On Trial: Juicy Couture Tracksuits

JuicycoutureHaving recently rejoined the gym after an absence of… well, let’s just call it an “absence” (I get a free towel if I go thirteen times in the first month. It’s very exciting) I find myself facing a huge sartorial dilemma: what the hell to wear? In considering my options, I very briefly alighted on the idea of buying a Juicy Couture tracksuit (or at least a cheap version from Next: I’m not really sold on the idea of  paying over £100 for something that’s made of velour), but then instantly dismissed the idea: while I quite like the hoodies on their own for those casual days where you just want to wear jeans and something comfortable, the full ensemble of pants-and-hoodie is just a little too “Footballers Wives” for me. A little too “Gabby from Desperate Housewives”.

But I stumbled upon this Juicy set today at Net-a-Porter, and there are literally dozens of cheap-as-chips copies floating around the Internet, so it got me wondering: what do you think of the “velour tracksuit” look? Do you wear it?

6 Comments

  • November 9, 2007

    Cadi

    NOT for working out, dear. Unless of course you enjoy hauling yourself around in a sodden synthetic tracksuit that does NOT breathe at all! There are far more practical and aesthetically pleasant styles of fitness attire out there!
    The only way I can forgive the velour tracksuit look is if it’s pajamas. Because they stay indoors!

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  • November 9, 2007

    Simone

    Weren’t these velour track suits really common four years ago? (I admit I own one in navy blue, but have not worn the two pieces together being out of the house.)
    I’d recommend you to get yoga pants and a nice T-Shirt to work out in. And a good sports-bra for underneath – then you can wear any nice (breathable) cotton T-Shirt, and still feel as if you had one of these workout-tank tops. The yoga pants I’ve seen almost always have a nice boot cut leg, and look nicer than the velour stuff, which can look tacky.

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  • November 9, 2007

    Cassara

    One of my friends has the Juicy set in a wine color.
    She used to wear the blue ones all the time last year, they’re comfortable for Arizona winters, and I’d cringe every single time she wore them.
    Wearing one all over fabric and/or color is just…bad.
    Go with some nice loose basic sweatpants with breathe and tank.

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  • November 11, 2007

    Caroline

    I have the top half that I wear to go to the gym – not to work out in, but to keep my gym card and key in on the walk there and back. This is the ONLY time I’d wear it though!

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  • November 12, 2007

    Sarah

    I’m with Cadi. Who wants to sweat in thick, heavy velour? If you’re at the gym truly working up a sweat, I can’t imagine how wearing this would be anything other than uncomfortable. Go with something sythetic and black that will absorb sweat without showing visible sweat marks.

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  • November 18, 2007

    Nora

    DON’T buy it EVER!!!!!
    that tacky velour doesn’t breath
    buy clothes made to workout in

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