Sweaty vs. Sexy

How many people think that going to the gym in an oversized t-shirt and baggy sweats is attractive? You probably don’t…but you do it anyways.

If we try and dress to impress when we are out and about socializing why would we dress any differently when we are headed to the gym? It’s a different type of dress, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t look good. There are a ton of reasons why we should dress nice when we workout (besides trying to impress those cute boys in the weight room ;))

Dress first for yourself! If you don’t feel confident, everyone will be able to tell, so wear something comfortable but that doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish too.

I’m not telling you to go put on make-up and wear the outfit you put on for that date you had last week, but I am saying to choose clothing that makes you feel fit the next time you make your way to the gym.

Certain classes like Pilates, yoga, and etc. require tight fitted clothing because of the flexibility needed in order to do the poses. If you wore baggy shirts and pants to those classes your baggy clothes would get in your way and hold you back. Do you really want that if you’re trying to get into shape? I didn’t think so!


One of the most important reasons to dress in decent work out clothes when you hit the gym (at least in my opinion) is the fact that it motivates you to actually work out. How many of you feel like going to the gym more when you’re out and about and being productive as opposed to when you’re laying on your couch in sweatpants. I personally am so much more efficient at the gym when I feel good in my work out clothes.

My typical gym outfit consists of a pair of yoga pants (I own like 10 pairs) and a cute work out top. Most of my work out tops are either loosely fitted or racerback and they’re typically bright colors (I’m talking neon). I love going to the gym, and I feel good when I’m there, but that has a lot to do with my outfit choices. When you feel good in your clothes it’s extremely motivating to stay on that bike or treadmill a few minutes longer, or to lift a few more weights than you usually would. Who needs a personal trainer when your clothes are already giving you that extra push?

How do work out clothes boost confidence though?

Work out clothes boost just as much confidence as regular clothes. They may even do double the work! For one, in my previous post, Is Your Mind Making You Fat? I talked about how fitted clothing can trick your mind into thinking that you’re fit and this still holds true at the gym. when you wear yoga pants and a loose fitted shirt your mind thinks your fit, and therefore that motivates you (or at least myself) to work even harder at the gym because you notice progress! Not only does the clothing motivate you, but since you’re motivated and you actually want to go that little extra mile when you’re at the gym that means you’re actually making progress and getting in shape and that not only makes you physically healthy but it makes you mentally healthy as well, and both of these factors affect confidence levels as well!

Here are some outfits that you can replace your usual gym outfits with:

If you typically wear a baggy oversized shirt or sweatshirt and sweatpants then try wearing a loose fitted shirt and some athletic shorts similar to the images below:





If you typically wear a t-shirt and loose fitted sweats then try wearing a racerback shirt and a pair of yoga pants or yoga capris similar to the images below:






If you’re still having trouble figuring out what type of gym outfit to wear try visiting this site to look at a few examples they give as well.

You can also visit these sites to find some stylish and affordable workout clothes 😀

~Dick’s Sporting Goods

~ Target (Women)

~ Target (Men)


~Old Navy

~JCPenney (Women)

~JCPenney (Men)

If you go to this sight here you will be able to find a variety of other types of stores to get athletic wear (especially for yoga wear!)

You don’t have to look sexy to feel sexy 😉




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