The notion that fashion is comfortable has been in trend for quite some time now. Activewear is a fashion statement in the same direction. 

These are clothes that are meant to be worn for sports and physical activities as well as leisure time. Activewear is so popular because it is comfortable and looks good. 

However, there are some things that people misunderstand when they are trying to pull off activewear. Sometimes, the type and quality of fabric chosen don’t suit a person’s body type. Sometimes, it can be a problem with the choice of the type of shirt or bottoms.

By understanding what works best for you, it is easy to overcome these fashion faux pas.

Here’s a list of seven common activewear mistakes and how to fix them:


1.  Pants that are too tight

If you wear pants that are too tight, the material will become see-through as it stretches, revealing things you may not want to reveal.

When selecting bottoms, make sure they fit and aren’t too tight. You will also want to look at the material the pants are made of, as some are more see-through than others.

If you aren’t sure, perhaps bring a friend with you when you are shopping for activewear so that you can get a second opinion.


3.  Thin Fabric

Sometimes when people are choosing activewear clothes, they do not keep in mind the quality of the fabric. The fabric and material have to be comfortable for your next run or your next informal meeting.

You also need to consider if the fabric is suited to your body type. If the fabric is too thin, then unwanted lumps and curves can be seen. It is better to go for a thicker material if you don’t feel that the thin fabric is suited for your body type.


3. Patterns / Stripes

There is nothing wrong with wearing activewear with patterns or stripes. The problem arises when these patterns have the opposite effect of what they were designed to do.

Some stripes can make the body look bigger, and some patterns are unflattering for different body types. If you are looking to kick-up your wardrobe, try different patterns, stripes, and colors to find out which ones look best on you.


4. Wearing leggings high up

This is a habit that will be the death of leggings in the years to come. Leggings are meant to be worn at the waist just like pants. If you wear your leggings too high up, the material will pull in the thigh area, creating an unflattering look.

If you find that the leggings are too long, you can look for a smaller pair, search for petite sizes, or have them hemmed so that they fit correctly.


5    See-through fabric

Some fabrics are more translucent than others are, so it is important to understand the material your activewear is made of. 

Another concern is what happens when the material becomes wet. Some clothing may not be see-through when dry but can become translucent when it is wet. This can be a problem if you sweat after vigorous exercise. 

Knowing what happens to certain materials when they are wet and how translucent certain fabrics are will help you find clothing that compliments your body before, during, and after a workout.


6. Not wearing a sports bra

Wearing a bra under athletic clothing to support the breasts is important during exercise and prevents any unwanted incidents when you are out and about.

If you don’t like your bra straps showing, there are many different types of sports bras available. You can look for bras that have thin straps, bras that the straps cross in the back, or bras designed to be worn with sleeveless tops.

You can also layer your tops to make sure your bra straps are covered but still have the support you need when you are active.


7. Color combinations

While everyone has their favorite colors, some colors look better on people than other colors do. It is important to understand what colors flatter you and what certain colors do for the wearer. 

For example, bright colors attract attention, so when you chose activewear that has bright colors, you want to wear them in the right combination to attract attention to the right areas.



Activewear is popular because it looks good and feels good. Avoiding these seven common mistakes will help you make sure you have clothes that are comfortable and flattering for work, play, and exercise.

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