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Can Workout Wear Work Miracles?

Marika Miracles Uplift Sports BraMarika Miracles Uplift Sports BraWe’ve all had moments where we’ve wished that extra belly “pooch” would just go away already. It happens to the best of us. Fortunately, we have Pilates, but what if your clothing could give you a little help? That idea seems to be a new fitness-apparel trend—of late we’ve noticed some brands are making workout clothes with fabrics that support and smooth strategic areas.

Marika, a brand of fitness apparel that we’ve always liked, has joined the trend with a new line of “shape-enhancing activewear” called Miracles. Miracles features pants and capris with “butt-boosting” and “tummy-control” components along with waist-cinching tank tops and “uplifting” bras. That’s a lot to promise, and admittedly, we were skeptical. But when we handed over samples to our crack team of clothing testers, they liked what they found.

Marika Miracles Butt Booster CapriButt Booster Capri Marika sent over samples of its Miraculous Uplift Sport Bra and its Miraculous Butt Booster Capri with Tummy Control. The Uplift Sport Bra is designed to enhance the shape of the bustline and comes with removable foam cutlet inserts. It’s most suitable for those with small to medium cup sizes, who might want a more defined shape or added volume. It’s a racerback style with skinny, adjustable straps, and a wide strip of Marika’s Power Mesh down the middle of the back for optimal ventilation. We were unable to find a reviewer who was interested in wearing the inserts, but we did get a report that the bra alone had solid, movable support and was comfortable without being compressive. It’s made from the Miracles signature fabric, called Elasta-Tight™, which contrary to images the name might conjure, is breathable and soft to the touch. Our tester reported that the bra ventilated nicely and felt good on the skin. The Uplift retails for about $30 and, for the quality of its construction, is a nice value compared to other brands.

The tummy control that the Miracles capris promised appealed to a new mom we know, who, at six months post-partum, was looking for some extra support in her workout wear. She had tried fitness “shapewear” previously and found it too constricting, and was thus impressed with the quality of the fabric, which supported but didn’t feel tight or give her “muffin top” over the waist. A layer of Power Mesh in the belly provides the extra support. She reported that the pants were well-constructed, and the seams in the rear indeed had a “butt-boosting” effect. The capris got her through her Pilates equipment session comfortably, held up to sweat, and gave a boost not only to her bum but to her confidence as well. They retail for $45, also a value for the quality of fabric and construction.