“Activewear” is all the rage these days. Women of all ages can be seen wearing varying levels of the comfortable gear that has recently become acceptable to be worn in a variety of different settings. From breaking out in a sweat at the gym, to meeting your pals for coffee…activewear is the new go-to attire for women. And why shouldn’t it be…it’s comfortable, flattering on most everyone, and inexpensive.
But, one college student discovered that her activewear wasn’t concealing enough while she was getting her workout on at the campus gym at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
While working out, Sarah Villafanewas was kicked out for ‘crop top’ and workout leggings. Evidently, the college didn’t approve of the mid-riff revealing outfit, which is odd considering women are often known to workout in sports bras and leggings, which can be even more revealing.
When a staff member told Sarah to put a shirt on to cover up, she refused and was kicked out by the manager. She claimed that she had worn the same outfit in the past and didn’t receive any backlash for it.
Upset over the incident, Sarah took it to Facebook, where she shared a photo of herself in the outfit, along with a rant about how she has worn it before. And in true “activewear” fashion, Sarah had worn the outfit to several classes earlier in the day…
“I’ve worn this same outfit all day. Went to 3 classes and spoke personally with each of my professors today and they didn’t have a problem. But when I walked into the gym they asked me to put on a different shirt. Obviously, I didn’t bring an extra shirt to the gym and wasn’t about to wear my flannel while working out. So I just said mhm ok and went about my work out pretty pissed off that they even asked me to change.”
Sarah shares that she got the outfit specifically to work out in and she doesn’t understand the problem with exposing her bellybutton. Since her post, the gym has come back and said that the request was made out of sanitary concern, however; they never mentioned that when she was initially kicked out, instead, they just told her that they required their members to have “full coverage.”
The majority of commenters sided with Sarah, however; a few believe that full coverage is more about the hygiene and less about the fashion….
“Guys aren’t allowed to be shirtless in my gym and girls are expected to have similar coverages it’s hygiene and consideration.”
And others cheered her on for her activewear…
“Anyone been to a gym and did some real workout. I bet if she put a shirt on top of that outfit she’ll sweat like crazy, then there will be a hygiene issue…..she looks great and appropriate for a gym session. Nothing wrong with that outfit.”
Several pointed out the fact that those full coverage shirts actually cause far more sweat which in turn poses more sanitary problems…
“Yes, cause the people who wear full coverage shirts that are completely drenched with sweat are much more sanitary.”