No, Not at all.I agree 100%. I notice she is wearing a Stella Mccartney for Adidas top. I think this line is brilliant, and wear it myself.At the gym,jogging and Tennis. I think active wear is an over-looked market. She looks great.
Definately disagree if you think you're overthinking! It is very true that if you have good gear, it makes you feel better and more dedicated to excercising, as you have purposely bought them for doing so.
I exercise by incorporating small activities into my day: walking the dogs, running up and down the stairs at work, easy hikes in the woods, light weight lifting at home, and leisurely bike rides. Since all of the above can be done in a skirt and heels, that's usually what I'm wearing. :)
No, I invest in workout gear that I like too. I don't feel good about myself when I'm running in a baggy T-shirt and some old soccer shorts, and so I don't enjoy my workout as much. Totally agree with you and loving this day of workout posts!
This makes me laugh so much. With you! :) I used to be a national-level athlete and my workout gear always had holes in it. My club made fun of me because I'd show up to early-morning Saturday workouts in old handknitted wool sweaters (running sweaters!). I retired from competition in 2005, but recently I've started training again. I was just saying to my training partner that I might splurge on a new top (he was laughing at my top from 1990 and my ripped pants from 1998). I don't know. I guess that sport is pure to me. Fashion doesn't enter into it. It's all about the workout and the intensity of the mind! My non-workout style is classic/elegant, so the two don't match except metaphorically.
yes, you are… those oversized shorts are not appropriate for cycling and/or running… Workingout with style means a clean, beautiful and practical outfit, not a bunch of fabric that prevents you from exercising aerobically…
I agree with your point, and I think that feeling like you look good while you work out even enhances how much better the actual workout makes you feel. However, assuming that the point IS to actually work out, the outfit should still be practical…which I don't see here. Harem pants are maybe the least sensible thing you could wear to run, do an elliptical, use a machine, anything. I get it but I think she's missing the point.
Great body, disguised under hideous gear. I'm all for looking stylish under any circumstances, but this is completely unflattering, and all that bagginess looks like it would get in the way of a great workout.
You are NOT overthinking this. The only thing worse than looking like a slob (in ANY situation, unless you're painting your house), is to look like you spent several hundred dollars on perfectly matched "walking" clothes (ladies, you're going for a walk, not climbing the Himalayas).
Don't think you're over-thinking it, but as an athlete sometimes I don't take too much time to think about it. I run through swimsuits so fast (they stretch, tear, etc) I'll sometimes layer 3 or 4 to be sure all my girlie parts are covered, AND I've just given myself some extra drag. Hmmm, or perhaps layers of my fave suits (cos they were pretty at first!) fits in with my boho style :*)
If we thought twice about every single thing we wore,would we ever leave the house? Its nice to look a little dishevelled every now and then. And those pants don't look like they're made for running..or walking for that matter!
Well she looks great, has a lovely toned body and yet for me it really doesn't matter what I wear to work out. It's all about the actual exercise I am doing and not how I look whilst I am doing it. What is important to me is how I feel in my body as I exercise, and I love that toned feeling i get afterwards, it makes no difference what I wear.
I disagree with the majority of commenters here; as a competitive powerlifter I wear the rattiest tshirts when I train…shirts with holes, sweat and blood stains, and a million other stains that are a result of bacteria growing on it…I love when these workout shirts come out of the laundry and I can't wait to put them on for my next training session.
IMO conventional sport fashion standards, like the one depicted here, have no place in a true athlete's training wardrobe…most of the athletes I know prize their attire which most would deem as more suited to be used as rags than clothing.
True gym fashion is something else entirely! But to each, their own I guess.
