Fashion: Workout wardrobe for the gym

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If you signed up for gym membership at the beginning of the month and you’re already flagging, look to your workout wardrobe – the perfect way (besides a shouty personal trainer) to boost your motivation 

Ditch the tired, crumpled gear last used in January 2013. Investing in a new pair of trainers or bright vest can put you on the right track to your New Year fitness goals.

Think about what you really need though, and what you’ll actually feel comfortable in and wear, before putting your debit card through its paces.

If you’re not sure where to begin, copy your day-to-day wardrobe so you don’t feel completely out of your comfort zone on the treadmill.

It’s ime to “workout” your fitness style.


YOU NORMALLY WEAR: Bright clothing and accessories that virtually require sunglasses. You’d describe your personal style as anti-wallflower.

WORKOUT WARDROBE: Nobody wants to look like Mr Motivator, but colourful workout gear can instantly put some bounce into your step. Pump up the volume with neon if you really want to stand out in the gym crowd.

Go for a statement running jacket or top, or introduce brights the subtle way, through strategically-placed panels on clothing or a pair of eye-catching trainers.

The high-vis look is especially suited to outdoor runners who want to stand out on dark wintry nights.


YOU NORMALLY WEAR: Highly co-ordinating pieces, like suits or matching tops and skirts. You’d never dream of wearing mis-matched underwear.

WORKOUT WARDROBE: Look ­instantly put-together at the gym with matchy-matchy pieces for a streamlined look.

It’s the ideal kit if you love black, but want to add colour through block panels or bold print. Colours don’t have to match; it might be that a feature detail carries through from trousers to top.

Co-ordinating gym gear is ideal if you’re more of a studio junkie and want to look top of the class in Bodypump or Tabata.


YOU NORMALLY WEAR: Lots of jewellery. Whether it’s shiny silver or rose gold, you are the ultimate fashion magpie.

WORKOUT WARDROBE: Sparkle may be a touch OTT for the gym but metallics have transferred to workout wear and trainers.

Channel the Olympians with gold, silver or bronze statement pieces to inject some gloss into your gear. They’re the easy way to look glam, even if you’re red-faced and sweaty.

Avoid wearing top-to-toe metallics and make it a molten flash with a sports bra worn under a gym top, or shiny panels on a running jacket that double up as reflectors.

Metallics are more flattering in matte fabrics, if you’re worried about adding bulk to your frame.


YOU NORMALLY WEAR: Black, black and more black. You rarely stray far from safe, neutral colours in your wardrobe.

WORKOUT WARDROBE: Fitness gear doesn’t have to be obvious. Don’t be afraid to wear all-black for working out, but try adding a flash of bold colour, through a bright sports watch or even the laces on your ­trainers.

If you’re more of a yoga bunny, grey and white are great neutrals to base your look around, in fabrics with stretch fit to allow total freedom of movement for flexible poses.

You’ll also find classic grey marl works well with neon detail trims that are still safe but chic.


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No need to trawl the rails for 16+ sizes. House of Fraser is set to launch a dedicated plus-size online shop, for sizes 14-28. The department store’s niche offering is aimed at fashion-conscious women, with an edited selection of the most popular plus-size ranges. “We know our customers are women who want trend-led pieces and won’t compromise on style or fit, so we have carefully selected an assortment of brands that together create the style conscious woman’s perfect wardrobe,” says Louise Bailey, womenswear brand and concession buying manager. The online store launches on March 3 at