Gone are the days when your best gym wear collection could be made up of worn out leggings and oversized t-shirts. Now it's all about matching sets, outfits that you can wear from yoga to brunch to the school run. Getting dressed for the gym has become as daunting as the sit ups you have to do when you get there, until now. We've rounded up the best gym wear, and since our expertise lies in home design, we are turning to our favourite interior trends for our inspiration...
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1.Pick out a floral workout combo
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Same rules apply as in the home, go easy on mixing and matching your floral prints, and either pick a matching set or go for a plain workout top and jazzy workout bottoms (check out our fave leggings from Joules), or vice versa.
If you are after just a hint of floral to add a bit of interest to an all black work out outfit then go for a floral sports bra; we especially love this Björn Borg Mira Sports Bra and the matching leggings are gorgeous too. We wonder if that print comes in a wallpaper...
If you are feeling inspired to add some florals to your home as well as your workout wardrobe, check out our modern floral design ideas too.
2. Embrace the colour blocking trend with your gym wear
Just as with interiors, colour blocking is big in the world of stylish gym wear. There seems to be two clear cut styles when it comes to colour blocking in fashion. You could go down the New Rave colour palette route that's all about the neon (ie, these Asos leggings that we do actually love) or alternatively, if you don't want to blind everyone in your 6am spin class, pick out a more subtle combo of muted colours – these Adidas leggings in grey and soft pink are perfect.
3. Go for an entirely ombré workout outfit
We are still loving ombré in both interiors and in fashion, and personally we see nothing wrong with wanting to match your gym wear with your newly painted ombré accent wall. We love this set from Pepper & Mayne, the ombré effect is super subtle but is way more interesting than your standard all black outfit. There is also a long sleeved version too for all you mad people who exercise outside in cooler temperatures.
4. Be on trend with pink gym wear
We are big fans of pink, we dedicated a whole feature to pink room ideas, so yer it's pretty serious. So it makes sense that our love of this rosy hue should seep from our baby pink walls and bright fuchsia sofas into our workout wardrobes. The great thing about workout gear is you can stray from your usual style. So, sure, maybe you wouldn't wear neon pink hot pants or a pastel pink tank top on the daily, but at the gym? Bring it on.
If you want to add a little pink to your gym outfits but prefer to exercise in a more neutral colour palette, go with a pink wind jacket that you can stick in your locker when you get there. We love the two tones of pink in this Nike jacket, plus you are ticking off the colour blocking trend here too.
5. Choose a classic grey workout outfit
If the thought of wearing colour even at the gym makes you shiver, then switch things up from your trusty black and delve into grey gym wear (crazy, we know). By sticking to all neutrals, all your gym wear is pretty much going to match, so you won't have to stress about being late to Legs, Bums and Tums because you couldn't find the rainbow print sweat band to match your rainbow print leggings.
If you are a lover of all things grey, now would probably be the best time to mention we have a whole article on grey room design ideas, so make sure you check that out too.
6. Mix it up with marble gym wear
Looking for some cheap gym wear? These marble print leggings from Next are only £22, plus the matching t-shirt is only £16, so you can save money on your gym kit and go and spend it on an over-priced green juice after your work out instead. Or you could treat yourself to a matching marble drinks bottle and hey, why stop there? Pick out a cute marble gym bag, too.
PS, marble needn't just be monochrome, check out these glorious Nike leggings!
7. Be brave with a statement tropical prints
Banana leaf and palm leaf prints are definitely having a bit of moment in the world of interiors so no surprise there's also a load of gorgeous tropical inspired gym wear out there too. If you are feeling brave, we love these funky Adidas leggings, seriously they are going to cheer up any early morning gym session. But if you are after something a bit less out there, this green and black set also from Adidas might be more your vibe, plus the matching sports bra is equally cute.
What to add a touch of tropical to your home too? Check out our pick of the best botanical wallpapers.
8. Introduce some animal print into your gym wear
Animal print has definitely been making a come back in interiors (we called it in our round up of interior design trends 2019), but the key to getting it right is to start small, don't dive straight in there with a leopard print sofa maybe start off with some throw cushions or a lamp shade. Same goes for gym wear, pick out a few pieces that you can mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe (case in point this Wolf & Whistle khaki gym set) then you can work up to Scary Spice levels of animal print.
9. Pick out soft colours for a boho vibe
Boho interiors have got to be the most popular home trend at the moment, we can't scroll through Instagram with out seeing a living room decked out in soft pastels, rattan accessories and berber rugs. And while you probably can't find rattan running trainers anywhere you can definitely be influenced by these boho colour palettes and prints. Look out for brands like M Life and The Upside (both of which have a very on-trend quirky, boho style) and pick out gym wear in pinks, peaches, pale mustard yellows and orange. Throw this terrazzo yoga mat over your shoulder and you're good to go...
10. Pick a bold colour for your gym shoes
In interiors we talk a lot about adding 'a splash of colour' as a way of creating interest in a space. The trainers you choose can work in much the same way, see them as your feature wall, a way to brighten up an all black outfit, and since they only take up a small surface area you can afford to be much braver than you might be with the rest of your work out gear. Our favourite from the sea of neon bright trainers available, are these Adidas Solardrive running shoes; as well as looking fab, they are lightweight, breathable and have responsive cushioning (basically that means they are supportive and flexible).
Neon purple not quite your style? Check about of the best running shoes.