Creating a capsule wardrobe makes so much sense- it’s all about decluttering and then streamlining your clothes to mix and match without needing 700 different items. You’ll have to leave your bed shirt at home (where it belongs!). I know capsule wardrobe building isn’t anything new but have you thought about a fitness capsule wardrobe? So many of us girls live in our “activewear” now and thank the lord it’s so damn comfy and on trend! Here’s some key tips to keep in mind
– Always try on your activewear! It’s a competitive market out there these days. Every brand and wannabe brand is making damn activewear- but not everything fits well and correctly. It’ll pay to get pants and tops that flatter your shape and feel good. Don’t be afraid to bounce around a bit in the change room. The worse thing is constantly having to pull legging up at the waist! Activewear must be FUNCTIONAL! Be savvy- if it doesn’t do it’s job don’t buy it.
– Fluro is on it’s way out, actually I’m pretty sure it’s left the building. That’s cool if you love your brights but think about the tones of your skin colour if in doubt. Pale or fair can rock pinks and neony purples, tanned/medium skin looks ace in corals and orangey tones, darker skin go for blues and greens- that beautiful turquoise hue. Also keep the slogan tees to a minimum- we get it “you love working out!”
– When buying shoes think about the activities you’ll be participating in and buy accordingly. We can also fall victim to the cool crazy looking pair of trainers but they end up at the back of the wardrobe because they don’t really go with anything you own. Go for one print or bright pair, the others keep neutral. The Nike Rosche
have got to be a fantastic all rounder- sleek, comfy and fitness friendly.
– Buy for your current size! There’s nothing worse than ill fitting training gear- it can be so demotivating. If you are expecting to lose weight perhaps splash out on your trainers rather than leggings or tops. There are so many affordable lines now that mean you can get the luxe look for less. Target, Big W, Kmart all have super affordable lines in store.
– If you are not a straight size don’t be afraid of bold patterns, you don’t have to live in black clothing. Find your best fit brand and stick with it. It’s all about your confidence!
– A decent capsule fitness wardrobe will consist of: 3 tanks/singlets, 2 loose fitting tees, 2 supportive crops/bras, 2 leggings, 2 pairs of shoes (go for a neutral and a funky pair), a few pairs of low cut sport socks and a hoodie/coat or puffer. Set a budget and stick to it. My current fitness wardrobe is a mix of:
Tights: Running Bare, Lululemon, 2XU, Lorna Jane, Nike, Adidas & Kmart
Tees: American Apparel, Old Navy, Gap, Adidas & Nike
Singlets: Running Bare, Cotton On Body
Hoodies: Running Bare, Cotton on Body
Puffer: Vigilante & Lululemon
Stevie from Active Truth, has these sensible pearls of wisdom:
– Get rid of anything stretched, stained or saggy, or anything that doesn’t feel great when you workout. Then you can assess what gaps in your wardrobe you need to fill.
– Consider buying the best you can afford (and look out for sales!). More expensive brands generally use better quality fabric and put more time and research into their fit. This means they will feel better when you workout and last more wears and washes.
– Choose one group of clothing to be your statement wear (top/pant/accessories) and keep the others neutral. E.g. I mainly wear patterned leggings and most of my tops and shoes are black or grey.