Outfit Inspiration

Outfit Inspiration: Summer Workout Style

Rev up your wardrobe, rev up your workout

It’s almost comically easy to trick your mind. For instance? I’ve always found that getting excited about my workout clothes makes me that much more excited to work out. For that reason, we’re tackling summer workout style today on Style Girlfriend.

Earlier this month, I came down with a stomach bug that lasted over a week. I couldn’t handle anything beyond crackers and room temperature ginger ale.

If you’re looking to get your own summer beach body in a more…traditional manner, listen up. I recommend an exercise routine with stylish workout wardrobe to match. Because sure, while you may lose weight in the kitchen (while turning green on the floor of it, in my case), you get healthy in the gym. All things considered, it’s a much more strategic long-term solution than crossing your fingers for a stomach bug.

Personally, feeling good about how I look while I sweat is sometimes the only thing that actually gets me into the gym. 

A smart and stylish summer workout kit is all about moisture-wicking fabrics for compression leggings, not-too-short shorts, and slim-fitting shirts. Plus, lightweight sneakers that look cool af.

Below, some inspiration for your summer workout style:

Joe Jonas, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West go dark for fitness

1. Tights are…well, tight

I have to admit. It took me a little while to come around to the “compression leggings under workout shorts” look on guys, but now I’m all in. I think it’s because for me, I like to wear as few layers as possible when I’m sweating – seriously, I can’t even wear tights to run when it’s above 60 degrees out. But I know you fellas out there are maybe more modest than me.

According to Men’s Health, the benefit of wearing compression leggings to work out “is that it compresses your muscles to keep them supported and contained, and improves circulation by squeezing blood back toward the heart.”

Sure, and if you can look as cool as the celebs above, that doesn’t hurt either. All I’m saying is, if you’ve been curious about this “leggings under shorts” trend for awhile now, you’ve got the #SGapproved blessing to try it out.

2. Dark colors Are a Go

via Olivers Apparel

While in past years, my workout clothes have been the one bright spot – literally – in an otherwise mostly black (I know I know, I’m a NYC cliche) closet, right now I’m feeling dark colors for workout wear. Like the celebs above, there’s something stylishly utilitarian about more serious hues (with maybe a pop of pattern here or there); maybe it’s the times we’re living in?

Whatever it is, for now, the hi-vis exercise gear is being pushed to the back of the closet in favor of black black black.

3. Nail the fit

via Rhone

You don’t have to sacrifice utility for fit or style in the summer. In athletic clothes that form to your body, you’re better able to track your movements, ensuring proper form, and, y’know, look good doing that last set of lunges while you’re at it.

Opt for a versatile pair of shorts that’s easy to coordinate with the rest of your outfit and could even transfer to street-wear. Then, have fun with your shirt and play up a bold color if you’re so inclined.

Most important? Antimicrobial and moisture-wicking fabrics for every layer.

That, and a pair of shoes made for the type of exercise you’re doing, and you’re good to go.

// Shop #SGapproved summer workout style //

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