggings. Since I’m a curvy girl, I loved the hold the leggings gave my more jiggly parts—my booty, hips, and thighs didn’t go anywhere when I ran on the treadmill. I felt so comfortable in the leggings that I decided to just wear them with the Icon Sports Bra during my workout—something I never do.
Evidently, this feeling was all part of the design. During our interview, Kardashian told me why incorporating high waists was so important to her as she gets back into her workout routine after having her baby, True, this past April.
“I’ve been able to appreciate our high-waisted pieces so much more [at this time in my life] when you actually need to feel supported—when you have to restart doing abs again, and when you’re slowly moving your body and getting it back together,” she said. “I feel so good in my workout clothes right now because of all the technical stuff that Emma has thought about putting in. I can feel the difference between what we put into our workout clothes versus another brand.”
As a person who’s extremely picky about her sports bras (when you have a chest like mine, you have to be), I probably shouldn’t have run in the Crossback Icon. Super cute? Yes. Super supportive? Not exactly. I needed to wear a second bra underneath it for the high-impact workout I did at the gym, but I feel confident that I would be able to wear it alone during something more low-impact, like a hot yoga class.
I wore bike shorts and a cropped sweatshirt to stock up on snacks at Target.
I honestly have been wearing bike shorts almost every weekend since summer began, so I practically leapt at the chance to try Good American’s Icon Bike Short. Like the first two pieces I tried, they were extremely comfortable, and didn’t dig into my sides. The shorts helped to flatter the shape of my butt and hips without drawing too much attention to them—I almost didn’t want to take the shorts off after the day had ended (I might end up wearing them at least once per weekend from here on out).
The Warm-Up Cropped Pullover was also an extremely comfortable piece (no surprise here), and goes with just about everything in my closet, since it’s black with just a single white stripe that runs across the chest area.
Since the pullover stops just below my belly button, I was able to show off my new shorts without looking too boxy in the outfit. After stopping at Target, I also test drove this look at the movies. While sitting in the theater, it felt like I was wearing PJs at home on the couch instead of actual clothes in public—but it definitely did not look like it. The pullover and the bike shorts are elevated in such a way that it was easy to feel completely confident in what I was wearing.
I dressed up the same cropped pullover with a pencil skirt for work.
As the other editors at #TeamSELF can attest, we’re pretty low-key when it comes to dressing at the office, so I could have worn the pullover without getting as much as a second glance. But what I really like about this line is much of the collection can be dressed up or down, so I decided to subtly elevate the sweatshirt by pairing it with a high-waisted (seems to be a theme here) pencil skirt and tie-up flats. It was almost a no-brainer—and it totally worked.
A crop top and joggers made for an easy athleisure look at a friend’s BBQ.
It was difficult to choose, but I’m confident The Electric Feel Jogger is my absolute favorite piece in Good American’s new collection. I’d never worn a pair of high-waisted joggers before, but after testing them out, I’m certain I never want to wear joggers any other way. Since they have a slim cut, the joggers didn’t look overly baggy, and their high rise helped to accent the smallest part of my waist.
I paired the joggers with The Dual Life Crop Top, denim jacket, and a pair of Greats sneakers to wear to my friend’s summer cookout for an elevated (but still chill) athleisure look. While the zip top was a little snug in my regular size (full-bust women may need to size up), it still looked like a cohesive outfit with the bottoms, and definitely did not give off straight-from-the-gym vibes.
After testing these pieces for a week, I’m totally in love with the line (and not just because I’m a Khlo-Money stan). It incorporates both function and fashion, and the tailored fit of each prevents the pieces from looking frumpy or overly sporty. When choosing my athleisure outfits, it’s very important for me to not look like I just straight up came from a workout class, which is a difficult line to navigate for many sportswear brands. Based on my experience with the new line, I’m pretty certain Good American nailed it.