There's a lot of boxes to tick before I find an outfit that I'll buy
- All items MUST be black (slimming effect and gym attendance irony I know!), also a good colour for minimizing the sweaty Betty look, plus it doesn't clash with my beetroot red exercise face
- All items to be in a certain material so as not to fade with the amount of washing that they have to endure (I have found that the shiny lycra seems to last the longest)
- Bottoms for the gym must not flap about to facilitate running and need to come to just below the knee, they must not, repeat, must NOT cut across the 'calf zone' as I have cankles.
- Tops for the gym must not be flowing, must be breathable and most important of all MUST cover arse
- Bottoms for Body Balance (yoga-type class) must flare out at the bottom to counteract the illusion that I am wearing jodphurs under all my clothes (wide hip issues)
- I am a brand snob, it's a symptom of attending a townie school, Mr Right and I have a hierarchy of sportswear brands and only the top three or four are suitable for a gym appearance
When I do eventually find kit I'm 'happy' with I purchase three of each item as I wear them so often I don't want to wear them out and have to go through the hellish shopping experience more than is absolutely necessary.
Sports bras are another area for concern, I NEED some boobage to counteract the jodphur hips (see above) but all sports bras seem to flatten my 'assets' to the point where I look like Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry (although not that feminine!).
Mind you, even though I hate it, it could be way worse!