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What’s Your Running Style?

My running clothes don't have tags to help me match--it's just how I roll.

After transferring to a private high school my junior year, I developed quite a reputation. No, not that kind of reputation. Instead my friends all knew me to be relentlessly matchy-matchy. Given that we wore plaid kilts and were limited to three colors of shirts, sweaters, and socks, it wasn’t too tough. But I took it to a new level, matching my undies to my outfit. (Come on, we wore flap-in-the-breeze kilts—it was tough to keep a secret.) Eventually I kept the tradition alive to entertain my pals. It still gets a laugh 25+ years later (and, yes, I am sporting black bra and panties since I’m wearing a black sweater today).

No shocker, then, that I wear color-coordinated outfits when I put in my miles. Maybe it’s the way my (bossy) brain works, but I think it’s as easy to match as it is to clash. I do it even when my workout starts and ends in pre-dawn darkness. Let’s say I’m wearing my purple Sugoi running vest (my new favorite running essential!), why not slide on a vivid pink Asics long-sleeve instead of a yellow one? At least I mix brands. And I don’t intentionally take it all the way to my kicks: I was chagrin after Saturday’s 10-miler, when I realized my Saucony ViziPro vest was the same screaming shade of orange as the laces on my charcoal grey Nike Lunarglide+ 2s.

I’m not bragging about my color coordination—far from it. The fashionistas I admire are the chicas who dress with funky flair to stand out in a crowd or make a (lovely, loud) statement. Like RLAMer Ginny Flynn and beloved, tall Mel Faulkner. The bright pink knee-highs, leopard print or argyle running skirts, vivid tops, and the occasional pigtails. Now those girls know how to rock style!

Clash of the patterns with a side of sparkle (courtesy of Team-Sparkle.com)

I'm hyper-conscious of style this because I’m writing a feature for Runner’s World about the merging of fashion and function in women’s running wear. Now it’s your turn to talk about your running style—or your disregard for it. Part of the article is going to be comments from real women runners about why they dress like they do when they're on the move. I’m hoping to get a dialog going here. Part of it may even appear in the magazine (with your permission). So start talking (typing!), gals: Tell me why you dress like you do when running. What’s clean? What matches? Or what tells the world to look out, here you come?

326 responses to “What’s Your Running Style?

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  2. If it’s loud and bright and can burn your retina’s out of your head then I say go for it. Hey if something happens you will be sure that people will remember that they saw me. The chick with the florescent yellow shirt and just as loud orange shorts? Yeah I saw her!

  3. My new favorite style is bright running shorts (I have orange ones from Oiselle and bright green ones from Lululemon), paired with a long-sleeved black top and compression socks. My running fashion fail is my wild hair – it’s too short for a pony tail, head bands bug me, and it’s crazy, frizzy curls when I leave it down.

  4. On training runs, I couldn’t care less – and I have a large variety of colors as I’ll run in my tennis skirts as well as running skirts, nylon shorts, leggings, whatever. But on race days, I like to match. 🙂

  5. I am a go together gal. I’ll put different colors of purple or blue together. I usually match pretty well. I love bright colors and a little sparkle. It makes me feel tough, pretty, and feminine. Just because I’m running doesn’t mean I have to look like a man.

  6. Love your post! It is right up my alley! My running style adds to the fun of running. I love the running skirt revolution and the fact that I do not need to pick up a new sport (tennis) to look feminine on the trails. Simple yet stylish is how I run.

  7. I don’t really care about matching at all. But my bottoms are always black, so it’s not really a problem. I do like to feel strong and some days I need a little push. So if my energy is low and I’m having to talk myself into a run, I wear my Suck It Up Buttercup t-shirt from gymdoll.com and it gets me through every time.

  8. Matching All.the.way! I even make my nuun flavor selection to match my running outfit that day. But I love matching and coordinating. whether it is through colors or patterns–my skirt, socks, bra, and top always coordinate on any given day. I don’t feel run-ready unless I am put together and look what I consider to be cute.

