Going Beyond the Gym: Fashionable Workout Wear

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We’ve all been there before: you have errands to run, kiddos to pick up, or friends to meet, but you still want to hit the gym at some point during your day. Maybe you feel self-conscious running around in workout clothes, or perhaps you’d prefer to wear them every day. Fortunately for you, we’ve got some great tips below that will help you turn your run-of-the-mill athletic gear into something fun that’s fit for the gym and the streets.

All About the Cut

A flattering cut and fit can do wonders for your workout wear. The more tailor-made it looks, the more fashionable your gear will appear outside of the gym. So skip the baggy T-shirt and sweats and opt for something a little more form fitting. According to Cosmopolitan, covering the waistband of your leggings is the secret to wearing them outside the gym.

If you’re lacking volume up top, then a new push up-style sports bra would be perfect for providing support and some sexy, cleavage-enhancing padding for the girls. And if your hips don’t lie, then yoga workout bottoms with flare or boot cut legs help to create the illusion of wider hips, or at least balance out the ones you might already have.

A Pop of Color

Bright, bold, or soft, color can add so much to regular workout gear in the typical black, white, and gray palettes. This is a great way to have some fun and transition your workout gear from the gym to the sidewalk without skipping a beat. And over at Woman Within, the gym clothes are no shrinking violets—the site’s selection has plenty of beautiful color from which to choose.

Pick the hues that you find most flattering from your everyday wardrobe. Be it fuchsia, aqua, yellow, or some other color, find one to incorporate into your neutral workout palette. Don’t forget about patterns, either. These are a great way to add stylish interest to a regular gym ensemble. From water color, to tribal, to floral, and everything in between, the possibilities for designs in workout clothes these days are endless.

Accessorize Your Act

Accessories are a great way to improve your gym outfits, and no, we’re not talking about sparkly jewelry. The accessories we suggest are items like hats, sunglasses, sneakers, and even your heart rate monitoring watch. These all provide opportunity to add some fun color and pattern that you might not otherwise incorporate.

Baseball style caps are perfect for camouflaging that after-gym hair. Leave your locks down beneath your cap, or take the opportunity to throw it up in a cute ponytail, some low pigtails, or even a quick-and-simple braided look. Throw on some aviators or other athletic-style sunglasses and you’ll look like the paparazzi should be just a few steps behind.

Comfort is Key

If confidence is a girl’s best accessory (and no one looks poised in an outfit that’s uncomfortable), then you better believe that working within your comfort zone is the key to looking and feeling your best. Just like Marie Claire mentions, size doesn’t matter when it comes to athletic wear. So whether you’re hitting the gym or hitting up the coffee shop, remember to choose what’s flattering, choose what you love, and most importantly, choose what makes you feel beautiful inside and out!

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