I Cut My Workout Wardrobe to 8 Things (and It Cured My A.M. Anxiety)

I've struggled over the past few years to become a morning workout person. Waking up early doesn't exactly come naturally to me, and all too easily, I've fallen into the habit of snoozing my alarm only to frantically try to pull together an outfit and run out the door to spin or my next boxing class. I'm a naturally anxious person, and sifting through stuffed drawers of random workout pieces I've accumulated over the years wasn't helping with my stress of making it out the door on time. In fact, it felt like getting dressed was actually holding me back.

So earlier this year I employed an idea we've discussed many times at Who What Wear: streamlining. My new workout capsule wardrobe would consist of a few key styles that I know I can mix and match easily and won't overcrowd my limited closet space. It turns out, there were a lot of pieces I'd accumulated but just wasn't wearing, so I decided to focus on eight items I considered essential, and let the rest go.

Since finally forcing myself to downsize, I've noticed that while I may have to do laundry more often, I'm less likely to stand in a 7 a.m. daze in front of my dresser trying to pull something together. I throw on what I need and get out of my apartment before I can talk myself out of my morning sweat session. Read on to see how I streamlined my workout wardrobe and to shop styles that I've kept around.

Now you're ready to streamline your workout wardrobe too.