Chicagoan Joi Carthan, the hardest part about shopping for
workout clothes is finding something both fashionable and
body type is different," Carthan said.
shopping for an upcoming workout, experts say to consider a
few things alongside comfort.
Sonya Ramgotra, head of design at MPG Sport, suggests looking
on the tag for materials that will benefit your workout. Keep
an eye out for breathable materials that include moisture
wicking, the stretchy material spandex and elastic.
Johnson, who works in community relations at Lululemon,
recommends looking for preshrunk clothes, since those clothes
will withstand washes over time.
to watch out for clothes with seams, which can cause chaffing
and irritation. And unless youíre training for a
high-intensity event or in recovery, compression clothing isnít
necessary, said Keryn Francisco, creative director at Lucy.
youíre working out to stay active and fit, we recommend
focusing on comfort, such as lightweight fabrics that
encourage airflow, (and) cozy fabrics in cold weather to keep
you warm and supportive but not restrictive use of
stretch," Francisco said.
Depending on how your physical activity, you should look for
certain details when shopping. For runners, Ramgotra suggests
bottoms with elastic waistbands to keep shorts from falling
down, strategically placed pockets and clothing with
reflectivity. For yoga, Johnson says to avoid zippers, pockets
and loose clothing because youíll be doing a lot of work on
your back and stomach.
youíre working out, youíre just thinking of the workout
and not the clothes on your body," Johnson said.
"The clothes should become like a second skin."
should look for form-fitted bottoms with padding specific to
the hours youíll be riding. Also, cyclists should look for
tops with a raglan seam, a seam thatís specifically designed
for a hunched-over body with a longer backside, Ramgotra said.
If you only plan on doing yoga once a week, then the $90 yoga
pants probably arenít for you. But those who regularly work
out might want to consider investing in long-lasting brands.
still have Lululemon clothes from when I started working nine
years ago," Johnson said.
according to Francisco, the investment in better material is
important for any workout.
worth paying for a garment that has been engineered to have
zero-distraction, zero-chafing and maximum support so you can
participate in your activity without thinking about your
clothes," she said.
Joel Ingersoll, personal trainer and psychologist, comfort is
more important than expensive brand names.
worked out in clothes from Adidas to Nike to Hanes T-shirts,
and they certainly work for me," Ingersoll said.