We all know that guy in the gym who wears the cut off fraternity tee and high school intramural champion shorts (don’t be that guy). We also know the guy who is head to toe in matching skin-tight Nike compression gear (also don’t be that guy). So how do we get the best of both worlds? Functional but fashionable?
In this article, I will be going over my favorite workout and lifestyle brands (no I’m not sponsored or getting paid by these companies) although I wish I was.
Can the clothes make the man….?
As an avid fitness junkie and style enthusiast I think it’s important to combine the two. If you don’t look good you won’t feel good and if you don’t feel good you won’t perform. Do you ever feel more important or powerful when you put on a suit or a tux? Or, feel like a million bucks when you put on your favorite outfit and hit the club? There is a reason politician’s, lawyers, and bankers wear suits every day. Why not wear clothes that make you feel powerful in the gym? New research is popping up all the time about the psychosocial effects on the clothes you wear and how you perceive yourself.
Here are some of my favorite brands and pieces.
This is brand is emerging with its functional clothing. They are extremely innovative when it comes to design as well as functionality. They have some of the coolest fabrics, designs, and accessories. You can’t go wrong with anything on their website and they have the coolest Instagram and YouTube workout videos.
I love this tank because it is has a deeper cut in the front with a normal cut in the back. It is not too tight or too loose and the train-lite mesh fabric on the back is breathable and sweat wicking. Not only does it look bad ass but no one else in the gym will have it.
When I first bought these shorts I thought they were going to be too short, but that was not the case. I am about 5ft 10” (6 ft if you count the hair) and they fit perfectly. I love the built-in liner great for traveling so you don’t have to bring shorts and compressions. Also, the loop on the back is great if you want to take your shirt off or carry a towel. Lastly, the built in phone sleeve on the thigh makes it so your phone is secure when doing intense exercise.
This is a newer brand that focuses on the basics, quality and aesthetics at a very good price point. It is a mix of workout and lifestyle. These clothes sell out quick and very rarely do they make the same thing twice. So, get it while you can.
I like this shirt because of the fit. It is elongated enough where it won’t show your entire stomach when doing pull ups (nobody wants to see that) but tight enough that you don’t have excess fabric getting in the way. The arms are cut short giving you a leaner aesthetic (these shirts make you looked jacked) but also being very functional.
I think by now almost everyone has heard of Lululemon most commonly known for creating women’s tights and making the “yoga pant” acceptable to wear almost everywhere. But if you like variety this is the company for you. They have more color and size variations than anyone else and they make high quality clothes.
If you think 5” is too short or you just have chicken legs (like me) and you don’t want to show off then these are the perfect shorts. They don’t have a liner do you can wear them anywhere and multiple times. I also like the card holder in the back so you can put a gym card/credit there without out the fear of it falling out or getting in the way.