It’s Time to Take Your Workout Gear to Olympian Levels

It’s Time to Take Your Workout Gear to Olympian Levels

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened, but somewhere in the aftermath of neon jazzercise leggings and bodysuits, workout clothing became somewhat of an afterthought. Spandex and leotards were replaced with ratty t-shirts and baggy mesh shorts. People stopped caring about coordinating their gym looks and instead built outfits based on whatever would get them through their sweat. Fashion was sacrificed for function. Running into someone in workout clothes was embarrassing. To put it blankly, wearing gym clothes meant looking like crap.

But then a shift happened. Lululemon created leggings that made women look and feel incredible, and soon a surge of brands turned their focus toward creating performance-wear sleek enough to be worn from the studio to the street without an ounce of fear of bumping into a familiar face.

Of course, some of us have had difficulty extracting ourselves from the grungy tops and cheap leggings we accumulated over so many years. That worn-in sorority tee from a sorority you didn’t even belong to has gotten you through many a spin class and we’re by no means saying throw it out. But as we advance toward the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil, we see no time like the present to take a cue from the Olympians and up our workout wear game. After all, exercising is about being in control. It’s about taking charge of your health and your figure, so why not break a sweat in athletic wear that’s makes you look and feel as fierce as your motivation.

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LEGGINGS, left to right: Lucas Hugh Rio leggings, LIVE THE PROCESS contour leggings, Free People Moonshadow legging, The Upside indigo performance leggings, Beyond Yoga gathered cuff legging.

 

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SPORTS BRAS, left to right: Lanston sport crisscross sports bra, Splits59 techno noir sports bra, Nike pro indy padded sports bra, Nike pro classic padded drift sports bra.

 

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TOPS, left to right: Asics athlete tank top, Adidas trefoil tank top, Heroine Sport halter-neck athletic tank top, Forever 21 racer front crop top.

 

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SHOES, left to right: Nike lunar sculpt sneaker, New Balance 670 running shoe, Adidas energy bounce running shoe, Nike free RN flyknit running sneaker.

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Main photo via Natalie Off Duty

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