Recently, we were wondering what French girls really wear to the gym and what they would never be caught in. There are plenty of photos snapped of French girls walking through the Marais in cool dresses from Rouje or Réalisation Par, but far fewer gym selfies. Certain that their je ne sais quoi doesn’t stop for a yoga class, we did some digging to get to the bottom of it.
We went straight to the source, asking French It girl Sabina Socol for the lowdown. “I don’t know about French girls in general, but as far as I’m concerned, there are two things I would never, ever wear: neon colors (I don’t wear them IRL, so why should I when I work out?) and a specifically sports-designed swimsuit (again, I can swim in my one-pieces during holidays, so why couldn’t I in a gym pool?),” she says. “Therefore, when I go to the gym, I wear very simple, neutral-toned clothes—a gray or black legging, a good sports bra and technical tank top, and some matching shoes. As for swim, a nice one-piece does the job.”
Keep reading to find out Socol’s top six picks for her workouts and to shop more pieces for the gym that are French girl–approved.
Wear streamlined one-piece swimsuits the next time you head to the studio.
Outdoor Voices is a go-to stop for cool girl–approved workout clothes.
We love the back details.
Try these sleek leggings in dark charcoal.
Quality trainers are essential.
Cozy is the only way to work out.
SHOP MORE FRENCH-GIRL WORKOUT CLOTHES
Get this affordable one-piece style.
Wear yours with a pair of black leggings for a minimalistic look.
This style has midlevel support and removable padded cups.
This bra comes in 14 different colors.
Stick to neutral shades like charcoal gray.
Pair these with a simple tank.
This style also has a matching top.
Fashion girls love sneakers by APL.
These sock-like sneakers hug the foot.
Try a throwback Champion sweatshirt. We love the simple lines.
The loose fit has an easygoing feel.
Next, read about the spring trends French girls are trying.