Style You: The Perfect Fit(ness)

Dear Maria,

Can you recommend cute workout clothes that are budget-friendly and fit well?

~ Stephanie ~

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When it comes to workout style, it’s all about finding the perfect fit while keeping fit. There are so many great options for any fitness activity or body type, and you don’t have to break the bank to feel good at the gym.

For me, the two most important things are fit and function. I’ll shop everywhere from Old Navy to Lululemon to find the perfect sports bra or jogging short. I run, practice yoga, and attend barre classes regularly, so I buy tops and bottoms that work just as well on the trails as they do in a studio.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you sweat in style.

1) First and foremost, invest in a basic black or navy pant. Dark colors are universally slimming and hide tell-tale sweat marks. A thicker material with a lot of stretch will be most flattering. (And comfortable!) A higher waistband works wonders, too. My picks: Lululemon Wunder Unders (the cropped version is great for petites), GapFit gFast leggings, and Target C9 by Champion bootcut pant.

2) Second, don’t skimp on a supportive sports bra. I can’t stress the support factor enough. Whether you’re in downward dog or out for a 3-mile jog, everything should stay secure. I also recommend purchasing one in a quick-drying material that whisks away sweat in no time. My picks: GapFit High Impact sports braWomen’s Active by Old Navy padded bra, and Lululemon Free To Be bra. For a more relaxing yoga flow, I like the VSX Sport Supermodel Cami Sport Bra.

For underwear, I swear by VSX No-Show Hiphuggers and Thongs. Both styles comfortably stay in place with no visible lines and are available in a wide variety of colors.

3) Tanks and tops are a fun way to add style to your fitness routine. I love finding cheaper options in bright colors or bold patterns to mix and match with each workout. My picks: Target C9 by Champion Fit and Flare Tank and Short-Sleeve Tech Tee and GapFit Motion Perforated Tank. I often check the sales rack for the Lululemon No Limits Tank and the Back On Track Tank; although pricier than the options above, these tanks have a fantastic fit, wash up well, and work great for different types of exercise.

4) No matter the price, workout clothes need to fit close to the body, so as not to restrict movement in any way; that said, you don’t want them to cut off circulation, either. Think fitted, rather than tight. If you’re feeling self-conscious (and believe me, we’ve all been there), try a drapey tee layered over a slim-fit tank and fitted pant.

And finally, one last piece of advice: In the fitting room, jog in place, bend/stretch/flex your limbs, and check all materials under the fluorescent lights for transparency. If you can’t move properly or are revealing too much skin, back to the shop floor you go.

Happy Workout!

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