I was on Pinterest the other day and I saw an e-card that read, “None of my yoga pants have ever been to yoga.” I giggled to myself because I am guilty of wearing workout clothes when I am not at the gym or a yoga studio. Workout clothes for me consist of yoga pants, Nike shorts, and driFit T-shirts. My workout clothes are the most comfortable attire that I own, so it’s hard to resist not wearing them outside of the gym.
But, there are times when I go overboard when it comes to wearing my workout clothes. It’s just become a social norm to wear workout clothes when you’re out running errands. Although, I can look like a hot mess in my workout clothes sometimes, it possible to look a little nicer while doing so. Stephanie Mansour, CEO of Step It Up with Steph, offered DIR readers some tips on how to dress up workout clothes.
Ladies, learn how to accessorize and coordinate your workout clothes to make sure you don’t look like a hot mess!
Add Color. DIR mentioned before that many clothing brands have workout clothes in neon colors. Most workout clothes come in black or gray. So, if you are wearing black pants and a black jacket, wear a bright neon shirt to bring a pop of color into your wardrobe.
Dress Up with Jewelry. Wearing jewelry can help you accessorize just about any piece of clothing, and it’s acceptable with workout clothes as well. Steph mentions that wearing earrings, a watch, ring, or even a necklace is acceptable when it comes to dressing up your workout clothes.
Kick on Lighter Kicks. Wearing running shoes that aren’t big and bulky will decrease the chances of you looking like a gym rat when you aren’t in the gym. Nike Frees and Puma running shoes are petite and they mesh well with yoga pants.
Kick on Your Boots. Yoga pants that are similar to leggings can be worn with flat heeled boots during the winter. You can also wear yoga leggings with flats as well.
Show Some Skin. You can also wear an off-the-shoulder sweater under tanks with yoga pants. These sweaters aren’t the only type of sweater you can wear with workout clothes. Steph adds, “I’ve seen my friends wear cardigans and cotton sweaters with their yoga pants, too.”
Save Face. The last tip we have is that you can wear a little bit of make-up like foundation, bronzer, blush, and mascara. Even though you have workout clothes on, with a little bit of make-up you’ll look more put together and your appearance comes across as planned, not pressed for time.
Steph told us, “Even though I am training clients, I still want to look put together and polished.”
Hold Your Head High. If you’re really not going to the gym, then taking a few minutes to do something cute and fun with your hair will also help pull together your whole look. A simple braid, messy bun, or even long, flowing curls will ensure you don’t look like you just left a spin class.
In today’s society, wearing workout clothes doesn’t always mean you are about to go to the gym to sweat. You can dress up your workout clothes when you are out running errands or if you just want to look cute in some comfy yoga pants and a workout tee. Hopefully these tips will help you look and feel more put together in your casual gym attire.
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November 1st, 2012