Since bathing suit season has hit in full force, we have been ALL ABOUT that fitness. We are loving our CrossFit and Yoga and Piyo. So, today, we wanted to team up with our friend Katie Goddard from The KatieDid to bust out some no-fail wardrobe options to help you transition from the gym, to errands, or even to the pool, and back home (for a much needed shower by then)! But first, let's let Katie introduce herself.
Hey all! This is Katie over at the KatieDid and I am a 225 hour Holy Yoga Instructor. I absolutely cherish my time on the mat as it has become a tear-soaked space of prayer and worship to the King. It is a big, beautiful joy for me to lead women in worship both with music and with this moving, gracious practice of yoga.
Not only do we share an affinity for fitness, but also we share that same affinity for fashion. So then let’s talk about what to wear. The struggle is REAL with yoga and cross training clothes, and while we do often wear them, as they are the work “uniform” for Katie when teaching, it’s a common misconception that they are required for your yoga and other fitness classes.
Just in case you didn’t catch that last part…yoga clothes are not required for yoga. Hallelujah, yeah? There are many reasons why we women shy away from yoga and fitness attire. Not only can it be expensive, but also not all ladies feel like rocking spandex, especially during holiday cookie season. And, when it comes to modesty, the tightly fitting tops and pants don’t necessarily fit into all of our values. Modesty is a heart issue, and it’s something which requires us each to individually listen to the Lord, and follow His leading in obedience.
We are never exempt from grace, no matter how great our sin. We are also not exempt from physical fitness, no matter our body challenges. You are not exempt from a physically healthful lifestyle if leggings don’t line up with your journey as a modest woman.
So, we’d love to walk you through a transitional workout outfit, and build it from the ground (or undies) up. You’ll see how we make choices along the way to honor our convictions, and our budgets, by using clothes from our closet, and not just our workout drawer.
- First things first. Let's not sport see-through leggings, alright?
If you know leggings do not meet with your convictions, skip this step and you will build your yoga outfit with the next best option: joggers. But for all the leggings ladies, we just gotta say it. Good leggings are vital. Here’s why: Katie, and all your other teachers can see your booty through your cheaper legging fabric sometimes when you bend over. Good quality leggings are thick and much more opaque. When trying on leggings, don’t worry about the length, as you can hem it. Do worry about how high they sit on your waist. You want them to go just under your belly button, and no lower. Sit on the floor cross legged. Does the crotch and waistband pull down? If so, go down a size. A perfect fit will be a bit difficult to pull up each leg. They will stretch out as you practice so you want them pretty tight at first. Some of our favorite leggings are GapFit, LuluLemon, Athleta, Fabletics, & Aloe. However, an easy way to find leggings that won't show everything you've got is to simply go up a size or two! Leggings are traditionally supposed to be tight, and if you buy your normal size they most certainly will be just like an extra layer of skin. If you can find leggings that aren't "one size fits all" (speaking of which...how the heck is that true?!), snag a size larger than what you would normally buy. More fabric means that there won't be as much stretching going on when you bend over and whatnot. This won't guarantee opaqueness, but it's definitely a quick fix for a few workout sessions!
- Joggers in lieu of leggings!
These are SO IN right now, so you can snag them just about anywhere. Try checking Target and Forever21. Look for styles that cinch around the ankles to keep from tripping and can stretch in all directions to allow for full movement. Athleta currently has a line of joggers, and they. are. beautiful. You could wear them as a complete outfit to hang with friends, and appreciate their sweat whicking, 4 way stretch fabrics for practice. They are expensive, but with joggers being a popular style, and being a modest option for ladies who don’t wish to wear leggings, it may be a good time to swipe them up before they start to go out of style again. Look for a loose fit, not too tight on the waist. A lower drop in the crotch is ok for this style and looks better when you let it sag just a bit. Sit down, stretch, open up your legs, and move all directions. Are they pulling anywhere? Can you move? If no, you've got yourself a great pair!
- Shelf bra camis + tunic tanks.
