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No Sweats: Cute Workout Clothes for Every Body

Why hide the body you've worked so hard for under baggy pants and tees? Here are great ways to look slim at the gym.

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Champion polyester blend Rolldown pants
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The Best Workout Clothes for Pear Shapes

DO wear light colors on top to draw eyes up and away from your thighs. Choose flared pants to balance and lengthen your shape.

DON'T wear bottoms with stripes down the sides of the legs. They'll make your hips seem fuller.

On Jen: Zobha Supplex-Lycra Marilyn tank, $58; Evolve pants, $80, zobha.com

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The Best Workout Clothes for Pear Shapes

Xersion by JCPenney stripe tank, $15, jcp.com

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The Best Workout Clothes for Pear Shapes

Champion polyester-blend Rolldown pants, $40, championusa.com

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The Best Workout Clothes for Rectangle Shapes

DO create the illusion of curves with tops that have ruching along the sides and pants that have a pop of color at the hips. A sports bra with a little padding and a tank with a low neckline will play up your assets.

DON'T sport one color from head to toe. It will make you look blocky.

On Hillary: Aerie F.I.T. polyester-spandex cross-front gathered tank, $40; workout shorts, $30, aerie.com

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The Best Workout Clothes for Rectangle Shapes

Beyond Yoga Supplex-Lycra Lift and Support bra, $64, FrontRunners, 310-820-7585

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Hard Tail Forever cotton-Lycra-spandex scrunchy waistband legging, $67, 310-393-8787

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The Best Workout Clothes for Apple Shapes

DO opt for a loose top that ties or cinches, which will define your middle and conceal your tummy. Fitted capris or tights flatter your toned legs.

DON'T wear flared bottoms. They'll throw off your proportions by adding bulk.

On Laura: Rese Activewear Supplex-Lycra Marissa tank, $56, resepilates.com; Saucony polyester-spandex Ignite Tight capri, $50, saucony.com

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The Best Workout Clothes for Apple Shapes

Athleta nylon-spandex Anjali Cami, $54, athleta.com

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Splits59 nylon-spandex Langley knee tight, $95, splits59.com

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The Best Workout Clothes for Hourglass Shapes

DO pick tops with a V or scoop neck and detailing near your midsection to show off your trim waist. Strut your fit quads in a skort instead of running shorts.

DON'T hide behind high necks and loose clothes. You'll only look larger if you cover up.

On Kaitlin: PH8 nylon-spandex Colorblock Mesh Racer tank, $44, ph8stores.com; Asics nylon-blend Abby skort, $50, asics.com

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The Best Workout Clothes for Hourglass Shapes

K-Swiss polyester-spandex Strappy Tankini, $45, kswiss.com

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The Best Workout Clothes for Hourglass Shapes

SkirtSports polyester-Lycra GymGirl Ultra skirt, $60, skirtsports.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2010.

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annieapken wrote:

Some of the tips are great, but these pants in particular seem like a bad choice for pear shapes. The white band will not only make the hips appear larger, but also but the body in half, which is undesirable for us shorter girls

10/10/2012 04:35:04 PM Report Abuse
samanthahenry14 wrote:

agreed!

9/12/2010 04:29:25 PM Report Abuse
morganism2 wrote:

I dunno about those roll-down pants. My pear shape includes an apple-bottom, which leads to the rolled-down part rolling back up...constantly! Not cute or comfortable!

4/7/2010 01:13:13 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I agree!!! Do they think ONLY skinny people go to the gym?

4/7/2010 11:03:42 AM Report Abuse
adthomas6851 wrote:

How about some workout clothes for us plus size ladies who are working out and trying to slim down. We need something to wear before we get slim.

3/10/2010 11:08:23 AM Report Abuse

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