The Best Gym Looks to Inspire Your Next Workout

I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way: somehow, my workouts are 10 times better when I wear my favorite Lululemon leggings and sports bra instead of my old Nike shorts and T-shirt from freshman orientation. The right outfit not only motivates me to get out of bed and hit the gym, but I also feel more confident and ready to take on my workout once I get there when I’m wearing pieces I love.

Well, guess what, collegiettes? It turns out that clothing does, in fact, alter your perception of yourself, and it can even help you power through a difficult workout when you feel good about what you’re wearing. According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, “clothing influences behavior and attitudes because it carries a symbolic meaning… subconsciously changing how you act.” (Shape) Confidence and a better workout? I don’t think we need any more reason to shop for some new clothes and accessories.

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite pieces for the college woman on a budget, all $25 or less. Enjoy the new clothes and better workouts!

Leggings

Courtesy: Forever21

Mesh Capri Leggings, $19.90

Courtesy: H&M

Waist-Shaping Leggings, $24.99

Sports Bras

Courtesy: Target

Champion Racer-Back Sports Bra, $18.99

Courtesy: Victoria's Secret

 Mesh Racerback Sports Bra, $22.50 or 2 for $30 

Tops

Courtesy: Forever 21

Ribbed Cut Out Top, $15.90

Courtesy: H&M

Seamless Tank, $12.99

Accessories

A few more things to add to your gym bag…

Courtesy: Amazon

Stainless Steel Water Bottle by Simple Modern, $13.99

Courtesy: Amazon

Loop Resistance Bands by Fit Simply, $10.95

Courtesy: Target

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo, $3.59