The new year is here, which means many of us have resolved to live a healthier lifestyle in 2013. I happen to love my January self — enthusiastic and full of good intentions. By February, though, I’ll be back to the person I am for the other 11 months of the year — not completely unhealthy, but nothing to write to Dr. Oz about either.
The one thing that does stay with me, however, is the workout gear my January self purchased. The cast-aside yoga pants and moisture-wicking tanks normally take up valuable real estate in my small Toronto closet. But this year marks the end of that!
Read on for tips on how to leverage your long-forgotten workout clothes as everyday wear.
This turtleneck, paired with Nike’s Element Shield tights and all-weather LunarGlide shoes will ensure that the Canadian winter doesn’t interfere with your daily run. Strap on a handy running bag so you have a place to stow your keys.
Active turtleneck, Joe Fresh, $19; Element Shield tights, Nike, $110; LunarGlide shoes, Nike, $149.95; Running bag, H&M, $14.95; Ear muffs, Winners, $16.99
In lieu of traditional, flared yoga pants, try wearing tights to ensure that you can move from one pose to another without getting caught up. Pair them with this seamless yoga top that allows for full range of movement while preventing chafing, to ensure fluidity and grace right through your last vinyasa.
Seamless tights, H&M, $29.95; Top, Adidas by Stella McCartney, $90; Yoga mat, Adidas, $75
I almost can’t believe I’m writing this, but yoga pants are OK on the street as long as you cover your — ahem — assets. The stretchy fabric leaves little to the imagination, highlighting every bump and lump, so wear them with a long cardigan or jacket.
Yoga tights work best because they can slide easily into a pair of boots whereas a flared pant looks more obviously suited to the studio.
Luxe accessories like this oxblood belt lend the look a casually elegant vibe.
Cardigan, H&M, $49.95; Belt, Winners, $39.99; Riding boot, Globo, $179.99
Blurring the line between sports and fashion, high tops and wedge running shoes have been enjoying popularity among the fashion crowd over the last several months. If you’re not quite ready to embrace the running wedge, opt instead for an embellished trainer.
This metallic running shoe is fashionable and functional — able to perform at the gym and as the basis of a cool, casual outfit.
Running shoe, Aldo, $80; racerback tank, GapFit Motion, $29.95; Active running short, Joe Fresh, $16
Moisture-wicking tees, like this one from Old Navy, will keep you dry even through the ups and downs of a particularly vigorous spinning class. Worn with compression tights and sleek black sneakers, you’ll be at your peak performance and style.
Slub-Knit GoDRY tee, Old Navy, $14.94; Compression capris, Old Navy, $24.94; Sneakers, Adidas by Stella McCartney, $140
Transform your collection of workout tees into dinner-appropriate garb by simply adding a fun and trendy faux-fur collar or scarf and swapping your tights for a pair of cords. Finish the look with a peplum-style cardigan and gusseted ankle boots.
Faux fur collar, Jacob, $49; Cardigan, Jacob, $69; The Rockstar Pop-Color cords, Old Navy, $39.50; ankle boot, Call it Spring, $50
Wearing this cozy sweatshirt with a pair of streamlined sweats and a braided infinity scarf will keep you warm but still put-together when out for a walk with the family or a girlfriend.
Fleece sweatshirt, Gap Powder, $39.95; Ankle zip fleece pants, GapFit, $44.95; Running shoe, Geox, $150; Infinity scarf, Winners, $14.99
Make the sweatshirt work for a lunch date by switching the sweats for polka-dot-print denim, and layering it over a chambray shirt. High-heel booties and a lady-like bag refine the look even further.
Chambray shirt, Joe Fresh, $24; Geo-print skimmer jean, Gap, $69.95; Bootie, Call it Spring, $80; Bag, Aldo, $60
Get more mileage out of your bright sports tank by layering it under a sweater with an open weave so that the fun hue peeks through. Worn with a coloured jean, the ensemble is perfect for a post-workout bite with your BFFs.
Open-weave sweater, Smart Set, $40; The Rockstar skinny jeans, Old Navy, $44.50; Flat boot, Call it Spring, $80