Studies show that if you feel like you look good in your workout clothes, you'll exercise more.
Okay, so the study was mine, but seriously -- it pays to invest at least a tiny bit of cash into your workout wardrobe because if you have cute, comfortable clothes to wear to the gym (or out into your neighborhood), chances are you really will find yourself going there more often.
(Self? I'm talking to you.)
With that in mind, click through to see some of my favorite flattering workout tops and bottoms ... And tell me where you find your favorite workout gear in the comments!
First off, unless you have a flab-free middle, I'd recommend going with tees that don't cling to your upper body. There's nothing worse than glancing at yourself in the gym mirror mid-workout and seeing a roll of fat plainly visible beneath your fitted tee.
NOT THAT I'D KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT.
A great look for many of us is a thin, looser-fitting tee (choose one that covers your butt, please) over fitted yoga pants or black workout capris. It's comfortable and it doesn't expose too much.
That said, I'm loving this particular GAP Purebody roll-sleeve tee (GAP, $29.99-$34.50). It's steep now, but GAP is always having sales and their t-shirts are fab. Keep a close eye on sale t-shirts, and when you find one that fits the bill, snatch a few up.
Need something more budget-friendly? Well, you're in luck, my friends. My favorite tee at Old Navy is on sale right now for just $5, in tons of different colors. Old Navy tees are great because they're not too fitted and not too loose. The v-neck on this tee is deepish, but your sports bra acts as a sort of cami underneath. If you hate the v-neck, though, they're also available for $5 apiece in a round neck. At this price, I think I'm going to pick up a few right now ...
As for pants and sports bras, Target generally has a fantastic, fairly affordable selection. I try to always stop by the sale rack to see if any black pants or sports bras are on sale in my size. Even at regular price, these C9 Fitted Bootcut pants (Target, $19.99) are reasonable and have gotten more than a hundred 4- to 5-star reviews from customers.
This C9 sports bra (Target, $14.99) works great for me; however, if you're a D-cup or above or if you're a runner, you'll probably want to invest in a sports bra with a little more support.
Finally, I recommend that you invest in a pair of Dimrs ($29.95), which are silicone nipple covers. While there are padded sports bras on the market, I haven't read the best reviews of them. Dimrs adhere seamlessly to your skin, they're washable, and they stay in place while you're working out. Trust me, they'll make you feel far less "exposed" when you're in your gym clothes!
Now I want to hear about your favorite affordable workout clothes!