Cheap and Chic: 5 Stylish Workout Garments for Women

Cheap and Chic: 5 Stylish Workout Garments for Women

Combine fashion and function with gym attire that'll keep you motivated while you sweat

April 22, 2013


Let's face it: gym clothes tend to get a bad rap. They're the plain sweatpants or random T-shirt you just throw on when you're ready to get moving. But getting fit doesn't have to cramp your style. The market is full of colorful, chic fitness apparel that translates seamlessly outside of the gym. Whether you're a Zen yoga enthusiast or pavement pounding runner, there's something for every activity. You'll be ready for bikini season in no time.

For the Yogi

Genie Slim and Tone Leggings ($60 for a set of 3,

There's nothing better than a pair of comfortable leggings that let you move freely during a yoga or Pilates session. These have a built-in shaper that targets the midsection, hips and thighs. And the leggings, which also have a natural sheen, would look great on a lazy Saturday with a tunic and flats.

For the Casual and Cool

Jennifer Lopez Cutout Racerback Tank ($17,

It's all about the details and tons of wear ability with this tank. The back cutout and season appropriate floral print make it right on trend. Throw a blazer or cardigan over this and it can easily be worn when you're not working up a sweat.

For the Runner

Puma Cell Gen Fluo Running Shoes ($90,

These lightweight, super functional running shoes will make you give your old clunky sneakers the boot. Not only does the cushioned heel give you support and shock absorption, you can't beat the standout style of the fluorescent accents.

For the Mover and Shaker

Under Armour Armour Bra ($58,

What this bra won't do: dig, rub or chafe against your skin. But it will offer breathable mesh and major support for women up to a size DD. It even absorbs sweat away from your body. This is perfect for a heavy cardio day when a little extra support is needed.

For the On-the-Go Athlete

Free Society Tie-Dye Hoodie ($33,

You'll look your best coming and going from a workout with this printed hoodie. It's a welcome update from the basic gray zip-up and gives a bit of coverage on chilly spring days or late nights.

—Patrice J. Williams

Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.

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