IMG_0414Last week, I shopped with a client for key spring pieces. Her one requirement is that any new pieces had to work with her workout gear. Because she exercises regularly, any outfit she puts on post-gym has got to require minimal effort or else she will just keep her Lululemon on. The challenge was on!

I knew there were three things I had to keep in mind as I brainstormed looks and pieces to pull:

  • Breathable fabric. The fabric had to be cotton (jersey, poplin, etc.) that would allow her to cool down post-workout.
  • Keep changes minimal.There could not be more than two to three  changes to her look and they had to be simple ones — or else she was not going to do it. We could not have her changing her look head-to-toe even if it was into comfy clothing. Having to change that many pieces would end up working against her making any changes at all. We decided the easiest thing would be a shoe change and a top change. The workout leggings would stay put. They also would need to be black, matte workout leggings so that could more believably transition to a non-gym look.
  • Stick with simple basics. Anything too patterned or embellished would look out of place and forced with the rest of her very casual look.
  • Versatility. Had to be able to be able to work easily with other pieces in her wardrobe. We had to be able to think of a few other ways the pieces could be dressed up and down.

Here is what we came up with:



For the first look, my client didn’t have to change much of anything. She simply changed her workout tank to a cotton white tee and added a Paige denim jacket. We upgraded her running shoes to more fun, stylish silhouette as well. The denim jacket is a wardrobe essential and we knew we could pair it with summer dresses, skinny jeans and a cute blouse, and more.



For the second look we swapped out her running shoes for easy Sam Edelman sandals. We layered a Current Elliot tunic dress (pockets!) and accessorized with a lightweight spring scarf.


For our third look, we also used the Sam Edelman sandals, but layered a Vince crochet top over her workout tank. We accessorized with a pendant necklace to dress things up. This top will also look great under a blazer, by itself with dark skinny jeans, with shorts and more.


For the fourth look, we added a non-athletic slip-on Steve Madden sneaker to the mix. We paired with a stripe tunic and sleeveless utility jacket. The tunic will also look great with skinny jeans and cute flats. The utility jacket can also be layered on with the crochet sleeveless top in Look 3…and it will add a fun element to her tank-and-shorts look this summer.

She was thrilled with her new post-gym outfits and even more thrilled that she could make these changes with minimal effort.

What are ways that you have upgraded your workout look?