Fitness Attire that Will Motivate You to Work Out

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I know I shared that one of my new year’s resolutions was to work out more, but I won’t lie — it’s been an extremely hard one to keep. I’d much rather just lay on the couch munching on veggie chips and shop online all day. In fact, the gloomy and rainy weather we’ve been having lately really isn’t helping! Because I don’t have a gym membership, I’d have to actually bring myself outside to exercise at a park… or I guess I could pull up some YouTube videos and work out from home. But we all know that that’s not happening 99% of the time.

Now that the new year hype has died down, I’ve been trying to find new ways to motivate myself to stay active. And yep, you guessed it — by that, I mean SHOPPING! I’ve been really into the athleisure trend lately. When I was given the chance to partner up with Ideology and Macy’s to style some of their fitness pieces, I immediately fell in love with this purple tank top/crop legging set.

Can we just take a moment to admire the gorgeous color? I’m a sucker for all things purple, but this shade is especially swoon-worthy. The tank top is supposed to have a more snug fit on the body but because of my smaller torso, I get more of a loose fit. In a way, I sort of like it because I can breathe in it better. On the other hand, the bottoms are extremely form-fitting and flattering. As a girl with super skinny legs and a nearly non-existent butt, these leggings are a godsend! They really help to bring out the very little bit I do have. When it comes to fitness attire, flattering is just the bonus. This set is also extremely lightweight and comfortable, and I love that it’s stylish enough to wear out to run errands and do other day-to-day things!


Whether it’s as simple as taking an afternoon walk with my pug S’mores, or squeezing a jog and a couple of crunches into my busy schedule, this set just gets me so excited!

If you’re anything like me and need a little retail therapy to give you a workout pick-me-up, I’m sharing some other fitness pieces that are currently in my cart below 🙂

How do you stay motivated to work out?

Photos by David Potter

***Special thanks to Macy’s & Ideology for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.***

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  1. Your butt looks amazing in these shots girl! I need those pants in my life now! Loving your picks too — the light pink leggings are so pretty — would be nice for spring coming up! Hope you had a great weekend 🙂

  2. Loving all your selections here! Can’t believe that grey jacket is forever 21. It’s so pretty 😍 Btw your pug is just so adorable… he could model for petco!

    1. Thanks girl! Forever 21 actually has some pretty nice activewear. I own a few sports bras from there and love them. The best part is they are all super affordable!

  3. You outfit is lovely and I think you are making a good case: I always look for my attire before starting to exercise. I don’t know, there is something about a new set of gym wear that makes you want to go and work out!

  4. Ugh it’s so hard to stay motivated to work out! Good on you for pushing through with your New Year’s goals! I also love this shade of purple on you!

  5. Chic athlethic you got here Sharon! I’m loving the color combination. I’m not a purple fan, but this color variation looks amazing! Loving this sportswear set and I think so comfy!

    What motivates me to work out? Health! 😀 In fact I’m working on that part of my life! Wish me luck!

    God Bless
    JM Kayne <3

    1. That’s amazing that you’re motivated to work out to maintain your health — that’s a great reason! I hope that you are able to keep it up 🙂 Definitely sending you good vibes and wishing you the best xx

  6. I totally agree that fitness attire motivates people to work out. Well, it especially does for me 🙂 Now I wish I had a cute pup like yours to go hiking with!!!

    1. Thanks Candy! Haha I adopted the little pooch earlier this year and have fallen deeply in love with him! His endurance isn’t very good, but neither is mine 😉

  7. No wonder purple is one of your fav colour! It looks amazing on your skin tone. if there’s one thing that can motivate me to work out it’s definitely the apparel hehe. Love the fit of leggings on you!
    These shots are so pretty! Where was this location?!

    Bisous, Josie

  8. I will definitely agree that wearing cute workout wear is a huge motivation. I have been upping my activewear styles so much lately and it makes me feel 10x more confident at the gym! I love the shade of purple on you – purple is my favorite color, so basically I need this set too 😉

    Stephanie //

    1. So glad to hear that you can totally relate babe! Lol I seriously am obsessed with your room because it’s purple LOL!

  9. I love purple! Such a cute workout outfit. I love shopping for fitness gear. It’s a bit of an obsession when I start. You have the cutest workout buddy. So many great options you have here. My hubs and I have to buy new runners every 3 months because we wear ours down so quickly. While we’re out, I like to pick up new sports bras and dri fit tops. Definitely clicking through your list of bras above. haha.


      1. For shoes, I’m at NIke every 3 months hahaha. I actually ended up at Forever 21 buying so many bras, but I hit Lululemon from time to time for shorts & tee and sometimes catch a sale for Nike & Reebok at their stand alone or department stores. 🙂

        1. I actually love Forever 21’s activewear haha. They are so trendy and stylish — and best of all, affordable! Believe it or not, I don’t own anything from Lululemon but am dying to get my first piece. I’ll probably hit the outlets for that haha 😉

  10. This is such a wonderful idea for a blog. It is true that certain attires will motivate you to work-out. I think that is why so many people love to go shopping for fitness clothes; the hopes of motivation to work out 🙂

  11. Hate to admit it but clothes do inspire me to work out 🙂 Not just what I’m wearing to the gym but what I get to wear because I go to the gym! Vain much? LOL! I’m loving that purple!

  12. Your pics are fabulous, the scenery is beautiful! Such a great look, fun workout gear! Makes you feel better about working out when you feel good about how you look and feel in your clothes! You look stunning!

