There’s no better boost to a person’s confidence than rocking a great outfit while we huff and puff our way to a toned body. Since we’re already sweaty, sticky, and red in the face, the clothes we wear can go a long way in motivating us to push through the hard parts and those days when we don’t feel like doing anything at all. Just try it, whenever you’re too lazy to exercise, put your workout clothes on and see how you feel. We bet you’ll be feeling an instant boost of confidence and motivation. Of course, it helps a lot if you have the perfect outfit, and that’s just what we’re here for. Let’s find ourselves some fun, eco-friendly clothes that will make you look and feel amazing. And also align with your workout goals.
Words: Brigitte Evans
1. Effortless Chic Runner
It’s not like the road you run on cares how you look, but putting on the right clothes is more than just about appearance. A good outfit can get you in the right mood, and make it easier for exercising to become a part of your routine. Couple that with being environmentally conscious, and you’ve created the perfect me-time that belongs to no one else, and that lets you exercise your way to your goals. For a runner, yoga pants and shorts are the best choice, and you also want to have a really good bra. Seriously, sports bras are the most important part for a runner (like this Tropica Active piece by Elle Evans), almost more important than sneakers, especially if you have bigger breasts. Even if the constant bouncing isn’t painful, it can cause damage to the tissue and make the skin saggy and full of stretch marks. Pick a high-support bra and running will be infinitely more enjoyable. Combine grey yoga pants with a neon top and neon sneakers for flashy little details to make you stand out.
2. Glowing Yoga Girl
You haven’t been working on this rockin’ bod for nothing, and you deserve a chance to show it off. A cool crop top is perfect for yoga, because you need clothes that aren’t too loose and get in the way of doing poses, and it’s a good choice for anyone who’s proud of their abs. If you want something a little more demure, pick a tank-top or a fitted T-shirt that won’t hinder movement. Organic cotton and bamboo are perfect materials for leggings and yoga pants (see the Manduka High Line Leggings in black above) because they’re durable and they let your skin breathe. You can wear an all-black outfit for a sleek look and then add bright pink details such as a headband and a wristband, or maybe some print pattern leggings paired with a good bra underneath a mesh top if you really want to kick the sexy up a notch.
3. New Mommy
Hey there, you sexy lady. You probably can’t wait to get your pre-pregnancy body back, but we’re here to remind you that you’re pretty damn hot right now. For new mommies, comfort takes precedence, and you need an outfit that will help you ease back into your old exercise routine and make you feel confident. Pick quality maternity yoga pants that will provide the proper support, and make sure they’re made of soft, breathable modal fabric, and that they fit you perfectly. Nothing too loose or too tight. A warm hoodie is also a good idea, and you know what else? The Girlfriend Collective’s eco-friendly Topanga bra made from recycled water bottles, resulting in a quick-drying fabric that keeps you warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot. An easy way to remind you of good things in life and give you some motivation to work hard. PS! They are available in sizes up to XL!
4. Repurpose Old Workout Gear
Bear in mind that one of the most eco-friendly things you can do is repurpose your old things. Making new things out of old ones, such as a DIY workout shirt not only feels great, but also helps you save some bucks. So instead of letting old clothes pile up, either donate it, or find a way to repurpose it.
Workout clothes are something you’ll be wearing a lot, if you exercise regularly. So keep in mind they should be durable and multi-purpose. You will sweat in them and you will also feel comfortable and relaxed in them. Hence, it’s very important that the material used in creating them is safe, sustainable, and made with top quality in mind.