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How to make being sweaty look chic, according to Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo

You might have first noticed Olivia Palermo as the sharp-tongued socialite from The City. Though more recently, she’s been turning heads for her spot-on street style (and amassing over 2 million Instagram followers trying to catch every look). But a lesser known fact about the Palermo is that she’s a fitness devotee, hitting up workouts like Flybarre and Bikram yoga.

And, yes, Palermo dresses chicly even when she’s getting sweaty.

“I think people are really having a lot of fun with bright sneaker colors and workout colors right now,” Palermo says. “Personally, I tend to wear a lot of black with a pop of color like a bright neon sneaker. I like a really clean, simple look. It doesn’t need to be a huge fashion statement.”

Here are three more fitness fashion tips from Palermo, who recently auctioned off a private yoga session with her and model Maryna Linchuk on Bidkind for a Spanish charity. Keep them in mind the next time you reach for your old college tee on your way to the gym.

1. Layer up. “I usually wear black Lululemon Spandex capris and a black Spandex top with a sweatshirt over,” she says. “Layers help your body get warmed up quickly and I always like to have something warm on to create a more dynamic look.”

2. Look for indie labels but celebrate the classics. “I’m currently really into the Bassike harem pants,” Palermo explains. “Also, Witchery and Clu have some great comfy sweatshirts. Nike sneakers are my go-to and I love Lululemon for basics. I try to keep my eyes open for new brands from places like Asia, Japan, and Australia. It’s nice to have pieces from different markets.”

3. Find a Goldilocks fit. “I don’t like super tight-fitted clothing when I’m working out, especially working my arms because it’s too restrictive,” Palermo says. “If it’s too loose, the fabric might rise up, so you kind of have to find that happy in-between place.” —Jamie MacKillop

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