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.