Extra fabric is easy to tuck in for movement and is there to cover you when you're done! If you like the comfort of a fitted cami, but also want the loose forgiving fabric of a tunic tank, layer up and do both! Check out our easy DIY Racerback Cami tutorial for a concealed undershirt fix if you don't like your straps showing when you wear a tunic racerback. This also works great with traditional sports bras if you are wanting more support/padding than a normal shelf bra cami. We also get these items from Target by the armload. If modesty is a concern, or you are large chested, Divine Modestee makes wonderful camis that are high in the chest and in the armpit. They are long, and promise full coverage. These camis will be the base of all your outfits.
- Graphic Ts + Flowy tanks
Invest in a small collection of the best graphic & boyfriend t’s, and flowy tanks. Underneath the Ts are our sturdy and trusty camisoles so that when we bend over and even go upside down, nothing gets revealed. The look we’re going for involves a beautiful, modest fit; falling over your curves, and not fitting like a skin tight glove. We want multi-functional, too. We want tops to wear to yoga, and under a cardigan. I, Katie, like to wear things that inspire me and send a message to myself and those around me during this deeply worshipful part of my day. My favorite Ts come from She Reads Truth, Holy Yoga, Be Still, Riley Clay, and Walk in Love. Choose shirts that you would use to build other outfits in your closet. That tip is especially for all the minimalists or capsule wardrobe ladies out there like myself.
- Chambray button-up + Cardigans
This chambray baby can be worn open like a cute li’l cardi on your way to and from the studio and all around for errands. We love how you make an instant outfit out of your workout attire when you throw on this bad boy. Also, long boyfriend cardigans are still made and sold of extremely soft lightweight fabrics through the summer months. They make it easy to layer without sweating your gourd off even as the seasons change.
- Trusty ole sneaks.
Katie picked up this pair at Target, and they are currently getting a lot of milage in her summer capsule wardrobe. They make any yoga outfit look like a cute little casual number, and they are absolutely practical for casual date night, parks and errands. When looking for your statement sneaks, look on Pinterest or your favorite magazines for inspiration on how girls are wearing them and envision more than just your yoga outfit being used to rock these babies. Pick what works best for you and own it!
So, we've covered plenty of clothing tips, and we've even addressed some heart-tugging issues. Now, to the hair. Apart from a great braid, we think that messy buns are the chic and easy way to go for a transitional hairstyle. Here is our super easy-peasy how-to for messy buns that stay put for medium to long hair!
Products Camie used in the order they appear:
TRESemmé | Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo
Marilyn | Teasing Backcombing brush
Goody | Clear Elastic band
Two Bobby Pins
Nexxus | Maxximum Finishing Mist
Last few things to ponder: most studios offer mats, and we always suggest bringing a little essential oil mat spray with you to fresh it up a bit. I, Katie, personally practice only at home, as I do not currently have any studios in my area that are not too on the mystic side for my liking. If you are looking for a mat to practice at home, I encourage you to start out with what you can afford, knowing it may not be as grippy. When you feel ready to move on to a more sturdy mat, my favorite favorite favorite brands are Manduka & Jade.
A Note From Katie:
There are countless physical benefits for practicing yoga, crossfit, piyo, etc. They boost the immune system, and the metabolism. They also reduce hunger cravings, and increase flow of oxygen to the brain while deepening lung capacity. And that’s just some of what benefits you from these different forms of fitness.
But there are other things that happen when we practice specifically yoga; namely emotions and sensations. These can make us feel really nervous, unsure of what is actually happening. But our limbic system stores unresolved emotions in different parts of the body. Opening those spaces in the deeply stretching practice of yoga can trigger emotional responses that can truly catch us by surprise. I want to encourage you, friend, to dig in to these spaces, to pay attention to the healing happening in your heart in these moments. Jesus is our great and Mighty Healer, and He can’t wait to meet You in your broken worship. He wants to release you from emotions that have held you captive. Allow your yoga practice and workouts to be a space where cry out to Him, and give Him all the authority to help you move on. Are you excited to practice? Are you ready to get going?
More than anything, you were made to worship. You were created to move, to dance, to breathe, to sing, to weep and to express the deepest spaces of your heart. Like Mary, let your mat be the space where you ponder all these things about God in your heart. The big and holy moments, and the spaces coming undone. Keep a journal, bring your Bible study, make a playlist, and breathe.
I hope this helps, and if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line any time! You can find me here on the blog, on Instagram @the_katiedid or @katiemgoddard, on YouTube as Katie Goddard and Facebook as The Katie-Did.
Much love to you, friend,