Going to the gym can be hard, but what I find even harder is looking good at the gym! Look your best and feel your best, right? Plus, I love the idea of leaving the gym and being able to go out to lunch with gal pals or a quick coffee run to keep us energized. Girls may run the world, but this girl definitely runs on coffee! My sorority sister, old housemate and friend Rebecca Giese of Southern’spirations is here to help me out! While I think Rebecca’s best accessory is her smile, this girl does got some style I’m envious of!
Thank goodness for the newest trends in athletic wear! How is it possible that only a couple decades ago people were wearing leg warmers and very tight and bright spandex?
Gym clothes use to be just that, for the gym but now people wear them everywhere. From a morning yoga session right to the farmers market or a midday run before lunch. And it is socially appropriate to do so! I personally wear athletic clothing as much as possible and let's just say I do not work out as much as I wear it. But at least I look like I know what I am doing...that is what counts right?
That is where the wonderful athletic leisurewear steps in! Athletic brands like Lululemon and Athleta changed the way the fashion world looked at gym attire and leisurewear. Now brands from Lilly Pulitzer to Jcrew have an athletic line as a continuation of their brand and styling.
Lately, I have been trying to get back into a full workout regimen. Between work, blogging and balancing everything else in life, picking a comfortable outfit that can last me all day triumphs over a stylish outfit or outfit changes. I personally hate the incontinence of changing when I get to the gym or feeling that I should change after because I look sloppy or gross. (Unless I actually am gross and smell then changing always wins)
Below I am sharing my go-to athletic leisurewear of choice is a tank top with leggings. Right now my favorite tops are from the Nike tennis collection, I love the fit and quality of the fabric they used. When it comes to leggings I gravitate toward Under Armor but would have to say my all-time favorite pair are actually from Vineyard Vines. As the season starts to change and the weather starts to get cooler I will layer a thin pullover jacket. But this is my classic go-to outfit.
When it comes to sneakers and athletic shoes, gone are the days of bulky sneakers you would only wear to gym class. The styles are switching to cleaner lines and a shoe I love to wear all the time! I LOVE my black Nike sneakers, they finish off any casual outfit nicely.
To polish off my outfit I always put on my pearls...well fake pearls. I leave my nice jewelry at home because sweat can really tarnish and ruin nice pieces. I highly recommend purchasing a pair of fake pearls from somewhere like Claire's to create a finished look.
Now head over to Southern'spirations ...while I think its totally acceptable to wear athletic wear and not doing anything athletic, I wrote a blog post on tips for beginner runners! Check it out!!