  9. My sisters are natural born fashionistas in their daily life. One actually works as a clothes buyer for a major department store chain and sees Clinton Kelly on the regular. But I am definitely a fastinista! I almost always coordinate my outfit for a run, usually down to my sportsbra! I love getting compliments on my run/race outfits because usually they come at a point when my mind wants to quit. Looking good makes me want to be good.

  10. NOT matchy at all. I love loud, bright, fun, crazy. I give shout outs to anyone who’s outfit I love during a run. Now my good friend I run with likes to match, so running together is pretty funny. 🙂

  11. I like to Match!! I’m not able to alway match when I run but come race day I feel so much better when my outfit makes me look good!

  12. I definitely match, and will wear something dirty rather than not match. However, I rarely have to worry about that as I have three sets of running clothes for most types of weather. I have matching sets from http://www.skirtsports.com. For summer, my favorite right now is gym girls ultra in “Blue Crush”, with the wondergirl tank in “White/Pow print”. For the cooler months I have the tough girl top and skirt in “black”, “Ocean”, and “Red Kiss Play”. And finally, for winter, I have the Ice Queen Ultra Skirt in “Black” and the Ice Queen Jacket in “Red Kiss”. Those are my favorites, but I also have several Nike tanks, long sleeve tops, capris, and pants. NO SHORTS! I even try to buy smartwool socks to match the colors of my outfits, but never my shoes! Shoes have to fit right and function well, so no choice in color. 🙁 Bras don’t match either, as I go for function and fit, so they only come in white or black, however, I usually wear the same color underwear as the bottoms, LOL.

  13. When it comes to clothes out on a an everyday run I really can’t be too picky. I circulate about 3 pairs of shorts, my favorite tights, a couple of shirts and pants. If my matching favorites are clean and available I wear them, but it often doesn’t work out that way. And I never worry about matching my shoes because then I’d be super limited in what I can wear. Yes, a new matching set would give me that extra inspiration to run, but outside of that I am just lucky to get out the door sometimes and thankful to have anything to run in at all! I guess that’s one of the perks about country living though – if I look really goofy on occasion it really goes unnoticed for the most part.

  14. Guilty of spending more on my running clothes and shoes than my “regular” clothes, but they are never “matchy” outfits. I love skorts with leggings/capris/shorts underneath depending on the season. I try to stick to black or grey bottoms, and blue or yellow tops, so whatever combination I pull out of the draw in a rush will look ok together. Of course, race shirts are thrown into the mix, but it’s amazing how many are blue, yellow, or white.

  15. I havent yet developed a “running style” but have set goals for myself as I get better, to reward hitting the goals with colorful and cozy running gear. I have a wish list on my pinterest full of under armour, nike, etc!

  16. I definitely feel more like a runner when I wear coordinated outfits. When I first started “really” running and wore shorts and cotton tees, I never felt the vibe. Then as I started going farther (faster, too?) and doing different types of run, I found the need to wear different types of gear. As I started buying more running gear, I started getting into the coordinated outfits: always black skirt, skirt/capri combo. My tops are all pinks and purple or some cool AMR slogan on it. I like to make my outfits a little noticeable (on a dark note), in case something happens when I am running. Maybe someone will recognize the girl with the bright pink top on…

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  19. I don’t get to dress up for work(hospital issued scrubs), and at home I wear boring jeans and tshirts, great for playing with the kids, cleaning, and dishes. Running is when I get to look good. So I do splurge a bit on moisture-wicking comfortable outfits. I am in love with the running skirt and wear it almost every day. Mostly black but I just bought a pink one. I do try to match, but sometimes am forced to just wear whatever is clean i.e. the bottom of the drawer. And since my bra’s are a rainbow of colors sometimes I have to work really hard to arrange my tank straps to cover to clashing bra. Looking good for a run gives me the same kind of energy a”power song” does. Sometimes it is what gets me out there or keeps me going.

