Workout Clothes You Can Wear Outside the Gym

Local fitness fashion designer Danielle Dobin tells us how to get the most from our gym wardrobe with pieces stylish enough to pull double duty.

Between balancing work and family, and attempting to maintain some semblance of a social life, just the thought of fitting in exercise can be a mental workout. There just aren’t enough hours in a day to worry about wardrobe changes between each activity. But with a little planning, you can proudly don a workout outfit that can be taken from Zumba class to downtown sass with only a few minor adjustments.

“My biggest piece of advice is to carefully choose the items you will work out in,” says Potomac-based Danielle Dobin, president and designer of Apifeni Activewear. “Style starts with feeling confident, so make sure you are selecting pieces with a flattering fit.”

Dobin recommends looking for workout clothes that are properly tailored and have stylish details, which will allow you to pair the piece with non-athletic items to transition your look post-workout. Invest in high-performance fabrics that wick perspiration, so your gear won’t be pooled with sweat when you leave the gym. Avoid flashy logos and polyester blends that alert others to the fact that you’re wearing sportswear.

In blistery winter weather it can be tempting to forgo style and simply bundle up in sweats and a hoodie. Instead, opt for running tights that can later be paired with a tunic or a dress and your favorite boots for casual drinks with friends. Choose form-fitting tanks with a fun cut or detailing that can be worn as a cami under a blazer back at the office. Since athletic wear is usually more expensive, finding ways to transition it into your everyday look allows you to get the most out of your money.

Click through our slideshow to see some of our favorite fashionable workout clothes.