Honestly, I agree with you 100%. I don't think you're overthinking it at all…. as a matter of fact, if the clothes I like to workout in are in the wash, I get too lazy to workout because I dont feel good… am I overthinking it? LOL
If you worry what you look like when you exercise, you're not concentrating on your exercise… and exercise only looks good when you're fully focused on the activity itself. I hate shorts and never wear them in real life since they look absurd on me, but I make an exception for when I'm running – and as long as I'm just running, and nothing else, the shorts stop looking ridiculous and become a clearly practical measure. That said, I still colour-match. A man must maintain certain standards ;)
No I don't think you're overthinking this. If I dressed for a work out class like the woman in this picture, I probably wouldn't work as hard. If you dress the part, no matter what the part is, you're more likely to act the part.
It comes down to your goal when working out. If you're working out simply to affect how you look, then you'll care about what you look like while you're working out. If you care about working out for function and real development, then functional clothing is all that matters.
But in the end, superficial exercise is better than no exercise at all, so whatever gets you to the gym is worthwhile.
you are not over thinking; that being said, i l.o.v.e. her tanks/top, but am not in love with the bottoms. they remind me of m.c. hammer pants, and i am sorry to admit that i wore a pair in high school.
I don't think you are, but beware the other side of the issue. If you are "too dressed" for the gym are you really there to work out? Also, that fellow desperately needs to rethink those red trainers with his white pants.
Whether we feel mentally mightier for our attire and/or try to intimidate the competition, proper gear always enhances a workout, and being stylish gives an additional edge to any sport! Love that you have gone down this path!
I totally agree with this! I just came back from the gym with that endorphin high and I was thinking how much I actually enjoy working out. Then I started thinking how much better it would be with nicer workout clothes.
I agree with the need for cool gear while exercising, but I don't think these pants cut it. They don't even work on giraffe-like models. I much prefer the previous French interpretation of sporting gear.
I love the idea of working out in cute/comfy clothing… but truthfully I don't. The cutest I've been able to get is spandex volleyball shorts and Northface fleeces. : I guess its because I don't really "work out" (at the gym, I mean). I generally opt for at-home yoga and walking.
YUP, I also think that looking like a slob won't motivate you into exercising more. Some people who go to the gym are not subtle in their outfits though; while some people are naturally just good-looking in their workout clothes.
i dont like to think about it bc when i work out i dont want to think, i just want to release. i usually wear yoga pants and a wife beater- i think going to the gym should be mindless, like drinking a glass of water, good for you, refreshing and necessary
I totally agree, I have to be put together when i work or my drive isnt as strong, feer sure ;)this is awesome, i loove how she paired a sports bra with harem esque pants, makes for a great sillohuete!
It's an indication of just how unwearable those pants are that she looks great despite them. No one, literally no one, has ever carried them off. Or, to put it another way, no one has ever looked better in those pants than they would wearing something else.
Interestingly, your photos have a really different feel and vibe of late…have you become bored with your style? Something is happening and I can't quite put my finger on it. In this particular study, it's the posture for one, especially the inturned foot. Whilst the girl's back and the composition of the photograph is you, there's a lack of detail to it that is not you. Maybe I'm overthinking this!
working out in style gives you that attitude that usually any good outfit does of 'look at me… i can conquer the world', which of course translates into your workout. plus to me fabric and quality are very important, especially for work out outfits. I have a couple of pants or shoes that literally make me want to run around… not to mention the stella 4 adidas top that makes me what to have the flattest tummy… as for the photo…i spent most of my summer in harem pants :D
I'm not loving the drop-crotch pants. They don't work outside of the gym either. They remind me of those horrible baggy loudly-patterned pants guys wore back in the early 90s. Not good. Then again, maybe the gym is just the place to wear your bad fashion buys.
Totally agree. If you look good, you feel good, and work out good. I don't however, like her drop-crotch workout pants. They don't look practical for running and that makes it look like she's trying too hard.
Her style is loose and comfortable, yet stylish, so she can move well and look great too! I agree it helps alot to feel comfortable in your workout clothes. If you dress like a dag you'll feel like one and operate accordingly.
