Love It Or Hate It? Wearing Sportswear Outside the Gym

Sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies and running singlets are made to help us exercise better. They are made with fabrics that allow the body to sweat effectively while working out. Sportswear is also designed to allow the body to breath during exercise unlike those made with absorbent fabrics that only slow us down and makes us smell funny post-workout.

Designers like Stella McCartney have teamed up with sportswear giants like Nike and produced stylish workout wear in an attempt to debunk the urban myth that sportswear only comes in black, gray and white. Department stores are even devoting entire floors to sportswear! Now, they are available in a variety of colors and styles and some are even engineered to cater to a particular sport like running, yoga or basketball.


With its new found style, affordability and comfort, it is no surprise that sportswear has made its way from the gym to our everyday lives. It is impossible not to spot somebody wearing a basketball jersey while strolling around in the mall. Teenagers have also become accustomed to wearing sweatshirts and hoodies when they don’t feel like dressing up largely because they’re very comfortable to wear. However, fashion experts aren’t so agreeable on this, especially when some go as far as wearing them to occasions such as dinners, weddings and other formal events.

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The first thing we have to realize is that there are different kinds of sportswear. There are those made for the gym and those made to be worn outside the gym. For example, a basketball jersey and shorts paired with sport sneakers (complete with exposed white socks) worn to an NBA finals party may be a little too much. However, if you would wear a sports tee, great fitting jeans and casual shoes you wouldn’t feel out of place with your buddies and be comfortable and stylish as well.


For the ladies who typically wear the hoodie and sweatpants combo for running errands, why not try a baseball shirt, rolled up skinny jeans and your favorite casual sneaks? You can still show your support for your team while looking chic.

As you can see, there are many ways you can still wear sports themed clothing without sacrificing style and appropriateness. It is just a matter of mixing and matching sports themed items with your regular clothes. Leave sweatpants, running shorts and basketball jerseys to do what they’re meant to do – help you work up a sweat! Have fun trying out sports themed wear today!

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