Avoid wearing bright patterns on areas you want to hide
via underarmour.com.comTo get yourself pumped for the gym, you may feel inclined to throw on brightly colored, patterned workout clothes. Great for your psyche—not so much for your trouble spots. "While prints may be fun, they can highlight areas of the body we don't want highlighted," says Katie Dunlop, founder of the workout blog Love Sweat Fitness. "Most people avoid tight clothing when they don't want to show off their body, but dark, tight workout gear can actually enhance your figure and your workout," she says. We love the Under Armour UA Breathelux, which comes in four dark, flattering colors.
Slim your lower body with compression spandex
via express.comWe'd all be less hesitant to run on the treadmill or climb the StairMaster if all those wobbly bits would just stay put, relatively speaking. The solution here is compression spandex. "If you have any insecurities about your lower body, solid, dark-colored spandex will be your best friend," Dunlop says. "There are tons of fitness pants out there that have some compression to help slim out your hips, butt, and thighs, which can boost your confidence and help you focus on the workout." Check out the Express Core Compression Crop Legging or the Nike Power Legend Compression Leggings to get your lower body fully nipped and tucked. If you do hop on the treadmill, avoid these workout mistakes that make trainers cringe.
Women with larger chests need underwire sports bras
via victoriassecret.comBeing well-endowed is less of a blessing when it comes to exercise. To avoid the pain (literally) of bouncing around, developing stretch marks, and potentially sagging, it's best to always wear a sports bra with built-in support for aerobic exercise. "The right sports bra can make or break your workout," Dunlop says. "For women with a bigger chest, I always recommend an underwire bra. Unfortunately, they aren't usually the cutest bras out there, but you will be locked and loaded, and ready to get to work." Dunlop's favorite underwire bra is the Knockout by Victoria's Secret Front Close Sports Bra, which zips up the front, has a supportive underwire, and is built with structured cups. If you want to highlight your larger assets, Dunlop also raves about Lorna Jane sports bras, many of which have stylish straps, mesh detailing, and cute cutouts.
To perk up your booty, pay special attention to stitching
via shop.publicmyth.comIf endless squats aren't yielding results as quickly as you'd like, there are alternative ways to give your tush a lift. For an instant boost, find shorts, leggings, and cropped pants with tight, curved stitching. While most workout clothes have straight stitching, these are cut specifically to surround, hug, and lift your assets. "The right stitching can add shape to your body and highlight the areas you want featured," Dunlop says. Her favorite better-booty leggings are the Livewire Leggings at Public Myth. "They're seriously so good!" she says.
Smooth your belly with high-waisted elasticvia bandier.comThe truth is that everyone—even fitness models and triathletes—will show a little bulge while doing sit-ups and stretches (find out if it's still important to stretch before a workout). But if your self-conscious about your mid-section, you can camouflage it by wearing leggings designed with high-waisted elastic. "The revival of high-waisted pants is the best thing that ever happened for women of every shape and size," Dunlop says. "If you have any lower belly pooch or stomach flab you want to hide, there are tons of brands with amazing high-waisted options." Check out Bandier's gorgeous Body Language Slater Legging, the Old Navy Go-Dry High-Rise Compression Shorts, and Glamour Goddess Hi-Waist Yoga Tights from relative newcomer KiraGrace, for perfect examples of gear that will suck in your stomach, narrow your hips, and shrink your waist, so you can focus on crunches!
If you have short legs, avoid cropped pants at all costsvia fabletics.comAlthough your body will drastically transform on a plan like the Love Sweat Fitness 8-Week Hot Body Sweat Guide, one thing that won't change is the length of your legs. So if you want them to look longer, avoid cropped cuts. "You want to wear tight, full-length leggings," says Dunlop. "Crops don't do anyone with shorter legs any favors. If you are looking to slim out your thighs, go for a full-length legging with compression. The best ones I've found at a good price are from Fabletics, and they really suck everything in!" she says.
For smaller chests, wear medium padding
via victoriassecret.com"Girls with small chest can often wear any type of bra while working out," begins Dunlop, "but it's still important to get some support, so I recommend wearing a bra with a light padding." Check out the Goddess Victoria T-Back tank from KiraGrace, with built-in bra pockets for removable pads. Even if you barely fill the smallest cup size, it's worth exercising with some support to avoid premature sagging and stretch marks. On the other hand, if you wear tight workout tops and want an added boost, the Victoria's Secret Ultimate Push-Up Sports Bra will magically boost your chest to bombshell status.