Confused! Do she really look good? Baggy pants can be fun in Goa but on the way to/back from the gym in the city? I prefer to change at the gym so i can have a shower after. Seriously, I donÂ´t think she was even close to try to look good…but I do get your message but I think itÂ´s even more important to smell well than look good at the gym !!! And of course to know HOW to train (to look at yourself in the mirror dosenÂ´t make any muscles..). Saludos
I believe it definitely does. You have to pick your workout clothes just the same as you would pick your clothes to go out in. There are always some things you would never wear, whether because of comfort or because of style. When I work out I have to at least know that I am comfortable being seen in public that way. You work out so that you can be healthy, in shape, and feel good about yourself. If you dress like a slob to begin with its hard to put yourself in the motivation mood.
maybe not my personal style, when i go to work out, my style i guess changes a little bit. but maybe im unaware that theres a 'sporty' look for every style? just want to say that, your right, i also look forward to exercising much more if i have the proper gear on, it makes you feel like you fit in more =]
I love the stylish frumpiness of her workout gear, ESPECIALLY because it is obviously hiding a killer body!
As much as I love a look that enhances one's physique, I can also appreciate a look that intentionally belies your physical assets. There's a time and a place for va-va-voom, and that place doesn't need to be the gym!
This woman cleans up nicely, and –to me–nothing says that as much as her stylish yet draping and loose workout clothes!
Clothing for exercise must function well. I can't do squats and deadlifts in pants that don't stay put. I can't stand on my head in yoga if my top flops in my face. It is quite a bonus that my best functioning exercise clothes are the ones that fit well, are made of good fabric, and are not worn out.
i've been wondering the same thing myself. but i think i just don't want to stand out at the gym..so wear what everyone else is wearing :| bike pants and a baggy singlet? actually i love what she's wearing, i'd do that, and wear bike pants underneath, easily chuck that back on and look normal going back home (Y) perfecto!
As a student, I feel the same way about exam writing–Instead of waking up early to cram, I spend time doing my hair and picking out a perfect outfit. If I'm dressed like a disorganized student who was up all night studying, it'll translate into my exam. Dress for success.
Those pants are heinous. However, looking nice while working out is definitely permissible. I am an equestrian and a ballerina, and I always ride in Jodphurs and a polo, and I dance in coloured leotards and tights – pastels, neons, mixing in legwarmers or layering socks over my tights. Very fun, and quite aesthetically inspiring in the hall of mirrors that is a dance studio.
I disagree completely. When I do exercise it's the only time I ever get to run around and not give a shit what anybody thinks. I feel like I can be a totally different person: no make up, usually stupid printed cotton shorts and any top I can find (usually mismatched etc.) I don't care and I like to think that nobody is looking (or if they are they are reserving judgement.. it's exercise time, not time for me to impress people)
I agree with a lot of comments above about how great this outfit is; and I also do believe that what you wear for your workouts do have a reflection on your performance. It simply does on my own. With or without mirrors in gym, you still know how you look wearing your gear. I do lots of cycling for sport, as well as use a bike for casual rounds to do my groceries or wonder around the city – and it's when I put on not so sporty clothes, just casual and comfortable. Especially when I know I am going to meet somebody… The pants are just formless, make your butt unshapedâ€¦.but they are so comfortable, too!
I don't translate my style to my workout gear. I just wear something that will help on my workout. Of this woman: beautiful back, top and hair colour. But I hate the pants. The goal is to have long legs…
I choose function over form for working out. It's just fine if the garments have a nice cut and color, but those are secondary considerations. The deciding factors are breathable fabric, functional design, and freedom of movement.
I would find dropped-crotch pants impractical for kicks, squats, lunges, elliptical, bicycle, running, Pilates… really almost any type of workout. The restriction of movement and all the extra fabric would bother me. But perhaps this young lady with the lovely physique has just pulled them on as a cover-up over her workout gear, or perhaps her workout that day didn't require a wide stance or a long stride.
Thinking you look good while working out or anywhere else is a confidence booster so to some extent I think it matters especially if your going to the gym or exercising surrounded by really toned and fit people.
