Running-wear philosophy: Wear what moves you—and moves with you.
In middle school, Nadia Aboulhosn battled pneumonia—and the experience changed her life. At an age when every girl’s body is undergoing rapid transformation, Aboulhosn was put on a prescription that caused her to add 30 pounds to her small frame. After she was well again, her mother encouraged her to work with a nutritionist and 50 pounds rapidly fell off.
Aboulhosn was shocked to see how differently others treated her. Kids who ignored her in seventh grade out of nowhere wanted to be her friend: “All of a sudden they were so nice. ‘Oh you look so good!’” The designer says, “It made me realize, it only really matters what I think.”
Along with solidifying her sense of self, getting sick made Aboulhosn passionate about health and fitness. She started playing sports the next year, joining the step team and developing her skills as a linebacker for the all-boys football team. “There was no girls team and everybody said I couldn’t do it, but I always do whatever people say I can’t.” She developed her love of running during practice when the team would go to the track once a day.
At 27, Aboulhosn now runs three to four times a week for at least 30 minutes around her neighborhood, balancing the miles with bodyweight work she does in her living room. “I don’t like to go to the gym—I’m an outdoors person.” As a fashion designer who’s worked for BooHoo, Addition Elle and Lord & Taylor, Aboulhosn is into style even when she sweats. She gravitates toward “cute matching sets” and has a “sneaker obsession”—but ultimately, it comes down to “what moves with my body.”
While the LA local (originally from Orlando, Fla.) isn’t currently training for a specific race, she says, “I’ve always wanted to do a marathon—but I’ve felt like I might not be able to accomplish it. I have to keep in mind that I could.”
Check out some of her favorites—some as seen on the cover of our April 2016 Issue!
Lorna Jane Infinity Sports Bra, $65, lornajane.com
“I have to have a really good sports bra.”
Lorna Jane Maximum Support F/L Tight, $111, lornajane.com
“These leggings have the perfect stretch material and the high waist works well with a bra top or a hoodie.”
Nike Roshe One ID, $115, nike.com
“I customize any and everything. Fashion is all about showcasing your own style.”
Adidas Daybreaker Hoodie, $100, adidas.com
“I love wearing just a sports bra and a cute little hoodie. In the last two years, with athleisure becoming a thing, it’s become really acceptable to wear this look anywhere.”
Beats by Dre Powerbeats Wireless, $320, beatsbydre.com
“I’m always listening to music. These wireless ones make it easy.”
Ethika Subzero The Staple, $28, ethika.com
“I like little matching sets to wear at home when I do lunges and squats. It sounds crazy, but when I run, I love to wear bike shorts. You don’t have to worry about pulling them down!”