Does wearing stylish workout clothing enhance your athletic performance? Conversely, does wearing the wrong attire in a cycling class inhibit your performance on the bike? There's some proof that what we wear every day, especially at work, can affect our psychological processes, which has a direct impact on our capabilities in certain areas. So does looking chic while you work out give you a better mindset – and perhaps more importantly, better results? True fashionistas might find this to be a moot point, believing that a boutique fitness class – whether spinning, barre or yoga -- requires appropriately elevated attire (like going to an expensive restaurant generally still demands at least a somewhat refined outfit). Wherever you come out on this particular issue, we here at Dandelion Chandelier want to help those who want to up their style game while they up their heart rate. We’re exploring the world of luxury workout gear, and helping you find your look – get it right, and it will take you seamlessly from the studio to the street.
First up? Studio-branded luxury fitness apparel, for those who belong to a particular fitness tribe and want the world to know it. For example, if you love SoulCycle, then who better to trust than the visionaries behind your workout to dress you appropriately? People are of two minds about this. Some say that wearing studio-branded apparel is a signifier of membership in a community and also a statement about how important fitness/wellness is to you. Others believe that wearing clothes from an expensive gym is just another irritating luxury status symbol (like a Gucci-logo’d handbag) – and a sign that you’ve been conned into providing a great deal of free advertising for your chosen brand.