  20. I don’t put a whole lot of planning or money into my running outfits. I have my basics which consist of Under Armor tights for the Winter and lots of Nike running shorts for the Summer. All of my bottoms are black so sweat doesn’t show! And my tops are usually plain black or white tanks, or long sleeve technical shirts from races. I feel like if I had too many fun options to choose from it would take me too long to get ready! 🙂

  21. I feel like my running fashion depends on the weather. In the summer, I try to look good. Never makeup or anything because it’ll just melt right off and make me look worse. But I like my lulu capris and bright coloured tops. I don’t like running shorts because they ride up my thighs! I have yet to try the running skirt. But it sounds cute!
    In the winter, I’m not so cute. Just determined to stay warm. For example, on my windy -20 10km run last night: Huge PINK wool sucks pulled up to my mid-calf, tights with capris over top, lulu tank(green), long-sleeve under armour(black), and a baby blue reflective jacket. And mustn’t forget my blue hand-knit wool toque. I was sweating by the end, but thankful for my (non-matchy) layers.

  22. I find wearing a cool pair of shades in the cooler weather, helps hide the wrinkles formed from your headband squishing your face forward and makes that unibomber look that one inevitably gets when wearing winter running gear (tights, hood, balaclava, water belt etc.) look complete. Strangely enough I never leave the house for a run without a little mascara on the top lashes and some sunscreen on my face (all seasons). If I had time to shop and tons of money, I love Addidas colours and styles. I have a running skort from LuLu Lemon but haven’t had weather to try it yet. We moved into town so once nice weather comes I will try to be a little more stylin’. Right now its so cold in Canada no one cares who is out there running or what they are wearing.

  23. I am not a fast runner so I make up for it by looking really cute and/or hot. I like to buy running clothes and gym clothes and usually look for items that are different. I like to shop at Lululemon, Title 9, Athleta, Lucy, and the Nike outlet and Nike Town when I travel. I used to travel a lot and would usually buy something new from a store we don’t have where I live.
    I usually wear tights or capris and sometimes skirts and like to wear a bright top or unique pattern. The last two winters I have gotten into hats. I have some really cute knit and wool caps that will make a black outfit really pop.
    Sometimes my runner girlfriends and I will wear matching outfits when we run a race together. I am running a marathon Sunday and 2 of us will be wearing the same Nike capri skirt and pink 3/4 zip long sleeve.

  24. I honestly have one pair of running capris. I lost 50 pounds this past year so with it went most of my wardrobe. My mom bought the capris for me for my first half marathon last September. I haven’t had the funds to add anything else to my wardrobe.
    I do have 3 running tops (2 sleeveless and 1 t-shirt) – again all gifts from my mom (she’s a super bargain shopper).
    The economy may or may not be bouncing back but some of us still have to pinch pennies – even when that means wearing the same ol’ pants every single run (I do wash often though).

  25. I have 15 pairs of running shorts/skirts but have about 2 or 3 that I will wear because they look good and are comfy. The same for running shirts. I tend to buy my winter gear in the spring/summer when it’s on clearance and vice versa. I like to wear a bright color when I do trail running because I want to find myself when the pics are online.
    My running clothes will always match my mood, but I tend to be more colorful and happy during the spring and autums seasons.
    I LOVE buying running clothes. It’s almost a sickness! Funny how I will spend money on running shoes and clothes but my work clothing all comes from thrift stores…

  26. I cringe writing the word “outfit” because I know it makes me sound girly (something I would have never dreamed of saying in my torn denim, plain tee, roll-in-the-dirt tomboy days), but I jump at the chance to coordinate a functional “getup.”

    After moving from Central Cali to North Idaho, I realized that a girl could get lost under all those winter layers… I needed to step it up if I wanted to get noticed for the sake of safety and, well, for the sake of being noticed. With my favorite full-length tights (Nike Tech Tight) only being made in black, I opt for brighter colors on top. A funky print long-sleeve (Helly Hansen Multi Graphic Baselayer Top) with a feminine medium-weight jacket (Brooks Utopia Thermal Hoodie) does the trick for me.

    Of course, accessorizing is essential – a headband (yielding to a messy, flirtatious bun) , warm gloves, and colorful kicks round out a guise that is sure to turn heads.

    Fashionista? Nah… Functionista!

