Do you not know where to start when it comes to what to wear to the gym? With this rising trend of athleisure fashion, gone are the days of working out in a ratty T-shirt and stained sweatpants.
Just last year the demand for sport leisure styles rose 17% from last year making $9.6 billion in sales, proving that this trend isn’t going anywhere. So how do you pull off the athleisure trend, when the gym has become the runway?
Here’s everything you need to know about fashion gym wear.
Fashion Gym Wear Styles
There’s a couple of athleisure looks, style, and trends that we’re seeing more and more of this year. Here are some ideas on how you can pull it off or make them work for you.
Go Back to Black for a Classic Fashion Gym Wear Look
You can’t go wrong wearing black to the gym. It’s slimming, which is perfect if you haven’t reached your workout goals yet. Black workout wear is also subtle enough that you can easily transform your streetwear to gym wear.
Black gym clothes also easily go with everything, making you look sleek and professional, even if you have no idea how to do a push-up or downward dog. It’s a style perfect for every workout from boxing to hot yoga.
Speaking of hot yoga, if you break a sweat in your black threads, it’s harder to see your sweat stains than it is on let’s say a white material.
Marvel at Marble Prints
If you want to make a statement, go for a marble print, we’ve been seeing this pattern a lot over the past couple of years from brands like Nike and Forever 21. The marble print is flattering as it shapes the body well.
Just make sure the material is high quality, by checking to be sure the material is anti-pilling, sweat-wicking, stretchy and ultimately comfortable.
Go For Geometrics
Another trendy pattern has been Geometrics. We’ve been seeing it everywhere from yoga mats to leggings. Like the marble print, this geometric style is also really flattering to most body types.
This colorful kaleidoscopic printed pattern is the perfect way to make a statement this summer and bring a smile to your face.
It’s actually been proven that clothing can make you feel better and improve your performance at the gym. This is because of “Enclothed cognition” a term that describes the link between how we dress and how we act.
Make a Statement
If you want to start a conversation at the gym, or spread a little cheer to your workout buddies, consider wearing your thoughts on your shirt.
There’s a ton of fashion gym wear shirts with phrases to make you smile. Like “Meet me at the Barre” for those barre class junkies. “Girls just want to have guns,” which is a great way to say, “why yes, I do Crossfit!” Or the best humble brag of, “I run better than the government.”
These shirts are great to buy for yourself or also make great gifts.
On Brand Brands
You might be feeling a little nostalgic when you look at today’s fashion gym wear. That’s because a lot of the athletic brands you might have grown up with are now making a comeback. Here are the ones that are turning heads:
This apparel brand actually dates all the way to 1919, with technical sportswear for professional athletes.
It worked it’s way into everyday wear in the 1990s with a sports-meets-streetwear brand for urban dressers everywhere.
Today Champion is back at the forefront of casual fashion teaming up with Wood Wood, Todd Snyder and Urban Outfitters, bring it’s throwback pieces back t up to date.
This Italian heritage label was also big in the 1990s and we’re seeing it become a favorite of vintage lovers everywhere. The label stays true to its original designs, adding some contemporary elements to its classic bold slogan sweatshirts.
Le Coq Sportif
Know for it’s Le Coq Sportif tracksuit that was all the rage in the mid-nineties, this French label is also making a comeback.
Today it focuses on vintage apparel that appeals to the modern man around town with’s its retro cycle wear.
This brand was huge with eighties football subculture and remained a favorite for retro lovers’ since the late 20th century.
Today this brand still channels it’s throwback appeal, with its launch of classic and original pieces under its vintage sub-brand. Here you can find everything from track jackets to striped polo shirts.
Reebok remains one of the most successful sportswear brands in the world since it launched in 1895.
This brand was really at the forefront of athleisure fashion in the eighties and nineties when trainers were all the rage. The brand stayed strong with other styles like it’s Pump and Classic which instantly became must-owns.
These signature pieces are still being produced today with new iterations that take Reebok’s designs to a whole other level.
These running shoes have been a favorite for decades. Originally known for its practical appeal, Saucony’s running shoes appeal to fans worldwide for their simple yet striking look.
Today the brand has collaborated with Club Monaco, Penfield and limited edition releases which have helped the brand easily enter the luxury trainer world making it a key footwear brand today.
This Italian sportswear brand appeals to both the professional and amateur athlete. You may have seen this brand as the official uniform for football, basketball and hockey teams across the world.
If you’re an everyday sportswear fan than you might only recall Kappa for its popper leg pant with its oversized logo. Today Kappa is now making more technical styles for both working out and everyday wear.
You may remember this diamond logo brand from its bulky backpacks and sports socks that you may have worn or seen back in your school days if you grew up in the eighties and nineties.
Since this brand was acquired by Nike in 2007, it went through a revamp that now focuses on football heritage and a vintage look that produces classic, stylish pieces with original features.
Now that you know what to look for when it comes to fashion gym wear, it’s time to shop! Either go for the brand or simply the style and look. Whatever you do, make sure the piece you’re buying is of high quality, so you know it will last.
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