Street fashion with NYC Pretty fitness-fashion blogger Christine Bibbo Herr

Christine Bibbo Herr, the fitness-fashion blogger behind NYC Pretty, takes us on a search for stylish gymgoers on the Upper East Side.

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Christine Bibbo Herr, the fitness-fashion blogger behind NYC Pretty, is no stranger to stylish workout gear. We had her guest-edit Time Out New York’s street-fashion column, scouring Central Park Reservoir, David Barton Gym and SoulCycle on the Upper East Side for well-dressed gymgoers. Many of the fitness fiends we encountered sported neon sneakers from Nike and Adidas, moisture-wicking clothing from Lululemon and Lolë, and a surprising amount of jewelry.


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    If anyone knows how to successfully merge fitness with fashion, it’s former magazine editor Christine Bibbo Herr, who spent the last decade working for glossies such as Health, Real Simple and Good Housekeeping. In February 2012, she launched NYC Pretty (nycpretty.com), a personal-style blog with a sporty twist: Once a week, she showcases stylish athletic duds in her “Workout Wednesday” posts. “I wanted to have a fitness aspect [to the site] because that’s so much a part of my life,” explains the avid runner, surfer and snowboarder. “If I had my way, I’d always be walking around in gear because I’m such an on-the-go person.” That doesn’t mean she sacrifices style for comfort, however. “When you wear a cute outfit, it gets you more motivated to get dressed and go to the gym,” she notes. “And now [brands] are making pieces that you’d actually incorporate into your normal outfits.” To test her theory, we had Bibbo Herr accompany us to the Central Park Reservoir, David Barton Gym (davidbartongym.com) and SoulCycle (soulcycle.com) on the Upper East Side in search of well-attired fitness fiends.

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    Amita Patel, 29, integrative-health coach (alignedholistics.com), Battery Park City

    “I love the colorblocking that she has going on,” says Bibbo Herr of Patel, who wears a tank and lightweight shorts from Lululemon (locations throughout the city; visit lululemon.com). “Also, that little overlapping scallop on her shorts is great for running because it allows her to move her legs without feeling confined.”

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    Amita Patel, 29, integrative-health coach (alignedholistics.com), Battery Park City

    “These are my crazy sneakers,” jokes Patel of her brightly hued kicks from Adidas (610 Broadway at E Houston St, 212-529-0081 • 90-15 Queens Blvd between 90th and 92nd Sts, suite 2061, Elmhurst, Queens; 718-393-9620 • adidas.com). “I’m normally in all black so they are my one little pop of color. They’re also super comfortable and lightweight, which makes them easy to travel with.”

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    Amita Patel, 29, integrative-health coach (alignedholistics.com), Battery Park City

    Patel keeps her accessories to a minimum with Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses purchased at Solstice (locations throughout the city; visit solsticesunglasses.com) and Paloma Picasso studs from Tiffany & Co. (727 Fifth Ave between 56th and 57th Sts, 212-755-8000 • 37 Wall St between Broad and William Sts, 212-514-8015 • tiffany.com). “I’m so lazy about changing earrings that once there’s a pair in, that’s it—they’re in there forever,” she admits.

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    Mary Joan Cunningham, 34, cofounder of Girl Around Town (girlaroundtown.net) and meditation coach (maryjoancunningham.com), Financial District

    “The pants are amazing,” enthuses Bibbo Herr of Cunningham’s ZweetSport (zweetsport.com) capri leggings, worn with a Velvet by Graham & Spencer (velvet-tees.com) tie-dye tank. “The stripes are great because they elongate her legs. Then she’s mixing prints; the black-and-white [pattern] sort of goes with anything.”

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    Mary Joan Cunningham, 34, cofounder of Girl Around Town (girlaroundtown.net) and meditation coach (maryjoancunningham.com), Financial District

    “I keep everything on all the time, even when I work out,” says Cunningham of her abundance of accessories. Many of them bear personal significance, including a skinny gold bracelet that belonged to her mother as a child in Mexico, a copper bangle Cunningham dug out of her mom’s jewelry box, a ring from Saudi Arabia that bears her name in Arabic and her great-grandmother’s wedding band. Braided bracelets from Lagos, a Pura Vida (puravidabracelets.com) multicolored string style, a skull-emblazoned bracelet and a beaded version bought from Soho street vendors, and a gemstone ring purchased on Catalina Island are also in the mix.

