It’s barely been a week since we’ve welcomed in the new year. New year, new me? More like new year, same f*cking person. It’s around this time of year we start thinking of crazy ideas to try and improve ourselves. Almost like an excuse to make us feel better about ourselves while we blackout on tequila, eat our weight in carbs, and judge people we haven’t spoken to since high school. We all clearly have our vices and we all have our coping mechanisms, whether that be taking part in Dry January (lolz), getting a new hair cut, or my personal fave: buying a discounted gym membership that I might just cancel in a few weeks from lack of commitment. Shocker. If there’s anything to motivate me to go to the gym other than staring at fitness Instagram influencers, it’s a new wardrobe to strut and feel good in. Cute workout clothes can be like, ridiculously expensive, especially when you want one of those chic workout sets that doesn’t consist of mismatched college t-shirts and leggings with holes. So, I’ve combined two of my best talents—online shopping and intense deal searching—to score affordable workout sets under $100 that will probs make me stick to at least one of my New Year’s resolutions.
1. Puma Women’s Bra Top and Retro Women’s Leggings
Not gonna lie, I’ve only started liking Puma again since Selena Gomez became an ambassador or whatever. Hate me for it, but it’s true. While they may have always had sleek workout clothes, I haven’t really appreciated their clean-cut styles until recently. Take this basic black sports bra, for example. It’s super flattering with great support and breathability, and it looks even better paired with these comfortable, color-contrasting leggings.
2. Gymshark Dreamy Set
This set is for those who prefer a good fitted short on their leg day, with a super soft and versatile sports bra to go with it.
3. Beyond Yoga Lightweight Keyhole Tank and High Waisted Legging
Crop leggings are always a must-have when it comes to building a solid athleisure wardrobe. They’re your perfect in-between when it’s absolutely freezing outside, but you’re a puddle of sweat by the time you’re done with your workout. Matching them with an essential lightweight tank only makes it that much better and gives you an extra top to wear with like, everything else you own.
4. Zella Body Sports Bra and High Waist Ankle Leggings
I, for one, love workout sets that I can also wear while running my weekend errands. Bonus points if I can casually wear them out to the bar, too. This trendy mesh triangle sports bra features v sexy velvet straps that you can totally wear to other events that don’t involve the gym. It would look v Insta-worthy with black mesh panel leggings that also show some cool see-through detailing.
5. Free People Movement Casual Laying Tee and Bike Shorts
Honestly, I am not on board with the whole wearing-bike-shorts-to-the-club thing. I just think the only place they should be worn is the f*cking gym. Where they belong, duh. If you want to start off 2019 by putting your best stylish foot forward, look no further than flattering high-waisted shorts. Since we still have a few months of winter to go, invest in warm gym attire like this ribbed long sleeve top that comes with a crop fit and surplice back for breathing room.
Photo: Bruce Mars / Unsplash; Puma (2); Gymshark (1); Beyond Yoga (2); Nordstrom (1); Nordstrom Rack (1); Revolve (1); Free People (1)