Went to London recently for my bro’s wedding (hello P, my sole reader!), and I was excited to see all the people in the park in their funky leggings and cool running gear. But only a few of them were actually doing any exercise.
I also found myself checking out girls (not like that) in exercise gear walking down the street and wondering where the nearest gym was, then? And how cool, loads of my kind of people who like to train! (It’s only the ‘I bench loads’ boys where I live; only one girl trains.)
I began to think that everyone in London must be on a fitness trip! But as the weekend wore on, I became a bit suspicious – girls in the shopping centre, Sainsbury’s, in Costa etc., with no trace of sweat and wearing full makeup. Hmm, I think ‘leisurewear’ is back in!
Nowt wrong with lots of amazing leggings being made and worn…but some of these chicks shouldn’t have been wearing them as fashion – girlfriend, you need to take those legs to the GYM! And for the ones who are skinny without doing any exercise…well, I was going to say ‘no fair’, but actually I really don’t like the gaunt waif look. At all.
I see this kind of gear as a reward for sweating copiously when I’d rather be in bed with my book. I buy it from howies or on rare trips to the city. It’s a treat. It helps me feel like an athlete. And I’d feel weird putting it on and wearing it all day as an actual outfit.
It also explains why, despite signing up for a few things like Fabletics, I really don’t much like a lot of their stuff. I am not sure now that it’s designed (looks-wise) with my intentions (sweat, sand, spit, snot, mud, sheep shit, blood) in mind.
This morning my vest was on inside out for half my workout before I noticed. Don’t think the seagulls minded.
When I found this via Facebook it clicked: