Who would have thought that Vania Romoff’s penchant for old world glamour and nostalgia would translate well into the athleisure category. Lo and behold, when you pop into Aura Athletica’s Power Plant boutique, you’re greeted by a mannequin clad in what can only be described as utterly pretty, minimalist leisure wear that you’d love to spend a lazy Saturday in.
“When they first approached me, I was unsure because I had never done anything related to sportswear,” says Vania, adding that she was initially unsure of how to marry her brand of romance and femininity with activewear. “But that’s why we approached Vania,” says Anne Gonzalez of Aura Athletica. “We’ve been around since 2003, and we've become a destination for premium activewear. But today, fitness has evolved into a lifestyle. People might go [from a workout] straight to something else like a meeting. Or some people like the comfort of sportswear but don't want to look like they just came from the gym. So that was the direction we started with, and we wanted the Vania DNA for it—[showing] how to tie in the idea that you can be strong, but still be very feminine."
What this eight-style collection offers is something to wear pre- or post-workout (or perhaps no workout necessary to don a look) that looks prettier and more polished than the usual technical fare. So while this may not be the standard sports bra, tank, and leggings you associate with sports, they certainly are pieces you can wear with them. And what the garments possess are Vania’s love for balloon sleeves, décolleté-flattering open necklines, and an innate sense of what a woman would feel lovely wearing.
The neutral color palette of beige, ivory, blush, gray, and black make this collection an easy-to-pack set for travel, too, as each of the pieces seem to match beautifully with one another. Add to that how the fabrics she worked with—lightweight taffeta, firm jersey spandex, and knits—makes for fuss-free wear.
Take a look at the full collection below!