Dressing for the gym is more complicated than it seems. If, like many of us, you give zero fucks, you can end up a smelly mess of sweat-soaked cotton. But if you try too hard to look good, you’ll be “that guy” at the gym—you know, the one who’s vainly showing off either a bit too much skin or hundreds of dollars worth of flashy performance wear.
To simplify things, MEL partnered with stylist Adrian Gillillan to make over four guys in need and to help you out too, no matter your #bodygoals or income.
If you work out constantly, like Jacob…
… Stock up on brand names at a discount at stores like T.J. Maxx
Jacob is an actor, which means he’s at the gym constantly and never knows when he’s going to run into a casting director (L.A. problems, we know). He needs a constant supply of clean clothes to avoid doing laundry all the time but can’t necessarily shell out for an endless supply of high-end sportswear.
MEL’s solution? $9 active-wear tees from Uniqlo and a $15 Adidas shirts from ROSS.
If you hate shopping and you’re new to the gym, like Chance…
… Build a uniform to avoid thinking about what you’re going to wear.
Chance’s hatred for shopping is getting in the way of his attempts to work out more and resolve his “doughy problem.”
Solution: Avoiding bright colors in favor stuffing your gym bag with neutral blacks and grays will make it effortless to mix and match. The appeal of 24–7 athleisure may be seductive, but Adrian recommends keeping gym clothes strictly for the gym. That way putting on the uniform will immediately get you in the mindset to work out (and keep excuses to a minimum).
If you’re just getting into yoga, like Riley…
… Don’t let the world of leggings and Lululemon overwhelm you
A lifelong surfer, Riley feels more comfortable hitting the beach than the yoga studio. But surfers need to stretch too, and Riley’s all-cotton yoga outfit is doing him no favors.
Solution: If you’re trying out yoga, shorter shorts will give your legs more room to bend into the poses (and built-in underwear will keep your junk where it belongs). Sweat-wicking materials are essential—as is a headband for longer-haired dudes like Riley.
If you want to make a statement like Chad…
… Let your clothes—not your nip slips—do the work
Chad is not ashamed to admit he likes a bit of attention. But showing so much skin means leaves little to the imagination—not to mention a lot of sweat behind on the bench.
Solution: A bold, camouflage print is relaxed and cool without being too flashy.