Even though we know going to the gym is great both for our physical health and our mood, most of us still dread it. A big part of that is the fact we feel like we never look good when exercising. Except those lucky few who manage to look put together even when working out, the rest of us turn into a complete mess. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Actually, getting your gym style just right, and knowing you look banging can be an excellent incentive to exercise more. Here is a handy guide to looking like a million dollars, even at the gym.
Play with colors
Yes, black, and dark colors, in general, tend to be slimming and accentuate that sculpted body the best, but they can become boring after a while. A bit of color is the best way to shake up your style. Bright colors – including neons – are super popular because they look great on every skin tone. They also have an energizing effect, which is brilliant for athletes. If you are unsure whether you can pull off that neon yellow, maybe start small. A detail here and there can be an excellent way to dip your toe until you’ve found how to incorporate brightness into your style. To avoid an overly aggressive look and maintain some balance, super bright colors should be worn in plain blocks, with no patterns or overly noticeable logos. Some colors, like light grey, show sweat stains more than others, so bear that in mind.
Patterns and logos
Patterns have been all the rage lately, especially florals. They can be a fun and playful way to freshen up your style, especially if you feel like you have been stuck in a rut. Combine loud patterned pieces with plain ones to tone them down and create beautiful, wearable outfits. Mixing prints has been very trendy lately, so you can try that when you are feeling especially bold. When it comes to logos, the smaller the better. Giant logos make the wearer look like a walking ad. Avoid the logo of the gym where you train, lest you be confused for one of the staff.
Comfort comes first
When it comes to choosing the best gym clothes, rule number one is comfort above all. Your clothes should always be clean and pleasant to wear, and style comes in second place. Wear clothes that are made from breathable fabrics like soft cotton, or blends created specifically for active wear. Garments that hinder your movement are a big no-no. Baggy sweatpants, racerback tees and oversized sweatshirts are incredibly comfortable, and great for mixing with skimpier pieces, like leggings and crop tops. Buy a few of each, then mix and match.
Keep it PG
While everyone likes being sexy and showing off the fruits of their labor, it’s important to keep it appropriate. Gym clothes are often bodycon, and toe the line between seductive and practical. What keeps them on the appropriate side of that line and prevents them from veering into the trashy territory is size. Never buy gym clothes that are too small. Their primary function is comfort and support, and there can be no comfort if the sizing is wrong. Many people wonder if they should wear underwear, as the probability of flashing someone rises exponentially when you are exercising. Underwear for the gym should be practical and provide the necessary support. Don’t bust out your prettiest lace set, but choose soft cotton, or underwear specifically designed for exercise.
Looking good at the gym is fast from impossible – all outtakes is a bit of time and effort. The new image will lend you the confidence boost, and make your training more enjoyable.