Athleisure: Thoughts on Gym Clothes Outside of The Gym

One of my favorite Wall Street Journal columnists published a fab article titled, Are You Going to The Gym or Do You Just Dress That Way? To be brief, it made me feel a lot of superficial feelings, which I’ve honed in on below. It also made me think about my mom, who weighs about 100 lbs soaking wet and never works out, but owns way more Lululemon than I do.

So, gym clothes outside of the gym – this isn’t going to be pretty, but I’m going to say it. STOP IT. STOP IT NOW. To the Dad I saw at Costco this weekend who looks like he hasn’t seen a gym since 1990, but is wearing a Nike shirt emblazoned with some sort of aggressive ‘Just Do It’ motto, REALLY NEEDS TO STOP IT.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about looking fly during and after my workout. I even blogged The Perfect Post-Workout Outfit last summer, because I want to be able to pop from yoga straight to a boozy brunch on a Sunday because I love to detox to retox. Alas, we have to draw the line somewhere. Americans are obsessed with dressing for comfort. We’re also obsessed with being fat. So while I know luxury leisurewear is on the rise, MY FRIENDS AND I ARE THE ONES BUYING IT ALL, hello, I also know that if we all worked out as much as we love looking comfortable in our crocs (die, please) we wouldn’t have such an obesity problem.

So yes, Ms. Holmes’ article speaks to me. I’m the Basic B*tch buying up this stuff in droves… but it also makes me batty because I can’t stand that we live in a culture that doesn’t care to show up looking respectable 95% of the time. I want to look my best in my workout gear WHEN I’M WORKING OUT (or just on either side of that workout), every other time of the day – I want to be dressed and ready for what the day will bring.

Everyone else in the warm ups who have no plan of ever warming up? You look hilarious.

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