Starting this one with a disclaimer. I am ALL about “You Do You and I’ll Do Me” when it comes to workout clothes. Tight, Loose, Fashionable, Utilitarian….I think the greater diversity of what we’re all wearing decreases the pressure for women to fit any one type of mold, right? More power to us all —working out in thong bikinis OR baggy sacks! End of disclaimer.
Personally, I’m not comfortable in head-to-toe tight workout clothes. I’ve worn leggings and long baggy tops that cover my tush for years, but I’m trying to break out of this rut with the introduction of sweatpants (I mean…January and February were MADE for sweatpants, right?) Making sweatpants look cute or at least put together is HARD, though! I realized very quickly that the way ALL of the Free People models make baggy sweatpants look super cute is to pair them with half tops or sports bras. Ugh — I’m not going to wear a half top. I’m TOTALLY for anyone and everyone else wearing half tops (hard and soft bodies alike), but half tops are not at all my style.
So, I’m on a mission to find workout clothes that aren’t skintight, but still look cute and put together….and aren’t half tops. You might know by now, that I like to have things neatly categorized and grouped, so I’ll remain consistent to my reputation and divide my “Finding Good Workout Clothes That Aren’t Skin Tight Journey” into 2 posts with 6 ideas for each. Post 1: A round-up of cute tops that can be paired with baggy or looser pants. Post 2: A round-up of great baggy or looser pants that can be paired with tops from Post 1. Complete with dressing room selfies (Yikes! SO many Linzi’s…this is such a weird job!)
Let’s talk about tops first. In terms of cuteness with workout clothes that aren’t skin tight, I found it’s definitely (as Shana always says) all about proportions and balance. Taking sweat pants and pairing them with a bit of a tighter top, or a top with some type of interest, or a top that shows a little skin somewhere (doesn’t have to be the belly) helps. Here are some ideas:
6 Cute Workout Tops That Aren’t Skin Tight
Tops To Pair Your Favorite Joggers With…
Open Back Tops
I have to say…I was a bit disappointed in the open back tops I ordered. I wanted to LOVE the Good American top, but it kept falling off of me. Maybe it would work if you had broader shoulders or bigger boobs? I LOVED the Alo bra, though. On the right is the open back tank from GAP — reasonably priced and easy to wear. I sized up to get a little more drape. If I was to do it over, I would have ordered this Lole, this Alala or this Carbon38 tank. More exciting for sure.
A Crop Tank
I loved both of these tanks. I kept the one on the left in this yellow and the black. It’s hard to find a top that is JUST the right length, and this one is it (for me). Short enough that it has a cropped look, but doesn’t show any belly. The tank on the right is more form-fitting than what I was looking for, but the cut was really good, so I brought it home anyway.
Tops You Can Knot (Or Not)
I was surprised that I liked this look as much as I did. And now that I’ve been scouring the internet and found so many other good tees to tie, I definitely want to get a few more that have a little more pizazz. I was completely happy with the ones above, though. The Athleta Cloudlight tank was perfect. Soft and easy to tie…also looked pretty good worn down. I was also really happy with the GapFit’s wider neck and the relaxed fit (also looked pretty good worn down — see pic in “glimpse of shoulder”).
A Glimpse (Or More) Of Shoulder
Note that the Alo tank has a really low V neck (was a slight off the shoulder look for me) — good if you have a fun sports bra you want to peek out. I really liked the Zella bra underneath, but I warn you it took me a couple tries to figure out the straps. Easy GAP top and bra in the middle — it’s the same one that I had knotted in the tie shirts selfies. The pink Athleta crop sweatshirt on the right is one of my favorites, and I wear it a lot. It hangs off the shoulder, but not in an annoying way. It works.
A Good Graphic Tee
I have no selfies here. I’m not a graphic tee gal. But for those of you who are..these would be great!
A Boxy Short Top
The pink sweatshirt is one of my favs, but the sleeveless hoodie grew on me as well. Athleta does such a good job with comfy soft sweatshirts. I do a full dance class in my pink one (without getting too overheated), so it’s not that heavy…or maybe I’m just not working out hard enough!
Just NOPE Category!
Definitely no! Enough said.
Please share your go-to workout tops that look good with joggers! Any other types of tops that work for you with sweatpants? Would LOVE your suggestions!! Stay tuned for Cute Workout Pants That Aren’t Skin Tight! It’s in the works.