Fitness and workout clothes are about as far from my personal style as it is possible to get, and yet this is what I have to wear 5 days a week. 6 days if I'm working Saturday. Oh go on then, 7 days a week, because I always go to the gym on my day off too.
Look at the horrible outfits. LOOK:
None of those people own anything by Sonic Youth, do they?
I have spent the last three years working in the fitness industry, and (aside from retro shorts with contrast piping over jazzy leggings - my only real "look") I still haven't worked out how to not dress like a gym bunny clone. I've tried Flashdance-inspired batwing t-shirts, but the fabric flops all over the place and stops people seeing what I'm doing when I'm demonstrating exercises. I've tried vintage sportswear but none of it is designed for you to actually sweat in (nylon= quite obviously NO). Sweatbands are great, but if you're not going to an 80s theme party they actually make you look extra-sporty, like you're a professional tennis player. And as for legwarmers? Newsflash: if you don't mind something making your legs warm while you're exercising then (whisper) you're not doing it right.
I miss the days of working in a television production office. The days of high heels and floral dresses and casual blazers. Jumpers without hoods. DENIM.
Tell me, fashionistas. If you were a fitness instructor, what would you wear?