Exercise is just one of those things. You know what I’m talking about: one of “those things” that you have to do, like going to school or watching “Wizards of Waverly Place” at least once in your life. Okay, maybe it’s a little different. A lot of people don’t exercise; some of them are fine, while others really should because it effects them medically. But another thing that is inevitable is everyone’s daily interaction with clothing and fashion, which is why I’m so confused as to why the two never really meshed well. Gyms and airports are tied for the highest volume of unattractive clothing in one place, hands down. The reason is because you see the same type of apparel in each venue: sloppy, unflattering, (usually) dirty, and/or ill-fitting garments. It’s kind of sad, really, because fitness is a very large part of some peoples’ lives, and it is a shame that they look like overgrown camp counselors most of the time. Sadly, I fall into the category of those who dress well on a daily basis but look like a shlump at the gym. I guess my excuse is that I’ll be sweaty and nasty in my workout clothes so why bother wearing something nice, but that’s kind of lame. It doesn’t have to be like this! There are options out there for us fashionable people who suddenly transform into slovenly slobs as soon as they step foot in the YMCA. I’m on a mission to turn this all around, so I scoured the internet for the most high fashion activewear I could find. Below are my favorite selections.
AMAZON’S HKNB HEIDI KLUM FOR NEW BALANCE
We all remember the two “Project Runway” challenges from seasons 7 and 9 where they had to design looks for Heidi’s New Balance line, right? Those were jolly times, jolly times. The great thing about Heidi’s line (which you can see the lookbook for here) is that the items are cute but functional. Practicality really is the key here, but there does need to be an equal ratio between that and attractiveness. I find that people tend to favor utility over looking presentable. But if someone were to wear these cool chevron print pants with a plain old tank top to sweat away on the elliptical, it would be the beginning of a fashion revolution. The same goes for this hoodie or the denim running sneakers.
I swear, everything that Rag & Bone makes is beautiful. They even managed to design a visually pleasing sweatpant, and I despise sweatpants with all of my being, so for that I applaud them. I would totally wear this jersey top from VPL in a heartbeat (get it? Heartbeat, exercise…it was a play on words). The same goes for these cray-cray pocket Y-3 pants. Avant garde fashion on the treadmill: I dig it.
ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY
The best thing since sliced bread (read: her collaboration with Gap): Stella McCartney’s line for Adidas. Who else would design a snakeskin print running tanktop and matching shoes? I’ve been saying for months that fanny packs need to make a comeback, and Stella’s just fueling the revival with her “bum bag.” Her hoodies are also fantastic—this is coming from someone who went through a two-year (fine, it was verging on three) phase in which I wore a zip-up jacket or sweatshirt every day and I refuse to ever revisit my past. The blue and green ones are my favorite because those collars are just so gosh darn adorable. You might also want to check out her fancy running tights if you’re as obsessed with this line as I am. Or, you can just view the entire collection here.
I have to admit, I’d never heard of this brand before I began researching for this article. They have a red sports bra that just says “Z” all over it, and a bubble gum pink jacket with an upside down, non-functional pocket apparatus on the back. How about we throw in a mesh tanktop? I think yes. Neon lovers rejoice! You can now blind everyone in the gym in addition to those you have visually impaired on the street with this jacket. Which means we’ll all need some Prada sunglasses to protect our baby blues.
Now that I have given you ample fitness attire options, I see no reason why I should witness people wearing their “Chess Team Tournament ’93” t-shirts and Juicy Couture sweatpants ever again. Please.