Gear Guide

KimK —  July 12, 2013 — 4 Comments

Let’s talk clothes! It’s a very relevant topic because if you’re not comfortable or don’t have full range of motion, you won’t get the most out of your workout. When it comes to fashion sense, my wardrobe is built on comfort and budget. I like getting more for my money, and I like to be comfortable while feeling good about myself in whatever I wear. This includes my gym clothes.

All my workout ensembles include capri leggings and my Merrell Barefoot Pace Gloves (not cheap, but worth the price). I know many of the other Miss Fits like their Chuck Taylors for lifting, but I can’t imagine wearing anything other than my Merrells. My feet don’t feel confined and can move naturally, and the shoes offer just the right amount of support. I actually have two pairs!

The capris are also very comfy and give me the freedom to move easily through my sets in the gym. From experience, I can tell you that you’re safest with black because it won’t show sweat stains. And always do the bend and check in the fitting room at the store to make sure that when the fabric stretches, you won’t be putting on a show for everyone else in the gym (unless you’re OK with that). One issue I will point out with the capris is that they are skin-tight. Ladies, this means getting used to thongs. I don’t like thongs. I have found, though, that soft, cotton thongs can be fairly comfortable. Leave the lace and G-strings for date night.

While we’re on the subject of undergarments, a good sports bra is essential! If you’re shy about protruding nipples, make sure the bra is padded. In my opinion, these are just more comfortable and offer better support anyway. I’ve never liked my bra straps to show, but some women like to coordinate the colors of their tanks and bras, which I think is cool. For me, that goes back to my wardrobe foundation of budget. I have a couple of staples and that’s it—variation and color coordination can cost too much. However, I do think it’s time to get another padded sports bra, seeing as how my pregnancy has rendered my regular bras obsolete for now. I guess I should enjoy the increase in cup size while I can! (I’ve always been quite satisfied with the size of my girls though—not too big and not too small.)

No outfit is complete without the right top. I tend to feel more comfortable in T-shirts than in tank tops. (I do love my 90 Degree By Reflex pink yoga tank from T.J. Maxx.) Fitted ladies’ tees with stretchy fabric that molds to my body but has a little flare at the bottom are ideal. A close fit that doesn’t show the goods when bending over is also a necessity in my book.

Really, it doesn’t matter what you wear to the gym, as long as you are comfortable and can move easily. To me, fashion is secondary or inconsequential. How about you? What does your workout wardrobe look like?

I don't always wear tanks, but I love this one by 90 Degree By Reflex. And, of course, my black capris and Merrell sneaks.

I don’t always wear tanks, but I love this one by 90 Degree By Reflex. And, of course, my black capris and Merrell sneaks. (I have two pairs of the Pace Glove, the Life Delight Glove, the Life Adore Wrap sandal, and the Life Wonder Glove. Can you tell that I love Merrell?)

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4 responses to Gear Guide

  1. I agree with you on the Merrells – I have 2 pair of the Barefoot Trainers & wouldn’t train in anything else!! Definitely worth the price!!

  2. Agreed on the Merrells! My husband and I have about 8 pairs between us! Love them! I walk in them everyday and use them in the gym 🙂

  3. I workout at home so I am not big on a certain style! My favorite workout outfit is a pair of spandex shorts(black) and cut off shirts! Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  4. I definitely tend to prefer t-shirts over tanks, and love the ones made of wicking fabric…I sweat a lot! I need to get those shoes! I have one pair of Merrells that I bought years ago for yoga and I love them!

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