Style Spy: 14 Gym Bag Essentials

Motivate yourself to get back in shape with these fashion-forward necessities.

1. MZ Wallace Metro Tote

This bag will hold it all and then some. Made of feather-light Nylon, it’s packable, foldable, crushable and water and stain resistant. | $225, Peter Kate Shoes, 3830 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-7463

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2. Listen Hear Meow Black Cat (Backup) Headphones

There is nothing worse than hopping on the elliptical, then realizing you left your headphones at home. Keep this adorable spare in your bag at all times. | $10, francesca’s, 3801 Kennett Pike, Suite 236, Greenville, 655-5222,

3. Body Bâton

Your lotion will never explode in your bag again. The solid push-up applicator is mess-free. Organic and compact, it comes in several yummy fragrances. | $38, Houppette, 3842 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 421-9036,

4. Living Proof Dry Shampoo (and more if you have the time) 

If your ’do needs a bit of a refresh, this product is the way to go. Your scalp will feel clean without any residue or stickiness. If you have time for a shower, pick up the Perfect Hair Day Travel Kit, which comes with a styling cream. | $22 for dry shampoo, $29 for kit, Sephora, 118 Stanton Christiana Road, 738-9000,

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5. Sanuk Women’s Maritime Flip-Flops

Cute and comfy, these are the perfect flip-flops for avoiding any and all locker room funkiness. | $28, Liquid, 19406 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 227-7130,

6. Dot Be Free Tight

Leggings with pockets to stuff a gym key or an energy gel into? Genius. Available in petite and tall sizes, too. | $89, Athleta, 501 Glen Eagle Square, Glen Mills, Pa., (610) 558-4934,

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7. TOCCA Fragrance Discovery Set

TOCCA fragrances are elegant and modern. With this set, sample eight delicious scents. Pop one into your gym bag, your car, even your desk drawer for when you need a pick-me-up. | $38, Houppette, 3842 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 421-9036,


8. S’well Bottle

Who enjoys sipping out of water fountains anyway? | $35 (for 17-ounce bottle shown; prices vary for size and pattern), Heart and Home, 4770 Limestone Road, Wilmington, 999-8980; 108 E. Main St., Newark, 737-8980; 230 Peoples Plaza, Newark, 392-8980,

9. Nfuse Lavender Deodorant

Founded by two local women, this all-natural deodorant is free of parabens, preservatives and aluminum. | $9.95, Houppette, 3842 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 421-9036,


10. Underwear by Undie Couture

Stash an extra pair in your bag for after your workout. The laser cut smooth edges eliminate panty lines. | $14 each, nine great colors, Ellie Boutique, 4017 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 656-8800,

11. Adidas Energy Boost 2 ESM Road-Running Shoes

These hot pink sneakers are significantly more temperature-resistant, meaning your performance won’t suffer in a hot gym or during the depths of winter. | $125, REI, 2300 Fashion Center Blvd., Newark, 369-1938,

12. Peyton Tank

Enjoy all-way stretch and moisture-wicking technology in a relaxed fit that hides any lumps and bumps. Comes in a dizzying array of colors. Mesh trim straps add a nice touch. | $39.95, Fabletics, 132 Christiana Mall, Suite 1383, Newark, 722-6458,

13. The Wet Brush

Don’t damage your hair because you brush in a rush. And it won’t break the bank if you accidentally leave it behind. | $8.99, Target, multiple locations,

14. REI MultiTowel Lite 

This towel is soft, highly absorbent and quick drying. It’s perfect for travel, backpacking and, of course, your gym bag. | $18.50, REI, 2300 Fashion Center Blvd., Newark, 369-1938, â€‹

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