I might be a member of the Oiselle Volée Team, but I've been wearing Oiselle (pronounced Wa-Zelle) for several years now. Oiselle is a company with a mission I believe in, and running clothes that help me believe in myself. Oiselle Wednesday is a day for reviewing my favorite running fashions and showing you the fit on a 5'7, 130 pound Mommy-body!
My Oiselle account has had to take a breather lately due to, well, too much Oiselle. I know, it's a horribly sad thing, especially with all of the new Fall 2015 that's come out. I literally drool on my keyboard every time I look at the website! If anyone wants to donate to a Oiselle Wednesday fund so I can review the new stuff, just let me know (kidding) (sort of) (I'll give you my PayPal) (I love you).
Enough begging because luckily I have a Flyte Long Sleeve shirt from last year, which means I can review that for your buying pleasure! This top is a staple in my fall and winter running wardrobe and I'm pretty sure you need one too.
First let's talk about the looks of the top. Birds and flight in general are a common theme in Oiselle clothing, but this is perhaps the only item that actually has birds on it, along with its sleeveless version. Because of this, it is one of my favorites, as it inspires me to fly whenever I wear it! I also love that on the back it says "Fly", a constant reminder to spread my wings. It is a beautiful top that I find myself grabbing over and over again.
The material is perfect for layering as it is not too thick, yet not too thin. I find it perfect for temperatures around 50 degrees or less. As with most Oiselle pieces, it is wicking, so your sweat doesn't stand a chance. I remember wearing it for a race that ended up heating up towards the end, and I was perfectly comfortable despite the warmer temperatures. I also find this the perfect top to throw under half zips when the weather dips even cooler!
And yes, it does have thumb holes. I love how soft the top is, never feeling scratchy or thick against my skin while running. Because it is a genuinely "pretty" top, I also like to throw it on with jeans to wear around town. I can say this for a lot of my favorite Oiselle clothes, but I love that when I wear it for non-running purposes, it's not totally obvious that it's a running top.
The fit is loose and generous, and I wear a Medium in this style. I feel like I could size down to a Small easily if I wanted a more fitted look, but showcasing a muffin top is not my style. I also feel like a Small might be too tight on the arms if I were to go with that, so Medium it is!
The Flyte Long Sleeve is priced at $66, which is the lowest price of all of the current Oiselle long sleeves. Sure, it's still more than my current budget might allow, but it's totally worth the price. The quality is on point, and the usefulness is undeniable. Every runner needs a standard base layer like this to get through the winter. And please just look at the gorgeous Violet color! I might be on a slight spending freeze, but you better believe I plan to Treat Yo Self at some point! I think you should too!