How to Dress for the Gym Without Breaking the Bank

While the gym may not be the first place you think of when planning outfits, it could be one of the most important places to wear something that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Sure, you may sweat it all out and work your hardest while attending a yoga or HIIT class, but if you’re wearing your favorite athletic set, you’ll hit those reps harder while feeling great during your workout. 

Whether you spend most of your money on going out clothes or on athletic attire, we’d like to make the case that your gym gear should be prioritized as high as the other clothes in your wardrobe. Studies show that 50% of people fear to go to the gym, but what if you could melt those fears and insecurities by wearing an athletic set that makes you feel and look good? Well, you can, and you don’t have to break the bank to do it! Here are some confidence-boosting athletic trends you need in your closet and style tips to help you stay within budget while shopping for gym attire at a plus size boutique

Stick to Neutrals
Similarly to your everyday wardrobe, your workout attire should also prioritize neutral colors so that you can maximize the possible looks. Being able to pair different pieces together to get a new outfit every day will help you feel excited to get out of bed and wear something that makes you feel confident. And not to mention, you’ll save money because you don’t have to buy a lot of different outfits.

Splurge on Black Yoga Pants–Black yoga pants have endless possibilities. You can pair them with anything and they are easy to disguise with a sweater if you have to run errands after the gym. If you are weighing your options and deciding which gym pieces you want to spend the most money on, pants should be the biggest ticket item. You want plus size yoga pants that are high-quality and squat proof to ensure you’re supported and comfortable during your workout.

Prioritize Supportive Shoes That Go With Everything–The shoes you wear at the gym are so closely tied to your performance and comfort level, so be sure to prioritize funds for the best shoes for you. But when picking a style or color, make sure they are neutral so that they can be worn both inside and outside the gym. 

Embrace Trendy Pieces Wisely
Just because investing in neutrals makes sense financially, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in colors or pieces with bold patterns, as these variations also play a huge role in your confidence and excitement. When looking for ultra-trendy workout attire, make sure it’s something you feel comfortable in. 

For example, if you’re loving hot pink leopard print, get a sports bra that sports the pattern so that you can either wear it under your clothes all the time or create outfits that allow the sports bra to peek out. 

Also, if you want bold-colored yoga pants, but aren’t sure if you’ll wear them, find a pair that you feel confident in right off the bat. Avoid buying workout attire that you only might wear occasionally because you don’t want your money sitting in a drawer. Plus, by investing in neutrals, you will be able to include your favorite statement pieces effortlessly.

Maximize Options With Athleisure
The plus size athleisure trend has made it possible to wear gym attire for everyday activities outside of yoga class, which means you can spend money on athletic gear without worrying that you won't get your money's worth. Here are some of our favorite athleisure staples that will help you accessorize in and outside of the gym on a budget.

Make your gym outfits work outside of the gym by filling your closet with plus size hoodies that you can throw on after a workout if you have to run errands.

Fashion Sneakers
Aside from the shoes you wear to the gym, adding faux leather slide-on sneakers to your gym look will help you create two outfits in one by changing the personality of the outfit.

Statement Jacket
Every girl has a leather or denim jacket in their closet. Next time you are fitting a workout into your busy day, don’t worry about packing a bulky gym bag with a change of clothes. Just bring your statement jacket along to throw on after your workout, and you’ll be ready for whatever the day brings.

Save on the Accessories and Frills
Because the way you dress is so closely tied to how you feel, it’s critical to have a gym wardrobe that makes you feel excited to workout, which means you should prioritize most of your gym funds toward your looks. But you can save some coin on the gym accessories and extras you indulge in while at the gym.

Limit Post Gym Smoothies
If you frequent the gym smoothie bar after an intense workout, cut back to once a week to save money for your dream workout set.

Affordable Water Bottles
Skip out on the extremely expensive water bottles that make so many promises to hold ice for hours on end. As long as you’re drinking water while getting your favorite workout in, the temperature doesn't matter. You could save more than $50 by opting for a practical reusable water bottle, which is more than enough to get you a new gym outfit.

Utilize Gym Amenities
If you’re buying resistance bands, gloves or any additional accessories to help your performance, ask your gym if they have amenities or equipment for members that you can use to help you save money. 

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