When I think I look good I feel better. That goes anytime anywhere. At the gym, where you are sweating it out - in a lot less clothing than you wear on the street – you really want to feel good. You want to feel like you own that elliptical, treadmill, space on the mat…while you work that moneymaker.
I like bright colored tank tops or black ones and most of the time black running tights or yoga pants.
My go to sources:
Nike/Addidas/whatever’s cute and around $15 at Marshalls (the discount dept store) for tank tops and over layers
Prana’s Drew Pant (that’s my everyday through the cold months pant so I have more than one pair – they last for years).
Luluemon Athletica – these are my summertime babies – love, love, love – the Still Pant. I have in black and gray. I don’t workout in them, but they are perfect for putting on after working out and hanging out in. They also make the cutest jackets (also perfect for throwing on to go to/from the gym and run errands in). **Everything they make – I think – is super cute, but it’s $$$ so try to go when they are having a sale (I scored a pair of Still Pants for 50% off at the last one) and just go to Marshall’s or TJ Maxx for the tank tops – you are going to wear them out and with frequent laundering why spend all the money. Save your bucks for the stuff you will need to wash a little less (the over layers).
Running Bras – Victoria’s Secret. They make the best ones. Granted they are around $50 each. After washing hang dry, they will last longer. Oh, and not all retail outlets carry them, so call ahead and when you find a model you like just note the style and then you can just order them online in the future. Sometimes they go on sale, but not often.
Fashion in the Athletic Apparel Industry
I like long tops with my tight pants and having a cute bag. The outfit in the photo above is super cute. Baseball cap for your hair, which is going to get messed up. Long top = makes you feel more secure about your derriere and a big purse (granted I think the one in the photo is around $ two grand). No need to look frumpy and carry a big gym bag – it’s okay to be cute no one will think less of you.
Just be comfortable. I see people – not to judge – who wear make-up and do their hair for the gym (or it looks like they do) and to me they look silly. You’re there to workout – to sweat.
Finally, something I’ve picked up on Pinterest – there are so many pictures of celebrities in cute outfits and of Nike workout outfits. For the record, I have yet to find anything by Nike – top/bottom… that looks remotely cute – at least on me. As for celebrities – working out is their job and if they live in LA wearing spandex to the lunch (at least in some neighborhoods) is de rigueur and they have paparazzi taking pictures of them going to/from the gym – so investing in expensive super cute gym clothes is like me investing in jeans – I’ll wear the heck out of them. Don’t start comparing your outfits to theirs – however if you want to use their choices and those photos for inspiration great!
On on a final note I’m so sick of seeing Made in China or some other place where I don’t feel good about my clothes coming from – for environmental reasons and how companies treat their workers – but for right now unless I want to spend money I don’t have that’s not an option. Maybe someday. ox