  27. I like nice things. Not necessarily matchy matchy but good solid technical wear – and yes it is expensive. I love running skorts with built in compression shorts and I love wool t-shirts and socks. But most of all I love a really good sports bra. I am large breasted and this one place I will not compromise on quality. Nice if it is pretty but I will take ugly and supportive any day.

  28. It’s always warm weather here and I only workout outside. My running ‘uniform’ is lululemon speed shorts, racerback tank, running hat and sunglasses. My favorite tanks say ‘Fit Moms Rock.’ I’m not afraid of color or pattern. I have plaid obnoxious running shorts and I am not afraid to wear them 😉

  29. I don’t care much what I run in for training. Although a good sports bra has become increasingly important post-pregnancy/now breastfeeding.

    But, for all my races, I HAVE to wear my sparkle running skirt from Team Sparkle. At first I wore it because I thought it would make it easier for my family and friends to spot me in the crowd (which it did), but immediately I realized the true effects of wearing a sparkle skirt on race day. When you wear something flashy, everyone notices you. When you know everyone is watching you, you push yourself to run harder and faster and better. And maybe this is terrible, but the feeling I get when I pass a guy while I’m wearing a sparkly running skirt is indescribably great. 🙂

  30. I was once told by a elitist male runner that I could be a runner or be a fashionista–not both. He really enjoyed my outfit from behind as I left him in my dust.

  31. I know running is promoted as an “everyone” sport- no special skills, no special tools/props/instruments, etc… But- thats not the way for me. Although I do prefer to match (its ingrained- cant wear green piped black shorts with a pink top,no-no) its really about the materials… I can not sweat in cotton anymore, and lycra is nobody’s friend (lets be honest!) I love love love the manmade scientific fabrics that allow me to comfortably and stylishly get my groove on. Nike temps shorts with antimicrobial liners, running skirts with boy shorts built in, non-pit-staining tops that are no-where-in-nature bright, bring ’em on!

  32. I’m a serious runner. Well, that’s what I like to think. So when my friend suggested we all wear Team Sparkle running skirts for our marathon, my first thought was no way. Serious runners don’t wear skirts. Or so I thought. After weeks and months of talking about it, race day came and I wore a skirt. Verdict?…I loved it! Not only did we look pretty, but we were getting compliments throughout the entire 26.2 miles. And let me tell you, I needed a lot of encouragement during that race, as it was my first marathon. Since then, I’ve changed my way of thinking about racewear. I have realized that it’s more enjoyable to race when I’m having fun. And I have fun wearing my Team Sparkle running skirt. I’ve wore it in over 15 running races, a mountain series, and a handful of triathlons (including a half-Ironman).

  33. First let’s talk about what is *eliminated* from the running garb repetoire: Just because I like your music or your store does not mean I will EVER wear it across my bum. A double no if the fabric is velour. Triple no if the words bootleg, low cut, midriff, or sexy are used to describe the article of clothing. Now that we have that cleared up, my actual articles of clothing entail only a few key qualities to make it to the running gear drawer (s). I am a girl so I want my clothes to be cut for my shape and to emphasis this fact. No, this does not mean pastel hues. I mean, don’t give me olive green, collars, or deep hip enhancing pockets. My favorite clothes have a little twist to the norm: plain black long sleeve technical shirt with an offset zipper at the shoulder, or perhaps those cute little thumb holes and a hood. Better yet, add some fun polka dots that say “I am tough, and having fun.” Simple. Because stripey knee socks make plain black shorts and a long sleeve all the better. PS to athletic companies-no color block at the hips or down the side of the leg.

  34. I’ve been running for a little under a year, so when I started, I ran in my aerobic clothes, not Jane Fonda, like aerobics in the Middle School gym aerobics. I then say a super clearance at Lady Footlocker, had some cheap semi-moisture wicking gear. LOVED IT!
    So, as the weight dropped, I had to buy new gear. I started to “research” running gear, finding running websites, RLAM, and I got lots of new advice. True running tech gear, have I died and gone to heaven, and I BELIEVED that it would make me faster. For the past 6 months I have become a gear snob, a “don’t buy me presents, can I get a Athleta Gift Card?” kinda girl, an I will go to bed late if I forgot to wash my gear lady, and I’m loving every minute of it. My outfits are coordinated, this bra ONLY with that shirt. I have learned which gear fits my body, which pants don’t expose my mommy belly, which fabrics don’t ride against eachother, and donated any chafing gear. But most important, equally, is if I feel good, strong and fast in my outfit AND then I don’t want to think about it again until I take it off!

