Thursday, April 24, 2014

My Workout Outfit

Hey y'all! I'm just popping by real quick today because I'm actually accomplishing a lot of housework and I need to keep the momentum going! It's been a rough couple weeks health-wise for our family and there's a lot to catch up on! So, I'm going to skip Awk+Awe this week; I hope you understand. 

Ever since I mentioned my workout clothes here y'all have been asking to see them- today's the day! ;) I feel very comfortable going for a run in this outfit, both modesty-wise and fit-wise. My only exercise these days has been a one-mile walk/jog each day, but this outfit would also work if I were doing aerobics or stretching. My rear-end is not covered with a long shirt like is my normal rule for pants, but because of how loose they are and the nature of the activities, I don't worry about it. 

I ordered this ensemble from... you guessed it, ThredUP. I wouldn't be able to afford brands like these without the deep discount that ThredUP items have, and they really do make a difference in sweat-prevention and durability. It's also important to me that my workout clothes match, so to be able order online instead of running around the mall trying to find stuff is a blessing. /end rant

One thing about workout clothes though, is that the sizing really varies from brand to brand. To make sure these would fit, I googled the size chart for each brand before I bought it. For example, my Under Armour shirt is a small, but my Adidas pants are a medium. 

//  outfit details //
Top: Under Armour: ThredUP: $9.99 
Sports Bra: Nike: ThredUP: $12.99
Bottoms: Adidas: ThredUP: $10.49
Shoes: Sketchers: Thrift Store: $2

One more tip: I could have worn ugly white socks with my slip-on tennis shoes, but instead I wore low-rise black socks so that the whole outfit looked put-together. White socks would have been a distraction and well, I like to look decent no matter the activity. ;) 

One struggle with workout clothes is not having a place to keep your cell phone. I have one of those armband holders, but some days I don't want to fool with it so I was very pleased to discover two pockets in the back of the sports bra perfect for holding my phone! Makes it easy and you can't even see it (I have my shirt pulled tight in the picture so you can. ;)).

I hope this satisfies your curiosity! Let me know if you have any questions. I do have other workout outfits, but so far this has been my favorite combination. :) What do you wear to work out?



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  1. Somehow I have a feeling that you're going to receive some flack for sharing this outfit from those readers who think you are immodest tonwear pants or who have made previous comments mentioning how they believe you have become less modest and have allowed your personal modesty standards to "slip."

    That said, I, on the contrary, really appreciate this outfit and the fact that you've shared it here. First, I think it's just plain brave, and second, this is definitely an outfit that I find modest and would wear myself to exercise in (or even to do dirty outdoor work or garage deep cleaning or house painting in).

    I, too, like to look presentable no matter the activity. :-) Even swimming!

    So, even if you do receive some flack, I say: well done! You still held on to standards of modesty and represent Christ well outwardly while keeping a practical mind. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Alison. I really appreciate this comment. :)

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    2. *like* this comment so much - and I second it! Thank you for sharing your workout ensemble Olivia.

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    3. You are more than welcome!

      I figure we all need some encouragement while walking this "sister-road" together.
      <3

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    4. Also "liking" Alison's comment very much. It's not easy to find workout clothes that are cute/pretty, practical, and modest (a.k.a. NOT TIGHT), and you've done a great job. Kudos on finding them for less than the crazy off-the-rack prices, too! :-)

      I know I don't comment often, but I love seeing all of your outfits, and this one is no exception! :-) Thank you so much for all of your good modest inspirations - you're a blessing to many of us!!

      Love in Christ,
      Vicki

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    5. I also give this comment a huge thumbs-up! :) This outfit is great. I think it would be nice if I had workout bottoms that were less tight, but at present I do not. . . . :P Thankfully I live in a rural area and not too many people see me when I'm out walking.

      charmant

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    6. well said, Allison! I agree 100%.
      It always amuses me how anyone thinks that a typical workout (running/push ups/squats/lunges/planks/etc can be done modestly in a skirt/dress. I definitely have yet to see that work. =)
      And I just want to say too that I think that your workout outfit is totally modest, cute, and practical. And feminine in pink. =) You go, girl!
      -Chels

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  2. That's exactly the type of clothing I wear to the gym! My workout clothes are from Walmart and Target, though. :) I really should try ThredUp one of these days...

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  3. I really appreciate this post! I have tried to be modest while running and it's a bit tricky... I have found some running shorts that fit my standards while looking sharp and wicking away moisture! Here they are: www.landsend.com/products/womens-solid-relaxed-performance-shorts/id_262728
    My one complaint is that they are so expensive :/ so I got mine when I had a discount!

