19 GIFs That Sum Up the Search for the Perfect Workout Outfit

IMHO, the struggle is definitely real when it comes to dressing for the gym. Whether you have a go-to outfit or love to follow the latest trends, I think you'll relate to what I go through when getting ready for a trip to the gym.

1. When you have nothing to wear.

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How is it possible that I have nothing to work out in?

2. Shopping for workout clothes like…

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Why is everything so tight?

3. Sweatpants for life

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These aren't workout pants. They're magical pants.

4. Having the right accessories can feel so, so good.

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Extremely glad I got this vintage-style sweat band. I'm ready to go now.

5. And a good pair of kicks changes everything.

Share on PinterestThey make me work out harder. And they look awesome.

6. Who says bras go underneath your clothes?

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Clearly, this bra was made to be seen.

7. Hmm… can I pull off the '80s spandex look?

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Killing it.

8. Coordination can be a source of joy.

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Is this too matchy-matchy or… ?

9. Getting glam is A-OK.

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If you like to look good working out, go for it!

10. But so is wearing a potato sack.

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My clothes don't matter. It's the exercise that's important.

11. Can working out in denim ever be a good idea?

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Too much chafing… but so cute…

12. Sometimes you have to wear bright colors to stay motivated.

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It just feels invigorating, y'know?

13. When your look is 90 percent sweat.

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I'm sweating out all of the toxins, right?!

14. Exercising at home means anything goes, of course.

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There's no one around to see that I'm working out in my pajamas, so obviously, I'm working out in my pajamas.

15. Of course, sometimes exercise doesn't require clothes…

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Working out while naked is the absolute best.

16. Looking smart, serious, and ready for business.

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There's nothing wrong with taking your workout seriously.

17. Inspiring slogans can help.

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You know what, t-shirt? You're right. I am awesome.

18. Sunglasses are key for when you want to go incognito.

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I'm not in the mood to be seen.

19. Hair back

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And ready to go!

Amy Mackelden is a weekend editor at ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, and Marie Claire. She's written for Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Ravishly, The Independent, The Guardian, Hello Giggles, and Teen Vogue. She's currently developing a show called MS Is My Boyfriend, about what multiple sclerosis is really like. Follow her on Twitter @AmyMackelden.