Conventional wisdom goes like this: When you go to the gym, you’re there to work out, not to impress anyone, so you can safely wear that ratty old T-shirt with stains and holes in it. Who cares, right?
Well, wrong. It actually does matter what you wear to the gym, for both a technical reason and a personal one.
This may seems obvious to most, but if you’ve ever been to the gym, you’d be shocked by how many don’t quite “get it.”
When you work out, you need to wear clothing that can handle both the movement of your body and the sweat pouring out of you. This means that only appropriate sneakers and attire should be worn. An ideal outfit includes a shirt that can handle sweat, a pair of sweatpants or shorts that hit above your knee, and sneakers that can accommodate all your movements.
If you get pretty sweaty, we recommend investing in some synthetic blend T-shirts designed for working out in — they wick the moisture off your skin, cooling you down faster than a normal cotton T-shirt would.
The other thing you must consider is how you look at the gym. We’re not telling you to go crazy here — there’s no reason to go out and get a closet full of Lululemon clothes.
Just make sure that your gym clothes are appropriately stylish, and that the colors match for the most part. It’s not too hard. Competition between sports apparel-makers like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and, yes, even Lululemon, has churned out increasingly useful technical fabrics in super-cool styles.
A stylish outfit might even motivate you to go to the gym more often. After all, we already know that dressing up for work can make you more successful. Why not apply the same logic to the gym? Hey, every little bit helps!
Oh, and also make sure there are no stains, holes, or other unsightly blemishes you wouldn’t accept in your normal day-to-day outfit. Just because it’s the gym doesn’t give you license to be a slob.
You never know who may be looking. Who knows, you may even catch the eye of a future special someone.