Fitness Fashion, Lifestyle

Small Nike haul and how to buy gym clothes on a budget


When I was growing up, the idea of buying gym clothes was considered absurd. What was the point to buy new clothes just so you can sweat in them? I didn’t know much about functional clothes, nor about the importance of appropriate training shoes. So, the incredibly misinformed teenage me used whatever old and worn out sporty clothes (and shoes) I could find in my closet.

But boy – how things change!Nike Haul and Buying Gym Clothes on a Budget - Tips!

Nowadays 2/3 of my wardrobe consists of gym clothes and it’s the part of it I care about the most. I guess we all know the power of a new piece of sports clothing and the motivational booster it can give us. So here I am splurging on some new Nike clothes, while in the meantime I’ve been wearing the same 3 T-shirts outside the gym for the whole summer. Oh well, priorities.

One positive from this is that I can share it with you, hopefully inspire you for your next investment in your workout wardrobe and also share some experience on how I try to save up money when buying gym clothes.

Let’s start with what I recently got. Although it’s not thaaaat many pieces, I didn’t buy everything from the same shop, nor at the same day. I have to say that I don’t have bias towards any specific brand and during my many years of training I’ve tried out quite a lot of them. The thing I like the least about Nike is that they don’t really get the concept of a sale. They will reduce something from 80 Euro to 69 Euro and call that a big sale. If you go to an Adidas store during their sale season, you can easily find prices reduced up to 50% or sometimes even more. Same for Reebok or Under Armour. For that reason I avoid buying anything directly from a Nike store. Funnily enough, retailers usually have much bigger discounts on Nike clothing than the brand itself. So that’s my first advice – wait for sales and buy from retailers. Led by that, I got the following two pairs of leggings.

Nike Power Legend Tights Blue
Nike Power Legend Tights

The Power Legend tights have a very nice fit, high waist, that stays put and the lenght is almost perfect ( a bit long, but still wearable) for someone who’s more on the short side like me ( 165 cm). The crotch seam makes it a little difficult to avoid the camel toe, but I can look past that. What bothers me more is the fabric choice that Nike made with this model, since I tend to prefer a thiner material. But on the positive side, at least they are definitely squat proof and you run no risk on involuntarely flashing your gym buddies (or the gym creeps).

The Leg-A-See tights, another classic from Nike, is a different story. While the Power Legend tights consist entirely of polyester and spandex, these tights are over 60% cotton. This means – awkward sweat spots all the way. I love the aesthetics of them, as well as how comfy they are, but I would most certainly not wear them on a heavy leg day or any other high intensity day. A sweaty crotch is not a cute look on anyone.

While I do own quite a few Nike tights, my honest opinion is that there are brands out there that offer a better price-quality ratio, specifically when it comes to bottoms. My two favourite pairs of tights for example are from Adidas and Reebok. T-shirts and tops are a different story though. Check out this baby I fell in love with:

Nike Breathe Women's Training Tank Pink
Nike Breathe Women’s Training Tank

This is Charlie by the way. He doesn’t like it when I take pictures and he’s not in them. Back to the tank – it was love at first sight. From the color combination to the fabric – in my eyes that’s the prettiest top I’ve seen in a while. Mesh straps, high neckline and lower cut in the back – I just love the simple, yet very feminine design of it. The added bonus is that it is very comfy as well. I’ll have all the links below, so you can check it out. The top is from the new Nike collection, but I got 15% off by showing my gym card at the check out. My current gym and the sports store that I bought the top from have a collaboration and every gym member gets a 15% discount. So here is my second advice – check for similar deals that your gym can offer you. This is a very common practice. 

The next three items I bought at a Nike factory store and I was really lucky to find them.

 Nike Dri-FIT Knit Women's Short Sleeve Running Top Orange
Nike Dri-FIT Knit Women’s Short Sleeve Running Top

Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece Dress Black
Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece Dress

Nike Dri-Fit Cotton Socks
Nike Dri-Fit Cotton Socks

Need I say that the dress was another instant crush? I mean – what more can a girl want from a dress? It’s the highest level of comfort, it’s sporty, it’s flattering and IT HAS POCKETS. I was sold in a second.

The t-shirt is something I had my eyes on for a very long time, but even when it was reduced from the original price of 65ā‚¬ to 45ā‚¬, I still felt like it was too far from an acceptable price for a t-shirt. Luckily, at the factory store it was “only” 28ā‚¬ and I am so happy I got it.

The socks may seem like something too random to put on here, but if you still haven’t invested in socks, created specifically for training/running, consider doing it. It makes hell of a difference!

If you made it so far through the article, but you still wonder how the clothes actually sit/fit, check out the complete outfits I created out them.

Girl wearing nike t-shirt, nike tights, nike shoes, posing.

Yes – it was EXTREMELY windy that day.
girl wearing nike dress posing
Didn’t I tell you that dress is a dream?!

I hope you managed to derive some helpful hints out of this post and maybe even found a new idea for your next splurge on gym clothes.

Here you can find the links to all the items I mention (or to the most similar thing I could find on the web):

Nike Power Legend Tights

Nike Sportswear Leg-A-See Tights

Nike Breathe Women’s Training Tank

Nike Dri-FIT Knit Women’s Short Sleeve Running Top

Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece Dress

Nike Dri-Fit Cotton Socks

How about you?

– On what do you spend the most when it comes to workout clothes?

– Do you have any tips on buying workout clothes on a budget?



  1. Michelle
    September 20, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I love Nike especially for their shoes.

    • Lily
      September 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thank YOU for reading ! Yeah, I agree, they do pretty good with shoes.

  2. Sarah Bean
    September 23, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    These are great tips!!! So important to know you can shop on a budget.

    • Lily
      September 23, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad if you found them helpful!

  3. Mel
    September 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Good tips! I for sure need new comfy, er… workout clothes. šŸ˜‰

  4. Vince Bacy
    November 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Hello! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great info you have here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

  5. hellomadds
    November 6, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Love those leggings!

  6. Charlene
    December 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    These gym outfits look awesome. I will admit, I don’t like going to the gym and looking frumpy or bummy. Style matters. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Diana Henry
    May 14, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Its very interesting post and loved the collection of clothing, there is one other way of cheap gym or fitness clothing is check out the workout clothes subscription boxes, they have also such a good quality fitness clothes.

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