Not sure I agree. I see lots of people in my fitness center who spend more time matching and tanning that actually putting in a good workout – and their bodies reflect it. Not that looking nice is bad, grooming is always good – but the good work out stems from a good work ethic. That and a lot of the carefully styled fitness gear is intended to attract attention…demonstrated by the lack of sweat and prancing around :~D
You are not overthinking this, Scott. I always work out better when I'm dressed in workout clothes I like. Not only that, but it makes me look forward to going to gym in the first place and I feel excited about the whole thing.
No, you're not over-thinking this; you're dead right. As a guy I remember when you'd throw on any old thing for the gym, the funkier the better. Now, you'd better be wearing something that looks very fine, and your body had better echo that. The woman in the pic is wearing possibly the most unattractive bottom one could imagine.
I'm all for your sentiment on feeling motivated with new gym clothes, but regarding those pants…they couldn't be more inappropriate for working out. They'd probably get caught on something and tear apart. Silly.
Simple, clean and functional is best when it comes to working out.
No you're not overthinking it, you're right on the money. A nice outfit is what makes you want to start working out seriously again when you've been kind of passive for a while. I think it really helps to get you going again. For me the jogging pants especially have to be just right or it's no use…
I don't think you are overthinking. I always like to be comfortable physically but also would never workout with gears with holes or colors of top and pants not matching. No matter where or for what purpose I hate people looking sluggish in public. I think it's a consideration to the public that you look nice, whatever your style is.
i don't know, for some reason i find it a little offensive when i see people work out in extravagantly-fashioned exercise clothes (but understand your feeling that having nice gear to work out in can be a motivating factor). it seems to suggest working out for the wrong reasons…but i know this totally contradicts my belief that it's okay to dress for the occasion in other situations…
Really can't get what's so wonderful about this, especially those weird pants. When you are moving, a lot of extra cloth just gets in the way. The style also makes her look long in the torso and short in the legs. Or maybe that's how she's built but her clothing could change the perception instead of emphasizing it.
As a competitive athlete who trains outdoors year-long, I wear what is appropriate for the weather, comfortable, and clean. Practically, this means saving style for regular clothes–and nothing feels better than changing into a pretty outfit after a hardcore workout!
Second comment on this: I agree with Caroline who said she gets her exercise from walking the dog, taking a little hike, etc. – activites of daily living. We could take a cue from the more active Europeans who walk to get their groceries, ride their bikes to work, and just incorporate more exercise into their daily lives without pushing so hard at a gym or training for a triathelon. Now I'm in my mid 60's and just had the first knee replacement I think I might trade all those years jumping around in the gym for the ADL(activites of daily living) instead. You can still have to have joint replacement but it hasn't been shown that running and high-impact activities don't exacerbate the degeneration.
dont like comments like: 'if theyre body shape allows it' and 'its disturbing to look at people who arent dressed well'. it sounds so obsessed about looks. way too much. fashion should be linked to joy. and not a thing that separates, leads to discrimination and judgement about others. Just enjoy yourself and dress up if you want so.
Agree–although I would like to think it doesn't matter too much. It's more about what your strength of mind is–sometimes you need that extra boost of a great outfit to motivate you–other times you can be motivated easily in an old tracksuit. But I do think if you intend on going public before or after the gym then something respectable and preferably flattering, just as in street dressing, is necessary.
This girl looks great–the cutaway t-shirt flatters the back and shoulder musculature and is easy to work in. The pants are remarkably easy to work in also–my daughter dances in these all the time–think MC hammer –he didn't look awkward. And anyway–maybe she works out in bike shorts and puts these over the top to go public. I love their quirky effect and I don't see her as having short legs. Black is wonderful on her olive skin.
