The Great Crop Top Controversy

It’s surprising that a touchy subject when it comes to gym attendance is not how many times you should go, how many reps you should complete or even the type of exercise you should do, but what you should and shouldn’t wear.

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Personally, I would’ve thought that you could wear whatever you like to the gym, whether it be old camp sweat shirts and shorts you picked up as a souvenir from the beach, or that old sports jersey from three years ago. But with workout gear becoming brighter, sexier and tighter, it’s easy to see how people can feel uncomfortable if they don’t keep up with the trend.

Working out at the gym shouldn’t have judgement attached to it – other people shouldn’t care what you wear when you’re sweating it out on the treadmill or squatting your heaviest weights. This is why it’s confusing when you receive dirty looks or smirks if you’re wearing a crop – it is literally meant for gym wear!

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The crop top is a very controversial topic amongst gym goers. Should you wear it if you have the confidence, should you not wear it because you might sweat on things? It’s tough, right?

Apparently, wearing a crop top to the gym makes you self obsessive, a show off and intimidating to the other ladies who may not want to bare their physique in such attire. Is this really the case ladies? Are some of us spreading hate to others because of our own self-esteem? If so, why should girls not be wearing crop tops at the gym?

Today I want to stick up for the crop top girl. Through my days of working at a gym, I only ever saw two girls working out in crop tops. They both didn’t touch machines, so there was no worry of them sweating on things. Both their workouts comprised of cardio and weights and they would both receive looks from other, sometimes older women in the gym that were somewhat disapproving.

So should you be wearing a crop top at the gym? Absolutely! If you feel confident enough to wear a crop top, go for it. Just make sure that you are wiping off the equipment before and after use and that you’re able to complete your workout comfortably. I for one know how hot it can be when you’re smashing out an hour on the cross-trainer and your shirt is drenched and stuck to you – it’s gross and you just want to rip it off.

But does wearing a crop top to the gym really deserve the stigma that seems to be attached to it? During an intense workout, it may be more comfortable to ditch the shirt and work out in a crop top. During that Zumba class, you might want to show off your new Lorna Jane coordinates. Does it really matter that much?

I now put the question out to you ladies (and gents): Should you wear a crop top to the gym, and why or why not?

Imgaes via mirror.co.uk and popsugar.com

Spring Fashion Trends From Paris Fashion Week

With Paris Fashion Week wrapping up in the next few days, who has time to view all the latest shows that were on offer for spring 2015? We’ve done all the trend forecasting so you don’t have to!

With designers such as Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Mugler, and making headlines this season, below are just some of SHESAID’s five favourite trends of the week.

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White lace

Where: Chloé S/S 2015

Head designer Clare Waight Keller continued the Chloé legacy by sending girly dresses down the runway for next spring/summer season. Who doesn’t love a little white dress during the warmer months of the year? Models accessorised these looks with simple hair and makeup, and of course a staple summer sandal – the gladiator.

Spring Fashion Trends From Paris Fashion WeekPower suit

Where: Acne Studios S/S 2015

Swedish fashion house, Acne always delivers with their strong collection of minimalist-inspired threads. The main attraction for us was definitely their take on the power suit – and showcased a deep V neck and wide-leg pants which are a must for the spring season.

Spring Fashion Trends From Paris Fashion WeekCrop tops

Where: Mugler S/S 2015

Looking at towards evening-wear options, Mugler offered a solid amount of red carpet looks which are definitely inspired by the crop top. Supermodel Karlie Kloss wore one of the best (and final) looks of the collection, which was a crop top with a sexy metallic trim. Pair with a asymmetric skirt for a flawless look every single time.

Spring Fashion Trends From Paris Fashion Week Fringe

Where: Isabel Marant S/S 2015

Probably one of the coolest fashion houses at the moment is Isabel Marant, and this collection surely didn’t disappoint. With not a heel in sight, models were instead wearing flat t-bar sandals which made the looks so much more realistic. Fringe skirts and frayed shirts were one of the main looks from this collection, and will surely sell-out once the collection hits stores.

Spring Fashion Trends From Paris Fashion WeekJumpsuits

Where: Balmain S/S 2015

Head designer Olivier Rousteing brought back the iconic jumpsuit, albeit with a sexy twist. The top half was more tight fitting, and featured two cut out pieces which balanced out with the lower proportions of the outfit. Pair with stiletto heels for a perfect look on a night-out, or even an alternative to an evening dress.

Spring Fashion Trends From Paris Fashion Week

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