In the past, sportswear was designed and manufactured with basic, practical functions in mind. There was no need to wear anything that made you stand out as an individual, especially when most workout routines were cookie-cutter formulas marketed to work for everyone.
Thanks to pop culture, icons such as Bruce Lee started bridging the gap between sports and recreation; as a matter of fact, today we have an open field of opportunity to explore exactly what kind of athlete you are and reflect it in your style.
So you might be thinking, “My old gym shorts and company team building t-shirt from ‘02 are just fine, what do I need a new outfit for?”
Let us tell you!
Choosing your fashion battles
Maybe you don’t need a whole new wardrobe just for when you’re playing sports. However, you still want to feel like the determined (and stylish) professional you know you are. If you’re a golfer, a moisture-wicking polo might suit you for those days on the unshaded course. If you’re a runner, a pair of flattering yoga pants and supportive top might be all you need.
Your performance during training sessions and matches aren’t for an audience, but it’s important for you to feel like you’re performing to the best of your ability every time you step into the competition zone.
What would it take for you to feel your best every time?
Dedication is in the details. It’s not just in playing the game, but how you maintain yourself in between plays. You’ll quickly find that once you’re shopping for your own peak performance instead of settling for what’s readily available, there’s a wealth of offerings to match your standards. Like the old adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”, dressing the part of “the best version of yourself” can have a noticeable effect on your training.
How to shop
Decide what’s important for you, whether it’s breathability, longevity, comfort, or colour, you’re bound to find it once you start looking. It’s much easier to find what you’re looking for, now that sportswear is fully integrated into day to day wear. The trick is to find pieces with the brands you trust and ensure that always read the reviews.
This part can be more daunting for those who haven’t shopped for their likes as often as their needs. But not to worry, it’s possible to have both likes and needs satisfied in the name of sport. Therefore, remember to test out clothing prior to purchase for breathability, bendability and functionality.
Determination is in the details
The items you choose don’t have to be expensive or posh. If the biggest deterrent to focusing on your game is your shoelaces coming untied, some lockable laces in your favourite color might be your new MVP. With some statement socks, you’ll be the one to watch.
These are just a couple of examples, but you can understand why it’s important to be both objective about your performance as well as subjectively invested in who you’d like to be. Disappointment doesn’t get you far, but determination sure will. Take an extra step for success
Bring fashion into your passion and see how quickly you become your own star player.