Worse than "looking like a slob and working out like a slob" would certainly be overdressing and looking like a professional and working out like a slob? There used to be a sort of reverse idea of this on the (European?)ski slopes: looking like a bum and skiing like a god… There must be a happy medium, like the Swedish word "lagom", which means inbetween, sort of in the middle, or perhaps just rignt (think: Goldilocks and the three bears)
I agree that your favored type of exercise makes it's way into your fashion style. However anything you are into doors that. Lately I wear a bit of yoga clothes – Indian bangles lotus t shirts clombined with things I could envision wearing on a bicycle combined with Indian jewelry black lace neutrals a Burberry bag artsy jewelry leopard shawls and the librarian look. Fashion is so fun!
I totally agree with what you said. I wouldn't work out unless I had the perfect outfit to work out in. Otherwise I would just stay in my room trying not to pig out because of my lack of working out. haha
I work out best when the clothing is functional, not stylish (in other words, a really great sports bra). The effort should be put into the exercise, not into over-thinking what you wear. I leave that for every other minute of my life.
personally I think you may be judging the book by the cover. She may well be wearing tighter shorts underneath but doesn't want to have her ass on display for the people of nyc and apparently the internet to see
no your not overthinking it . i too feel the same way. i have to be neat and tidy going to the gym that way i feel more confident and push myself that extra mile . however if i wore baggy clothes i would feel lazy and wouldnt feel as though i had enough energy to work out .
i look like a slob when i work out but i still work extremely hard! for me work out clothes are about comfort so I seek out fabrics that breathe as opposed to the blends that usually compose 'fashionable' work out clothes.
No you're not over-thinking this, EVERYONE notices style all the time even the thoughest coaches around will have their opinion. That said, comfort should never be sacrificed, THAT can really ruin a workout…
A man shouldn't look too composed at the gym, either at the start or, especially, at the end of a workout. Assuming your well groomed and tone, less is more… No shirt, no shoes and a nice pair of board shorts is my ideal, but that's Cali-style which probably would fly elsewhere.
pff NOT AT ALL not overthinking it. i usually want to come out from the NIKE store buying all the gear they sell, cuz actually wearing cute gear motivates me to go to the gym and making my DRY FIT shirts proud of me:) proving they'll be in fact wet.
My style might transcend just a little. I keep it simple though–Calvin Klein men's black t-shirts that have been scissor-cut to fit me better and black knee-length tights. So I keep it basic and black and never have to think of what to wear.
Answer: Yes. I tend to think of workout this way: When I lived in the Northwest, a lot of folks biked around in civvies for personal transport, errands, etc. When I lived on the East Coast, people bicycled on the weekends on park paths on expensive roadbikes and under a lot of coordinated lycra and spandex, which I had thought had died out, with a lot of conspicuous-consumption bells and whistles. I could've sworn, and was it because of or despite the hemp shorts?, the West Coasters looked much healthier, and much, much cooler.
Was in Europe and high waist/low crotch pants are everywhere now, though not necessarily in workout gear. Make her legs look like she's a hip-hop dwarf, but that's the look. Her torso looks fit!
Thank goodness someone of influence is finally realising this! Being within the fitness industry for 10years, and as a recent creator of contemporary video workouts, I am a true believer in combining your artistic expression with your workout… I believe your fitness should be an expression of your own style and personality and thus your workout gear should complement this… I am working towards my dream of blending fashion, creative film and fitness into one…thus really appreciate it when someone of fashion influence starts sparking this interest..
I completely disagree. Although I like how she looks, it is completely impractical to be wearing pants like those to work out..there is a reason why gym clothes are shorter and tighter rather than loose and baggy. I think you may be overthinking it a bit, it's more that when you think like a slob you work out like a slob. It's all in the mind.
Stella McCartney for Adidas.
If you can afford to put together an outfit of SM then you will undoubtedly look like this.
Nevertheless, exercise is so crucial for a healthy lifestyle so one should not discourage those who can’t afford a $600 workout outfit from exercise.
She does look fab though.
In regards to present day fashion, the fitness world has created a craze of certain items such as gym tank tops and yoga pants that are worn as casual wear by many people on a daily basis, whether they attend a gym or not.