If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably know that I like fashion almost as much as I like cooking. One of the trends in fashion is subscribing to the Capsule Wardrobe lifestyle. Just in case you didn’t know, a capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe that consists of a few items that can be used to make many outfits. With that in mind, let me show you why and how to plan the perfect fitness capsule wardrobe.
Why to Plan the Perfect Fitness Capsule Wardrobe
Have you ever heard the statement dress for success? You probably think it only applies to job interviews and to corporate environments but it applies to every area of your life. That’s why chefs dress differently than hostesses and servers. Why construction workers dress differently than mechanics. And, why football players dress differently than basketball players.
Imagine getting tackled during a punt return in basketball shorts. Or, running up and down the basketball court in football pads. You’d be hurt and tired. Athletes have always had it right when it comes down to dressing for success. Every field of play has an obvious uniform, under garments and footwear.
I got serious about working out last year. In previous years I’d work out with an attitude. But, after my church’s corporate fast in January 2015 I had a mental shift. I knew that I could not accomplish my dreams or walk in my purpose leading an unhealthy lifestyle. After modifying my diet and getting in 10,000 steps a day most days, I became more confident. Then, summer came and I had the free time too go to the dojo a few times a week for caged fitness. Although I’d lost 18 pounds by then, I still felt frumpy. It wasn’t my body—it was my clothes.
God is dealing with me about being in a place to receive from him. As a mom and wife, I often feel guilty about doing things for me. Everyone’s needs always come before my needs. Instead of buying fitness gear, I worked out in the cheapest of the cheap, marked down to 80% off of low-quality garments that were already marked down more than 50%. Yes, I was that woman. Not anymore. By the end of the year, I figured out my problem.
I wasn’t dressing for success. You might call me vain but if I don’t look good I don’t perform well. I even comb my hair and put on BB cream in the morning before I sneak into my office to read my bible at 6 am. I had to apply the same principle to working out—like athletes do. Now I know why Dr. Dorsey always encouraged me to buy good athletic gear—the right gear promotes the right attitude.
How to Plan the Perfect Fitness Capsule Wardrobe
For me, the perfect capsule wardrobe is one that allows for both low impact exercise as well as high impact exercise. I walk 5 miles most days (join me on Fitbit) and do aerobic workouts and strength training at least three days per week. I don’t want to do laundry everyday so I needed a wardrobe to fit my workout and laundry schedule.
Sports Bra – 2
For years I avoided purchasing a sports bra after one failed attempt. Then, I learned that some sports bras have padding for those who need more support like the Nike ones I use now. I only wear sports bras on high intensity days (3-4 x’s a week). I wash my clothes on Wednesday and Saturdays. So my sports bras are clean on the days I need them.
Bottoms – 5
Why 5 bottoms? I walk every day and my laundry days ensure that I always have clean gear. I decided against yoga pants this time because I decided that I don’t want yoga pants to be my daily fashion statement. They are too easy to depend on as clothes when they are really work out gear. I opted for three pairs of leggings and two pairs of capris length leggings. I’m not a huge fan of shorts but I will probably add a pair or two by summer. Right now it is chilly in Florida so I didn’t want to give myself an excuse not to walk or run.
Tops – 7 (But I only purchased ONE)
While I like to look good, I also like to keep most of my money in my pocket. I only purchased one (1) workout top that I absolutely love. Why? My husband gets tons of free t-shirts when he attends conferences. I also get them at speaking engagements and community/sporting events. I keep the ones I love to work out in and give away the ones I don’t love to charity or friends who want them. The ones I love are usually 65% polyester and 35% cotton blends.
TIP: It is tempting to keep all of your workout tees at your fingertips but it only complicates laundry day and storage. If you have tons of t-shirts like me, consider taking all of them out of your drawer and placing them in a storage bin in your closet. It will keep you from skipping laundry and make it easier to keep your dresser drawers nice and tidy. When a tee shirt becomes worn or you get tired of wearing it, toss it or store it and pull a new one from your storage. It’s like having a new shirt, but not having to buy one.
Shoes: I wear Nike Free to work out in. I like them because they are lightweight and transition well from walking to running. I also have a pair of Nike Cross Trainers that I wear when I lift weights at the gym or at home. I don’t know why but they feel safer around weights than my Frees.
Socks (9 pairs, they come in packs of three): I prefer no show because I don’t like people to see my socks. I know, vanity. Right now, these are my favorite.
Headband: I have natural hair so I tie down my hair when I work out. I use a regular old bandana.
I’m not sure if you’re committed to working out but dressing for success will help you to achieve your fitness goals. You don’t have to buy the same brands as I did but you should invest in pieces that will help your workout motivation.
Do you have the perfect fitness capsule wardrobe? What do you wear?
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