Looking slayin’ while working out

I’ve been so excited to share this post with you guys!!! (One exclamation mark isn’t enough haha) Keeping active has always been a big part of my life, and it took me a while to figure out how to look good while sweating buckets. With the rise of athleisure, it’s become possible for us fashion girls to kill our style while killing the weights.

*psst* If you’re a gal on a budget like me, Marshall’s and Winners are great places to shop since they have huge active-wear sections and carry a variety of brands.

First, make sure it fits well!


I really can’t stress this enough, can I? One day, my gravestone will say “she advocated for fit until the end.” Figure flattering clothes in everyday wear will make you look more stylish and your outfit more expensive, but I find that fitted clothes at the gym serve functional purposes too. When you’re on the track or lifting weights, how annoying would it be if your outfit kept flapping around? Imagine running in baggy sweats versus running in leggings. Workout clothes don’t have to be skin tight, but they should hug you enough so that you can move around freely without having to readjust.


Breathable fabric


This sounds like a no-brainer if you’re bothered by sweat stains. Athletic wear is generally made to wick away sweat. If you’re going to work out in cotton tees or leggings, make sure the color the dark enough to hide potential sweat marks. Best solution to prevent under arm stains- go sleeveless!


Color coordinating is everything


Who said workout clothes have to be drab? My rule of thumb is to pair black or dark grey (they’re super slimming and hide sweat well) with one or two accent colors. Bright and high-energy accents are great for working out. When else can you get away with wearing neon?! Another thing that works for me is sticking with either warm accents or cool accents. For example, I’d pair pink with orange, and blue with violet, but not pink with blue.

Gym accessories


A cute water bottle, lock, and gym bag is the workout equivalent of a statement necklace or handbag.  Not only would they brighten your mood at the gym, but it’ll be so much easier to tell your stuff apart from everybody else’s. If you love accessorizing everyday outfits, why not extent the habit over?


Think beyond the pony


There are so many more hairstyles other than the ponytail that are workout appropriate. If you’re lazy like me, a side braid is a simple way to wear something more stylish than a pony. There are also messy buns, french braids, warrior braids….so many numerous hairstyles I see on fellow gym goers but don’t have the coordination to do!!

What are you waiting for? Hit your workout playlist and let’s sweat some diamonds!

cross posted on My Blog


Author: Jin Cao

I am a multi-faceted designer, fashion blogger, makeup enthusiast, lover of cats, and connoisseur of ramen! Writer of LeggingsandLacquer.com Main fashion writer of Onahjung.com Find my work at Jinmartini.com

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