One of the biggest takeaways throughout the last year since I began my fitness journey is that quality gym clothes do make a difference. Long gone are the days of wearing Softee shorts and whatever ratty old t-shirt I could find … I cringe just thinking about it! But, as I’m sure you’ve come to learn I’m always shopping for those quality pieces at budget prices. So today, I’m offering up my 3 go-to stores for affordable workout wear and a few of my favorite items from each. It’s totally doable to find gym clothes at a lower price point that offer support, soak up sweat, AND keep you looking somewhat cute!
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My first stop when I’m in the market for a new pair of gym shorts or pants. I almost exclusively wear cropped black spandex – I’m not much into patterned bottoms. I swear by the Tek Gear Shapewear Workout Leggings, which is the Kohl’s in-house name brand. That lends itself to a slightly lower price point without sacrificing quality. I have a couple pairs of spandex that are a few years old and still in great shape – if you take care of them properly, they’ll last! These usually can be scored on sale or at the very least, purchased with a coupon (like everything else at Kohl’s).
It’s not surprising that the store with the cutest graphic tees and sweatshirts also is home to some of the cutest graphic workout tees and tanks! Nothing wrong with wanting to look a little stylish while sweating your ass off. The muscle tanks are my favorite for the thicker strap silhouette and longer length. These can shrink a little, so I typically buy a large to compensate.
No shock here since Target could be the only store left standing in the world, and all of us would more than likely be able to survive. This is typically where I find all my sports bras, sometimes even on clearance! The C9 brand is great since they offer different styles and levels of support (I typically go for medium support with a strappy back). And again, these hold up really well if you launder and take care of them properly. I’m also itching to pick up a few pieces from the new Joy Lab line.
My only workout gear splurge? Running shoes. I just recently purchased my first pair of Brooks running shoes, and they’ve changed my life … well, my gym life at least. 😉
Where do you shop for gym clothes? Any favorite brands?
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