What’s Most Important to You When Buying Workout Apparel?

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What feature do you most look for in your workout apparel for buying? Credit: lululemon athletica

Earlier this week, I went on and on about a new line of yoga apparel that is just darn pretty—and makes me feel pretty when I wear it. While I admitted that trends and looking cute aren’t always the No. 1 reasons why I buy a piece of workout apparel (I typically care most about performance yet am drawn to loud colors), it’s certainly nice when the fitness planets align and you get a piece of clothing that’s cute, flattering and functional. But what say you?

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And because discussing working apparel is super fun, tell us more about your shopping needs in the comments! —Jenn

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  1. I voted comfort. To me there’s nothing more important when exercising- whatever it is, than feeling comfortable.
    If I’m pushing myself on the bike, the only discomfort I want to feel is the ‘burn’, not unpractical workout gear!

  2. Cost comes first to me, then fit. There’s no way I’m paying $70 for yoga pants. And since I don’t do high-impact sports, I’m not going to spend $50 for a sports bra, even though I’m a DD.

  3. It’s really hard to pick just one! I voted cost, because ultimately I’m a tightwad. There are certain things that are worth the cost, but I agree with Kat – $70 for something I’m “just going to do yoga in” isn’t happening. I have a lower price threshold for that.

    Having said that, when it comes to running shoes, price doesn’t even factor into my decision. Fit and performance are key. I will pay $100 for a good pair.

    So I guess the REAL answer depends on what type of gear we’re talking about. I can get a cheap wicking t-shirt at Target, so I don’t need to spend a lot. A shirt is a shirt! But shoes or performance gear…totally different.

  4. I chose Performance, because for me Fit & Versatility are actually components of Performance. And a result of good Fit = Comfort so it falls in there too. Along with that, though, I will admit that I routinely look for fitness apparel at the thrift stores for lower cost. I’ve been lucky enough to find some top-name brands there for bargain prices! 🙂

  5. I chose versatility. I am a Pilates and Gyrokinesis(R) instructor. I also go to the gym several times a week, and I dance. So I buy key pieces from high end stores,but I also like many store brands.