Gym Class Ready: Tips for Creating a Stylish and Comfortable Gym Look

Gym Class Ready: Tips for Creating a Stylish and Comfortable Gym Look

School supplies aren’t only about pencils, paper and the perfect three-ring binder – you’ve also got to stock up on the appropriate attire for both during and after school. Comfort, function and, of course, a stylin’ vibe should be high on your priority list. So, say goodbye to holey sweats fished out of yesterday’s laundry basket or well-loved tennis kicks from years ago, and stock up on sturdy athletic gear that will attract only the good kind of stares from fellow students.

Cut and Color

Rather than speeding to the nearest sports boutique to overhaul an entire gym look at once, start with the essential accessories and work up to the rest. A standard tee-and-shorts combo with no swagger, for example, comes to life with an effortlessly on-target pop of color on the feet. The sleek Women’s Nike FS Lite Run 2 in pink, truly electric pink, or the equally streamlined Men’s Nike FS Lite Run in volt, a lightning bolt yellow, aren’t your average bulky sneaker. They’ll have you looking on top of the trends in a high school or middle school gym class.

Rules and Regulations

Style shouldn’t be the only checklist item when it comes to school gym-wear. While any old shoe, from sparkly ballet flat to worn-in combat boot, might be okay on the playground, they sure aren’t in P.E class. Gymnasium floors are slippery, so make sure your kids’ footwear is prepared to take on every floor hockey or kickball match. For elementary school attendees, keep dress shoes and sandals in the classroom, and stick to an athletic grip sole like that of the understated Kids’ Nike Flex Experience  in an electric blue and orange or, for girls, the ultra-trendy Kids’ Nike Kaishi.

Walking on Air

There’s no need to be concerned about comfort. Athletic sneakers are often heavily cushioned, roomy – as long as the sizing is appropriate – and feature breathable mesh panels that help keep feet dry. The Women’s NikeAir Max Invigor in a cute but edgy pink and black combo is a perfect example, and also sports a cushioned heel. Increase comfort in any shoe with a pair of Nike 3 Pack Dry Fit socks. With colors ranging from pink to red, white and royal blue (how very patriotic of you), you can add a pop of color to your footwear while still keeping feet cool.

Trendy Totes

No locker? No problem. If you need to store your new footwear after sports activities have ended but school hasn’t, pick up a gym bag that doubles as a book-bag, such as the Nike Brasilia Backpack in blue. This backpack is the perfect way to show you’re cool without trying – providing a pop of electric blue color that complements your dark washed jean and black t-shirt look.


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About the Author

A writer with an interest in style and all things beautiful, Melissa J. Bell has handed out beauty and fashion advice since she could talk. You can find her works on publications like Daily Glow.