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  4. Super cute outfit! Loving all the things you are getting from ThredUp.

    Feminine Modesty

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  5. You look adorable, even in workout clothes! If I'm being truthful, I usually don't wear anything that matches! I have a couple outfits that match, but then I stained one, ripped one and poof! Bye bye cute workout clothes! Lol!
    Natasha
    A modest fashion blog: www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  6. Great Outfit! And not immodest at all...actually looks sporty, and not frumpy in the least! I will be trying Thread up for athletic wear....I love my name brands, but only own a few pairs of Nike shorts for long, hot summer runs. When I run 9 miles in 95 degree weather, I usually slip up and put shorts and a tank on. I know I shouldn't, but it beats heat stroke!

    What do all think about that? Is it 'bad' of me? Thanks!

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    1. I like to run my outfits by my brothers, and they think a loose tank is modest for running... Also they have no problem with shorts, as long as they are longer than mid-thigh. So I wear shorts and a tank too without worrying! I would suggest asking your dad, a brother, or a trusted guy friend about it!

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    2. I sometimes wear shorts too, and Ariel is right. just run by a brother or dad.

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  7. That is so cute, Olivia! So perfect for exercise...

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  8. So cute! it's really hard to find cute, comfy AND MODEST workout clothes, these are great! <3

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  9. I completely understand, living in a big family myself. This gave me a lot of inspiration since I've started running a mile every day as well recently (although have had to take a break over the last week due to a sprained toe :P) and therefore had to enter into the lovely world of trying to find modest workout clothes! So thanks so much!

    I get my running clothes at Walmart or Kohl's when they're having a sale and we have coupons. :) I also always wear no-show socks.

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  10. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this! I try my hardest to dress modestly but I also love being active with my brothers and younger sister. Your outfit is proof that you can dress modestly and still be active without worrying about what you're wearing!

    Blessings,
    Elaine

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  11. That's really neat! Love the pink....:)

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  12. Cute workout clothes! I LOVE the pink! I should probably get something other than jeans to run in.:p Never thought to try ThredUP, but that is a really good idea. This is an excellent example of modest workout clothes!

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  13. I love how even your workout clothes coordinate! My outside/exercise attire in the past usually was always mismatched but lately I've been working on trying to look matching. :) My mom, sisters, and I got into jogging last year and I made us all jogging skirts out of lycra swim fabric. Found the idea here and then patterned our own because they were just too expensive. http://koshercasual.com/Running-SkirtSports-Skirt-With-Leggings-1440_1440_p.html I love mine and I even put in a "secret" pocket for my ipod. :)

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    1. Kinda the same idea: I got athletic leggings and shirt on sale at walmart for around $10, that I wear with a knee length skirt made of swim suit type stretchy fabric for $5. I wear this for swimming. For everyday and athletic wear I use a full cut denim skirt with the same leggings underneath if I'm doing anything that might expose my thighs, like yoga, running, or four wheeler riding.

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  14. Great work out wear! Modest and pink! Yay!

    -Abigail of happysnappingphotography.wordpress.com

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  15. Love this! And I like the "black sock" idea! lol!! Thanks!!!

    {Heidi}

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  16. I'm pretty weird. When I work out I wear jeans/skirt and a t-shirt. I don't like sweat so much that it ruins my "nice" clothes so I don't have an spandex or anything like that….unless you count my swim clothes.

    Kathryn B.

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  17. I love it! So practical, and healthful for the activity, too. I recently bought a similar outfit to exercise in--totally different colors, but bright and springy. Yesterday my husband told me he thought it was cute, and I said I wondered if some would not agree that they were feminine because they were pants. His comment?

    "If I saw a guy wearing that...I would KNOW he had a problem!"

    So often on our town's walking/biking path, I see girls who are wearing skin tight workout clothes from top to bottom. Not only is it not modest, but it is also not flattering, and I think it's great we can set a better example with looser fitting workout clothes while pursuing our health and fitness goals.

    Great post--thanks!

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  18. Looks very practical and cute, too! A while back I found some black capris at Target that have a skirt overlay and it's really practical to pair with an exercise top like yours for swimming + running. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. You got those shoes for $2!!!!! That is amazing! Wow!

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  20. Oooh, I love the outfit! It was a sketchy move, though, no offense intended. The skirt wearing readers may get offended and you may lose followers. I doesn't effect me but there are others….

    Hanna

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  21. Amo suas roupas! Sempre passo por aqui, e sei que você não vai entender o que eu escrevo, mas eu amo suas roupas!
    beijos!

