We get it: you want to look good all the time. You put on your best wares to go to the office from Monday through Friday, and a Saturday morning fitness class is no exception. From your sports bra to your kicks, you’re a firm believer in the idea that when you look good, you feel good. So you’d never be caught dead in a ratty, old tee-and-sweatpants combo from your college days. (In fact, those no longer even see the light of day.) And while you have an idea of what you’d like to look like post-workout, you never feel as polished leaving the gym as you do upon your arrival. Despite your best efforts, you just haven’t been able to make the real-world application of athleisure work for you.
But that’s where we come in. With a few simple tricks, you’ll be able to hit the gym and take care of all of your weekend errands in one fell swoop, without having to give your cozy attire a second thought.
- Leggings are the foundation.
With sturdy construction, sweat-wicking technology, and countless bright, patterned options, fitness leggings have come a long way. Whether you favor a colorful aesthetic or have a penchant for sleek, black iterations, the perfect pair of leggings is the key to making your fitness gear work outside of the studio. Their close fit gives you the chance to play with the rest of your outfit’s proportions, while also keeping things streamlined. But remember—leggings are not pants, so change into a loose-fitting tee that covers your derriere and these sleek bottoms will do all of the work while you pound the pavement.
- Pull it all together with the right hairstyle.
When you have a few errands to run after an intense workout, gym hair can be one of the most annoying things to deal with. You want to look fresh-faced and presentable, but let’s face it: limp or puffy strands aren’t the most cooperative kind. With some strategic planning, however, the right hairstyle will help you nail an effortlessly-polished look. Opt for a minimalist ponytail, a purposely-messy topknot, or a braided style for a no-fuss way to prep your strands for all of your post-gym “To-Dos.”
- Finish off your look with the perfect layer.
Once you’ve swapped your sweaty top for a fresh, loose-fitting tee, complete your ensemble with the perfect piece of outerwear. Your options are endless and totally dependent on your personal style. Hoodies or a camo-print military jacket are great for a sporty, tomboy aesthetic, while a structured jacket or coat work well for a more polished style. Whatever your outerwear leanings, the right layering piece will add visual interest to your ensemble, giving your gym gear the look of intentionality, rather than a hodgepodge appearance.
Your fitness gear works hard for you during your workouts, but that doesn’t mean that its usefulness stops there. Take it from the studio to your casual, post-gym trips around town with these easy tips.