How To Look Chic At The Gym: The Best Gym Wear

Motivation starts with what you wear

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by Ellie Wiseman |
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Going to the gym may make you groan, especially in the winter months when you would much rather curl up on the sofa with warm comforting food. But getting all kitted out with some chic gym wear is where motivation is born, trust.

Whether you like to hit the treadmill full-throttle, or prefer a relaxing yoga class once a week, wearing the right clothes can benefit your health and encourage your desire to work out.

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Gigi Hadid makes gym wear look cool ©getty

We've scouted the most flattering gym wear that will actually make you excited to go the gym (really). You won't even be embarrassed to be spotted out-and-about running errands in your gym attire.

To get the best out of your workout you need to be dressed appropriately, but different activities require a slightly different dress code. We have you covered on how to dress for your workout and how to stay looking stylish.

What to wear to a yoga class

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Whether your yoga class is fitness-based or more spiritual, the key is to be comfy and wear layers. During a warm up and warm down you will usually wear a jumper or long sleeve top, and sometimes socks. You should also wear a supportive sports bra to hold you in place even when you're in the most unorthodox positions.

On your bottom half you can opt for whatever suits you best but enables you to stretch - tight leggings, capris, trackies or floaty yoga pants.

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These Victoria's Secret yoga pants combine comfort and glamour, and are available in different colours and patterns.

What to wear when you're doing cardio

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When you're doing a cardio workout on the treadmill, cross trainer or even a through a high intensity class, the most crucial items of clothing you should be wearing are a highly supportive sports bra and specialised running trainers. The sports bra will keep your breasts in place to avoid them hurting when you run (and to ensure they don't sag over times), and proper trainers will support your feet, ankles, legs and back. It's definitely worth splashing that extra bit of cash to stay supported and do right by your body.

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These Nike Flynit Air Mac iD running trainers will support your body while you run, and you can even customise them.

What bag to take to the gym

Holdalls are bags you can chuck everything you need for a trip to the gym into, and they don't have to be ugly either.

Read more about the hottest gym bags here.

Who to follow on Instagram to inspire your workout wardrobe

Who said you had to dress plain and boring at the gym? Take inspiration from these Instagram'll want to stand out.

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Think modern, monochrome, geometric patterns with a splash of colour on the calves. ©instagram


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Fusing the coastal culture of L.A with the colour scheme of London, Varley have created a collection of prints that are begging to be shown off at the gym. ©instagram


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Fitness guru Zanna is sponsored by Adidas and will be sure to inspire your workout style. ©instagram


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Instagram star Tash Oakley is workout goals, and stays stylish and chic always. ©instagram


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Best Gym Wear - Grazia

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sweaty betty intensity run sport bra

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sweaty betty black swimsuit

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forever 21 sports leggings

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forever 21 gym wear hoodie

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victoria's secret hot short gym wear

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victoria's secret sports bra

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victoria's secret tank top gym wear

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adidas gym bag holdall

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adidas running shoes

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The coolest P.E. kit we've ever seen. These super stylish (and supportive) centre pass stretch-jersey leggings are on our gym wish-list, £90, P.E.Nation at Selfridges

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Sports luxe clothing at its best from new brand to know: P.E. Nation. We're currently coveting their hybrid check stretch-jersey sports bra, £80, Selfridges

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ellesse sports bra

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ellesse gym leggings

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ellesse gym fleece

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P.E Nation is one of our go-to fitness brands at the moment. We've never been so excited to hit the gym.

The Asset Crop, £66.45, P.E Nation

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We have our eyes on this water-resistant jacket from one of our favourite brands of the moment, P.E Nation.

Over The Line Jacket, £176.19, P.E Nation

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