New York Incubator Member Susan Sommers of DressZing offers tips on how to look good while working out.
My Secret Workout Weapon
Happy New Year. Since January is the month when many people resolve to lose weight and tone up, I thought I'd share my secret with you for sticking to a workout plan.
- Go techno: Look for clothes made of high-tech fabrics that wick (keep the moisture off your skin). Nike has a fabric called Dri-FIT: blends of cotton and polyester and polyester and spandex that keep you cool and dry; other brands have different mixes. Avoid pure cotton. It absorbs sweat, becoming a sodden mess when wet.
- Get sleek: Select a look that skims your shape, rather than hiding it. The outfit doesn't have to encase you like a sausage, but it shouldn't be baggy and shapeless. For women, bootcut tights are chic and flattering, topped with a fitted tank. For men, think Lance Armstrong: sleek bicycle shorts with a tank top.
- Spotlight your assets: Consider cut and proportion
when selecting workout wear. If you have great calves, bicycle shorts
are the answer; great arms, go sleeveless. (If you don't like your arms
and can't find a top with sleeves, buy a long-sleeved exercise T and
shorten the sleeves to just below the elbows). Always wear supportive undergarments... they will also visually perfect your body.
- Color up: All black is sexy and slimming, however a burst of color can really brighten your mood. Think about black bottoms with a colorful top.
- Pack it in: Get a good-looking gym bag to carry all your stuff and always stock it with a clean outfit and socks.