The Debate: Are Cute Workout Clothes Essential?
By Becky Warren
My friends and I have been having an ongoing debate about whether investing in cute workout clothes is really necessary. For example, I carefully pick out what I am going to wear and make sure its color coordinated from my sports bra to the jacket I wear to and from my workout. While some of my other friends just stumble out of bed in old sweats and a t-shirt. These friends think this is just completely ridiculous and a waste of time and money.
They say that you are just sweating in these clothes, so it doesn’t matter what you wear as long as they are comfortable and work for the workout.
I completely disagree with them and I will tell you why.
When I have a cute and coordinated workout outfit to wear to bootcamp, to pilates, to run or to the gym I am more motivated to work out. Maybe that says that I’m not completely motivated to work out but I’m telling you, it really is an added push for me to go and work out. If I pull out my dumpiest clothes to wear I definitely am not going to feel good about working out and may just decide to stay in bed. Additionally, I feel self-conscious at the gym glimpsing in the mirror and seeing my mismatched, oversized, ill-fitting clothes.
My commitment to cute workout outfits did not happen overnight, it was a progression. When I first started to regularly go to the gym and get into shape, I would pull out my old campaign t-shirts and sweat pants and head to the gym. I was just getting into the routine of actually going to the gym and I could care less what I was wearing. Then I noticed the mirrors at the gym and realized I totally looked a little sloppy and NOT attractive.
So then I decided to start shopping for better workout clothes and headed out to discount retail stores like Walmart and Old Navy to purchase some clothes that at least fit. I felt a bit better and started color-coordinating my workout clothes a bit more.
Then came Nike. One day, a friend had me try on Nike Perfect Fit pants. And I thought I could live in them. Not only did they make my thighs look smaller, they were great sweat-absorbers and felt great. I started getting some Nike tank tops to go with them and was really starting to look forward to wearing my workout clothes every morning.
This is where I was for years. Always on the hunt for Nike apparel on sale to add to my workout wardrobe. I felt comfortable enough to wear the clothes out and about to run errands before or after my workout on the weekend.
And then I was introduced to Lululemon. Ahhhhhhh! Since the moment I met Lulu, I have never looked back.
This was the best and worst introduction to me. It was the best in that Lululemon… hands down… has the best workout clothes for women. The pants make me look smaller, the tops are feminine, the jackets and long-sleeved shirts are flattering and functional. I am telling you – absolutely everyone looks great in these pants. I don’t know what it is but these pants will make you never want to take them off. Lulu clothes literally feel like you are walking around naked because they are so comfortable and the material has more sweat-absorption than any other brand I have ever worn.
The worst part about this introduction is that, of course, Lululemon is the most expensive of the brands that I have worn. Pants – not on sale – run at $98. But once I tried on Lululemon, it ruined me for most other brands. I only want to wear my Lulu clothes. In fact, as I am writing this blog, I am wearing Lulu pants and a Lulu long-sleeved shirt.
Unfortunately, Sacramento does not have a Lulu store but there are still ways to cure a Lulu fix. Several yoga and pilates studios sell Lulu such as Zuda Yoga and The Dailey Method. These studios often have sales for Lulu which help with justifying why I absolutely have to purchase another tank.
Every day now I get super excited to put together my workout outfits each morning and wear them to work out. I know they look great and I feel 100% confident when I am wearing these clothes. When I look in the mirror, I know I won’t see unsightly bulges or lumps as my clothes really are flattering.
I do think that cute clothes really does make a difference in getting me to the gym and do not distract.
What do you think? Do you think this is all about nothing? A waste of time and money? Or do you agree with me and think cute clothes are essential to a great work out?