Over the years, I've built up quite an extensive collection of cheap tank tops and workout shorts. Since "wife beater" style tanks are so cheap, I've accumulated quite a few of them, and they're my main staple of workout attire. Those and cheerleading shorts, of course. It's a good day at the gym if my shorts and tank don't completely clash.
Cheap, comfy, and left over from my days of being a Cheerleading Instructor
Don't get me wrong - I love quality clothing ... I just can't afford it. And the non-matching thing? Well, that's just sheer laziness. It's not that I've never tried to find cute workout clothes, cuz I have! I just can't justify spending $40 on one tank top.
Just can't justify spending $40 on a tank top that's cute, but not designed for figure girls
Thus far, I've had very few complaints about my workout attire (that's not to say I haven't received some odd looks, but that's another story). However, lately Jerry has been gently suggesting that I might like to get some new workout clothes. Oh ok, I'll get another $3 wife beater. This time in lime green! (maybe that's why it's $3)
"No," he clarified, "That's not what I meant ..." and then added that some of the ladies at the gym are sporting some very cute (very flattering) tank tops and capri pants. "Maybe you could ask them where they bought them."
Point taken. So I talked to the ladies at the gym. Their clothes are from Lululemon. Upon further research, I discovered that most of the women in the magazines wear Lululemon or Better Bodies for the photo shoots. Upon even further research, I discovered that both those brands are VERY expensive!
Cute, right? But are they $98 cute??
Since I have better things to spend my $98 on (e.g. electric bill), I resigned myself to being THAT girl in the gym. Yeah, the one who wears $7 shorts and $3 tanks that completely clash.
I went to the Maryland Bodybuilding show a couple weeks ago, and saw the GASP/Better Bodies sale rack ... And decided to just bite the bullet and buy some of those cute (albeit slightly cheaper cuz they were on sale) clothes.
Luckily, the nice sales man accepted credit cards, and I walked away with a couple tank tops and the world's cutest pair of hot pants (which I swear I'll fit into in a couple weeks!).
I'm gonna go ahead and say that these clothes are the most comfortable, well-fitting, flattering clothes I own. They show off my physique and make me look all streamlined instead of boxy. And the best part? The tanks don't pinch or dig into my lats! I'm hooked! So last weekend when we went the Delaware show, I couldn't resist buying a couple more tank tops.
How cute is this?! And oh so comfy!
So yeah ... more expensive workout clothes are totally worth it! I've seen the light, and will be keeping my eye on the Better Bodies sale items online, cuz I want more tank tops!