How to Look Fit in Workout Clothes—Without Breaking a Sweat

How to Look Fit in Workout Clothes—Without Breaking a Sweat
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A great irony of the gym is having to constantly stare in the mirror at those pesky “trouble areas” that brought you there to begin with.

Designers and fitness brands have made several attempts to solve this pain point, infusing style into workout clothes in the form of brightly printed leggings, runway-worthy mesh tank tops, leather joggers, and sports bras with a zillion crisscross straps. But what if our fitness gear did even more?

With the help of a few of our favorite fitness experts, we’ve found items whose design will make you look slimmer, trimmer, and taller—all before breaking a sweat.

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Marathoner Jenna Newmark swears by the curve-smoothing bras from Alo Yoga: “They have thick straps that make you feel tiny and dainty, since they don't cut into your back and side. Because let's face it: We all have back fat.”

Alo Yoga Paddle Fast Sports Bra, $54; at Alo Yoga

Photo: Courtesy of Alo Yoga

“NUX leggings are some of my absolute favorites, says XTend Barre founder and former professional dancer Andrea Rogers. "They have medium compression and hold you in all the right places. You can put them on and not have to think about them for the rest of the day because they do the work for you and just become a second skin.”

NUX Medium Compression Leggings, $80; at NUX

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Rogers also adores these wild compression tights. “These are one of the most comfortable pairs of leggings you’ll ever wear," she swears. "They feature a mid-rise waistline with a drawstring for a perfect fit and come in a variety of super-flattering prints.”

Vie Active Rockell Tights, $120; at Carbon38

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A slimming sports bra that enhances your bust? It's a real thing, and something Jennifer Bandier, founder of the fitness-meets-fashion boutique Bandier, recommends wholeheartedly. “This bra comes with cups inside, which work to shape the chest area and add a little volume," she notes. "Additionally, the bright colors draw attention to that area if it's something you’re looking to accentuate.”

PHAT BUDDHA Bedford Bra, $52; at Bandier

Photo: Courtesy of Bandier

Another item Bandier loves: these ultra-slimming K. Deer leggings, which are a best-seller at her boutique. “While these leggings feature horizontal stripes, the ombré pattern gives a butt-lifting effect and slims the legs," she explains. "The high-waisted body is extremely flattering and allows for coverage of the lower tummy area, compressing and holding you in place. Lastly, the paneling on the inner thigh area adds to the leg-slimming effect.”

K. Deer Haute Leggings, $98; at Bandier

Photo: Courtesy of Bandier

For a slimmer top half, Bandier recommends this Stella McCartney tank. "The lines on the body of this tank sculpt the ab region, and the built-in shelf bra provides a great lift," she says.

Stella McCartney Ess SI Tank, $110; at Bandier

Photo: Courtesy of Bandier

CJ Frogozo, an instructor of the ballet-meets-yoga Barre 3 method, suggests these Vimmia black lace leggings. “They keep your butt looking high and tight while showing just a little skin,” she says.

Vimmia Tenacity Pant, $119; at Carbon38

Photo: Courtesy of Carbon38

New Balance Athletic Product Marketer Megan Garfinkle tells us that slimming is all about the fabric. “In general, pick leggings made of a nice, thick, compressing material that will slim and elongate your legs," she advises. "Tonal graphic prints are also your friend; they can camouflage tricky areas.”

New Balance Premium Performance Capri Pant, $74.95; at New Balance

Photo: Courtesy of New Balance

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