Solving Your Workout Wardrobe Dilemmas



First of all, I’d love to introduce myself. My name is Madison Skakle, and I am the new Style File columnist for Forsyth Woman. I am excited to take this role because of my passion for style and promoting confidence in women. I’ve worked in the fashion industry for nine years and cannot wait to share style tips and tricks.

We’ve all done it…gone to the gym, hopped on the elliptical or joined a workout class and then at that moment thought, “Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t have worn this workout outfit.” Either it’s see-through, chafes you, doesn’t fit you in the right places or is uncomfortable. All of which is no fun! I’m here to tell you that you can prevent all your workout wardrobe woes with a few key tips.

Fit is Everything

Whenever I am trying on fitness apparel, I bend, move, stretch and jog in place. I’m sure the dressing room attendants love those shenanigans but, to be honest, that is the key to finding the best clothes for your workout. You need to make sure your pants are not too long, the top isn’t too tight, and the sports bra doesn’t hurt your back. The great thing about fitness apparel is the stretchy factor and being able to fit into clothes more seamlessly; however just because you can squeeze into your pants doesn’t mean they fit. Often I see women in pants that are too tight, which makes them self-conscious and unable to use full movements when working out. Buy the right fit and don’t just buy a size because you want to be THAT size. Fit and function go hand in hand when working out! Number 1 tip: test out your movements in the dressing rooms.

High-Performance Fabrics

We’re incredibly lucky to live in a time where high-performance fabrics are everywhere. I hardly ever buy 100% cotton workout clothes because they are too hot and not breathable. Shop fabrics that have “wicking” abilities. This means they keep the sweat off you by repelling sweat, keeping you cool and making your workout even better. Look for fabrics like bamboo, Goretex, nylon, spandex – just confirm on the product tags with buzz words like “wicking” or “cooling.”

Appropriate for the Activity

What you wear to a yoga class is not necessarily what you should be wearing to run five miles outside. Make sure whatever workout you are about to embark on, that your clothes match that activity. For example, yoga can be fitted leggings with a tank top (light support top/bra), but running can be wicking shorts with a reflective top (for dark morning or evening runs) and a strong sports bra. Don’t wear shorts to a class where you have to stretch a lot because you’ll be worrying about “over exposing” yourself to all your friends in the class.

Comfort = Confidence

Look for clothes that are comfortable and feel good to move in. Make sure your clothes are semi-fitted and streamlined, so you don’t have to worry about chafing or pulling your pants up. What is ideal? Not even worrying about your clothes because they fit well and are comfortable. Actually, you should not even be thinking about your clothes when working out! They serve the purpose to help you in your workouts and make you strong.

If you are comfortable and the clothes fit, then you will be confident when you work out. Cute workout clothes help motivate me in the gym, and I know they can do that for you, too! And let’s be honest, most of us wear our “athleisure” attire to the grocery store and to run errands. Moral of the story, if you love your clothes and feel good in them… be confident and rock them!