I know a lot of you just started an exercise plan for the New Year. Experts say that what you wear to the gym can help you stay motivated and confident – and feeling confident can make a world of difference to your workout.
Basically, If you look good while you exercise, you’ll perform better.
I am personally more likely to work out when I have a cute ensemble at the ready. I splurged on an outfit from Lululemon last year and swear I ran more because of it!
When buying active wear keep in mind that the same rules apply as do with your regular clothing. If skinny jeans don’t work for you, avoid the same silhouette in workout wear. If you are very full in the hips, you probably want to go with a bootcut leg pant. If you carry your weight on top, go for more coverage in that area, avoiding skinny spaghetti straps that will make you look bigger.
A big trend in workout wear is hybrid clothing – meant for both working out and casual wear. It was bound to happen. I mean, who hasn’t worn yoga pants when, um, not doing yoga? (*raises hand*) Lucy is great for hybrid-wear. I love this place because I try to mostly buy clothing that has multiple purposes. For example, I recently bought a Lucy black long sleeved cowl neck knit top. It even has thumb holes and is meant to be a cozy cover up post-yoga. But it sure looks good with jeans and a necklace!
Lululemon and Lucy are pricey (and the quality really is top-notch), however, a stylish outfit doesn’t have to break the bank. My picks below include some great buys from Old Navy Activewear and Target's C9 line. I don’t normally like matchy-matchy outfits, but with workout clothes, it just feels… right.
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Jill Marinelli is a style & beauty expert who appears regularly on WPRI’s The Rhode Show and 92 Pro-FM radio. Known for her unique approach to styling, Jill focuses on appearance as a way of communicating with others.