Different sports and gym activities need different outfits. Here are some workout outfits ideas to help you how to choose them like a pro AND look glam!
Hey gorgeous! I’ve been working with so many fitness-related posts lately and have been feeling so proud to associate myself with something so healthy and positive. My most recent mission? To scout the best mall in Chennai for the latest trends in active wear. And I’m so excited to finally show you what I found there!
My latest collaboration with Phoenix Marketcity, Chennai was all about finding the hottest in gym and sports wear. So I checked out the merch in different sportswear brands – Reebok, Adidas, Puma and Columbia to decode the latest fashion trends in this category. Because everybody knows that looking good is more important than what you’re doing! 😛
I created 6 really cute workout outfits and also researched on what kinda outfits you need for for different types of activities and sports, so they don’t just look good but are super practical, too. Let’s check out these fitness outfit ideas so you never have a dull moment at the gym! Fashion-wise, at least!
Workout Outfits, Trends & How-To Choose for Different Types of Activities & Sports
1. Running Look with Reebok
Running is one of the best cardio exercises that strengthens your heart and helps burn fat fast. So girl, if you wanna maintain a great figure, you gotta run! Running and cross-training really are Reebok’s core-strengths, it being the first brand to ever make a women’s athletic shoe.
How to Choose Running Clothes for Women
The most important thing in a running outfit is the shoes. The kind of shoe you need really depends on your running style, the shape of your feet and how your foot hits the ground. Also, the kind of shoes you need for running on the road are different from gym. Bright-colored shoes are super in, paired with neutral shorts, so that’s what I’m trying!
For warm weather like we have in Chennai, you need ventilating clothing that keeps you cool but also protects you from the sun. Go for shorts in a moisture-wicking fabric like polyester or nylon to keep you dry and they should be loose enough to avoid chafing while running. Pair it with a top with mesh panels or cooling vents. Reflective logos are a great idea that can help drivers see you in the dark.
2. Gym Look with Reebok
How to Choose Gym Clothes
Gymming helps you combine different forms of exercise, which is a great idea if you’re looking for specific results like toning of abs, muscle gains or reducing tummy fat. Flexible stability is required for cross-training, especially weight-training. You need midfoot support for side to side movements – something that has lightweight cushioning in the heel. Plus rubber soles in the toes provide great grip for activities like planks, burpees, etc.
How I Created My Pretty Gym Outfit
I went for a bright look to really make a statement on the dull gym floor! I also tried the crop top trend with extra-low armholes! Here’s a pro-fashion tip – if you have a bright colored bottom, pair it with either a matching top or go for a neutral color like black or grey.
3. Zumba Look with Puma
Zumba is one of my personal favorite workouts. It’s a fun way to burn fat and calories but unlike racket sports, you can do Zumba anywhere, anytime, in any weather and even just by yourself! Unlike boring gym workouts, this is something you can actually enjoy and look forward to!
Puma specializes in fitness, outdoor sports, motor sports and lifestyle. Recently they’ve launched some really chic womenswear by Rihanna as the creative director. Zumba really allows one to try different types of workout outfits. Shorts, leggings, yoga pants – pretty much anything works! I prefer wearing them with a tank top with a built-in sports bra and a tee.
Monochromatic workout outfits are really trendy right now, so I’m gonna match it up! Love this khaki – a unique color for the gym! Also, the outfit’s so chic because it’s a shiny metallic. You can also try the camo print.
4. Tennis Look with Adidas
Tennis is a really fun sport for those who prefer playing out in the fresh air instead of in a closed gym room. It’s great to improve metabolism and flexibility, increasing reaction time. It’s personally helped me be a quick thinker! ;P Although these days I’m way more into badminton! Can’t wait to play today after work! Those unhealthy fats I gained last night from my trip to McDonald’s won’t know what got them! Muhahaha!!
Adidas goes for an all-rounded approach to fitness and sports, where they have specific shoes and gear for every sport. They haven’t even forgotten the fashion angle – mixing sports with style, even though their three stripes are iconic.
How to Select Tennis Clothes
You need a dress or skirt loose enough to allow for quick movements. A dress with built-in shorts is a great idea. Breathable fabrics are advisable. Racket sports need quick movements in different angles, so go for a shoe shaped for stability. Flexibility around toes is also important, along with cushioning for shock absorption in case your one foot is supporting the weight of your entire body. It helps avoid falls and injuries.
I tried on a white dress with darker color-blocking on the sides. This is not only trendy but also has a slimming effect. Plus matching shoes with lots of color accents on my outfits!
5. Yoga Look with Adidas
Yoga is the best workout to improve flexibility. It’s also a great healing workout. Its countless other benefits have really made yoga a worldwide celebrity!
The Right Yoga Clothes
The proper fitness outfit ideas should always suit the activity. For yoga, you need a stretchable pair of leggings or capris. Go for a comfortable sports bra without back closures because they can dig into the skin during your lying-down poses. You can also add a form-fitting tee over it. Avoid loose shorts or tees because they may ride up when you’re doing one asana or the other! That’s why a lot of cute workout outfits don’t work in yoga because they end up revealing a little more than you intended!
I chose these leggings with super soft material and mesh panels on the side, making it look so glam!
6. Trekking Look with Columbia Sportswear
How to Choose Hiking Clothes for Women
Let’s move on to another outdoor activity now. Layering is key in hiking. You need sun-protective, quick-drying clothing. If you’re going to a cool place, ultra-fine marino wool is perfect for base layer. For warm hikes, go for polyester or nylon clothing. Avoid cotton because it dries very slowly.
Again, go for a sports-bra without back clasps because they may dig into your skin under the backpack. And from personal experience, they can even snap open if you’re stretching your back or whatever! Ouch!
Go for full or convertible pants to keep off mosquitoes, bugs or getting a rash from the long grass and shrubs. Your mid-layer and shell depends on where you’re going. You may need a rain jacket or a puffy insulated jacket.
So I hope you liked these cute workout outfits, and my guide on how to choose different types of sportswear and activewear. Don’t forget to head over to Phoenix Marketcity, Chennai to check out their latest collection because the brands had even more cute outfits and I couldn’t show them all! Plus you’ll find all these looks there, too!
So what are your thoughts on these workout outfits and fitness gear ideas, and which one was your favorite? Lemme know by commenting under my Sports Fest video on Facebook by Phoenix Marketcity Chennai! Also follow @phoenixmarketcitychennai on Insta and Facebook to see more of their videos!
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Shilpa Ahuja the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Other than defining the direction of the magazine, she also writes about fashion & beauty trend forecasts, industry analysis, and opinions.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University.
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