Best Pilates Clothing Brands for 2011 Readers' Choice Awards

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Best Brand of Workout Clothes Finalists

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Our former Readers' Choice Awards program encompassed categories from technology and sports to health and hobbies. We had three product groups in the Pilates categories: Best Pilates DVD, Best Pilates Reformer and Best Brand of Workout Clothes, and the nominations came rolling in!

It turns out both style and functionality were the important factors this year, with companies that are known for making clothing for yoga and Pilates and other stylin' athletics making the cut.

The top finalists were clear, but there were definitely two brands that deserve honorable mentions in this category: be present, and Z + Z Active.

Next, meet the finalists for Best Brand of Workout Clothes.

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Best Brand of Workout Clothes Finalist: Lucy

Lucy designs high performance workout wear for active women. The company focuses on the quality of materials and features like moisture-wicking fabrics that stretch four ways and are breathable, mesh to keep you cool in key areas that heat up during exercise, flat locked seams that won't chafe, pockets that hold essentials but aren't bulky, and more.

Whatever your lifestyle, from practiced yogi to women who are constantly on the move, Lucy's luxurious comfort and amazing styling is a top pick.

Learn more about Lucy:
Review: Lucy Activewear
Review: Lucy Perfect Core Body Shaping Workout Clothes

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Best Brand of Workout Clothes Finalist: Lululemon

Lululemon's connection to the active, healthy lifestyle began with its original shared retail space with a yoga studio back in 1998. The company's mission statement is, "creating components for people to live longer, healthier, fun lives." They specialize in technical athletic fabrics and clothing for yoga, dancing, running, and more. If it's an activity that makes you sweat, Lululemon designs apparel that will serve you well. 

Find out more about Lululemon:
Review: Lululemon
Lululemon at the Yoga Journal Conference 2009

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Best Brand of Workout Clothes Finalist: Gaiam

Gaiam is a brand centered on the yoga lifestyle. Their name, pronounced "guy-um," combines the the name of mother Earth, Gaia, and "I am." Their mission is to "make yoga, fitness and well-being accessible to all." 

Gaiam pursues this mission by creating instruction videos, yoga equipment and, of course, athletic wear for the active person focused on wellness that extends beyond just the body. 

Gaiam carries a large selection of stylish, organic cotton workout clothes.

See more Gaiam products:
Review: Trudie Stylers' Core Strength Pilates DVD
Pilates and Yoga Mat Reviews
Gaiam Balance Ball Resistance Workout Kit

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Best Workout Clothes Winner Announced March, 15, 2011!

Voting is now closed and the Readers' Choice WINNER has been announced.

Voting has concluded and the votes have been tallied. You've seen the brands vying for top positions in three categories. Now find out who took the best-of titles this year:

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