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Fashion for your Fit Physique!

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Have you ever seen someone walk into the gym wearing an oversized sweater and ill-fitting jeans, only to see that same person flaunting a tight and toned physique in the weight room? Who knew!? Now, I’m not suggesting that all fit women should wear tight clothing to flaunt their bodies, but there are definitely ways to make your clothing work for your physique and accentuate your best assets.

Some may find it difficult to dress themselves in a way that flatters their fit body. Here are some of my favourite ways to show off a hard-earned physique on the daily, while remaining professional, classy, and subtle.

Cinch that waist.

Whether you’re 24″, 34″, or somewhere in between, belting your waist is one of the easiest ways to create an hourglass shape. I recommend stretchy belts that are approximately 2″ in width to create great angles regardless of the top you’re wearing. This also holds true if you’re layering a sweater or jacket over another top – simply belt the top underneath and leave your jacket open.

Do not underestimate the importance of a good bra.

Big, small, or average (it doesn’t matter what your cup size is!), a great bra can make a big difference in your silhouette. A properly fitted bra not only provides the support you need, but it also gives the illusion of better posture and provides the foundation for a great outfit. If you’re not sure of your cup size, I recommend going to your favourite lingerie store to get properly measured. You will thank me in the long run!

Do your pants compliment you?

I think most of us can relate to trying to squeeze into pants that are a size too small, but you aren’t doing yourself any favours – trust me! Tighter pants can gather at the wrong places, ride upward, pinch your waist and stomach (no one wants a muffin top, right?), and actually make you appear larger than you really are. When shopping for dress pants, you should feel comfortable sitting and standing, and you shouldn’t have to pull the material down when you stand up. In the jeans department, some denim with Lycra can provide a more fitted feel, but you don’t want to be pulling at your pants because they’re too tight. The opposite also holds true; if they’re too loose and are making you look frumpy or boxy, you may want to consider moving a size down. Experiment with styles, colours, and pocket placement to find the best fit for your booty.

Avoid excessive patterns.

This past year saw a rise in mix and match patterns on the runways and celebrity red carpets, but the reality is that wearing too many patterns can make your overall look confusing as well as add bulk to an otherwise trim frame. If you love patterns, choose one and then stick to a simple palette to compliment the overall look.

All hail the heel!

We can’t necessarily wear heels all day every day, but finding a nice, well-fitted heel that matches your outfit can make you look longer, leaner, and more traditionally ladylike. I’m not saying you need to torture your legs and feet in towering heels, but if you’re comfortable in the right heel it can really pull an outfit together.

A Canadian winter is one of the best times to have fun with fashion as you can layer pieces, wear great suits, and sport that cashmere or wool sweater without overheating. Unfortunately, many people use the colder temperatures to lose their fashion focus and let their physique go into hibernation.

I hope that these fit fashionista tips will help you carve out some wonderful outfits and leave you feeling fabulous! Do you have other great ideas, or want to share a killer outfit you pulled together? Post them on Instagram with #training&fitnessfashion-we’d love to hear from you!

A professional fitness athlete since 2008, Natalie Waples is a proponent for natural, healthy athleticism. Her goal is to inspire others and motivate others to live a healthy and fit lifestyle, through example. Natalie believes in attaining a healthy and fit physique through a combination of balanced nutrition, a solid wellness program, and a challenging training regime. Natalie is an IFBB Pro, Fusion Bodybuilding, Suits By Amy and Liquid Sun Rayz Sponsored Athlete.

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