Even though the weather is finally warming up in Chicago, the summer fashion hasn't quite caught up. On pleasant evenings after work, the streets are filled with women in spandex workout wear...not working out. Despite all the great summer patterns and styles, I see restaurant and bar patios filled with women pairing their running gear back to a pristinely made-up face and flip flops.
You can still show off your body without having your entire outfit suctioned to your skin. A simple change of fabric will make your clothing feel appropriate even if the styles are not terribly different than your gym clothes. Tanks, shorts and capri pants are all simple pieces that can be thrown on for your last-minute casual outings.
Look for pieces that have detailing, like a pattern on a short or a pleating detail on a tank strap. That way when you don't have time to accessorize, there will still be some visual interest. Clothing can be comfortable while still looking great. As cute as your activewear may be, leave it at the gym and have some fun with the rest of your wardrobe.