Considering we now live in the age of premium, body-inclusive activewear and Nike Free Runs, our idea of what constitutes as ‘workout clothes’ has changed rather dramatically over the years.
Though some might consider their gym clothes as simply being the easiest (and most comfortable) garments they can find, workout clothes also deeply represent what’s cool and what’s not in any given era.
Take, for example, the stretchy, somewhat gaudy gym trends that began in the 1980s, including headbands and full-body lycra—perhaps helped along by Olivia Newton-John’s music video for her 1981 song, “Physical”.
In the 1990s, however, things started to become a little more relaxed—with stars like Whitney Houston, Madonna and Princess Diana leading the way for slouchy, comfy workout attire that would later be recognised as iconic.
Scroll down to see how gym style has changed, and visibly come full circle, from the 1980s until now, as represented by a handful of iconic celebrities. Bike shorts, anyone?