Why It Matters
Most of us already know that when we look great, we feel more confident. That feeling definitely applies to our workout attire – a cute outfit will help you work harder and encourage you to keep working toward your fitness goals.
The Right Support
Bigger chested girls will want to look for more supportive tops that have: 1) adjustable back hooks and wide shoulder straps, similar to your regular bras, 2) removable inner cups for added support, and 3) fuller coverage all around to keep it all held in. Unfortunately, you’ll need to invest a little more money than smaller-chested ladies to keep your lovely ladies supported and happy.
Don’t forget bottom support either! Look for bottoms that provide lift for your buttocks and compression for your thighs. Not only will they feel great on a run, but your lower half will look amazing too.
Length is Key
Pay attention to the length of both your tops and bottoms. Tops that are too short will ride up when you’re running or doing downward dog, but tops that are too long will actually accentuate any extra curves in your mid-section and end up being even more unflattering than the shorter tops. Especially if you are curvier, look for tops that end just above the widest part of your hips and slightly below the tops of your pants.
For bottoms, try to avoid pants with very low rises (just below the belly button is flattering on most shapes) and aim for wider waistbands to keep your tummy tamed. If you prefer full-length pants (great for yoga and gym workouts), a slight flare leg is flattering on all shapes. If you prefer shorter lengths (great for running, cycling, and most sports), a fitted Capri keeps your thighs compressed while giving your calves some extra breeze. If you are self-conscious about your legs, stay away from tight full-length styles. Also avoid loose capris, which will just make your thighs look bulkier.
Thanks to breakthrough technological advances in the last several years, you now have the option of finding workout clothes that incorporate the latest technologies at all different price points. The most relevant technologies are: 1) moisture wicking fabrics, 2) anti-bacterial finishes, and 3) more durable fabrics in polyester and nylon blends. Though it recently started making cotton tees, Under Armour became a huge hit when they pronounced “Cotton is the Enemy.” The reason is because when you sweat in cotton, it starts to feel heavy and weigh you down, whereas some of the newer moisture managing fabrics actually draw sweat away from the skin and evaporate quickly so you can keep going and going.
The best news is that you no longer have to pay an arm and a leg to get these new performance enhancing technologies.
Be kind to your body and opt for styles that are most flattering to your shape. If you feel self conscious about your upper body, go for tops that are flowier or have a slight flare. Regardless of your size, stay away from tops and bottoms that are too tight, or you might actually create unseemly rolls that you don’t even have! Also, make sure that you have a comfortable range of motion – try doing different stretching positions, jumping jacks, etc. in the dressing room before you buy.
Choose versatile clothes that will look just as cute at the gym as they will on your weekend errands or a casual brunch with the girls. Not only will it ensure that you don’t end up wearing tacky colors and prints that you normally wouldn’t be caught dead wearing on the street, but you’ll also be able to justify spending a little extra on your workout clothes since you are getting a bigger bang for your buck!
Finally, don’t forget to have fun with your workout fashion, just as you do with your street fashion – getting fit and healthy is a lifestyle, so treat your workout clothes with as much care and attention as you do the rest of your wardrobe. Your body will thank you!