If We Had to Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit…

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IMHO, the struggle is definitely real when it comes to dressing for the gym. Whether you have a go-to outfit or love to follow the latest trends, I think you’ll relate to what I go through when getting ready for a trip to the gym.

1. When you have nothing to wear.

How is it possible that I have nothing to work out in?

2. Shopping for workout clothes like…

Why is everything so tight?

3. Sweatpants for life

These aren’t workout pants. They’re magical pants.

4. Having the right accessories can feel so, so good.

Extremely glad I got this vintage-style sweat band. I’m ready to go now.

5. And a good pair of kicks changes everything.

They make me work out harder. And they look awesome.

6. Who says bras go underneath your clothes?

Clearly, this bra was made to be seen.

7. Hmm… can I pull off the ’80s spandex look?

Killing it.

8. Coordination can be a source of joy.

Is this too matchy-matchy or… ?

9. Getting glam is A-OK.

If you like to look good working out, go for it!

10. But so is wearing a potato sack.

My clothes don’t matter. It’s the exercise that’s important.

11. Can working out in denim ever be a good idea?

Too much chafing… but so cute…

12. Sometimes you have to wear bright colors to stay motivated.

It just feels invigorating, y’know?

13. When your look is 90 percent sweat.

I’m sweating out all of the toxins, right?!

14. Exercising at home means anything goes, of course.

There’s no one around to see that I’m working out in my pajamas, so obviously, I’m working out in my pajamas.

15. Of course, sometimes exercise doesn’t require clothes…

Working out while naked is the absolute best.

16. Looking smart, serious, and ready for business.

There’s nothing wrong with taking your workout seriously.

17. Inspiring slogans can help.

You know what, t-shirt? You’re right. I am awesome.

18. Sunglasses are key for when you want to go incognito.

I’m not in the mood to be seen.

19. Hair back

And ready to go!

Amy Mackelden is a weekend editor at ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Marie Claire. She’s written for Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Ravishly, The Independent, The Guardian, Hello Giggles, and Teen Vogue. She’s currently developing a show called MS Is My Boyfriend, about what multiple sclerosis is really like. Follow her on Twitter @AmyMackelden.

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