Favorite Work Out Clothes

One of the things that keeps me motivated to go to the gym is work out clothes!  I like to work out in clothes that not only do their job (like keep the sweat away, keeps me cool, keeps things sucked in, etc…) but also that I feel good in.  I figure if you’re at the gym to make yourself feel better and look better why not start out by already feeling good in the clothes that you wear?  I’m a huge Lululemon fan and admittedly spend too much money there but I also get good use out of it so at least for me, that justifies the cost. I do have a few other go-to brands that I love so here are my top faves for work out clothes that you will usually find me in when I’m at the gym.

For tops, I tend to stick to form fitting tops because I don’t like my clothes to get in the way.  Whether I’m doing yoga or something more active, I do not want my clothes to be riding up or needing to be adjusted.  I love the “No Limits” tank for when you are feeling a bit bloated and not wanting to put on the form fitting tank that day.  It hides the little belly just perfectly but also does it’s job and stays in place because of the waistband.

Lululemon ‘Cool Racerback’– my favorite.  I have so many of these and I love going to the store to see the new colors and patterns.
Zella ‘Fresh Take Z’ Tank – a little thicker (fabric wise) and shorter (length wise) than the Lululemon Racerback but very similar
Lululemon ‘No Limits’ tank – Zella has a very similar version for less.  I haven’t tried it yet but am going to order it!
Nike ‘Indy’ Print Tank – Nike is a bit more sporty for my taste but they do still have some cute tanks that I like.

Same with pants.  I see people working out in baggy sweats and I have no idea how they even do it.  I need my clothes to stick to me and keep me cool or else I can not work out properly.  If anything, investing in proper workout leggings has been the best investment for me because I used to work out in just regular old leggings but trust me when I say that these make a world of a difference.  They suck you in all the right places, don’t ride up or down and the fabrics they use keeps the sweat away and comfy the entire time you are working out.

Zella ‘Live In’ Cross Dye Reversible Capri Leggings – I have 3 pairs of these, that’s how much I love them.  They are easily my favorite.  So comfy and they don’t ride up or down on you and they hold you in at the places that need to be held in.
Lululemon ‘Wunder Under’ Pant – if you have not tried on the goodness of the Wunder Under pants, just try them and you will see why every woman that owns them raves about them.  They are AWESOME.  I have the long ones to wear to the gym (I then change into my capris and they do make capri versions too) but I also wear these just lounging around the house, they are the best ever!
Nike ‘Filament’ Capris – again, a little sporty for my taste but if I’m doing circuit training where I get a bit more hot and sweaty, these are great for something that’s more active as they have cooling mesh inserts at the back of the knees.

If you didn’t know, Zella is a Nordstrom brand, however I read an article
about how one of the designers from Lululemon actually started working
there to help create the brand so the similarities between the two are
not coincidental.  I love both lines and Zella has great pieces that are a bit more reasonable price wise and they also go on sale unlike Lululemon
which rarely has sales.

Shoes wise – I’m a Nike fan but mainly because of my husband, I don’t think he’d let me buy any other brand of shoes.  LOL.  But really, they make the prettiest shoes (in my opinion) so I’d buy them anyway.  I have a few pairs of the Nike Free Runs and they are my favorite shoe ever. So lightweight and easy to do all my activities in.  I know that it’s technically a running shoe but I use it mostly for circuit training (cardio + strength training exercise) which the Nike TR Fit is a training shoe and good for that as well.

On the cheaper side, you may be surprised (I was!) but the work out stuff from Forever 21 is pretty decent!  I actually buy my yoga sports bras from there as they are pretty comfy and hold up pretty well.  For low impact stuff, I think their sports bras and are pretty good and the price is even better!

Target also has great sports bras and tops, I highly recommend this bra and this tank.

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  • Shadowy Lady
    January 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    This was a great post thank you. I'm currently adding to my workout wardrobe. I loooove Lululemon cool racerback 🙂

    My only problem is that I cannot find good, supportive sports bra in my size (I'm 32F). Even Lululemon's are still small on the chest area for me 🙁 Do you happen to know where I can find good bras for larger chest?

    • colleen.c
      January 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Nordstrom. At least try them on there for size you can usually get them cheaper online at barenecessities.com my fav brand is freya for larger busts.

    • tiffanystylish
      January 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      SarahFit, one of my favorite fitness bloggers did a post and a video about sports bras for larger chests, you should check it out! http://sarahfit.com/best-sports-bra-for-large-chest/

      Thanks Colleen for chiming in, I was also going to recommend Nordstrom as the best place to find and try them on.

    • Shadowy Lady
      January 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Thank you both 🙂 I live in Canada so no Nordstrom here 🙁 But I will check Sarah's blog now

  • colleen.c
    January 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I like the look of lululemon stuff… and it feels amazing on.. but I feel like after 2 washes their pans pill like crazy. I only was my yoga clothes with other like yoga clothes material. That alone doesnt make the price worth it. I prefer lucy clothes they pill too but A LOT less.

    • tiffanystylish
      January 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      I wash all my stuff on cold delicate and line dry everything and my Lulu and all my workout stuff looks the same as when I bought it. I also only wash with my other workout stuff, I really haven't had a problem. Maybe you can try using a more delicate detergent? There are detergents made especially for workout clothes that might help them last longer.

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    January 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I wish I looked that good in my workout clothes! For me Nike makes the best.

  • Caroline
    January 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I spend SO MUCH money at Lululemon – I just can't turn away from the store ever. And Wunder Unders yessss. Every time I get new workout clothes, I get so motivated to go to the gym. It's awful.

  • cinzee
    January 17, 2013 at 2:27 am

    WOW…you make working out look fun and fashionable! You put me to shame now as well cuz my work out clothes is soooo ermmmm….lets say not fashionble as these! i need some new trainers (sneakers for you,hehe) too!!! I'm loving the purple ones here tho:D and i defo want those pastel colored work out top!!!

    HAve a great work out girl!


  • Lynda
    January 17, 2013 at 6:07 am

    love your picks!! i'm just curious, do you wear any makeup while working out? i find it difficult to work out with even tinted moisturizer/bb cream on. but then i also feel so…bare.

  • Pedro Barcellos
    January 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Awesome collection, I loved all pics …simply great!


  • Elisse
    January 21, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Thanks for the tips on the F21 workout bras. I have a couple from Old Navy that provide great support. I may check out F21 too!