I get that everyone is all free-to-be grungy at the gym (that one is rather politically incorrect to suggest it should be otherwise), but honestly - it's a public place. Would it kill everyone to put on something other than the wide-cut Hanes tshirt and a pair of crap biking shorts?
I for one do two things to prepare myself for the Y (and, as I've recently discovered it's a good thing too because one meets everyone she knows and doesn't while working out: Sarah Polley, check. My former Deputy Minister, check three times. Mums of M's friends from junior school. Yup.): I wear lipstick and a chic outfit.
Before you suggest that said outfit might be chic now because I just went out and bought it and, in 6 months it'll look like shit, allow me to refute this claim: When it looks like shit, I'll throw it out and start again.
As you may know, my persona has a bit of a performance artist bent. I dress to liberate my imagination, which is vivid. Who am I, in any given circumstance? When I go into fancy work meetings, I wear a power suit (but a delicate one). When I'm out for dinner at some hipster joint, I ensure to be dressed utterly opposite. At the gym, I'm channeling the midtown yogini meets the 80s aerobic princess. Sure, I was there the first time (in both instances), but it gives an air of authenticity.
Peeps, if I could wear some crazy, striped bodysuit with a pair of magenta leggings and some legwarmers, I would be all over it. (Don't worry, my goal is to blend in - with a little twist of personality.)
In truth, I'm subtle. My go-to items include:
- Outfits you can walk to the gym in (cuz I try to avoid the change room when I can)
- Things with a bit of colour, but not too much...
- Fitted items (that only highlight the bits I want to show off)
On that topic, have you heard of the Lab? Whenever I think of this I imagine beady-eyed engineers slaving underground (at an undisclosed location) to make the worlds most functional activewear evah. Gotta love the concept store.
At any rate, I bought these shorts for a stupid amount of money (75ish CDN) but, seriously, I could wear them out all day:
|Lulu Lemon Lab: Noir Shorts (Could these people make their site a little bit less douchey??)|
They're super flattering even if your lower abdomen isn't like board. The sides roll up and held with a tab and button (sort of visible by the model's hand in the second photo).
But, when you're not looking to spend a ton and you want to blend in, Gap Fit really does some very functional pieces. Sure, they're mostly knock-offs of everything you've seen elsewhere, but the fabrics are great and they stock colour. Hilariously, I went in the other day (40% off sale) but my phone was dead so I couldn't show them my e-coupon. But, because they had my email address (associated with my credit card), they simply gave me the discount?!?! Honestly, I bet if you go into that store on any given day and ask for a discount, just cuz, they'll give it to you. It's no wonder they can't turn a profit.
Today's questions: What do you wear to the gym? Are you one of those peeps in the over-sized T? (Feel free to explain why that's the way to go!) Do you channel a persona at the gym/yoga studio/when you run etc.? Have you tried Lab? Do you loathe Lulu Lemon (it's sort of hard not to)? Let's talk!