With the New Year’s Resolutioners this year came a flood of interesting gym fashion choices. I see lots and lots of beer-related t-shirts, booty shorts, gigantic oversized converted painting clothes, spandex bike shorts, JEANS, polo shirts…pretty much everything.
Now, generally, I find there are lots and lots of people against the concept of having a dedicated gym wardrobe. It’s the whole “why bother? I’m WORKING OUT.” mentality. And, well, yes, you are working out. I’m not going to go Stacy-and-Clinton and say “You need to be dressed perfectly all the time! Fitted blazers and heels!” Lord knows I go to Target in sweatpants at least once a week. But, I will go out on a limb and offer the following observations.
- Wearing actual workout clothes leads to better workouts. I could not run as far as I do in a hot cotton t-shirt, or tennis shoes, or jeans.
- Wearing actual workout clothes is a confidence booster. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can at least fake it. Fake it till you make it, the clothes make the man, and all that.
- Wearing actual workout clothes keeps you going to the gym. If you’ve got the stuff specifically designated to working out in your drawer, and you see it every time you open it, you think about it more. Andplusalso, I would not waste money by purchasing a workout wardrobe and wearing it once.
- Wearing actual workout clothes shows you progress better. For the first four or five months of my gym career, I wore old baggy pajama pants and a t-shirt. It was totally demotivating because gyms have mirrors everywhere and, well, you can’t see your body changing under all that nonsense. Once I got somewhat fitted clothing, I could SEE changes happening, and I felt better about myself.
Workout clothes don’t have to be expensive OR terribly revealing to get the job done. My workout wardrobe is 85% from Target.
These sports bras are my favorite.
And I love their running tanks.
Which would work swimmingly well with some capris.
I also find a lot of great high quality workout clothes for cheap at TJ Maxx.
Anyway, the point is, I think wearing whatever you can find on hand is demotivating and not a great strategy for working out consistently. Invest a little bit in yourself. You’re worth it!
Do you have a workout wardrobe? Why or why not?