Flattering Workout Pieces to Restore Confidence in the Gym

When it comes to reaching your fitness goals, there’s nothing more powerful to jumpstart you towards success than showing up to the gym feeling your best. Whether you’re going to the gym to maintain your health, improve your physique or start a new habit, the last thing you want to focus on is a loose bra strap or worrying over your shorts riding up too high. Investing in pieces that fit and flatter will help maintain your focus and keep you motivated during your workout. We’ve compiled our favorite flattering workout outfits, pieces & silhouettes to combat common distractions like tummy rolls, camouflaging hips & thighs, arm coverage, waist-flattering tops and alternatives to harder-wears like leggings. 

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Shorts: High Waisted, A-line, Oversized & Long

Opting for longer, high waisted a-line shorts help camouflage the thigh and stomach for a more flattering workout ensemble. 

Hot Shot Harem Shorts in 9 colors
Underdog Shorts
High Rise Knit Short
License to Train High-Rise Short 4″
SPANX Booty Boost® Active Bike Shorts, 8″
Run Up Shorts
High Waisted Easy Long Sweat Short
Skims Bike Short

Workout Dresses & Onesies

Workout Onesie & Dress Outfit Ideas

Depending on the silhouette of your workout dress, you can camouflage the thigh, stomach, bust line and even the waist. This option is also great for that extra boost of feeling more “pulled together”.
When wearing onesies, having a solid color top to bottom can help move the eye through the body and defocus from potential “problem areas”.  Wearing a onesie with a lightweight top layer is a great look for walks, hikes and low-level exercise. 

Varley Orlando One Piece
Varley Sweat Dress
Carbon38 Fishtail Athletic Hoodie Dress
Thea Athletic Dress
Nine and Dine Athletic Dress
Sleeveless Pickleball Dress/ Double Mini Drape
Marysia Iga Workout Dress Skort (XXS-XXL)
Carbon38 Swan Dress
OFFLINE By Aerie Tiebreaker Pleated Dress
Long Athletic Dress
SPANX Get Moving Easy Access Ribbed Straight Dress
V-Neck Tempo Full Length Catsuit

Skorts: High waisted, Pleated, A-line

Flattering Skorts Workout Outfit

Pleated, circle and a-line skorts are great for camouflaging the thigh. Opting for a high waist helps camouflage tummy, avoid ride-ups and bring definition to the waist.

Athleta High Rise Skort
Stella McCartney Adidas Skort
Pleated Tennis Skirt
High Rise Cargo Skort
Contour Rib Front Slit Skort, 14″
SPANX The Get Moving Skort, 17″

Beyond The Tee: Layerable Oversized, Ruching, Twists, Sheers & Pullovers for Coverage

Layering a tee over your sports bra gives extra coverage to hide tummy rolls, bust area & give arm coverage. Opt for ruching, decorative twists or delicate sheer pieces to take your ensemble to the next level. Utilize oversized tees for stylish overall coverage – not all big tees are “sloppy”! Pull off the look with intentionally relaxed silhouettes, or pair a big tee/workout sweater. 

Post Up Oversized Shirt
Accelerate Sheer Layer Ruched Shirt
Cotton Fishnet Sheer Tee
Short Sleeve Pocket Tee
Short Sleeve Off Shoulder Sweatshirt in French Terry
Ruched Drawstring Shirt
Hot Shot Hooded Layer
Leg Day Oversized Tee
FP Sway Pulover
Gray Flutter Sleeve Tee

Tank Tops: Thick Strap, High Neck, Built in Bra, Fashion Straps or Ruching

One-Shoulder Tank Top Outfit

Feel comfortable, supported and reduce the distractions of slipping bras with thicker straps, high necks or built in bras. We love confidence boosting fashion-straps like a one-shoulder with a built in bra, or a flattering ruched piece to hide tummy rolls.

Front Twist Tank
One Shoulder Convertible Tank in Heather Melt
License to Train Ruched Tight-Fit Tank Top
Long RacerBack Tank
Cotton Rib Long Tank
Blanche Ribbed Tank

Replace Your Leggings With These: 

Leggings can be a tough wear with a bare-it-all appearance in the bottom, leg and thigh areas. Opt for high waisted wide leg athletic pants, v-waist, flare or split hem leggings, or specialty toning/shaping leggings from brands like Spanx.

Stretch Woven High-Rise Wide-Leg Pant
High Waist Flutter Split Hem Legging
Boyfriend Loose Pant
Athleta Navy Leg Pant
Studio Wide Leg Pant
lululemon Align™ Navy V-Waist Mini-Flared Pant

Arm Shapers & Lightweight Top Layers

Arm shrugs & lightweight top layers: For protection from the sun, body or arm coverage, try these picks! Layer arm-sleeve shrug pieces over a tank top or your favorite sports bra.

Tech Athletic Button Down Long Sleeve
Long-Sleeve Crewneck Shrug
Radient Wrap Layer
Wonderland Warmth 1/4 Zip Layer
Free People Arm Shrug
Performance Tech Blouse
Hustle And Bustle Athletic Sweater
All Your Love Solid Hoodie

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