How to Look Amazing at the Gym

Did you know that the proper gym clothing can actually boost your performance at the gym? It can prevent injury, provide you with a full range of motion, regulate your body temperature, improve confidence, affect your skin and give you the motivation to kill every workout. But, your good gym outfit will also make you look like a snack, and you won’t be embarrassed to leave the gym and even run errands in your fit (just make sure you don’t stink). How to look great at the gym? Here are a few outfit tips:


Keep up with trends

Fitness didn’t really have any trends. Most people worked out in a spare t-shirt, yoga pants or basic shorts, and that’s it. Today, gym clothing is very seasonal. If you want to look great as you sweat out those drinks from the night before, find a current trend and adapt it to your style. For instance, we used to be obsessed with mesh panels, but now they are a thing of the past. What we’re looking for today are colour blocking and bigger placement patterns.


Stick to neutrals

If you’re new to the fashion world and are used to just wearing basic tee and pants at the gym, it might be a bit scary to put yourself out there and hop into something more vibrant—something that makes a statement. But to go for an easy transition, start with a geometric print in a neutral colour or stay true to your black, white and gray combo but add one brighter colour to the mix. Soon, you’ll become much more comfortable with colours.


Mix function and fashion

Check if they are functional and not just fashionable before you opt for that amazing-looking t-shirt or those cute tights. The most important thing you should pay attention to is whether your gym outfit is see-through when you squat or stretch. In order to be sure your clothing provides sufficient coverage, check out the best tights on the market and look for recommendations and reviews. Look for words like squat-proof, jump-proof, form-fitting, etc. This means the material won’t betray you in the middle of your session. When it comes to tights, nylon and spandex mix is great because it offers great coverage, a flattering fit, silky texture and plenty of stretch.


Go big with branded items

If you want to attract attention but also actually have a piece of cutting-edge activewear perfect for the gym, get ready to break your bank on a branded item. Collaborations between sports giants and high-fashion labels is not a new thing, so you might want to hop on the trend. And don’t feel bad about sweating in your Louis Vuitton cycling suitor an Emilio Pucci set—that’s what they are made for. If you don’t want to ruin your branded clothing, you can go for a simple black t and leggings/shorts combo, but spice it up with a designer gym bag or a branded hoodie.


Wear the right shoes

If you want to show the world that you know what you’re doing both workout-wise and fashion-wise, you must find the appropriate shoes for your gym session type. Your old school trainers might look retro and cool, but they are not an appropriate shoe for the gym. You want to focus on comfort and functionality because the wrong shoes can result in an injury in a blink of an eye. When weightlifting, wear something with firm soles. When running, wear something designed for the treadmill. Dressing like this will show off your personality and say that this is not your first time at the gym.


Always accessorise 

If you want your gym outfit to be equally fit for a workout and running errands or grabbing a cup of coffee with friends, you only need to accessorise a little bit. After you’re done with your workout, just put on a pair of mirrored sunglasses, a quality leather jacket or a hoodie tied around your waist or neck, and you’ll achieve a stylish, sleep and sporty look ready for the streets. 

You can have a fantastic workout and also look stylish and elegant. Use these tips when putting together your gym outfits, and you’ll be confident both when you enter and leave the gym.



Peter Minkoff
Peter is a lifestyle writer at HighStyleLife magazine, living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.
Peter Minkoff