You're working out and feeling good. Here are some smart tips for looking good too.
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Lori Bergamotto has been a featured style expert on NBC's Today,
Access Hollywood and CBS's The Early Show as well as CNN, E! and VH1.
You've been hitting the treadmill and pumping iron, and you're finally starting to see your inner
Iron Man emerge. Bravo! Now's the time to spotlight your new physique with some simple sartorial
tricks that will make the most of all that working out.
At the Gym
Don't wear short shorts
If you prefer to wear shorts during your workout, choose a pair that are made of a moisture-wicking
fabric and fall about an inch or two below the knee. It's not 1975, so steer clear of mid-thigh shorts.
Say no to cotton
We can all agree that cotton feels fabulous. But wearing cotton to cycling class can be a fashion
faux-pas. Cotton loses its shape quickly, giving you an amorphous appearance. Plus, it absorbs moisture,
making a little hard-earned perspiration look like you're drowning in sweat. Choose lightweight fabrics,
such as nylon or even a cotton blend, with moisture-wicking capabilities.
Swap light colors for navy blue, dark gray and black
You're aware of the slimming effects of wearing black but have no desire to look like Zorro when you
show up for a workout. Fair enough. Instead, mix dark colors. Besides streamlining your physique,
colors like navy blue, charcoal gray and dark green are more forgiving when it comes to showing sweat.
Choose pants that work your assets
Avoid baggy sweatpants at the gym; they do nothing to complement your lower half. Look for sweats or
track pants that have a relaxed fit and a loose-leg effect. Those with a narrow or elasticized leg can
create an imbalance in the shape of your lower half, making your midsection look disproportionately
bigger. And you've worked too hard to have a pair of old sweats take you down!
Out and About
Keep it simple with stripes
Stay away from loud prints and mismatched bold colors when you're out on the town. Mixing patterns
can make some body parts seem out of proportion. Instead, go for vertical stripes on a solid dark-colored
shirt as your go-to top. This pattern tricks the eye into making you seem longer and leaner.
It's all about the V-neck
Nothing against crewneck tees, but for a night out, V-necks are more modern and fake a slimmer neckline
by drawing attention to your newly toned chest. And go for a short-sleeved top that skims — not
constricts — your biceps to play up the muscles you've worked so hard to chisel.
Take the low road
First things first: If you own tapered jeans, please throw them away or sell them to a vintage store.
They make your legs look 10 pounds heavier and give you the much-maligned "man hips" look. Low-rise,
relaxed jeans are your best bet. Because they sit low on your hips and have a flat front, they give
the illusion of a lean lower half.