Exercise in Style: Fashion Ideas for When You Hit The Gym
Going to the gym can feel like a fashion nightmare – after all, when you’re all sweaty, the urge to hide under a baggy t-shirt can feel overwhelming. However, the gym doesn’t have to be unfashionable. Why not incorporate some of these workout-chic fashion tips into your routine?
The silhouette, or shape, of the clothes you wear matters. A huge t-shirt paired with saggy sweatpants looks awful and can make you feel awful. Instead, look for interesting workout pieces with a little shape to them. Go for lean leggings with a slight fitted tank top or sweatshirt, or choose wide-legged yoga pants with a slim-cut tank for a modern look. The general rule is to make sure one or more items is fitted – otherwise, you’ll look like you’re swimming in fabric.
Update your colors.
One super-easy way to update your gym wardrobe is by considering the colors you’re wearing. Choose one or two on-trend colors, then work them in to your existing gym outfits. That way, you can feel trendy without sacrificing your comfort while working out.
Pick one interesting item.
Gym clothes can be fairly standard and boring if you’re not careful. Go out of your way to pick at least one interesting, functional gym item that you love. A cool neon pair of running shoes or a patterned duffel bag can go a long way toward making you feel more stylish. Plus, when you have fun gym stuff, it makes you want to work out even more!
Keep trends in mind, but don’t let them rule you.
When you’re choosing outfits for the gym, you’ll want to make sure to keep trends in mind. However, they shouldn’t be all that you think about. After all, you’re there to work out, not to walk a runway. It’s perfectly okay to choose a slightly more fashionable or trendier gym outfit, but not if it means you’re the girl who tries to work out in stiletto heels.
Hair today, gone tomorrow.
One easy way to make a style statement at the gym is with your hair. Think about the Olympian gymnasts: even though they were there for athletics, they still did fun, interesting things with their hair. Adding a simple braid or twist to a boring ponytail may be all that it takes to make you feel like your stylish self again.
Choose items that make you feel awesome.
At the end of the day, your gym outfit is about comfort and flexibility. Never lose sight of that when you’re picking out workout clothes, otherwise you’ll wind up wearing something uncomfortable and restrictive. Make sure your items feel amazing when you’re wearing them and moving in them – even if it means you show up to the gym in an oversize t-shirt.
Don’t let your workouts be a wasteland of bad fashion. It’s simple enough to add stylish touches to any outfit – even your gym clothes. Follow these tips next time you’re working out and you’ll be fashion-forward and healthy.