Just like a pair of J Brand jeans that instantly and effortlessly give you a great rear and legs, workout clothes with the right shape and seams will help you feel more confident and make you appear lean and fit with minimal effort. When it comes to fashion whether in activewear or evening wear, there are fundamental principles of color, balance and proportion that apply to please the eye.
Because workout clothes show EVERY curve on our body, the imbalance of shape and color for your body type can make you look like you haven’t worked out in months. It can be a huge blow to your confidence and cause you to veer off course of your fitness program because you aren’t “seeing” the results of your efforts. The right combination of styles will highlight your best assets and disguise your perceived body flaws.Start by highlighting your best features with light colors and balancing shapes to draw the onlooker’s eye to that area of the body.
1. HOW TO HIDE A BELLY IN WORKOUT CLOTHES (i.e. my post-pregnancy belly!)
-HOW?: Wide straps or cap sleeves, and/or tops that are fitted around bust with loose fitting mid-section
-WHAT?: The Tara Merino Wool bra tank is fitted around the chest with a soft, unrestricted, flowing bottom to effortlessly hide a belly during workouts and for everyday looks.
2. HOW TO MAKE YOUR REAR END AND HIPS LOOK SMALLER IN JEANS AND YOGA LEGGINGS
-HOW?: Balance a fuller bottom with proportion up top by choosing a lighter, brighter color, thick shoulder straps, wide or boat necklines, or cap sleeve tops.
-WHAT?: The Anastasia long sleeve merino wool tee has a nice wide neckline and draping, cowl neck detail to distract from a fuller bottom below.
3. HOW TO MAKE YOUR HIPS AND THIGHS LOOK SMALLER IN YOGA PANTS AND LEGGINGS
-HOW?: Black bottoms/leggings combined with seaming details and extra-wide waistbands.
-WHAT?: Leslie merino wool crop leggings offer seam details that divide the thigh into separate spaces, making your legs instantly appear more lean and toned.
4. HOW TO MAKE ARMS APPEAR MORE TONED, DEFINED, AND FIT IN WORKOUT CLOTHES
-HOW?: Form fitting tops with cap sleeves and scoop necklines create muscle-like, tone-enhancing curves for you that you haven't yet earned in the gym.
-WHAT?: The Maureen merino wool scoop neck, cap sleeve tee is a perfect top to help your arms appear more toned and fit, and the styling is appropriate for anything from a long run, bicycle ride, hike, yoga class or go-anywhere with your favorite premium denim.
5. HOW TO LENGTHEN A SHORT TORSO IN WORKOUT CLOTHES
-HOW?: Long lines and tops with extra length.
-WHAT?: The Tata merino wool tank is the perfect length that extends to your hips, providing essential coverage to prevent mishaps in the downward dog position. The long seam down the center back elongates the body and makes a short torso appear perfectly in proportion with your legs.
Fashion is no substitute for embracing and loving your body as it is. Want to know the best distraction for all those features you don’t like? …eye contact and a smile!