There are many tough times in life when it’s hard to look your best. When a car has just passed and soaked you with a huge puddle or when someone wakes you up in the morning, and you have to answer the door in your dressing gown, for example. Working out is one of those things that can be extremely difficult to maintain your glamor and poise while doing it. Sure, what you look like when you’re trying to get fit isn’t the most important thing. But why can’t I look like all those celebs who can run a marathon without putting a hair out of place?
Out of all the different exercises, yoga is the one that can make you look the most stupid. You have to hang upside down, twist yourself into impossible positions and occasionally just lie there, trying to look like you’re not dying. But with these great tips, you’ll look calm, collected and glamorous.
Choose Form-fitting, Breathable Clothes
When you’re choosing your clothes for yoga, you need to pick items that are snug but not too tight or constricting. They should be made of breathable fabrics, such as cotton, so they don’t make you feel too hot and sweaty. It’s important not to choose anything that’s too loose, or they could reveal more than you want them to when you’re moving between poses. A basic rule of thumb is to pick some comfortable yoga pants, a few tank tops and a sports bra. You don’t need shoes or socks. It’s up to you what colors you wear, but black is very slimming, and some shades will hide sweat better than others.
Consider Your Class
Think about what sort of yoga class you’re attending before you get dressed to go out. If you’re doing Bikram (or hot) yoga, it can get very warm in the studio. It can be better to wear just a sports bra and some cropped yoga pants, instead of covering yourself completely. But if you’re going to a more gentle class, you might want an extra layer to keep you warm when you’re not moving as much. Remember that you’ll often need to be able to move your arms a lot, so sleeves can be a little too restrictive.
Tie Your Hair Back
The last thing you want to do when you’re in Downward Dog is be preoccupied with blowing your hair out of your face. If you have long hair, make sure you tie it or hold it back securely. Try a simple ponytail at first, but if you find it’s annoying you, you could twist it into a bun or a different up-do to keep it right out of the way. You might also want to pin back your bangs or other wispy bits that could get into your field of vision.
Limit Makeup and Jewelry
Everyone wants to look their best at all times, but you don’t need to be fully made-up for yoga. A little makeup is fine, but it’s best to make sure it’s waterproof. Try not to wear too much jewelry either, if you wear any at all. A pair of earrings or perhaps a necklace could be okay, but they might get in the way.
Looking good for yoga is partly about making it look like you know what you’re doing, and partly about feeling comfortable. If you want to look calm and composed, choose an outfit that’s suited to the range of movement you need.