Hey friends. Today I’m here solving my own most-frequent fashion challenge: what to wear to and from a workout. I hit the barre3 studio at least three times a week, and you know I love LOVE my jeans, but it just doesn’t make sense to change a million times a day. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So, most mornings I’m sporting leggings, yet trying to figure out how to make them into an outfit that doesn’t always scream “I’m going to workout.” It’s like my on-going thing…forever…trying to figure this out for EVERY season. I’ve come up with a few ideas I’m going to put fully into rotation over here. I hope they’re helpful/interesting/fun for you, too.
Outfit 1: Sporty Meet Preppy
This might be my favorite look. I’m putting white high tops with EVERYTHING right now. While it may seem dumb during the winter, it’s become my go-to shoe when I need a more interesting element to my look. And don’t worry, if you’re not into white canvas shoes this time of year like I am (I’m getting good at avoiding all the puddles) then I’ve linked to some more weather-friendly leather versions below. But, I LOVE these high tops. Like, you’re gonna see them all the time. Haha. And it’s taken me YEARS of searching for a white high-top I like.
Everlane The Cocoon Coat – I mean, the name alone says coziest. I love Everlane’s items. This camel color is pretty much perfection…easier to wear than some of the shades of camel out there, especially for us blondes — it’s a hard match to find. This one is excellent. Aaannd…I just talked myself into ordering it. Check back to hear my review.
J.Crew Shrunken Sweatshirt – I have this in gray and LOVE it. Much cuter/ more wearable than your typical sweatshirt because of the fit. Works perfectly with high-rise anything, even my wide-leg jeans. I love it. TTS, but a more fitted fit.
Alo Airbrush Tech Lift Leggings – Alo are another of my favorite leggings. Super high-quality and they last.
Gola High Tops – Another of my favorite, most-worn items right now. The exact version I have are sold out, but I’m dying over this silver and white pair. I throw mine on with everything, and they make it cooler, more sporty, and are less expected than your typical running sneaker. If you need a more weather-resistant version right now, I’m loving these or these.
A&F Beanie – The pop of red just makes this outfit. You could do a great red scarf, but the beanie is right on-trend right now.
Outfit 2: City Chic
This combo is one of Shana’s favorites for workout to streetwear. The OTK boots keep legs nice and warm, and look more put together than sneakers. Add a gorgeously warm coat and bold lip, and you’re set for any before or after workout errands.
Abercrombie Shiny Nylon Parka – This is gorgeous. I think Scotti has this, and I’ve been dying over this color and the chic faux fur.
Everlane Cashmere Square Turtleneck – Everlane’s cashmere is great and reasonably priced for cashmere. I love the shape of this sweater and the subtle fleck.
Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket Tight – Many people swear by Athleta leggings, and I agree. They are awesome. They have a lifetime guarantee on all their products, too, which is awesome. They used to run large, but I haven’t tried them in a while.
Marc Fisher Yuna OTK Boot – These are the boots I have, and I love them. The pointed toe looks fancier to me than a rounded toe, and these stay up really well. They’re also half-off right now!
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Broadest Berry – This is moisturizing and a nice intense color, i.e., it goes on more like a lipstick than a gloss. I LOVE it. The color is more like the color of the coat when it’s on.
Outfit 3: All The Layers
I’ve talked about it before, but layering is my favorite way to add something interesting to an outfit. A coat over a jacket is always gonna be more unexpected and interesting, and these shades of denim, camel and ivory just work together so nicely. These Sorel boots are my other most-worn shoe right now for morning drop off, because they have this thick, insanely cozy liner that you can wear for short periods without socks. (But let’s not get into that whole thing again, you guys…)
J.Crew Double Breasted Long Cardigan – Wear it like a cozy coat. I love this kind of thing layered over another jacket. You know unexpected is my fav.
Abercrombie Denim Jacket – They have such great washes. Considering going up one size at Abercrombie.
J.Crew Cashmere Hoodie – Such a cute & cozy layering piece.
Beyond Yoga High Waisted Midi Space Dyed are Shana and I’s favorite leggings ever. They’re so soft, fit well, don’t slide down and… I don’t know…. There’s magic in them. They’re my favorite for barre3, and I want to wear them around the house all the time, too. They’re not supe- thick for wearing outside everyday right now, but to and from a workout with a long cardigan would be fine. TTS.
boots – Sorel 1964 Waxed Canvas boot – Wearing these almost every morning right now. That wool liner is insanely comfy and warm and I just slip them on without socks for drop off or going to barre3.
You may have seen my latest calendar post where I come clean with being a graphic designer on the side. Well, this post is another example of how I nerd-out about pretty design. I loved putting these looks together because: a) these collages are kinda my jam, and b) they’re helping solve everyday problems…that I actually have every day. Have you found a favorite way to style up your workout wear to and from the gym? Do share!
And if you’re looking for something new to add to your workout regime this January, may I once again recommend my favorite barre3. Their January Challenge this year is all about intention and meeting yourself where you are, and I love it. I hit my two year anniversary this week of working out 3x a week, and believe me when I say I’ve never done that before, ever. They have online workouts and childcare in the studios, and are so focused on mamas and safe, effective workouts. I can’t say enough good things (and NO, they’re not paying me to say this). Haha. Give it a look and happy January, y’all!
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