By Heather Bien
Keep the Boody party going from barre class to brunch with these fitness-friendly wardrobe hacks.
Is there anything better than scheduling a Saturday morning workout class? You wake up feeling great, knock out your fitness goals early, and you still have a glorious weekend day ahead of you!
So, why lose the endorphin high you’ve got going just because you need to head home, shower, and get dressed again before meeting up with friends? The beauty of today’s workout clothing options is that you can absolutely multitask an outfit to work for you, no matter the occasion.
Here are the three wardrobe hacks you need to keep you going from Saturday morning barre class to a leisurely afternoon hangout. Now, let’s make that noon brunch reservation and get ready to get moving.
1. Repeat After Us: Leggings ARE Pants. It’s the eternal debate, right?! Well, we’re here to settle it. Leggings are 100% pants and they are the foundation you need to create an outfit that makes a workout look acceptable once you step out of the studio.
One way to make your leggings glide effortlessly from gymwear to streetwear is to opt for the active full-length leggings over the ¾ silhouette. They don’t obviously scream “gym attire!” when worn full length––and they’re perfectly sophisticated with ballet flats. Of course, you can also opt to throw on a pair of moto boots, sleek sneakers, or driving mocs––all of these are awesome with classic black leggings and they will never give you away for having just come from a workout.
2. Think Off-Duty Ballet Dancer and LAYER. Remember the movie Center Stage? Who wasn’t obsessed with Jody’s sweet, but slightly rebellious, style? Let’s channel a little bit of that off-duty ballet dancer vibe.
It’s all about the layers––as if you’re ready to start a warmup at any moment. Start with a fitted cami or an active tank in a neutral color or black as your base, then layer a slightly loose, but feminine, scoop top or long sleeve shirt in a contrasting color. Knot the top layer up over the bottom tank accentuating your waist, take it off and tie it, or just keep it on hand in case there’s a chill in the air.
Plus, you’ll only wear the bottom cami to your workout class, so you’ll feel fresh when you throw on that top layer in the locker room.
3. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize! You’re probably not dressing to the nines with accessories during your workout, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have them in your bag ready to make their debut when you head out. Opt for statement accessories that will make an impact and dress up your simple, sleek style.
Grab a scarf in a pretty color to dramatically wrap around your neck, put on a pair of bold earrings, or stack up the bracelets. One or two notice-me accessories can make a look––and make the difference between “I just came from a barre class,” and “I’m just incredibly and effortlessly chic for brunch!”
Still need a few more tips? Always remember dry shampoo is your best friend when leaving a gym session. You can also throw in a hydrating mist to refresh your face, a slightly tinted lip gloss, and a hair tie in case a half-up top knot is the best way to disguise second day hair. Opt for a gym bag that resembles a tote rather than your standard duffel. And, if all else fails, just own your look and remember, you’re doing good by squeezing in that weekend workout!