When you’re an athlete, it can be hard to find time to dress well. You might spend your entire day in sweaty clothes or wear the same outfit every day of the week (or both!). But dressing well is important for several reasons: It will make you feel more confident and powerful; it will help you look more professional, and it could even get people interested in what you do. Here are some strategies that work for athletes who want to dress better.
Do your research before shopping
Even though you’re not going for a “fashionable” look, it helps to spend some time browsing the web and familiarizing yourself with different styles. You can learn a lot just by looking at pictures on style blogs or watching street-style videos of people walking around large cities.
However, while this tactic is great for inspiration, you shouldn’t just copy what other guys are doing. Instead, use these examples to understand how certain pieces should fit and which colors will work best for your skin tone. Also, it helps if you have an idea of what kind of clothes fit you well. For most athletes, this means slim-fitting clothes in dark colors since sweat is something that happens often when you’re exercising.
Aside from dressing well, athletes should also look great. While their athletic physique is already impressive, they should also take care of their oral health. So, regular visits to a local dental clinic are recommended. They should make sure the clinic provides comprehensive oral care using modern equipment.
Pick clothes that don’t show sweat
One of the downsides of sweating so much is having to worry about your clothes showing what you’ve been doing in them, so be sure to pick items made from fabrics that are breathable and dry quickly. Sporty or athletic clothing is often made from breathable materials like mesh, which lets heat escape your body during physical activity. You could also opt for clothes made using “tech-fabrics” like polyester, spandex, or viscose (such as bamboo). These fabrics are ideal because they let air flow through them while you’re exercising. There’s no point in wearing a breathable shirt if you don’t let the air flow through.
Another good thing to keep in mind is color. Since sweat stains are such a nuisance (and will be visible even on dark fabrics), it helps to opt for clothes that cover your body as much as possible. However, sweat stains are much easier to see on white or light-colored clothes, so avoid those if you can.
If sweat stains are a concern for you, it’s best to wear darker colors since they won’t show stains as easily. This means black is usually your best choice, but other dark hues like gray, navy blue, or olive green are also good options.
Clothes should fit you properly
Although shopping can be a little more difficult when you’re muscular, it’s important to find clothes that fit you well because wearing baggy clothes will restrict your movement while exercising. Fortunately, there are plenty of athletic clothing brands that create clothes for people with athletic builds. But if you can’t find something you like in stores, it may be time to visit a clothing customizer.
Dress for comfort as well as style
Even if you’re not dressing up to impress other people, wearing clothes that make you feel uncomfortable is not a good idea. After all, nobody wants to exercise with restrictive and uncomfortable clothing. So it helps to opt for athletic apparel that includes features like loose-fitting cuts and moisture-wicking fabrics (fabrics that help your skin to breathe). This way, you can focus more on finishing your exercises without being distracted by uncomfortable clothes.
Also, note that while certain features are great for exercising, other pieces are better for casual wear because they’re too “athletic” for formal settings. For example, sleeveless shirts and shorts usually look fine in the gym, but wearing them out in public will probably be considered inappropriate. However, some fashion experts say that athletic apparel can transition to formal clothing (e.g., polo shirts and pants with moisture-wicking technology).
Another tip is to prioritize comfort when you’re picking a bag because if it’s not comfortable enough, you won’t wear it. Instead, opt for bags with padded straps and back panels to make carrying your stuff easier on your body.
Just because you’re an athlete doesn’t mean you can’t dress well. All it takes is a little effort and the right mindset when shopping for clothes, and by following these tips, you’ll be able to rock your outfit wherever you go, whether you’re at the gym or hanging out with friends.
No matter how active you are, it’s important to pay attention to what you’re wearing so that you can feel your best while exercising. By choosing clothes made from breathable and moisture-wicking materials, in dark colors, that fit you well, you’ll be able to stay cool and dry while looking good.