WHAT TO WEAR: Work Out

What to Wear

Wearing the right clothing can make all the difference between an enjoyable workout and an hour of misery. Investing in some stylish, comfortable clothing is the perfect motivation to get you moving, especially when those early morning workouts are followed by a hectic day of afternoon classes or vice versa.

As college students, our schedules are far from predictable. The daily workout routine is unlikely to mirror the same schedule from week to week, making it almost impossible to fit in time between group projects, exams, internships and, of course, your social life. It’s easy to place exercise at the low end of the totem pole, especially when factoring in the time needed to shower and dress for class in addition to the time it already takes to actually exercise.

I spotted this Fashionista on an afternoon walk to class outside of the Rec. Together she modeled the perfect ensemble of athletic attire that is appropriate for a day of classes followed by a stop at the Rec for an evening of sweating in style. To keep warm on a chilly day, she chose to wear a Nike Dri-FIT reversible puffer vest over a long sleeve lululemon Swiftly Tech 1/2 zip. For an indoor class, throw on a neon racerback tank under your long sleeve outerwear. Fitness is always much more fun when you add a bit of color to your outfit.

This Fashionista wore a pair of monogrammed rain boots around campus as a substitute for tennis shoes on a rainy day. She chose a pair of black lululemon Wunder Under Pant leggings that are cordial with any retro tank. Whether you plan to wear grip-fitting socks for barre or the latest pair of Nike free running shoes, switch them out after class and get ready for an extremely productive afternoon. Active footwear can always be thrown in a bag and switched out after class.

The biggest mistake college students make is wearing cotton clothing when engaging in daily exercise. By wearing a tank or T-shirt that is designed to draw sweat away from the body, you’ll be left feeling refreshed and comfortable. Although high-end athletic brands like Athleta, lululemon and Splits59 may be more expensive than the average workout attire, your investment is definitely worthwhile. Whether you prefer pounding pavement or scissor-leg abs, pull your hair back in a tight fishtail braid and you’re ready for whatever steps in your way.

One Simple Change: Swap out the Nike vest for a dark green military trench coat. It’ll add a sophisticated edge to your look and cover the athletic wear hidden underneath for a  session with your study group.

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