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Sometimes, all it takes to take part in an athletic event is a pair of ordinary sweats and some comfortable shoes. However, that’s not the norm, especially if you’re serious about your sport and if you live in Los Angeles. So, for the best place to go in order to buy the best and most stylish in women’s athletic wear available in the City of Angels, consider the following specialized outlets.
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(credit: lululemon.com)


Lululemon
103 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 550-6239
Multiple Locations
www.lululemon.com

By now, most people have heard of Lululemon. The store, which is known for its comfortable athletic apparel for both men and women stands apart from other retailers selling workout clothes though. With apparel for yoga, running, and everyday use, the clothes here not only feel good on, but also look great and are durable.

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(credit: A Runners Circle)


A Runners Circle
3216 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 661-8971
www.arunnerscircle.com

This Los Feliz pit stop takes the front of the line when it comes to choosing the right running shoes for your running style. Experts who work at this neighborhood favorite, located near the eastern entrance of Griffith Park, know how to make you perform at your absolute best. In fact, not only is footwear on tap at A Runners Circle, but so are all kinds of athletes, both female and male, who gather here to talk their sport and to find out who’s running where in what race in the vicinity. Talk about a one-stop shop.

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Karabel Dancewear
3901 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 955-8480
www.karabel.com

Don’t let the name fool you. This veteran Burbank store (it’s been around for a quarter of a century) not only outfits your dance needs, but also the clothing you’ll need to be wearing for yoga, cycling, cheering, gymnastics, ice skating and all kinds of other active sports. As for the dance portion of the inventory at Karabel, you will not need to look any further for any need, be that a pair of hip hop pants or the ideal dance bra. By the way, this enterprising boutique over the hill, which is frequented by a lot of show business industry types, is open every day of the week. Handy, huh?

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Scubahaus
2501 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 828-2915
www.scubahaus.com

Family owned and operated, Scubahaus addresses the needs of water-bound ladies who like to swim, scuba dive, and play polo, to name just a few activities where the right gear is most definitely required. Even the latest and greatest in sun protection products are on hand at this Santa Monica-based outfit located across from Douglas Park at Wilshire and 25th St. So are dive computers, underwater cameras, and a large number of nifty diving gadgets. That said, you can also get your scuba certification here as well. Talk about a one stop shop. And of course, for all of your fashionable wetsuit and bathing suit needs, well…you’ll find them all right here.

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The Dance Store
2509 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 271-3664
www.thedancestore.com

Looking for the perfect pointe shoe or a pink and white unitard? Want to pick up some leotards that last? This cherished and yes, stylish, outpost located on fashion-conscious Robertson Blvd., is the right place to go to find the best bets for a ballerina or a ballerina in training. Either way, women who shop here are serious about this athletic art form and will be over the moon happy with what they collectively find at The Dance Store, an ideal establishment for getting set to let their clients jete with great confidence while looking extra pretty. Indeed, even the smallest item can be found here, up to and including hair nets, which will keep your mops in place while you joyfully fly across the floor boards.

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(credit: K T./Yelp)


Lucy Athleticwear
12178 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 761-0146
www.lucy.com

The motto here: “You wear the pants and you wear them well!” Top level work-out clothes are supplied by Lucy so if you buy here, expect your picks to last longer than typical clothing of this sort tends to do. High quality and astonishing durability are the hallmark of all goods sold at this Studio City outpost so your required visits may be few and far between. Still, go anyway as you might just pick up something to wear that you never even knew you needed before your eyes laid eyes on that particular item. How’s that for a perfect place to shop for your athletic gear?

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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist and always travels with her pillow. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.