Activewear You Can Wear All Day
Activewear doesn’t play the most glamorous role in our ensemble. For many of us, our activewear simply travels from the gym to the laundry and back again. It doesn’t need to be that way.
That’s not to say that you should be replacing your everyday clothes with sweats, but you deserve gym clothes that make you feel good anywhere. Here are the traits you should be looking for.
Leggings Really Need to Fit
Of course, you want all of your clothes to fit, but an appropriate fit is especially important for your activewear leggings. Nothing is more frustrating or distracting in the middle of a workout than having to adjust your leggings because they’re slipping down. On the other hand, you don’t want them to be so tight that they affect circulation to your legs.
Treat your fitting with extra care when shopping for leggings, and keep in mind that what fits for your daily errands might not withstand the rigors of a fiercer workout. This is a situation where leggings with high elasticity can really be effective. High-waisted leggings work especially well in the gym, and they’ll sketch a more flattering physique when worn out and about.
Practical Considerations Are Important
If you’re going to be wearing your activewear outside of the gym, you want to make sure that you can carry everything you need with you.
Fortunately, more and more designers are finally realizing that pockets are a practical necessity for women. And in many instances, activewear is actually more generous than the average pair of women’s pants in that department.
Phone pockets are usually compact and discreet, and that offers the added bonus of security when worn out in public. You can further add storage space—without having to carry a purse—by pairing a sport pair of leggings with a vintage windbreaker.
Get the Right Materials
For the gym, you’re going to need materials that properly wick off sweat. That’s obvious; but while it’s a common feature in activewear, the actual efficacy of moisture resistance can vary wildly from brand to brand. This is a situation where digging into reviews can really help. For activewear that you can wear outside of the gym, that means you want to look for clothing that isn’t going to chafe or cause irritation. For most women, a blend of spandex with polyester or nylon will provide a sensible degree of elasticity, comfort, and water resistance.
Your Perfect Activewear is Situational to You
Everyone’s body is different, and that means that there’s not going to be a single solution for the right activewear. And unfortunately, a lot of finding out what works for you comes down to trial and error.
Finding a sports top that can provide proper support while also fitting comfortably can be a complete nightmare, but there are options for everyone out there. Chances are that you’ve tried out a few different sizes and brands already, but it’s worth continuing to explore if you haven’t found the fit that’s just right just yet.
Additionally, the types of workouts you perform and the environment that you live in are going to affect the type of activewear you want. You want to make sure that you’re sheltered against the cold and rain but also that you’re properly shielded against dangerous UV light.
The athleisure look is in, so there’s plenty of opportunities to get some extra performance out of your activewear. But that doesn’t mean you should just go digging through your closet for your old workout clothes. The newest styles—and newest technology—in activewear is worth paying attention to.