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Style Profile: Fitness instructor’s wardrobe makes her feel upbeat

Spin instructor Ashley Sornsin sticks with comfortable but fun athletic attire when she teaches classes at the YMCA in Fargo. Anna G. Larson / The Forum

FARGO - ‘When you look good, you feel confident.”

Ashley Sornsin, 29, applies this wisdom to her everyday wardrobe and her workout attire.

The Moorhead woman, who’s a corporate line assistant at Scheels All Sports, says even when she’s working out, she puts thought into her wardrobe because it makes her feel upbeat and ready to tackle a challenging workout.

I spotted Sornsin downtown at Island Park in a bright ensemble as she was prepping to teach a spin class at the YMCA.

Describe your style. I’m either dressed up in heels or I’m in my workout clothes.

I like classic things but with a twist. My style is pretty feminine.

What are you wearing today? Lucy capris, Under Armour tank, shoes and bag, and Fossil watch.

Who’s your workout attire style icon? Kelly Ripa, and both for her workout style and everyday style.

She also talks about SoulCycle a lot, and I want to have my own cycling studio.

Have you noticed any workout clothing trends? I’m seeing lots of prints and bright colors. The more color, the better.

Bottoms are primarily black, but that works because you can invest in high-quality capris and leggings and then buy fun, colorful tops.

It seems like more retailers are carrying active wear.

It’s becoming more mainstream. A lot of retailers are carrying lifestyle pieces – you can sweat in them but they still look great for wearing around town.

More and more brands are becoming tuned into what women want in their workout clothes, too. For instance, some hoodies have a hole in the hood for ponytails.

What’s always in your gym bag? Lip gloss, a water bottle, a jacket, a Quest bar (she swears they taste good), my pink Polar heart rate monitor watch and sandals.

What music is on your workout playlist? Anything by Pitbull, Pink, Avicii and Demi Lovato. Her song “Neon Lights” is usually always on my playlist.

Anna G. Larson

Anna G. Larson is a features reporter with The Forum who writes a weekly column featuring stylish people in Fargo-Moorhead. Larson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in journalism and joined The Forum in July 2012. She's a Fargo native who enjoys travel, food, baking, fashion, animals, coffee and all things Midwestern. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @msannagrace 

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