Bridging the Gap Between Your Workday and Your Workout
Both men and women have a lot to do throughout the course of a day. Many work forty or more hours a week while trying to find the time to live a healthy lifestyle. But whatever the occasion might be, there is always the right way to dress, and a better way to dress.
Daily Fashion Ranges for Men and Women
A busy mom for example might start the day in yoga pants and a tank top in order to get in a few minutes of stretching exercises in before heading to the office in a skirt and slacks with a blouse and stylish, yet sensible shoes, a handbag , and jewelry or other accessories such as scarves, or belts.
A guy is more likely to find a pair of sweats and an older t-shirt when he's trying to fit in a quick workout. Depending on his job, a gentleman may wear dress pants, a dress shirt, and a tie or even a suit to work. Those with more casual work environments might wear blue jeans, khakis, and polo shirts or casual sweaters.
On more intense cardio days, women will choose more supportive workout wear while she runs on the treadmill, or uses other cardio equipment either at home or at the gym. Workout videos will show personal trainers that look like models in leotards or coordinating track outfits, but in reality what both men and women want most from their exercise clothes is comfort that they can move in, and still feel supported.
Casual Sportswear for Men
Casual Sportswear is something in between, and is the place where most people seem to "live." Just because you aren't on duty doesn't mean you shouldn't try to look appropriate for the occasion. Jeans, t-shirts and sports jerseys are popular, but are not always the preferred choice of attire.
Other options for men who are embracing their downtime are white Oxford shirts, pinstripe shirts, or blue gingham shirts. Sport jerseys, generally don't generate style points, unless you are heading to a game. Rugby shirts are considered stylish and have the bonus of being comfortable and structured enough to wear almost anywhere. Shirts should be worn fitted, when they are too loose, they pass the comfort realm and begin to dip into the under-dressed area.
T-shirts are fine, but should be chosen based on their cut, color and graphics. Some jeans alternatives include chinos, khaki pants , and corduroys. These too should fit properly and don't forget to wear a belt. By keeping clothes looking good, yet comfortable you're ready for an impromptu game of "one on one" with your kids in the driveway, or a nice after dinner stroll.
Sporty Women's Looks
Any woman who has seen a movie based on a Jane Austen book gets a hint of sadness as she watches female characters try their hand at crochet or horseback riding in an ankle length dress and long sleeves. Fortunately, women's casual sportswear has become more practical and more comfortable, while still keeping a sense of style.
Fitted long and short-sleeved t-shirts. tanks, and camisoles all offer a great base to any casual outfit, and pair well with leggings, drop waist pants, jeans, cords, khakis, shorts, or casual and comfortable skirts or dresses. They can be worn on their own or as a base layer along with decorative sweatshirts, sweaters, tunics, or boyfriend shirts. Pair these outfits with comfortable flats, sandals, or boots to complete the look.