Thursday, 13 February 2014

is there a place for fashion at the gym?

Nike Pro Running Tights* | Nike Pro Printed Bra*

After SportsShoes got in touch about their Fashionably Fit campaign, I've been thinking a lot about the importance of feeling good and being 'fashionable' at the gym. I'll be the first to admit that after ditching my stack of bargain "I probably won't stick to this" Sports Direct clothes I bought when I first started exercising, that I'm becoming a bit of a gym wear snob and will now only buy Nike branded clothing.

I know some people who are quite happy to work out in a freebie company branded t-shirt their employer handed them or even a torn Primark t-shirt which is fit for the bin, whereas some are happy to spend £75 on a pair of running leggings (ouch!) - and I know for a fact that each of those people would both put in as much effort and determination and work as hard as each other at the gym.

So why do I insist on being brand loyal and picking those amazing printed leggings and brightly coloured sports bras over the plain black ones every time?

Personally, it all comes down to confidence and how the clothes make me feel. I put thought into my daily outfits, and what I wear to the gym is an extension of that. Nike has a style that I gravitate towards, and their clothing fits like a glove and keeps me comfortable and at the right temperature during my workouts so for me they tick all the boxes. Call me a little vain or fickle here, but putting effort into my clothes gives me a confidence boost, it makes me feel good and if I feel good at the gym I'm more likely to stay longer, worry less about how ridiculous I look whilst attempting one of the crazy exercises that I swear my PT invents just to embarrass me and ultimately put 100% of my attention and effort in.

SportsShoes were kind enough to let me pick out some pieces (Nike, of course!) from their website and I headed straight for the colourful, patterned pieces above. They were delivered on a rest day, but I was so excited to wear them that I put them on, squealed to my flatmate about how much I love them, and got myself to the gym quicker than you could say "thanks Sports Shoes!" I think that proves the point I was trying to make here - for me, fashion wins every time.

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15 comments

  1. Yum! I'm definitely not one for exercise (ever) but I recon that gear could get me running! So pretty, such nice prints.

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  2. Oh I definitely agree about feeling good in what you wear in the gym! I've recently traded in my old tatty vests for cool bright ones from h&m (love their work out section), but the nike gym stuff does look good! Love the leggings. And I'm still sooo jealous of your liberty print trainers! xx

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  3. i love really nice sports gear! ive started yoga every wk so I def need to invest in some :) x

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  4. That outfit looks amazing, I love the trainers, I need to get myself a new pair mine look a bit dodgy now x

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  5. You look great!

    www.amandaloves.com
    xx

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  6. I love Nike's stuff, I have their leggings and their running shoes and they make me feel so good when I work out!

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  7. I'm still using my "i won't stick to it" sports direct! I have promised myself when I stick to it I can get nice gym gear - but that's yet to happen :p

    The Student Blog x

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  8. I hate my gym clothes and would love to be a bit more fashionable at the gym... maybe I would go more often then!x

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  9. Okay, I am totally guilty of wearing a freebie shirt when I workout. But I understand what you mean. I do feel extra confident when I am in extra nice gym clothes... it sort of even adds a bit more bounce to my jog.

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  10. I hear ya about the confidence thing! I like finding nice colourful clothes for to wear to the gym - I mean, a staple black tank or t is nice too of course :) - but feeling confident just can sometimes just put you in that frame of mind to work out hard and not care what other ppl might think about you that are around while you work out :)!

    Cachoo Joo

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  11. Only to a certain extent. I think the most important things that you wear to the gym are your trainers, and for women, your sports bra (although obviously nobody sees this so it doesn't matter what it looks like). So yes I can justify spending a lot on those items, you need something good which can be expensive so why not get some nice looking trainers? However, if your going to do the gym properly, your clothes are going to get very sweaty and need washing, so I normally just wear a black Primark top, some nice fitting leggings and some trainers, although I need new ones. I agree with the confidence thing, but for me I wouldn't spend too much on gym gear - the stuff I wear already wasn't too expensive and I feel good when wearing them. I share your love of nike too, think its the best sport brand! x

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  12. It doesn't matter what I wear, I will never have confidence in my shape or size. I hate my body and nothing I've been doing at the gym over the last few years has changed that. I know I've changed, of course I have and when I look really hard I can see that, but the confidence factor, for me, is not there. I work out in sports bras from anywhere, usually supermarket clothing sections but I've also just ordered a Shock Absorber one. I tend to wear Primark jogging bottoms with a band tee or something, and a pair of Nike trainers, my Polar hrm and a pair of cycle shoes for spin classes. It's all functional, which is probably all I need. I never feel pretty at the gym, I'm there to work so that isn't something I'm going for, and I wear my gym clothes until they wear out, so I just replace them when I need to.

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  13. I love the sports kit you've chosen. I find I feel more motivated to go to the gym or for a run if my gym clothes are nice and up-lifting. Plus they're usually really comfortable! You look great too. It's really inspiring how dedicated you've been x

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  14. I completely agree with you, especially when it comes to leggings or shorts. I decided to pick up a pair of the JD Sports 'pure' leggings as opposed to my usual Nike's. When I got home the quality and fit was awful and I felt really 'yuck' in them! Confidence is a big issue for me so I promptly returned them, headed to the Nike store and picked out a new pair!

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  15. Forever21 is great for cheap, colourful work-out clothes. They have a huge range to suit everyone. By the way, I've just started writing a blog and was wondering how to edit your photo's into a collage? I'm not very techy and have tried everything to try and make it look as good as yours - to no avail! x

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