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Workout Gear vs Streetwear

Whether you fit your gym sessions in before, during or after work, you’re always faced with a very specific quandary – what do you wear as you traverse between locals?

This is something that I’ve always thought about and is one of the things I notice most during my walk home from work. If you go abroad you’ll notice how rarely you see anyone on the street in tennis shoes, let alone full head-to-toe workout gear. And in car-centric cities where you drive to the gym, this isn’t really an issue.

I prefer to keep my street clothes on the appropriate side of the spectrum so when I see girls walking around in spandex shorts and a sports bra it gives me ulcers. On the other hand, I have to confess that when I used to head straight from work to Pilates, which is near my apartment, walking over in my workout gear was the most convenient option.

So that begs the question – what’s a girl, or guy, to do? With an endless number of adorable workout gear companies, there are tons of chic choices that can go straight from the street to the gym.

{Spandex done right – Gents, take notes! I also love the bag & old school kicks, fun additions to the look}

Whether you like mesh shorts, running tights or cropped pants there are great options available, from high-end to basic. There are great speciality stores like Lululemon Athletica and Raw Threads as well as more readily available stores like Old Navy, GAP, Adidas, Nike, or other porting goods stores.

{Old Navy – Left: Men’s Active Track Pants – $30 & Right: Women’s Boot-Cut Yoga Pants – $20}

{One of my personal favorites! Groove Crop – $90 @ Lululemon}

{Karolina Kurkova paired her bright pink highlighted running tights and orange shoes with a snug wool coat.}

 Especially during fall and winter you need some extras to keep you warm and outerwear is also a great way to cover up during your pre and post workout time and keep your sweaty shirt and sports bra straps out of the public eye. 🙂 

{The Cover-up Game: Left – Run Baby Run II Athletic Jacket – $75 @ Roxy & Right – The North Face Men’s Sargent Full-Zip Hood – $65 @ Zappos}

{Not sure what the best way to accessorize is for your next gym trip? The Sartorialist’s Gym Dandy knows just what to do… And here I thought no one worked out in Italy!}

{Gym bag for him: Left – Cheap Monday Gym Bag – $75 @ & Gym bag for her: Right – Kipling Adara Large Tote – $110 @ Macy’s}

{This is one of my gym bags – I got it off of Ideali years ago – and I alternate between this and one of my smaller Longchamp Le Pliage totes}

{Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio at Pilates – Cropped yoga pants, tank, leg warmers, a high ponytail & a long-sleeved shirt to throw over everything!}

While you may not be in the mood for leg warmers, because let’s admit there’s really a time and a place for those, there are plenty of non-tech gadget accessories that can make your workouts run smoother. 

{Toys for the boys: Top Left – Coal Knit Beanie – $25 @ Nordstrom & Top Right – Saucony Ultimate Run Glove II – $20 @ Zappos, Toys for the girls: Bottom Left – Fuel Belt H20-2 Bottle Belt – $40 @ Zappos & Bottom Right – VSX Sexy Sport Headbands – $15 @ Victoria’s Secret}

 Now you’ve got the gear it’s time to get your booty to the gym, and that way you’ll be in amazing shape by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around… 🙂

What workout gear or gym goodies can you not live without?

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  5. This is a fantastic post! That Scott Schuman image has stuck with me ever since he first posted it. I LOVE the combo of workout wear + real clothing. Adore Karolina’s pants…as you knew I would!

    December 28, 2011 at 6:14 AM

  6. Love Allesandra’s look! So cute!

    December 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM

  7. chameleonic

    great post! karolina looks fab in her work out gear!

    December 17, 2011 at 1:19 PM

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