In a recent viral incident, Canadian influencer Kylie Thompson found herself at the center of a heated debate about gym attire when her zip-up sports bra gave way during a workout session. The incident garnered empathy from women worldwide, but it also drew fierce criticism from some men who argued that she should “wear clothes” to avoid such situations.
Thompson’s video, shared on TikTok, showcases the moment her wardrobe malfunction occurred. Dressed in grey bike shorts and a khaki top with a zip down the middle, Thompson was preparing to lift weights when the top unexpectedly burst open, prompting her to clutch her chest. She humorously captioned the video with, “New gym fear unlocked: wardrobe malfunctions” and expressed gratitude for the “clasp on the inside” for preventing her from being fully exposed while holding the top together.
While women offered messages of support and shared their own gym outfit mishaps, some men took a different stance. One individual lamented, “Maybe wear clothes instead of undergarments. I wish I was born 2000 years ago.” Another suggested, “That’s why there’s something called shirts for public.” Furthermore, one particularly rude comment about Thompson’s bust size was met with disdain from viewers.
Women, on the other hand, flooded the video with words of encouragement and shared their own gym attire mishaps. One woman revealed that her zip bra suffered similar malfunctions, while another disclosed a treadmill mishap involving a zipper. A comment thread emerged with women vowing never to wear zip-up sports bras again, sharing stories of shorts ripping, starting periods at the gym, and offering advice such as using safety pins on zip-up bras to prevent such incidents.
Interestingly, some viewers also expressed concern about Thompson’s long, loose brunette hair during the workout, speculating about potential safety hazards. One viewer noted, “It’s the hair I’m worried about. People see boobs quite often but not people getting scalped.” Others concurred, suggesting that tying up hair during workouts could prevent accidents.
This incident has ignited a broader discussion about gym attire and personal safety, with varying opinions on dress codes and precautions in public workout spaces. Thompson’s experience has underscored the importance of outfit choices and awareness, while also highlighting the supportive community of women who share similar gym mishaps.