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  22. I am pleased that you mention that you don't worry about covering your rear-end when wearing trousers (pants) if they are loose as it is one thing which worries me when I wear my trousers in public. I always try to wear a long shirt or tunic but it is not always possible.

    You are a great inspiration to me in my transition from a skirts/dresses only person to occasional trousers (pants) wearer.

    Thank you.

    Rebecca
    Http://rebeccatriestrousers.blogspot.com

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  23. Well, there is a site called hydro-chic and they have skirts that hit at your knee for exercising activities. That is a ton more modest then what you have on since if we can see at anytime your special parts it is totally immodest. I can do anything in a skirt. I have jet skied ( i turned men's swim trunks into a skirt for that), played with my kids, went swimming, and running in marathons in the skirts from hydro-chic! Their long skirts are perfect for everything. I will say they are pricing though at around $85 but totally worth it to be modest and have fun at the same time!
    Amalia

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    1. I checked and it is more than a bit pricey!

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    2. It is well worth it to be modest though! My husband does not let me wear pants for any reason including exercise so the skirts were well worth it!
      Amalia

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    3. It's hard to find modest things, but it's even harder when we don't have the budget though I wish we did!

      Thanks for sharing the website.

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    4. Yes, I really don't have the budget but I saved all of my extra spending money that I earned by watching kids for 2 of the skirts. I didn't get the matching tops since I already had ones from other stores.
      Amalia

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    5. You know, we each have to answer to the Lord for what we wear! It's fine if some choose to wear only skirts, but please I'd rather not see you swim in a skirt, and I certainly wouldn't want guys seeing that! There's no way to keep a skirt down while you're swimming. There are other activities such as bicycling, zip-lining, horseback riding, darebase, etc. that are really not possible to do modestly in a skirt. I've seen some ladies try those things in skirts, and even tried a few myself, and I can tell you, it ain't always pretty! And it's much more ladylike to wear modest jeans/shorts and a feminine top for those things than to flash someone while wearing your dress or skirt.:) No one wants to see your underwear or upper legs, and that's most likely going to happen if you do some of those activities (I mentioned above) in a skirt.
      Blessings to all,
      Allison

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    6. We all need to answer to the Lord for our modestly, and sadly many young women are much more concerned about their perfect conservative appearance than about a pure and humble heart. That's fine if you choose to wear skirts all the time, but please, I'd rather not see you swimming in a skirt! And I certainly wouldn't want my brothers to see that, as it's impossibly to keep your skirt down while swimming. There are some activities such as horseback riding, darebase, zip-lining, tree climbing, and bike riding that really are not possibly to do modestly in a skirt. I have seen women try some of those activities in skirts, and even tried some myself, and the results are often far from ladylike!:) Honestly, no one wants to see your upper legs or underwear, right? I surely don't want others to see mine.:) I believe it is much more modest and pleasing to the Lord to wear some not-too-tight jeans and a feminine top (or with tighter fitting jeans, a tunic-style shirt) for at least those activities when skirts are impractical and most likely immodest.
      blessings to all my sisters in Christ as we seek to love Him in ALL areas of our lives!
      Allison

      My other concern is that many young women are more concerned with their "conservative, skirts only" image than with having a heart that is pure and humble and completely in love with Jesus.

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    7. sorry about the multiple comments.....I thought I lost the first one so I tried re-writing it.:) Olivia, feel free to delete the first one from me.:) By the way, since I'm on here again anyways, thanks for the great blog! I especially enjoy the packing posts....so informative, and as a girl who does a ton of traveling, I certainly should be taking notes!
      Allison

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    8. "My other concern is that many young women are more concerned with their "conservative, skirts only" image than with having a heart that is pure and humble and completely in love with Jesus."

      How true!! Thanks for sharing that thought. :-) I am inclined to agree with you.

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    9. I have done bicycling, zip-lining, horseback riding all while wearing a skirt! You just have to be carefull. I do put leggings underneath for most of the activities. For Zip-Lining, which our family does a lot, we wear a skirt and leggings then put another skirt over the harness! It is safe and modest! Even my 7 girls wear skirts for everything! Amalia

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  24. I love your cute outfit! I love it when even exercise clothes match! ;-) Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Are you doing alright, Olivia? We haven't heard from u in a while. :(

    Moriah

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    1. Yes, I'm okay, although not feeling tip-top. Have a lot going on, but I have a post in the works, so hopefully it'll be up soon! Sorry! Thanks for checking. :)

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    2. NO PROBLEM! We often have those weeks when we feel yucky. Don't feel bad about not posting!

