Tuesday, November 07, 2023
How To Dress For The Gym In Clothes That Accentuate Your Best Features
Plus-size gym wear has come a long way in the world of activewear and workout clothes. It used to be so difficult to find stylish workout clothes in extended sizes. These days, activewear is made for nearly every size and every body type. Women’s plus-size workout clothes also come in the same varieties as smaller sizes as well.
Alright, let’s face it, ladies; one of the best things about starting your weight loss journey is going clothes shopping. But it’s not just fun. It’s a great way to step up your mental game.
Here’s the problem: while many women know that workout clothes are important, they don’t necessarily know how to go about buying them.
If you are unsure how to pick out the perfect plus-size workout clothes and activewear for you, here are a few things to consider.
Choose Your Colors
It seems silly, right? To be honest, it’s not. As a matter of fact, finding the right color workout clothes for you is an important step. If you have a mirror in your workout area or you go to a gym, you’re bound to see yourself. For this reason, you want to use your colors.
And I'm not just talking about your favorite color. I’m talking about colors that you feel confident in. If you’re the type who wants to be lowkey, I wouldn’t recommend neon green and pink as your first workout outfit. But if you’re the type who likes to watch the colors moving in the mirror, by all means: grab the brightest colors you can find!
This step is all about you.
Some women use colors to appear thinner. If you want to do this, you can find the most slimming colors for your body, or whatever flattering colors bring out the inner BOSS that you are.
Try It On
Allow me to repeat that: try it on. You want to see how you look, of course.
More importantly, you want to know how it feels, so try it on. Do a squat, and lift your arms above your head. Make sure it is comfortable for you in every position. You don’t want to spend too much money on something that doesn’t feel right when you’re working out.
Great gym wear shouldn’t make you feel as though you’re unable to complete your workouts. It should flow nicely and give you a feeling of support.
Now, you have to decide if you want baggy clothing or stylish fitted clothing. If you’re normally more comfortable wearing clothes that are a little bigger on you, consider trying on clothes that fit snugly. You may find that you’re more comfortable working out in them.
While any stylist might tell you that looser-fitting clothing adds the illusion of more weight and a bigger waistline, your choice of workout clothes is your own.
With that said, having clothes that are too baggy during workouts can get dangerous. Clothes like this can get caught in machines, on equipment, and on various parts of your body (especially when doing yoga poses).
Try to find clothes that fit your body nicely, but keep your confidence, no matter what.
Dress For Confidence
Yes, color and fit are important for great workout clothes, but one of the most important steps in picking out the perfect plus-size workout attire is the confidence you have when you wear it.
If you don’t consider yourself a confident woman, don’t worry. Many of us aren’t very confident when we begin our weight loss journeys. But I’m here to tell you: it’s time to be confident. You’re a warrior.
Think about it; you’re reading this because you’re starting something new, something that might be scary to you, something that is going to change your life. That alone should tell you how strong you are. So, if you don’t feel confident, it’s time to get confident.
And I’m not just talking about feeling confident in your clothes. I want you to be confident in your process, your journey, and (most importantly) your body.
The funny thing is, a lot of these areas of confidence feed each other. For example, when you’re confident in your process, you’ll see a boost in your confidence in your journey. When you’re confident in your clothing, you become more confident in yourself and your ability to meet your goals.
So, find the plus-sized clothing that makes you feel the most confident.
Dress For The Exercise
Look, I get it; we all have body parts we’d rather hide. Maybe you’re not ready to show your arms off. Why would you wear a tank while strength training? Well, this is one of those things you’re going to have to talk to your confidence about. Because wearing a tank during strength training isn’t about the look of the outfit; it’s about being able to watch your muscles as you do your reps.
Now, if you’re not about watching yourself, consider the way your clothes will hang while you’re doing certain exercises. Are they going to bunch up and get in the way of you completing your workout?
This is most important for workouts like yoga. When you’re in a downward dog position, you don’t want to worry about your shirt falling over your shoulders. You want to focus on your breathing.
Likewise, when you’re on the treadmill, you don’t want to worry about your pants catching and causing chafing on your thighs.
I know I touched on this before, but it’s essential to make the exercise motions when you try on your workout clothes. It will show you any problem areas before you make the purchase.
Where To Shop
Speaking of making the purchase, now that you know what to look out for and how to choose great workout clothes, it’s time to consider where to shop.
While you can go the expensive route and find clothes that may last a lifetime, you can always find cheap workout clothes at Walmart. Additionally, there are great plus-size workout clothes on Amazon.
Remember that the quality of your workout clothes is important at every stage of your weight loss journey. You don’t want any rips, tears, or seam bursting at inopportune moments. Trust me, that can happen to the best of us.
Bottom line: wear what makes YOU feel good.