Flattering Athletic Clothes + 20 At Home Workouts

I’ve never been okay with sporting athletic clothes all day, but I have always dreamed of having the freedom to work out all the time. I didn’t want that dream to include a pandemic, but what are you going to do? So, here I am in quarantine with more free time than I’ve had in 15 years. I’ve run every day since March 18th, with only one exception. I also do push-ups, planks, dance, foam roll, and stretch. When I am in the mood for delusions, I pretend I am at a retreat. Tailor-made for me, at this retreat I get to focus on my clients and projects undisturbed, finish my book: How To Become A Personal Stylist, and of course, work out.

My Relationship With Athletic Clothes

I’ve been a runner since I was 15 years old. I’ve run at least three times a week ever since. The only break I took was when I was thrown from a horse in Greece and couldn’t walk for a month. Running has always been something just for me and most people don’t know I work out so much. I think that’s why my workout style has suffered. Despite always dressing my best casually and professionally, I’ve worn the most atrocious workout wear most of my life. Seriously, I wore my high school field hockey shirts far into my late 20s — maybe even into my 30s. I think it was an efficiency thing, and there weren’t very stylish or flattering athletic clothes to choose from for so long. It was all so boring, yet expensive. And the cute athletic wear used to be so revealing and really only suitable for thin or ripped women. It didn’t make sense to me. Thankfully, athletic wear is so much more fun now as well as flattering. Now, the selection lets us all play.

Flattering Athletic Clothes

I know many of you love to hide in black workout wear. This is a bore-fest, friend. Trust me, you don’t need to wear black to look slim. Flattering athletic clothes are all about high waists and tops that don’t squeeze or show armpit fat, which can be done in any color. I don’t want to push you too far though, so you will notice almost all the pants I’ve recommended today come in black or a darker color. Top wise, there’s a variation of short sleeve and long sleeve options. You will notice there is not a lot of sleeveless options. Most of them aren’t very flattering for most folks. Plus, I personally love some sort of sleeve when I workout to increase sweating and protect me from the sun.

Reader Recommended At-Home Workouts

Not everyone has the love affair that I have with running. In fact, I think most people hate it. Plus, not everyone has a great running area near their shelter-in-place. So, I reached out to my community to get the most recommended at-home workouts. Enjoy these at home classes in your new (or old) athletic clothes:

  1. Ginseng Yoga + Bodywork: With my friend Jomally Fernandez — you can also use the Down Dog App for yoga
  2. Roryography: Hilarious dance classes on Facebook
  3. Be. Move Dance Connect
  4. The Sweat Method: With Jess Penesso – find live classes here
  5. Fight Camp:  At-home Boxing
  6. Culture Shock: Dance classes
  7. Peloton Classes: It’s not just biking! And they have a 90-day free trial
  8. Until May 11th, my friend Joanna Berry has free, daily 25-minute dance “classes” at 8:30am. Here is her Zoom link.
  9. Free Zumba Classes: On Zoom with Erin Clabeau-Ly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday
  10. YMCA: Has on-demand classes
  11. Jazzercise Online
  12. Actual Dance Lessons online from Deseo Studios: Here is their YouTube Channel
  13. FitOn App: Has on-demand free workouts. “Always On. Always Free.”
  14. Barry’s Bootcamp: Here is their at-home schedule. Plus they do two free workouts a day live on their Instagram account.
  15. Beachbody On Demand: Seems to have every kind of workout
  16. Daybreaker Live: Yoga and a dance party every Saturday morning. Get tickets here.
  17. Fitness Blender: Free basic workouts
  18. Uforia Studios: Awesome dance classes

There are also so many free workouts on YouTube. The Fitness Marshall, Stephania Ochs, PopSugar Fitness, Mad Fit, and Body Project have a bunch. For even more online workouts from San Diego businesses, in particular, visit my friend Janard’s blog.

Sweaty Betty Breeze Merino Long Sleeve Running Top

Lululemon Fast and Free High-Rise Tight 28″ Non-Reflective Brushed Nulux

Lululemon Train to Be Long Sleeve

Zella Serene Cozy Mélange Jogger Pants

athletic clothes

Zella $69

Sweaty Betty Storm Seeker Batwing Jacket

athletic clothes

Sweaty Betty $195 $58.50

This jacket is available at Nordstrom and Sweaty Betty.

Lululemon Fast and Free Tight II 25″ Non-Reflective Nulux

Baleaf Women’s 8″ /5″ /2″ High Waist Workout Yoga Running Compression Exercise Shorts

athletic clothes

Baleaf $21.99

The quality of these Baleaf shorts is incredible for such a low price.

Lululemon Love Crew III

Lululemon Fast And Free Short 10″ Non-Reflective

Vuori Performance Joggers

athletic clothes

Vuori $84

Lululemon Flow Y Bra Nulu Light Support, B/C Cup

Lululemon Align Pant 25″ Diamond Dye

Lululemon Define Jacket

Nike Pro Swoosh Bra

athletic clothes

Nike $30 $22.50

Girlfriend Collective High Waist Bike Shorts

These shorts are available at Nordstrom, Girlfriend Collective, and Reformation.

Lululemon Train to Be Short Sleeve

Athleta Salutation Jogger

Hue Women’s Air Sport 3 Pair Pack Mini Crew Socks

athletic clothes

Hue $13

Lululemon Sculpt Tank

Nike Pro Swoosh Bra

athletic clothes

Nike $30 $22.50

Sweaty Betty Boyfriend Workout T-Shirt

Sweaty Betty Contour 7/8 Workout Leggings

Nike Sportswear Swoosh Crop Jacket

athletic clothes

Nike $100 $45


Sweaty Betty Power Workout Leggings

Sweaty Betty Idol Mesh Sweater

Alo Vapor High Waist Leggings

athletic clothes

Alo $128

These leggings are available at Nordstrom, Alo, Amazon, and Zappos.

Lululemon Sheer Will Tank Pulse

Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity High Waisted 7/8 Running Leggings

Alo Stadium Quarter Zip Hoodie

athletic clothes

Alo $108

This hoodie is available at Nordstrom, Alo, and Zappos.

Nike Pro Swoosh Bra

athletic clothes

Nike $30 $22.50

Zella Twist Hem T-Shirt

athletic clothes

Zella $39

Alo Airlift High Waist Leggings

athletic clothes

Alo $118

These leggings are available in a variety of colors at Nordstrom, Alo, and Revolve.

Lululemon Love Tee V

Sweaty Betty Ski Base Layer Top

athletic clothes

Sweaty Betty $105 $51

Sweaty Betty Ski Base Layer Leggings

athletic clothes

Sweaty Betty $105 $51

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