There was a time where I didn’t like running skirts. I’m not kidding… I thought that they were kinda silly and didn’t really get the point. A skirt? While RUNNING? Why, oh why, would you do that?
Well, then I found a skirt on sale at Victoria’s Secret from its VSX line and decided meh, I’d give it a shot. And I fell in love!
I like that it gives you a little bit of style for the run, and the comfort is quite amazing. I also like that you get a little extra coverage in your upper thigh region… that is one of my “problem” areas for me, aka I like to show as little flesh as possible in that region and running skirts definitely do that.
But, all running skirts aren’t created the same. There are a few things that I’ve learned along the way that are so important to look for when you are shopping for one.
For one, it’s all about the style. I love the Women’s Versatile Skort from Brooks Running for a variety of reasons.
It’s super cute and comes in some fun colors that are easy to match with other items in my wardrobe (yes, that is important, too!).
The seam in the front gives you the flexibility to move — which is important, especially when you have to kick it into gear! Plus, I think looking at the type of material is important — because you have that extra “layer” for the skirt, it can become bulky and heavy. A mix of polyester and spandex keeps it light and comfortable, no matter the weather.
Another thing I always look for with running skirts is the shorts.
I have to have the shorts built in and I love these little stick ’em dots at the openings:
Brooks officially calls them “silicone grippers” but they make sure that your shorts don’t move while you’re on the move. Chaffing is the worst, and it’s definitely something you don’t have to worry about it you grab a skirt that has these babies.
And of course, storage.
I usually don’t carry a lot with me on the run (keys and gels), but even so, having a few areas to store these items makes my run much less stressful (especially on a longer run when you have a couple of packs of gels with you)… especially since most of the time I’m half sleeping when I pack up for the run so it is inevitable that I will forget things.
Do you run in running skirts? Why or why not?
What are some things you look for when you buy workout gear?
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