The Sartorialist (I find all that postured hipster chicness somewhat pretentious at times), but I thought he asked a really interesting question this week: "Does your personal style translate to your workout?"
The impetus for this question was the following photo, titled "What Chic American Women Wear to Work Out, New York." (Ugh, see what I mean about pretentious?)
The pants-which-shall-not-be-named bring up an interesting question for retro lovers and seamstresses alike: when you work out, are you trying to incorporate your fashion sensibilities into your ensemble? Or are you purely functional?
I fall into the purely functional camp. I require my workout clothes to be easy to care for, comfortable, and able to stand profuse sweating and many repeated washings. It had never occurred to me to try to sew my workout wear or to incorporate retro elements into it—until I got into hula hooping, that is. Now I can't stop thinking about cute outfits to hoop in! And I've been working hard on my "hoopin' romper" this week. Practicality may win out, though. A handmade creation isn't the way to go for every little practice session, I don't think.
Now, about you: have you ever sewn workout clothes? Do you try to incorporate your style into your gym gear? Or are you functional all the way?