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    Mary Joan Cunningham, 34, cofounder of Girl Around Town (girlaroundtown.net) and meditation coach (maryjoancunningham.com), Financial District

    Cunningham strings pendants featuring religious icons—Pope John Paul II, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Joan of Arc, angels—that she’s picked up while traveling throughout Europe. “I like a lot of different religions and general spirituality,” she explains.

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    Mary Joan Cunningham, 34, cofounder of Girl Around Town (girlaroundtown.net) and meditation coach (maryjoancunningham.com), Financial District

    “I grew up in Saudi Arabia and the only gift we got was gold because it’s not expensive there,” explains Cunningham of her hoop earrings, which she rarely takes out. “I sleep in them—they are super light.”

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    Jennifer Kass, 33, holistic-happiness coach (jenniferkassllc.com), Battery Park City

    “It’s simple with a nice bright color,” remarks Bibbo Herr of Kass’s outfit, comprised of a built-in bra tank from Lolë (lolewomen.com) and Lululemon seamless shorts. “That salmon-orangey hue looks great with her skin tone.”

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    Jennifer Kass, 33, holistic-happiness coach (jenniferkassllc.com), Battery Park City

    “I’m super low-maintenance when it comes to what I put on my body—I don’t usually wear rings or necklaces—so these always stay in,” says Kass of her simple pearl studs that were a gift from her father. “He gets me all of my nice jewelry.”

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    Jennifer Kass, 33, holistic-happiness coach (jenniferkassllc.com), Battery Park City

    “Sneakers just have never been me—I literally don’t own a pair,” declares Kass, who prefers TOMS (toms.com) slip-ons for walking and biking. “Every season I buy a new pair in this color. I love them because they’re bouncy.”

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    Dallen Lien-Bassett, 26, music producer; Calgary, Canada

    Lien-Bassett elevates a basic henley and rolled-up sweatpants from H&M (locations throughout the city; visit hm.com) with his unexpected fluorescent footwear. “The hit of color at the bottom is genius—it’s so fun and fresh,” says Bibbo Herr. “I’m just so impressed that he did that.”

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    Dallen Lien-Bassett, 26, music producer; Calgary, Canada

    Shades from Forever 21 (locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com) shield Lien-Bassett’s eyes from the sun during a game of Frisbee.

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    Dallen Lien-Bassett, 26, music producer; Calgary, Canada

    These bright Nike sneakers are from Foot Locker (locations throughout the city; visit footlocker.com).

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    Nicholas Dale, 26, accountant; Calgary, Canada

    A Volcom tank (446 Broadway between Grand and Howard Sts; 212-334-2215, volcom.com) and plaid H&M shorts easily transition from a game of softball to the street. “He has this surfer-preppy style going on, which is adorable,” gushes Bibbo Herr. “It’s laid-back; he looks cute and comfortable at the same time.”

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    Nicholas Dale, 26, accountant; Calgary, Canada

    Multifunctional Adidas sneakers from Foot Locker complete the ensemble.

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    Terrence Walcott, 31, personal trainer and training manager at David Barton Gym (30 E 85th St at Madison Ave; 212-517-7577, davidbartongym.com), Upper East Side

    “He definitely looks way cooler than anyone else in here,” admits Bibbo Herr of Walcott, who pairs a David Barton Gym–branded T-shirt with Lululemon yoga pants. “I like how he really accessorized. It’s an all-black [outfit] but with a little bit of color and print, it makes it more interesting. It’s just badass.”

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    Terrence Walcott, 31, personal trainer and training manager at David Barton Gym (30 E 85th St at Madison Ave; 212-517-7577, davidbartongym.com), Upper East Side

    Contrary to what you’d believe, Walcott’s Publish printed cap (publishbrand.com) serves a purpose in the gym. “I like to wear hats when I work out because I can be a bit more discreet,” he explains. “It camouflages me if I pull it down low—people know not to mess with that guy.” He purchased his gold-line studs from Steven Alan (locations throughout the city; visit stevenalan.com) “because they look like staples.”

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    Terrence Walcott, 31, personal trainer and training manager at David Barton Gym (30 E 85th St at Madison Ave; 212-517-7577, davidbartongym.com), Upper East Side

    “A lot of trainers like G-Shock (gshock.com) because they’re sturdy,” says Walcott of his digital time-teller. “I’m very clumsy—I break and loose things often—but this is probably the only watch I’m able to wear and keep.”

