Once upon a time, clothing was just clothing. The only purpose it served was to make it so that people could cover their bodies when going out in public. OK, it still served a function, simply to keep you from walking around the grocery store naked.
Since then, technology and medicine has taken over and functional clothing and accessories has moved towards being fashionable (especially in the health and fitness world). That means that you don’t need to look like you’re not in style just because you are wearing workout clothes or therapeutic socks.
Want to know more? Below are some emerging trends that are stylish and good for the body:
Working Out In Style (cause fit is the new sexy)
Whether you are a runner looking for compression wear, or you are just one of those people who likes to keep up with the latest trends, there are some great products that can help you.
Let’s start with compression gear for all the runners out there. From socks to shorts and beyond, compression gear works for some and is a fad to others. The gear is meant to help you run faster and recover faster. Maybe it works, and most people say it does. Compression therapy products don’t have to be bulky or unattractive. In fact, many people who benefit from compression wear seek out stylish garments in this line.
Compression gear is also being used by pregnant women all over that want to avoid those unsightly varicose veins. Now, if there wasn’t something stylish about it what mommy-to-be would be willing to wear it?
Fashion Forward Gadgets (to get you workin’ on your fitness)
Compression gear is for athletes like the Apple Watch is for nerds. Even though the Apple watch is currently the most talked about wearable at the moment, it’s not the only one making waves. The FitBit is something that fitness experts are going gaga over. It allows users to track their steps, calories burned, heart rate and more. Perfect for anyone that loves fitness and cares about their health.
Apple and FitBit aren’t the only fashion charmers, you also have Google Glass, which is basically computer eye wear. Who needs to carry around a tablet when you can wear it right on your face? While you may not have seen this creation outside of television yet, it is very popular in some areas (SF, we’re talking about you) and will likely be catching on more as it gets more press and becomes more well-known.
Where Does Cost Come to Play?
Functional fashion isn’t always that much more pricey than its counterparts and allows you to get both the form and function you need without looking like you are losing any of your sense of style.
Sports shoes, like tennis shoes, have been living by the motto of fashion and function for a long time now, look at Nike. You can find more than just cool shoes if you take a little time to research your fashionable functional clothing needs.
Have you ever tried compression gear? Did you use it while training for a marathon or as a way to help you stay looking great after pregnancy? Maybe you’ve tried some other sort of functional fashion trend, would you recommend it to other people?
*This article was contributed.