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Fitness Style: Expectations vs. Reality

Fashion, Healthy, Lifestyle, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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While I usually don’t dress completely in one brand, there are a few exceptions. LOFT is one of those classic but current brands I’ve loved for almost two decades. I wore one of their sweater dresses in yesterday’s post and since they are having a HUGE sale through 3pm today I thought I’d share a workout look with you guys! The reality of working out in style is not always easy to achieve. Sometimes I end up just doing yoga in my living room or BBG in sweatpants. When I head outside I try (not always succeeding) to look somewhat put together. I’ve found a few ways to easily put together athleisure and work out outfits that easily can transfer to other activities like running errands or grabbing coffee.

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One of the easiest ways to throw a good outfit together is to dress in a color scheme of two or three colors. I layered a lavender scarf and puffy vest over a simple lavender long sleeve cotton shirt. The puffy vest is so great for this time of year especially on the warmer days with chilly mornings and evenings. I love being able to stay cozy but not get ridiculously hot. A brisk walk will get the blood moving and all that’s needed is a vest instead of a bulky coat. If you are in a colder area you can layer a cute winter jacket over a coat for additional warmth.

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I love a good pair of leggings and these are made out of the best material. The dark charcoal gray is so slimming and a good change from plain black leggings. You could swap the athletic top and vest for an oversized blazer with pumps to transition this to a work look. Being able to take a pair of pants from dressy to casual or vice versa makes it so versatile and worth purchasing. When you are putting together an athleisure outfit make sure to keep it simple. You don’t want a ton of pieces getting in the way of your workout or being able to just relax.

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The reality of working out is that you usually get sweaty. I prefer cotton tops so my body breathes. Due to having sensitive skin synthetic fabrics do not always agree with me. In fact, certain materials (specifically found in sweaters) will break my chest or back out if I wear them all day. To prevent my body from having a bad reaction I try to workout in breathable fabrics or natural materials. Cotton is my absolute favorite because it comes in a great price point and you can wear it most of the year.

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What are your favorite pieces from LOFT right now?

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No. 6: Fast Forward Friday

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A grandpa sweater is one of my favorite items for Fall. It's versatile and comfy. I like to wear them with a pair of skinny jeans or a dress. For today's FFF, I decided to go with a country chic feel. A bandanna is a great accessory and here I tied it onto my purse to incorporate more red in my outfit. Since it's cooler outside, a pair of boots make it easy to walk in tall grass or out on a farm. Since so many Fall activities are held in pumpkin patches, at farmer's markets, and out on ranches, it's nice to have the right pair of shoes to make it through all of those fun events. It also keeps the grass from tickeling bare legs when wearing a skirt.

The infamous red cup is finally in my hands. I love this time of year and really abuse wearing the color red. (On that note I also tend to abuse wearing glitter, sequins and anything made of tulle). Red is one of my favorite colors and find during the Winter season it comes out the most in my wardrobe choices. If you missed it yesterday, check out my Holiday Bucket List for some fun holiday ideas! For today's FFF, I thought it would be nice to show you how I took a grandpa sweater and styled it with a completely different dress shape, accessories and look all together.

Today was also another example of the rule of wearing three colors. Today it was two neutrals and a bright. But gray looks great with cognac brown and a pop of red. A red lip is the ultimate accessory when you are sporting red in your outfit. It changes the entire look of your face and can really brighten your complexion. I am a big believer in keeping the rest of your face minimal on makeup if you decided to go with a bold lip. I love to use Bare Minerals foundation and mascara. I've found it lasts at least 6 hours without touching up and doesn't irritate my eyes or skin. For lips, I used NARS velvet matte lipstick pencil. It's a nice deeper shade of red and stays on! You don't want clown mouth!

When I wore the sweater previously in this post, I went with an all neutral color scheme. If you are pairing gray with black, it's a good idea to make sure the gray is lighter in shade so that it doesn't compete with the darkness of black. Also, texture is fun to play with when you are wearing neutrals. Whether it's patent, beading or even a cable knit pattern - it's nice to vary texture to keep the outfit interesting. I also like to add something feminine to a masculine looking grandpa sweater.