By Sherise Tan
“When you look good, you feel good. Confidence with what you’re wearing is very important. If you feel good, you will always perform your best without worrying about anything” – Maria Sharapova
When it comes to cute workout looks for 2019, we’ve moved past the days of wearing old T-shirts and generic running shorts. The athleisure trend of wearing activewear for fitness and everyday wear has gone mainstream, with active bottoms and leggings alone a $1 billion USD industry, according to NPD Group.
It’s no longer about what sort of exercise you do – even though boutique fitness classes like spinning and barre still reign supreme – but also what you wear to class. From mainstream brands like Adidas to cult-brands like Lululemon, we’ve gone from caring about how we stay fit to dressing up for the gym.
Here are some of the cutest workout looks to rock in 2019:
The high-waist trend is still already strong in 2019. Alo Yoga’s version of this in the Airlift Legging comes in a double-knit fabric with a thick waistband to tuck everything away in a seamless, fitted silhouette. Designed to sculpt and contour the lower half of your body, high-waist leggings are great for almost all body types such as pear, hourglass, apple, and straight body types, as they provide excellent coverage. Pair with a matching sports bra for a chic and complete look.
One of the latest styles for 2019 is the classic bike short. While originally used for cycling, the bike short can also be worn during hot yoga class, running, or for a gym session. Pair it with a longer hemmed tank top or loose cropped shirt for a fun and funky exercise look. This pair by Ultracor is made from top-notch technical fabrication that compresses and contours.
This look is especially great for women with straight body types, as the cropped top breaks up the torso and the bike shorts look great on women who are lean.
This matching set by L’urv includes a green floral print halter sports bra and high-waist leggings with contrast panelling that’s perfect for barre, yoga, or the gym. It’s made from 250gsm sport-compression fabrication for improved circulation and structural support so that you have all the technical properties for your workout. Designed for performance and fashion, this outfit is great for every body shape.
Jump on the living-coral-colour trend named as the Pantone colour of 2019, with an Electric Coral activewear set by TLA by Morgan Stewart. This is made from a seamless construction, which means it is more breathable and comfortable, fits like a glove, and eliminates pesky seams for a non-binding feel. A matching set like this would be great especially on a woman with an hourglass body type.
Leggings With Pockets
Designed to streamline your run, this Lululemon cropped tight has multiple pockets to store your essentials and is made from Luxtreme fabric which features four-way stretch and a smooth feel. This style of tight is medium-rise for those who want more coverage and comfort, and great for women who have an hourglass shape.
Retro-style track pants are one of the other big trends for activewear in 2019 and this pair by Lorna Jane is the ultimate post-workout outfit. Pair with a matching lightweight jacket and wear this with your sports bra or long line cropped top for a sporty look outside the gym. You can also wear these over your workout attire on colder days and use it during warm-ups before shedding the track pants. Tracksuits are a good way to add more volume for women with a straight body type.
Conceal And Support
For women who would like to conceal certain areas of their body, here are some more workout outfit recommendations:
Lift That Butt!
To enhance their posteriors, women who would like a little more support for their behind should avoid thinner tights like printed yoga leggings that have too much stretch. Instead, they should consider buying tights that have a thicker weave in the fabric and provide some compression and support like the Lululemon All The Right Places Crop II, manufactured with their signature ‘held-in sensation’.
For women with larger chests, they should try to avoid itty-bitty sports bras with thin straps, as they will not have the needed support. Larger breasted women should go for sports bras that have thicker straps and bands, full coverage, and cross back straps to hold everything up.
Sweaty Betty’s Ultra Run Bra has a perfect combination of encapsulation and compression technology, is designed for high-impact activities, and fits up to an F cup.
Women who are pear-shaped should avoid adding more bulk to their bottom half, especially with pockets and extra fabric in the hip area. They should go for seamless leggings like this pair of Nux Sphere Seamless Leggings which are high-waisted, supportive, and fit like a second skin.
Premium workout looks have taken over the fitness studios and we’re eager to wear a set of high-performance workout clothes that are just as stylish and practical.
By selecting the right cut, fabric, and styles for our body type, we can feel more confident and motivated for our next sweat session.