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What to Wear to Pilates: 14 Best Pilates Clothing &

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Every year, the Internet credits a new workout as the trick to achieving certain body goals, with pilates up to bat—which leaves us questioning what pilates clothes best supplement the workout.

But let’s take a step back: why are people flocking to the workout? “What’s the trick to these abs?” asked Blake Newby, Essence Magazine’s beauty and style editor, to Lori Harvey on the Met Gala red carpet. The 25-year-old model and socialite had her abs on display for the evening, sporting a halter-neck Michael Kors gown. “It’s pilates!” Harvey responded. “It’s changed my life.” With a clip of this interview going viral on TikTok, garnering nearly 600,000 likes (and the hashtag #loriharveypilates amassing 6.1 million views) to date, it quickly became clear that pilates would become the new “it” workout—though the practice is by no means new.

What Does Pilates Do For Your Body?

Los Angeles-based certified pilates instructor Kim Carruthers, who counts celebrities and professional athletes like Tyra Banks, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Derrick Rose as clients, explains that pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century for rehabilitation—centered around the core principles of balance, precision, and control. Carruthers emphasizes that pilates isn’t just a workout, but rather a practice. “It’s a mind-body exercise practice,” she says. “When you think ‘practice,’ you understand that it’s something you should be able to do for a lifetime.” An important mindset to have, as experts note, pilates is suitable for everyone regardless of gender, age, or body type. Even more: she says the practice can aid in various forms of rehabilitation from post-op recovery to pre-and post-pregnancy healing.

While some might eagerly try the workout to achieve Harvey-esque abs, Carruthers notes there are further-reaching benefits of a pilates body. “It can transform your body to look, feel, and perform in a particular way [without building] excess bulk for a longer, leaner look,” she continues. “Of course, you get all of those benefits, but ideally understand it’s a mindfulness exercise.” She recommends setting intentions for your practice to see your desired results.

“Once you start taking [the practice] consistently, you’ll begin to feel a deep connection with the body on and off the mat,” says Jacqui Kingswell, founder of The Pilates Class online platform. Essentially, regardless of what method of pilates you’re practicing (mat and reformer pilates are the most popular), she notes you can see improvement in core activation, flexibility, strength, posture, and overall body awareness. According to her, how often you should practice pilates depends on what your goals are. “It teaches you to listen to your body and what will feel good for you every single day. That’s the best thing—tuning into what I’m feeling on any given day,” she says.