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Friday, April 30, 2010

Skirting the Issue

Warm weather does strange things to one's perceived athletic ability. At least that's the only way I can rationalize my decision to sign up for a 10 mile race coming up in October. When the idea was raised, the weather had just turned from frigid to balmy, and the thought of running outside all spring/summer to train seemed like quite a lovely proposition. Now I start perusing training schedules and revving up my ipod playlist, my number one concern isn't my pace, or whether I have on sunscreen, or what the best training route is...nope, I'm starting to wonder "What will I wear?"

I'm toying with the idea of trying out a running skirt. I don't own one, and generally I'm not up on the trends in athletic wear. Till now, I've been strictly a running shorts type of gal.



Namely, I'm wondering...if I get a running skirt, do I get these abs too? I used to think running skirts were prissy and not for "real" runners, but this lady looks pretty darn real to me.



This skirt looks comfy, albeit a bit more voluminous than I'd prefer. It's a skirt I'd wear to the pool, not necessarily to run in. But, this photo has me wondering if perhaps I too can rock a sweat band...



So, I'm scouting the market, thinking perhaps I will dip my toe into the wide world of running skirts this summer. Something to help me kick start my training.

Patagonia never disappoints, so I'm interested in checking out their Multi Use Skirt.
Patagonia Women's Multi Use Skirt

I like the cut of the Lululemon Speed Skirt; the slight a-line looks like it would allow for a good range of motion.



I'm tempted to think pink with this New Balance Bonita skirt
New Balance Women's Lace Up Bonita Running Skirt 3.0

I thought I'd come to terms with running skirts till I discovered this little number "Skapris." It's a skirt with built in capris. Am I the only one utterly confused by this concept? Why not just wear a skirt...with capris? And if you wear capris, why do you need to wear a skirt too?

Nike Pacer Running Skapris - Women's

So, I trust our readers' opinions on this one- what do you think of running skirts? Like them? Hate them? Are they silly? Are they adorable? The jury's still out on this one....

18 comments:

Mirra said...

Get one. The skirts are so cute. I have been thinking about a scort for my Zumba class. Maybe I should buy a skirt and start running. Hmmm?.... If this is only what it takes!?

The Consummate Hostess said...

While I do like your examples, I am just unsure about this latest trend in athletic gear. I don't think it is for me but I look forward to hearing what other readers think!

bluehydrangea said...

I can't decide either. It looks like they are just tennis skirts renamed as running shorts. I do love a tennis skirt but usually only wear them for tennis..and running errands...maybe I should try running in them.

paisly. said...

lululemon all the way!! i have this skirt in a different color and love it! really cute. the back is even cuter.

Constantstateofgrace said...

I just got one and honestly felt funny wearing it the first time. However, three women complemented me and I felt like I had an extra spring in my step after that. I say go for it and go for a simple black one.

Angie said...

Whatever you do, do NOT get the"skapris." I go to a very trendy gym and everyone is wearing these, but they look ridiculous. The lululemon skirt is cute though.....thinking about getting those myself.

penguinrunner said...

Get one! They're fabulous!! I'm a bigger girl and find that the skirt is better over shorts for mere friction reasons. I've run long distance to short distance races in a skirt and would never run a race without one now. I prefer the athletic skirts from here: http://www.runningskirts.com (there's an annoying video when you open the site).

Beach Fille said...

Get one. I run quite a bit, and do not even wear running shorts anymore. I own five running skirts, all of which are different brands, and I find them much more comfortable to actually run in than running shorts.

Chic Coles said...

Whenever I think of working out in a skirt, I think of Tennis. I bet it would be more comfortable than having shorts riding up!

Andrea said...

I am a jogger, and as into fashion as I am, I typically just thow on whatever I can find and go. So, these are a cute alternative, but can't really make a final judgement til I try them.

A Perfect Gray said...

yeah, get the skirt. you will love it. I run and cycle in one (over my cycle shorts). love them. Check out Athleta; they should have some good ones...

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

These aren't really that new...I've had them for years for golf. They're comfy and look so much better than shorts.

I only own one pair of shorts, though, so I'm biased. I think few people actually look good in shorts.

Robyn Marie said...

I felt the same way about running skirts. I am an avid runner and purchased my first skirt last year. I am now hooked and its part of my preferred running gear. I highly recommend it!

Robyn Marie said...

I felt the same way about running skirts. I am an avid runner and purchased my first skirt last year. I am now hooked and its part of my preferred running gear. I highly recommend it!

Alicia B. Designs said...

I LOVE the idea. I say go for it, but not the one with leggings. you're so right. whats the point of the skirt??!! Get them and enjoy them for me since I can't run anymore. Too much running = bad knees so be careful!

traci zeller designs said...

I vote yes! Athletic skirts make my hips a lot happier. ;-)

Lauren said...

I have one from skirt sports. It makes my legs look good, but it was weird-feeling at first- I really felt like my whole bottom was hanging out (it's breezy). I honestly wear it more on those days when I put on athletic clothes because I don't really want to get dressed than I do to go do something athletic. Mostly because I don't feel comfortable stretching in the skirt.

Amanda said...

the girls on my ultimate frisbee team at Humboldt State wear skirts, as well as some other teams. when your jumping up for a catch, they skirts look badass.

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