8 Workout Pieces That Need To Go—& What To Replace Them With

There’s nothing particularly motivating about stretched-out elastic and a too-old college T-shirt from a school you didn’t even go to. But often this (or some version of this) is the uniform even never-miss-a-6-a.m.-cardio-class kind of women can succumb to. While we're not suggesting that a gym outfit should require as much styling or attention as your 9-to-5 power ensemble, it is worthwhile to regularly upgrade the clothing you put through the wringer. And that goes for when you turn over a new leaf in January or when you get a second wind come spring.

It was Primark's line of clean, straightforward activewear that got us thinking our gear could use a boost. The styles are simple and practical, the colors are vibrant, and the handful of prints are pretty enough to be woven into outfits we'd stroll, not just sprint, in. Of course, stuffing your drawers is not ideal either, so ahead we've outlined eight reasons to say goodbye to the worn-out pieces of the past in order to make room for fresh fitness essentials. That is unless socks so saggy they fall under your heels when you move are something worth getting out of bed for? We didn't think so. Keep reading.
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If your leggings are so thin you're mooning everyone from downward dog…

Upgrade to a new, more opaque legging that keeps the peep show closed for business. A looser-fit style may help, too.

Primark Shaping Loose Leg, $13, available at Primark.
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If, after too many close calls, you've decided you need a jacket everyone (and every set of headlights) can see you in…

This eye-catching pink layering piece should do the trick for those early-morning or late-afternoon (a.k.a. not prime sunlight hours) joggers.

Primark Banded Jacket, $29, available at Primark.
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If your sports bra is gaping like the Grand Canyon…

That's a big no-no for the girls. Replace posthaste with a new, snug, supportive option that will lay comfortably for the duration of your sweat session.

Primark Seamfree Sports Bra, $7, available at Primark.
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If your freebie tote is not living up to your gym-bag expectations…

Graduate to something more practical, and save the tote bags for groceries.

Primark Gym Bag, $10, available at Primark.
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If your gym uniform includes a white undershirt that’s more like off, off white…

First: It's time to let go. Second: Try a non-basic basic top. The visual stimulation might just invigorate your movements, too.

Primark C + S Tee, $9, available at Primark.
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If your sneakers are so ratty they only look okay when you're running at full speed…

The subtle print on these shoes makes them a fashion-forward upgrade. And don't be surprised if you find yourself wearing them to brunch, work, etc.

Primark Woven Two-Tone Trainers, $15, available at Primark.
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If you love spandex but have no intention of exerting energy at all...

That's okay, too. Pair this stretchy top under a jumpsuit or layer with a sheer sweater. Embrace athleisure for all it's worth — even if you never get around to embracing your inner athlete.

Primark Mono Crop Top, $7, available at Primark.
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If carrying keys in your sports bra has caused more than enough holes and general annoyance...

The clever zippered compartment on the back of these leggings could be a godsend. Just please be sure to remove your keychain before doing any crunches.

Piping Legging, $13, available at Primark.

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