      We love you and what you're doing!

      Moriah

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  26. I appreciate your heart for modesty, and your concern for "looking" neat. Those are admirable! We have definitely lost something in our culture by not trying to appear neat and well groomed even when exercising or cleaning house.
    I would suggest though that-if you are going to wear pants- you keep with the longer top. You are a lovely lady and this outfit really is not as modest as it could be. Again, I appreciate your heart, but just this morning I was read about Amelia Bloomer, the feminist who shock our society by going out in public in her pantaloons. They weren't called bloomers until she did that! As I look at your pants, I think of her and all the other feminist and their goals. I know your heart is far, far from that! But are your pants looser or even as loose as her pantaloons? I just wanted to comment, not to belittle or make angry, but just because you are such a lovely young lady, who deeply cares about modesty. Keep up the blog. blessings.

    Lydea

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  27. We all have to understand that modesty starts within the heart, and that it's someones personal conviction, but as set apart Christians, we must dress orderly, neat and we shouldn't focus so much on the external but the internal. But don't you want someone to know your a child of God by just looking at what you wear? I don't think what your wearing is inmodest, as long as no guy is lusting after you, then it's good. and as long as you look set-apart

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  28. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?" - Matthew 7:1-4

    It is easy to get so caught up in the seemingly "faults" in another person, that we forgot that we have our own faults and struggles. All of us are daily in need of God's awesome grace and forgiveness. We can get so immersed in the external--pants/skirts, no covering/headcovering, other Bible translations/KJV only, college/no college, move out/stay-at-home--that we miss the heart of the Gospel. The Gospel is not the legalistic woes that Jesus labeled upon the Pharisees and the teachers of the law (Matt. 23, Luke 11). Rather, the Gospel of Jesus is summed up with loving the Lord our God with everything we have and loving our neighbors the same as we love ourselves (Matt. 22:37-40). The Gospel is the Great Commission (Matt. 28). Jesus willingly paid our sin debt and freely offers us abundant life with Him and an incredible future. We, in turn, share this radical gift and hope with others.

    I do not judge Olivia, but applaud her. She loves the Lord, and strives to honor Him with her clothing choices. She also loves her family, and strives to honor them with her wholehearted commitment and support. Her modesty choices are between her and God alone; she follows as she sees God leading her. Wearing pants does not make someone any less modest than if they only wore skirts. And, is it a reader's right to tell Olivia how she must dress or not dress? If her wearing pants (or any type of outfit, for that matter) bothers someone, they can simply stop reading. There are much more important things one could be doing, then to be comdeming someone because their walk with the Lord looks a little different than their own. We are all on different spiritual journeys. What God has taught and convicted you with, He might not have, yet, with someone else. Aren't you glad that God has shown you grace and been patient with you on your spiritual journey? Wouldn't you want the same for others?

    I am a homeschool graduate who feels comfortable [and, yes, totally modest] wearing pants and even shorts, but I completely support Olivia's choices and standards. In a society that is rapidly slipping, it is refreshing to see someone look both stylish and covered. Great job, Olivia!

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    1. Thank you for this comment. I agree with you 100%.

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  29. Hey Olivia,
    Have you ever played any organized sports? What would you do if you had to wear a uniform that included shorts (say for a soccer uniform where you could not really wear pants).

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    1. Hey! I have not played organized sports, but I can understand your dilemma. I would probably not worry about it too much as long as the shorts weren't extremely short, or I would see if I could put some leggings under them. I probably wouldn't go around town in the outfit, but during the game it's understandable to just wear the uniform. :)

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  30. Its really great and wonderful post you have posted. I love this post.

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  31. You might want to look to Sparkle Skirts as inspiration. I run and wearing loose pants is just not comfortable for me (bunching - ick.) I went to my first runDisney event and found Sparkle Skirts at the expo. They have an excellent capri with built pocket for your iPod/phone. And then they have these Sparkle Skirts that you wear on top. They are very glittery but fun. I know that they can custom make them so you can get a longer length. It is a wonderful company and they have made running easier and more modest for me!

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  32. Make sure your phone is in flight mode when it is that close to your body otherwise you'll have harmful radiation from the phone penetrating your body.

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  33. I understand the whole concept of the inward appearance being more important than the outward appearance, but I have read and heard that men see women as less feminine when they wear pants. What are your thoughts on this? I am kind of at a point in my life where I am trying to decide whether or not to wear skirts and dresses all the time.

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