Well – Thanksgiving has come and gone! One holiday down…how did you fare?

I fared well – quite well! I was spoiled rotten with gourmet foods cooked by other people! For example…

Bacon wrapped, goat cheese stuffed dates

Sweet potato casserole topped with candied pecans

Braised, brined, perfected organic turkey

Mixed berry cobbler with cashew sauce

Apple pie with vanilla ice cream

And quite honestly, the list goes on!

But I did make it to the gym Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so I had no guilt when it came to enjoying every bite. Every last bite.

But this isn’t a food post! (Believe it or not.) It’s a clothing post!

Since starting Crossfit I’ve realized that the standard uniform for women is tiny shorts and a sports bra. But since I’ve joined,  I’ve had comments about my modesty in the gym. My husband has even had people comment to him about my appearance. You know what they say? Positive things! They say how well I stay covered while looking cute. How comment on how they appreciate the choice I’ve made. I’ve been asked so many times if I’m a dancer (I think that’s a combo of the top knot and the clothes) and I take that as a compliment. Not one person has had a negative thing to say. Not one.

So on average I workout 3-4 days a week. Sometimes more – I try not to do less.

But that means  I need 3-5 modest outfits to accommodate that schedule! This can be a challenge. Not impossible…but a challenge, nonetheless. Why is it a challenge?

I am picky. Very picky.

My leggings can’t be too tight at the waist (I don’t want a muffin top). My skirts have to sit at a certain spot on my hips (no riding up). My shirts have to come to hips and be a certain level of snug at the bottom seam (I have short legs – proportion is important!).

I want to be cute – I want to be able to move – I want to feel feminine – I want, I want, I want!

I try on everything before I buy it. Only once in my life have I bought athletic attire online. It was successful for the most part but I rarely take those kinds of risk.

That being said…Here are some examples of what I wear. Whether it’s your style or not, at least these are some ideas of where to begin!

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Ok, so this was a workout that didn’t have anything overhead. That’s important to know because I’m wearing a loose fitting top. Almost every day in Crossfit, you are upside down or have your hands over your head. If during those movements you have something loose fitting, you will without a doubt be revealing all of your abdomen. Ew. Not cute. To avoid a mishap, I check the posted WOD for my Crossfit box before I get dressed in the morning to see what clothing is appropriate.

Shirt – Champion (sold at Target)

Skirt – Danskin wide-leg capris converted by a friend (sold at Walmart)

Leggings – 90 Degree by Reflex (Marshall’s)

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My blog last week touched on this outfit but it’s one I use often! Because I love-love-love it! The skirt is a-line (great for squats, pistols, burpees), the shirt is snug (no flopping over my head if I’m upside down) and it has pretty lace for a feminine flare. The leggings are highly durable so they can resist bars scraping up your legs (for cleans, dead lifts, snatches, etc.) without showing signs of wear.

Shirt – Lululemon (in store or lululemon.com)

Skirt – Merona (sold at Target)

Leggings – Lululemon (in store or lululemon.com)

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This shirt was a great find! It’s the material that wicks away sweat. It’s stretchy but again, snug enough to keep me covered when I’m knocking out some pull-ups. Don’t forget the a-line on the bottom! I have a preference for neutral bottoms and fun tops…

Shirt – Calvin Klein Athletics (Marshall’s)

Skirt – Mossimo (sold at Target)

Leggings – New Balance (Marshall’s)

Ok, just two more and that will give you a full weeks worth of looks!

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This top is like 100% cotton or something but I love it – snug around the bottom to keep it in place but breathable. The skirt is a repeat from above – a-line so stretching is made easy!

Shirt – Avia (Marshall’s)

Skirt – Mossimo (sold at Target)

Leggings – I’m not even sure what the brand is but I know where I bought ’em! (Marshall’s)

Last one and you can get back to your dishes, homework, Facebook-status-checking and all other necessities of life!

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This is a cold-weather top. It’s half zip and has the soft material on the inside. It was 39 degrees when I went to work out the morning that I wore this so it was quite suitable! It’s more of a running top than a lifting top (I found out as the zipper dug into my skin when I was front squatting after the WOD) but I would use it again for another WOD. As you can see…I wear mine a little more snug than the product picture that Nike uses on their model.

Shirt – Nike (Marshall’s)

Skirt – Merona (sold at Target)

Leggings – Derek Heart (Marshall’s)

Did you guys notice a pattern? I buy ALOT of my stuff at Marshall’s! They always have an activewear clearance area. And even if I pay full price at Marshall’s, it’s still a good deal! If you’re not a money-saving-lover like me, then feel free to become a frequent shopper at Lululemon. It’s the sweatiest hour of my day so I’m only going to get expensive stuff if someone else is buying it for me (hint – I put workout stuff on my birthday and Christmas lists).

Other places to search around would be Athleta, TitleNine, Target, Gap, and Old Navy stores or online. I piece together my items one at at time. And I never buy anything unless I love it. If I don’t love it, I know I won’t wear it.

Love what you wear. Love what you workout in. It makes it that much easier to get yourself motivated!

So, stay modest ladies.

My own personal guideline is this –  If I wouldn’t wear it to walk into my church doors…don’t wear it to walk into the gym doors.

Find your own personal guidelines while remembering that you are an example every moment of your life.

That’a all for today, folks! I may do another one of these down the road if you liked it enough?

HJ

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