Fitness Capsule — 5 Essential Workout Pieces on the Cheap

Let’s face it: Part of the excitement about working out is getting to do it in new clothes. All the better if you didn’t spend a fortune on your exercise ensemble. And bonus points if it happens to be insanely cute at the same time.

With these options in your arsenal, odds are you’ll be the fittest you’ve ever been in no time. Here are five wallet-friendly choices—which you can even wear if you’re just lounging. Really, it’s all about comfort, isn’t it?

The Leggings

Patterned anything is hot right now — which makes for an especially interesting workout pant. These are crazy fun, and look great with a plain oversized top and your favorite running shoes.

The beauty is in their versatility — they translate nicely into an on-trend outfit when paired with black ballet flats and a flowing tunic.

The Jogger

Everyone needs at least one pair of joggers to remain comfortable from morning to evening. Sure, these are great if you’re going for a morning run on a brisk day. But you can just as easily slip into a pair of sporty slip-on canvas shoes, throw on a plain white T-shirt, and look completely pulled together — and relaxed — while on your errand run.

The Sweatshirt

Because some days it’s just too cold to do anything, you need a sweatshirt to throw on over a long-sleeve top. This one fits the bill nicely, thanks to its comfortably thick fabric and effortless pullover style.

For those who aren’t into turtlenecks, this is a great alternative that keeps you toasty without hugging your skin too closely.

The Performance Tank

Need a little motivation? Sometimes pulling on a top branded with an uplifting message is all it takes to feel a little more alert, determined and confident.

This top is beyond easy on the wallet, and makes it simple to add a little color to your workout essentials. When you’re done, put on a comfy hoodie and you’ll be all set to grab your post-run latte.

The Long Sleeve T

It only takes a little sweat on a cold day to learn how important moisture-wicking clothing is to your fitness wardrobe. This top is made from light jersey fabric that keeps you cool by pulling moisture from your skin. It’s got convenient thumbholes, and a comfortable silhouette enhanced by an open V-neck at the back.