Whether she’s at the gym, or working out at home, or just wearing workout gear because it is comfortable, today’s woman wants to look good. Now she’s getting some extra help in the form of Marika Magic, a collection of high-tech but affordable, body-shaping collection of active-Wear in a cotton fabric. Marika Magic doesn’t just feel good, these are body shaping pieces that flatten and sculpt, with strategically-placed hidden seams for uplift and shaping in other select areas. These pieces are the “spawn” of Marika Miracles, a higher priced collection. Both lines feature cotton stretch fabric and body shaping benefits.
I started by testing out one of three different of sports bras in this collection, with a Coolmax®-lined front bodice: Uplift Sports Bra, with adjustable sides (MC2026, in White, Heather Charcoal, Black, Purple or Black Radio Wave print, or Black Crystal print); Convertible Sports Bra with Uplift, with convertible straps (MC2085, in Black, White or Heather Charcoal); and Smooth Shaped Sports Bra with Uplift, with adjustable hook and eye closure and power mesh trim detail (MC2084, in Black, White or Carbon), each with a suggested retail of $32. The first two of these have customizable removable bump pads, and the last has molded cups. If you work out a lot, and even if you hide under baggy T-shirts , you know that most of the sports bras flatten you down (so you don’t jiggle, I guess) but they are also seriously unflattering and sometimes, even uncomfortable. If you’re doing yoga, or working out on a stairmaster, lifting weights,etc. you don’t need a bra that enfolds you like an iron lung. But you do need one with support.
I tried the Magic Uplifting Bra srp. $32.00. Mine was basic black, but it comes in a print as well. The sizes are small, medium, large and extra large. I normally would get a medium to medium large, and this large was “spacious.” But the adjustable sides with three different (and substantial) hook closures, made it easy to customize the fit, and the cups, covered me without squeezing. The bra features a double layer shelf for additional support, side openings so you can remove the pads if you don’t want the extra uplift and shaping. The bodice on all the bras are lined with Coolmax® so they don’t get sticky. If you wish, you can also try the Tummy Control Tee (MC3539, in Black or White, $36.00); Waist Cincher Surplice Tank, with removable cup pads and Coolmax® front cup lining (MC3362, in Black or Heather Charcoal, $40.00); and Tummy Control Tank with Uplift, with customizable removable bump pads for enhanced uplift and Coolmax® front cup lining (MC3091, in Black, Heather Charcoal, Purple or Black Radio Wave print, and Black or Blue Crystal print, $42.00).
When it comes to the bottom half of your body, there are plenty of choices too. Bottoms include four shorter Tummy Control choices, all with a power-mesh lined waistband and Coolmax® gusset: Tummy Control Skort (MC5804, in Black, $36.00), Bermuda, Capri Legging and Capri (MC5127, $32.00, 5323, $34.00 and 5125, $34.00 respectively, each available in Black or Black with Radio Wave waistband). But I prefer full-length pants and generally wear them for lounging as well as working out. Marika Magic full length pants will quickly become your “go-to” for travel, too, because you can dress them up enough to wear them out.
I tried two different styles, both boot cut, with a Coolmax® gusset. There is a thigh-and-butt slenderizing Slimming Pant, (MC5079, in Black, $40.00) and the Tummy Control Pant (MC630 in Black, Heather Charcoal, or Black with a choice of Crystal print detail, $38.00). If you need it, there’s also a Butt Uplifter Pant with removable pads and butt booster (MC5220, in Black, $42.00),
Marika was founded in 1982. The company incorporates innovative performance materials and technology in all of its versatile apparel designs. In addition to the Marika brand itself, Marika also manufactures and markets the contemporary Balance Collection. Marika products are widely available nationwide, and at www.marika.com
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