  13. Right now I can really use some new fitness attire. Since I came back from vacation in January I have a lack of motivation to exercise. I think it would be a great idea to switch up wardrobe a bit. The purple top is very simple and looks like one of my pieces. Not to mention that cute purple water bottle. Purple just happens to be my fav colour. Congrats on your collab with Macys.

    1. I know that feeling — it’s hard to find motivation on a day-to-day basis for me as well. I think having different wardrobe options really help, especially if they are stylish and comfy! x

  14. Oh I will definitely agree with you, new workout gear definitely motivates me to get my butt into action again but unfortunately it is very short lived. I will be motivated for the whole of a week (at best) and then loose interest haha.

    You look amazing and so toned in this new kit.

    Adrianna xx

    1. HAHA! I totally understand and can relate to the problem of “short lived.” Sigh. It’s a commitment that is hard to keep!

  15. Great photos. You look quite fit! The pictures were kind of inspiring to make me want to go hit the gym more. Oh and to go shopping for a new gym wardrobe. Maybe that’ll help motivate me more….wearing gym clothes I love!

  16. Great tips! I always try to motivate me by treating myself from time to time with lovely new fitness clothes. You are so right, you instantely feel much better when you feel well dressed in your fitness wardrobe 😉 Beautiful photographs! I’m going to the gym. I’ve tried running in my city neighbourhood for some time, as well in the park, maybe I will do this again. If I had such stunning nature outside the door as in your photos I would definitely make use of it – wow! And how cute is your pug btw – sorry but I just love animals and pugs especially so I couldn’t resist stressing this as well haha! <3

    Love, Fa
    Personal Style Blog FATIMAYARIE.COM

  17. I’m way too much like you and hence need some retail therapy too! I don’t make any New Year’s resolutions, but I did make one in all secrecy of actually going to get fit and stay healthy and just like for you, it’s kind of hard to keep that promise even though I’ve only made it to myself (maybe that’s exactly the reason why). I really like the athleisure trend and think I’ll hop on in it as soon as I find something as intriguing and beautiful in regards of what you’re wearing, but the equivalent for guy. 🙂
    And I think I mentioned it on your IG, but seriously, these pics look like taken straight out of Sound of Music. That’s how beautiful they are! 🙂

    1. You already look so fit Thomas! But yes, exercise is so important for good health so it’s a great goal that you made to stay fit and healthy! I’m sure it won’t be too hard for you. Thanks for your kind words! xo

  18. I LOVE this outfit! I have such a thing for strappy back sports bras 😍 I just need to find one suitable for high-impact and I’ll be a happy girl.

    It’s amazing what a difference a cute outfit makes in your attitude 😉

    1. Thanks Leah! Omg yess I have so many strappy back sports bra and I think a lot of them are starting to look the same but I don’t care! LOL!

    1. Thank you Anne-Marie! I love how comfy sportswear is too and nowadays they are super trendy and perfect for everyday wear too 🙂 x

  19. Wow love this look! Great workout clothes always make you more motivated to get moving! So jealous of your figure, but kind of more jealous of your ADORABLE PUG – too much cute!

    I think I need to go shopping for some new workout gear… online, with some vegetable chips.. before I head out and conquer the world 😉

    Estelle xo | @thisgirlshines

    1. Thanks Estelle! So happy to hear that you like the look. My pug is the best workout buddy ever because he’s lazy just like me… so we sorta have to motivate each other lol!

    1. LOL! I’m 100% with you on that girl! So cool how you have a pug too! Is he a black or fawn pug? I will have to check out your IG!

  20. First off all, babe, you are an absolute stunner!!! And super fit too, hon!! 🙂
    I have set the same goal for 2017 but have been struggling at sticking to it. I honestly blame the weather as it’s been quite gloomy & rainy in England (with a few sunny days in between). Got my gym membership started though so need to get my bum up and start working out 😀
    Love love love your fitness gear. Cute workout clothes is one of the key motivators to get moving 🙂
    xox Nadia

    1. Thanks girl! I wish I was fit but really I think I’m just skinny hahaha. Trying though! I wish I could get a gym membership but where I live traffic getting to the nearby gym takes so much time in the day it’s just not worth it haha. Hopefully when I move out of the city though 🙂 xx

  21. Your dog is adorable! Love the purple workout gear. I work out at a private gym with a trainer twice a week and that’s the only workout I’m motivated to do. But I have been more into buying cute fitness clothes. I keep seeing so many cute outfits bloggers like you are wearing, especially all the fabulous leggings. I love that fitness gear is making a major comeback.

    xx Yasmin

    1. Thank you Yasmin! I wish I could work out at a private gym too… but seriously the traffic in LA getting to even a nearby gym is a workout in itself LOL!

    1. Thanks Ellie! It’s been super cold here in LA so it’s also been difficult to motivate myself to work out too 🙁

  22. Haha you’re so cute babe! I’m the same way.. I made it a New Years resolution for myself to be more fit this year but it’s been so hard considering the cold weather in LA lately! 🙁 The rain from El Nino is definitely not helping, but I also like to buy cute athletic wear to get me motivated to workout.

  23. Love this sportswear, Sharon! You look amazing and I definitely agree that great workout clothes motivate you to make more of an effort. The weather here has been so gloomy too, so I’m going to do some online shopping to update my sports wardrobe (and then maybe I’ll get off the couch!)
    Julia x
    PS S’mores is adorable!

    1. Thanks Marcy! S’mores booked two influencer campaigns in the past week and I am so excited for him haha!

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