Ask CF: What Should I Wear from the Gym to the Classroom?

Transition from gym to class in a flash.

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Dear College Fashion,

I thought it would be an awesome idea to take an 8am yoga class this semester. But, I have a problem. I have three other classes all back-to-back on the same day. I’ve never worn workout gear to class before. Any tips on how to not look sloppy?

Yoga Pants Problem

Our Response

Even though we’re college fashionistas, it’s also a pretty big reality that many people wear workout outfits to class in college. So, even if you feel weird that you might stand out, don’t worry, you won’t.

However, if this issue ruffles your inner fashion diva’s feathers, there are a few ways to make you look less like you just killed it at the gym and more like you’ve been prepared for this class all semester.

Having an early morning fitness class or fitting in a workout between classes can be difficult, so it’s important to be prepared to get in and get out of the gym so you can get back to your busy life.

Before you hit the gym, pack a bag the night before with all of your workout essentials, along with items that will help you get presentable quickly. For example, smell-good stuff, like deodorant or body spray, is an absolute must, along with facial wipes to keep your skin clear, and baby powder to help absorb excess sweat and oil.

The next part of being prepared is planning your outfits. Below, I’ve created three workout-to-class looks that hopefully will inspire you when choosing what to wear. Enjoy!

Outfit #1: Sleek & Stylish Gym Gear

Gym to class outfit

Product Information: LeggingsTopJacketYoga SandalsHair Bands

If you know that your workout isn’t going to leave you super-drenched, like a calm yoga class, one option is to simply wear your workout gear to class, but spruce it up a bit.

Stick with slim lines and a cohesive color scheme. If you show up wearing your baggiest t-shirt from 2008 and neon, printed athletic shorts, things could very easily get sloppy. The outfit above features a sleek silhouette in shades of black and gray, and with a high ponytail, you’ll look put-together in no time.

Outfit #2: Layer & Accessorize

What to wear from the gym to class

Product Information: Leggings, Workout Tank, Cardigan, Watch, Sandals

Another option is to add trendy and chic touches to otherwise plain workout basics. For instance, in the look above, we started with black leggings and a white workout tank. Layer on a cardigan for a pop of color before you head to class. Also, bring along easy-to-pack accessories, like watches, bracelets, and rings, to jazz up your ensemble.

Outfit #3: Cardio to Class Presentation

Gym to class presentation look

Product Information: DressDenim JacketSneakersCuff BraceletHeadband

If you need to look especially nice one day, like for a class presentation, go light during your workout, then duck into the locker room or nearest bathroom and quickly change out of your gym clothes.

An easy-to-assemble outfit, such as a dress and light jacket, is key. If it’s a really important presentation, maybe pack along some foldable flats and a blazer that doesn’t wrinkle easily. In this outfit, the pale color palette is soft and feminine, while the gold accents add a hint of sophistication.

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What do you think?

What is your go-to outfit that transitions easily from workout to class? Are you comfortable with wearing athletic gear to class? Would you wear any of these outfits? Do you like the outfits I picked out? Let us know in the comments!

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