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    Terrence Walcott, 31, personal trainer and training manager at David Barton Gym (30 E 85th St at Madison Ave; 212-517-7577, davidbartongym.com), Upper East Side

    Walcott’s beaded bracelets (and matching necklace) were custom-made by local jewelry designer Luc Saardo (lucsaardo.com).

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    Terrence Walcott, 31, personal trainer and training manager at David Barton Gym (30 E 85th St at Madison Ave; 212-517-7577, davidbartongym.com), Upper East Side

    “I wear Converse (560 Broadway at Prince St; 212-966-1099, converse.com) every day and work out in them,” swears Walcott. “The only time I don’t is when I’m running. When you’re strength training, the less distance you have between your foot and the surface you’re pushing against, the more you can generate force into the muscles you’re trying to work.”

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    Scott Budow, 24, law student, East Village

    Budow’s Columbia shirt (columbia.com) and Champion shorts (championusa.com) help him stand out in a sea of neutrals at the gym. “I like that guys are wearing color,” says Bibbo Herr. “He also picked good fabrics—they’re light and moisture-wicking. It’s nice for the rest of us not to have to smell the boys.”

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    Scott Budow, 24, law student, East Village

    They may be beat up, but these Nike sneakers (6 E 57th St between Fifth and Madison Aves, 212-891-6453 • 156 Fifth Ave between 20th and 21st Sts, 212-243-8560 • 21 Mercer St between Grand and Howard Sts, 212-226-5433 • nike.com) still do the trick.

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    Isabel Leeds, 15, student, Upper East Side

    Leeds was still in her field-hockey preseason uniform—a reversible team-issued jersey and Nike shorts—from that morning’s practice when Bibbo Herr spotted her at David Barton Gym. “Her top reminds me of a football jersey,” she muses. “It’s cute and sporty, and I love it with the bright turquoise [bottoms].”

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    Isabel Leeds, 15, student, Upper East Side

    A delicate Tiffany & Co. bow necklace won’t get in the way of a workout.

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    Isabel Leeds, 15, student, Upper East Side

    More dainty accessories, including an Elsa Peretti open-heart bracelet from Tiffany & Co., a triple-stacked ring that was a gift from Leeds’s mom and a gemstone ring from Blue Tree (1283 Madison Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts; 212-369-2583, bluetreenyc.com), made the cut for field-hockey practice.

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    Isabel Leeds, 15, student, Upper East Side

    Leeds scored these Asics (asicsamerica.com) sneakers at Gubbins (gubbinsrunningahead.com) in East Hampton.

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    Lee Bressler, 31, hedge fund manager, Upper West Side

    “I wouldn’t think to do white bottoms but it’s clean-cut and crisp,” says Bibbo Herr, who believes Bressler’s Nike moisture-wicking tee and Lululemon shorts together create a great summery combo. “The white and blue looks kind of nautical but then the neon kicks make a major color statement.”

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    Lee Bressler, 31, hedge fund manager, Upper West Side

    Bressler shows off his Nike Flyknit Racer sneakers. “The entire shoe is made from one string, which made me wonder, ‘If I cut them accidentally, would the whole thing unravel?,’” he remarks. “But that hasn’t happened. They are really light—it’s kind of amazing.”

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    Alexandra Vulliez, 40, attorney, Midtown East

    Bibbo Herr’s favorite part of Vulliez’s well-coordinated look is her two-in-one Lululemon top. “It has a built-in sports bra but it’s still loose fitting, so it lets you breathe,” she notes. Basic Lululemon capri pants tone down the otherwise neon-heavy outfit.

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    Alexandra Vulliez, 40, attorney, Midtown East

    “I just took off a crazy necklace but these are sweat-proof,” says Vulliez of her earrings from Judith Ripka (777 Madison Ave between 66th and 67th Sts, 212-517-8200 • 673 Madison Ave at 61st St, 212-355-8300 • judithripka.com). A Sparkly Soul (sparklysoul.com) nonslip headband keeps her hair in place while cycling.and don

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    Alexandra Vulliez, 40, attorney, Midtown East

    “Her socks are adorable,” enthuses Bibbo Herr of these psychedelic Reebok socks (reebok.com). “Even when you have sneakers on, you can still see the color coming out.”

