How to Change Gym Outfits in Pokemon Sword and Shield

So, you've bought a whole closet of gym outfits. Now, you might be wondering how to change said gym outfits in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Nothing says that you’re the Pokemon Champion of Galar quite like having the best outfit. Take it from us, mate. We loved Pokemon Sword and Shield when it came out, and we also loved playing dress-up when we weren’t super busy kicking Gym Leaders’ butts. However, once you’ve defeated some of your compatriots, you might have realized that they actually looked pretty fly. And hey, all those trainers in their gyms working for them were decked out in the same threads. Since you can clearly buy gym outfits in the game, you might be wondering how to change gym outfits in Pokemon Sword and Shield

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How to Change Gym Outfits in Pokemon Sword and Shield

So, you may have noticed that stopping by boutiques and the like allow you to purchase a bunch of various looks. Each town has its own aesthetic, which means that you can truly take a tour around Galar solely via fashion. When you defeat gyms, however, you may also notice that you get access to the uniforms worn by the Trainers in those gyms. We don’t mean that you’re literally taking them off the backs of the Trainers that you’ve beaten, but that you have access to the individual threads and variations that the towns have on your default Pokemon League outfit. 

Now, the question for you might be how to change gym outfits in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Well, the bad news is that you’re always going to be wearing your plain white outfit when you’re in gyms. However, you can change into gym outfits that you’ve acquired over the course of the game while you’re in clothing stores and you can wear said outfits in the overworld. You just can’t wear anything other than your Trainer whites when undergoing gym challenges. Yes, it seems a bit redundant since you’re literally given the gear, but we suppose that only Trainers affiliated with those gyms get to wear the gear in-game so it works as an in-lore reason.

Now that you have our guide with regards to how to change gym outfits in Pokemon Sword and Shield, or well, one’s inability to do so, you can turn your sartorial eye to looking good as you run around the Galarian overworld instead. Yes, we reckon it’s a bit of a weird move to have us be able to purchase outfits that are clearly gym outfits without giving us the chance to, well, wear them in gyms, but at least you can rep your favorite city elsewhere! Need a hand with anything else in Pokemon Sword and Shield? Check out these other tips and tricks that we’ve put together for Trainers who are adventuring around Galar like yourself:

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