Winter Workout Gear: What To Wear

My friend Rachée asked for advice on how to dress for the cold. She is going to be “wogging” — that’s a new one to me! It’s a cross between walking and jogging, evidently. AND she’ll be going with her tween daughter so she wants to dress warmly without breaking the bank . . . and without embarrassing her daughter!

I think I can help. I’m a tad obsessed with cute workout gear these days.

First I’ll show you a photo of what I run in. I’m not saying this is incredibly flattering, but it is warm and practical.

Let’s break it down.

You know me, I will tell you to invest in a couple of quality pieces. The ones that I find to be worth every penny are the Under Armour ColdGear under layers. I received the running tights and the white turtleneck for Christmas last year and I wear them all winter long. Whatever you layer on top is virtually inconsequential because they provide that moisture-wicking, thermal under layer to keep you warm and dry.

The running tights are awesome. They keep you warm, and they stay put and don’t get in your way when you’re running. You can also layer over them if you wish. I know they aren’t super flattering, but they do the job. You can always run in pants, (these are cute!) but make sure they aren’t too wide at the ankle or you might trip over them. Not that I would know anything about that . . .

The ColdGear Mock Women’s Training Tee is a must. I wear it under everything. (It’s also at Amazon in a wide range of fun colors!) Buy two if you can swing it, but honestly, I just have one, and that is fine. I will sometimes wear it 2x before washing, but it dries so fast (lay it out to dry) that you can easily wash it between runs.

On top of that, you can really put any sweatshirt. I love the Nike one I’m wearing in the above photo. Here is the UA version.

Another stylish option is the half-zip jackets. This New Balance Half-Zip Running Jacket is a good example.

After that, you want gloves and a headband to keep your ears and head warm. When it is REALLY cold, I wear a hat. Really, it’s charming! Okay, so it’s not. But it’s more important to be warm than stylish.

Did I just say that???

How about you, Dear Reader? I’d love to hear your suggestions. What are your must-have wardrobe items for winter running/walking and other outdoor activities???

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10 thoughts on “Winter Workout Gear: What To Wear

  1. I just won a pair of athletic shoes from Therafit and I can’t wait to try them! I went with pink to try and make things fun 🙂 I also just grabbed a purple pullover like the Athleta one above from Target. So excited to have a leeeetle style when working out.

  2. Thank you so much Jo-Lynne!
    I was kinda using clothes as an excuse not to start but have a better idea of what I need and feel confident to start.
    I’m on my way!

  3. Love your ideas! I need to update my cold-weather running gear. Mostly I need to figure out how to keep my feet warm without getting blisters.

  4. I forgot all about the socks until I read Meagan’s comment. I love my Goldtoe ones and I keep the newer ones for running to give me extra padding. Also, if you’re getting blisters, something isn’t fitting right. I’m cheap, and I will go to a good running store and get fitted for shoes. After the issues I had early this year with wearing the wrong shoes, I’d much rather spend money on shoes and save on the clothes.

  5. Hi there, love your post. Can you please tell me how you create those picture displays with all those clothing pieces on them. I want to create a post with furniture but don’t know how. Thanks so much.

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