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    Catelyn Letizia, 28, investor relations coordinator, Upper East Side

    “The silver and pink is a really pretty combination,” enthuses Bibbo Herr, referring to Letizia’s Lululemon top and Giro (giro.com) metallic cycling shoes. Basic capri leggings from Athleta (1517 Third Ave between 85th and 86th Sts, 212-249-2072 • 216 Columbus Ave at 70th St, 212-787-5602 • athleta.com) keep things from going too girly.

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    Catelyn Letizia, 28, investor relations coordinator, Upper East Side

    Letizia mixes fashion with function by stacking a vintage bangle from her mom over an Alex & Isabelle (alexandisabellehairties.com) glitter hair tie from Olive & Bette’s (locations throughout the city; visit oliveandbettes.com).

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    Catelyn Letizia, 28, investor relations coordinator, Upper East Side

    Faux-diamond studs from Ralph Lauren (locations throughout the city; visit ralphlauren.com) and an Under Armour (underarmour.com) silicone-lined braided headband lend a feminine touch.

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    Sheila O’Neill, 17, student, Upper East Side

    A contrast to the bright colors and bold prints sported by other gymgoers, O’Neill kept things classic with a graphic top from SoulCycle (1470 Third Ave at 83rd St; 212-639-1300, soulcycle.com), and Lululemon leggings and tank in subdued black and gray. “It’s simple but cool,” says Bibbo Herr.

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    Sheila O’Neill, 17, student, Upper East Side

    O’Neill models her Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry (jenniferzeuner.com) nameplate necklace.

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    Sheila O’Neill, 17, student, Upper East Side

    Sticky silicone dots on the underside of this Lululemon headband not only hold the fabric in place, but also purportedly tame flyaways.

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    Allie Litwak, 26, sales representative, Gramercy

    “Animal prints are big and it’s smart that she kept the pattern on top,” says Bibbo Herr of Litwak’s SoulCycle tank, which draws the eye upward. Litwak’s bright Champion sports bra has a similar effect. As for her Nike Pro pants, Bibbo Herr points out that “the sleek black on the bottom camouflages any areas you’d want to hide.”

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    Allie Litwak, 26, sales representative, Gramercy

    Litwak keeps her Stella & Dot (stelladot.com) necklace on during her sweat session. “I can’t believe how many of these girls work out with all of their jewelry on,” says Bibbo Herr. “They’re so glamorous!”

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    Allie Litwak, 26, sales representative, Gramercy

    Electric-hued Under Armour socks provide a fun finishing touch.

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    Courtney Stokols, 31, real-estate project coordinator, Upper East Side

    “She has a lot going on—mixing prints and pastel colors,” says Bibbo Herr of Stokols’s SoulCycle tank and Nike capris. “But it works because she kept the larger graphic on top and a smaller, darker pattern on bottom.” A Lululemon sports bra and SoulCycle logo bandanna punctuate the outfit.

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    Courtney Stokols, 31, real-estate project coordinator, Upper East Side

    A sporty watch from Bulgari (730 Fifth Ave between 56th and 57th Sts; 212-315-9000, us.bulgari.com) may not be designed for athletic activities, but it certainly looks the part.

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    Courtney Stokols, 31, real-estate project coordinator, Upper East Side

    Stokols’s swaps her cycling shoes for Nike sneakers postworkout.

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

If anyone knows how to successfully merge fitness with fashion, it’s former magazine editor Christine Bibbo Herr, who spent the last decade working for glossies such as Health, Real Simple and Good Housekeeping. In February 2012, she launched NYC Pretty (nycpretty.com), a personal-style blog with a sporty twist: Once a week, she showcases stylish athletic duds in her “Workout Wednesday” posts. “I wanted to have a fitness aspect [to the site] because that’s so much a part of my life,” explains the avid runner, surfer and snowboarder. “If I had my way, I’d always be walking around in gear because I’m such an on-the-go person.” That doesn’t mean she sacrifices style for comfort, however. “When you wear a cute outfit, it gets you more motivated to get dressed and go to the gym,” she notes. “And now [brands] are making pieces that you’d actually incorporate into your normal outfits.” To test her theory, we had Bibbo Herr accompany us to the Central Park Reservoir, David Barton Gym (davidbartongym.com) and SoulCycle (soulcycle.com) on the Upper East Side in search of well-attired fitness fiends.

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Geo West
Geo West

So many gorgeous women looking better in their sweats than I do in a ball gown! I certainly appreciate the efforts of the woman working out in her jewellery! And so many pretty hairstyles, too! What is a girl to do? I look like a slug when I exercise! http://distresseduk.com

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