Fit and you know it

Im thinking of starting an exercise regime. I’ve never been a gym bunny (in fact, the only time I’ve ever set foot in a gym was to do a shoot) so I’m going down the workout DVD route. Years ago an ex-boyfriend had the Cindy Crawford video although I don’t think he was actually working out to it. I happened to find it pretty good – the exercises were manageable, the soundtrack was fabulous and of-course, I wanted to look like Cindy. So I’ve tracked it down and ordered my own copy from Amazon. Obviously the point of this isn’t solely to get fit, I’m not that virtuous. To be blunt, it’s the cute outfit I want. I am after all, the girl who took up ballet because I wanted to wear the Flashdance-esque leotards and little wrap cardigans (how vexatious to find all the other women in nylon warm-up pants and microfleece tops). No, you can keep your Lycra T-shirt, MBT trainers and Coolmax leggings (ugh, so nineties), I’m all about old school workout chic. It’s the seventies satin running shorts, the cheerleader tube socks and the grey marl racer-back singlet I’m coveting. Yes, I’m doing the Cindy Crawford workout Terry Richardson style!

Grey marl is seriously undervalued and frankly a waste limited to workout-wear when it also looks so right in a biker jacket or a dress. And while we’re on the subject, when is someone (Balenciaga? Stella McCartney The Row?) going to invent my dream dress, a fleeceback grey marl evening gown – perhaps complete with kangaroo pocket? As someone who is constantly cold and who hates dressing up, this would be pretty damn perfect. Stefano Pilati is kind of on the right track, just check out the YSL ss08 collection. Who knew sweatshirting fabric could work in a pleat-top tailored trouser? With it’s smart-casual contradiction it’s a mere skip and a hop from my ballgown fantasy. For now though, the logo sweatshirt – although clearly trop cher - would look ever so sportif tied around my shoulders post-workout. Now… I just need to muster up some motivation.


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12 Responses to Fit and you know it

  1. enc says:

    You’ll look superb in that. Good luck with the workouts, they’re worth it.

  2. K.Line says:

    I have a jacket from Lulu Lemon that is absolutely chic – and made of sweatshirt jersey. It has flat seams and is slightly A line and cropped and it cost all of 79.00. I agree with Enc that working out is totally worth the effort! And you can always give yoga a try if aerobics doesn’t suit your mood. K

  3. the iron chic says:

    I used to workout until I realized I hated it!
    Hated every stinking minute……

  4. Ambrosiality says:

    Goodluck with the workout tapes!!!

    Have fun with it. And if you ever get bored, switch it up, there’s Crunch Salsa, Carmen Electra’s Strip Tease (which I took for the wrong reasons), Jane Fonda was awesome! & Windsor Pilate’s worked, & I didn’t last 3 mins with Tae Bo.

    (Your links work perfectly =)

  5. Prom Dress Princess says:

    I agree the gorgeous designer sports wear is almost enough to make me want to do some exercise. I really love the Stella McCartney stuff. I can’t wait to see what Hussein Chalayan designs for Puma. I’m also a big fan of grey marl. It has that chilled out relaxed feel to it.

  6. susie_bubble says:

    Norma Kamali comes close with using grey marl to good effect…you dress sounds wonderful… I hear a private commission coming along!

  7. Make Do & Mend says:

    I’m so with you and already on the workouts just to be divinly dressed in grey marl

  8. Make Do & Mend says:

    I’m so with you and already on the workouts just to be divinly dressed in grey marl

  9. Make Do & Mend says:

    I’m so with you and already on the workouts just to be divinly dressed in grey marl

  10. Make Do & Mend says:

    I’m so with you and already on the workouts just to be divinly dressed in grey marl

  11. Lady Smaggle says:

    Oh wow I totally do that too! I wear my leg warmers and pointe shoes when I do my pilates DVDs. It makes me take it more seriously… It’s strange but true!

  12. Super Kawaii Mama says:

    Yep, I totally get the whole fantasy gym wear thing. I wear whatever I like to the gym, which makes me the odd one out. Quiff in the hair, cropped shrugs in bright colours and little star spangled tops. Nothing like a little fantasy to make the work out more fun.

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