How to Choose The Right Workout Clothes

When trying to find the right workout clothes for you forget the current trends and fancy brands and instead focus on what will be the most comfortable for you. 

Working out takes a lot of energy, causes you to be drenched in sweat, and not having the right workout clothes can easily deter you from wanting to continue. 

Therefore, today I wanted to share with you some of my tips for choosing the right workout clothes for you. 

Select your workout clothes based on the type of exercise you do

If you’re doing intense exercises such as kickboxing, HIIT, or even running, you want to make sure that you go with wicking fabric, which will allow your workout clothes to absorb your sweat instead of giving you that wet, sweaty, and sticky look.

Nothing is worse than wearing the wrong type of workout clothes and finding yourself looking like you’ve peed your pants in the middle of your workout – especially if you do group exercise classes

As someone who primarily runs and workouts out in VR, these days having sweat-proof workout clothes is a must for me since midway during my workout or run I’m typically drenched in sweat. 

Also, for the ladies, it’s important to make sure you have a good sports bra – especially if you’re a runner. 

Lastly, you’ll also want to make sure that the clothes you plan to work out in are a good fit for the activity you’re doing. 

Understandably, everyone isn’t into leggings, which is okay. 

However, you don’t want your clothes to be too loose or get in the way of your workout. For example, if you’re into cycling you wouldn’t want your clothes to get snagged on your pedal or caught up in your feet. 

Have a budget in place

When shopping for workout clothes it’s easy to get carried away. 

This is coming from someone who used to have a major VS Sports addiction. 

Therefore, before you start shopping it’s important to make sure that you have a budget in place that will allow you to get everything that you need. 

For example, you may want to spend $50 on tops, $50 on bottoms, and $50 on shoes. 

While, I’m not saying that you should look for the cheapest workout clothes available, having a budget in place allows you to shop realistically AND most importantly make sure that you’re doing adequate research to make sure you’re selecting the right workout clothes for you. 

Make sure you’re comfortable and the workout clothes fit

I know I briefly mentioned that your workout clothes should be comfortable at the beginning of the article, but I feel comfortability is something that’s super important. 

While a lot of the trending workout clothes options will look cute, when using them for their intended purposes you may find out that they aren’t the most comfortable. From my experience, this usually has to do with the materials that they are made from.

Additionally, most trending workout options are promoted using models. Therefore, they already have a certain body type that may not be the same as yours. So, while it does look good on the models it may not accentuate your body the same way, which may cause you to feel uncomfortable wearing the clothes during public workout sessions. 

In addition to making sure that you’re comfortable in your new clothing options, you also want workout clothes that fit. 

If the clothes are too big or too small you’ll find yourself having to end the workout session much sooner than you expected. 

Understandably, if you’re someone who likes shopping online (like me) it can be hard to tell if you’ll be comfortable in the items or if they’ll fit correctly. Therefore, when I’m trying out a new brand I do a test order to see if it works before placing a large order. 

Shoes on the other hand can be a little tricker. I’ve ordered countless running shoes online and I have only mastered finding a perfect fit maybe once. 

I even tried out Loom Footwear, which was one of the pricer running shoes that I’ve had AND despite them initially being comfortable and waterproof they weren’t a good fit for trail running at all. 

My current pair of running shoes, which I love, by the way, cost less than $100 and were purchased from Foot Locker during a mall visit. Now, I’m convinced that when it comes to my running shoes there’s no shortcut for avoiding going to a store and actually trying them on. 

Research how long the clothing will last

The last thing to consider when choosing the right workout clothes for you is how long will the clothing last?

If you’re someone (like me) who doesn’t like to spend a lot of money buying new clothes every year, ideally, you’ll want to invest in workout attire that will last a few years. 

For example, I love Amazon leggings because they are cheap, but in reality, they’ll last a year at best. While on the other hand, the leggings I purchased during my VS Sports addiction have been holding up for 5+ years and still look as good as the day when I first purchased them. 

When performing your research look to forums and/or blogs that specialize in this niche or product reviews that include photos so you can be sure that the reviews are coming from real people who actually put the clothes to use. 

Closing Thoughts

Overall, there are no specific ‘right workout clothes’ for everyone.

Each person has a different body type, style, and budget. 

I do hope that with the tips that I have shared today you’re able to choose the right workout clothes for you and make a smart purchase that won’t leave you feeling uncomfortable or awkward when working out.

How to Choose The Right Workout Clothes


  1. Marysa says:

    I need to get back into a workout routine. I could definitely use some workout clothes and I’ll have to keep your pointers in mind.

  2. Catalina says:

    I found my workout cloths that are black pants and a large t-shirt maybe a specific one for running!

  3. Rosey says:

    I’ve seen the new workout clothes with the pocket for a phone. I think that’s convenient but I’m not sure I’d want it because when I am working out I want to be entirely disconnected from my phone. The pull is there though… Smart of whoever made that idea.

  4. Melissa Cushing says:

    I always buy new workout clothes as it motivates me to work our more! Any kind of motivation I can get LOL.

  5. Jenn says:

    The right workout attire is key. I love athleisure not just for the gym but also for running errands

  6. Tami Creates says:

    I need to invest in better workout clothes so this is super helpful!

  7. Beau says:

    Comfort and function are two of the hardest parts to balance when figuring out what clothes to wear for working out!

  8. brianne says:

    Im so bad at choosing workout clothes so thanks for the tips. I do consider my budget when buying things.

  9. Fatima T says:

    Knowing the longevity of the product is important — more so when it comes to workout gear.

  10. Janie says:

    I usually wear my work out clothes when I go grocery shopping! They’re super comfy. But I tend to get all my workout clothes on Amazon.

  11. Tara Pittman says:

    I live in workout clothes. Having the right clothes makes a huge difference in my workout.

  12. Katie K says:

    I absolutely dislike when the fabric is rubbing too much. It takes away from the workout!

  13. Hilem says:

    I get all my workout gear from Old Navy, so comfy and they last a long time! I’ve had several pieces for a few years now!

  14. Kelli A says:

    My daughter and I just recently decided to start an exercise routine and had a conversation about needing the right clothing. It makes a huge difference once you start sweating and getting sticky.

  15. Amber Myers says:

    I tend to get my stuff on sale! Target usually has fantastic sales! And Kohl’s!

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