    1. Way to go Kristen! I’m with you on the Athleta obsession. When the catalog comes in the mail, it makes me want to work out! But its pricey so I’ve yet to actually place an order. I was just wondering if you would mind sharing what Athleta items you’ve purchased and how they stack up against other brands you’ve tried? Any advice would be great. Thanks!

  35. I definitely go for comfort first, but that said, I do love bright colors so sometimes I am a little mismatched, but that’s ok. I try to stick with brightly colored bottoms and then keep all my tops black or white, making it easier on myself. I am by no means matchy-matchy though, I have seen some race photos of myself and thought, what the hell am I wearing? (must be those early morning race starts).

  36. I grew up wearing Garanimals (back when they sold them at Sears instead of WalMart) and in the 80’s when your neon socks had to match your neon shirt. To this day, I still feel weird if my socks don’t match my shirt, pants or at least my shoes. There is some element of this present in my running dress: I wear a yellow sports bra if I have yellow writing on a running shirt (my Grand Rapids marathon shirt comes to mind) or a green sports bra with a green top, pink running socks with any pink running wear whatsoever (my beloved pink Marathon Girl skirt that is (bittersweet) now too big, my Zoom Zoom shirt that I won (Yay!) from RLAM, my Nike hat, etc.). What I care most about though, is function. I won’t buy it if I think it won’t be good to run in. I recently saw another article about fashion and athletic clothes — I was disappointed that nothing really looked like it would be functional for running — too floppy or not good fabric. What I LOVE are the companies with good products who are now putting out products in interesting colors and patterns. Maybe I’ll go on-line shopping now…

  37. I have to say, having hot running clothes, and spending hard-earned money on them, does get me motivated to get up and go running! And, I pretty much always have to match. It’s my weakness….

  38. This question got me thinkin’… Nope, I don’t try to match. If anything, I try not to match, and/or have bright, loud colors. If I do match, it’s unintentional. Showed up last Fri at our Dirty Girls trail run – lots of compliments on my matching pink (ewwww) shirt and black with pink laces trail shoes. I don’t like pink, just like the fabric and fit of the shirt, and the shoes? I liked the feel and that was the only color avail. Thought about when I might have started dressing “different” for sports… I remember my soccer goalie (active duty Army)outfit being a neon green jersey and bright orange socks. I really like having at least one piece of clothing that stands out. My go-to this last month has been my ibex wool lime green long-sleeve(thanks again RLAM!), and a bright orange short sleeve over top. Maybe I like orange and green? And of course now, skirts!!! Rarely wear pants or capris, has to be realllly cold for that to happen. My budget is geared for Goodwill only (or really, really good sales), so I just peruse the racks often and get great gear. Have some awesome skirts, shirts, jackets, pants, tights, and a vest. I may have to look for awhile, months even, to find something in particular I’m wanting, but I do eventually get it. Enell bra, tags still on, for $3 baby! I do get socks and shoes new, although I’m always looking at shoes in thrift stores too; never know what may show up. Just got a brand new pair of Nike road shoes for $7, have run in them, and they feel great! Also keep an eye out for gear for running buddies too, and they do the same for me. 🙂

  39. I am almost 52, on the 14th of this month, and body image/speed/etc is very low at this time. So loving how I look and what I’m wearing is very important to me. Probably shouldn’t be but… I match everything. My shoes are always basically white with a little color, usually in the pink family, in the accent markings. I wear a lot of black bottoms for training with lots of color on top. My hat, gloves, jacket and swishy pants all coordinate. I have always been a girly girl, so this didn’t surprise me. I even match when I do yard work or am cleaning the house. You never know who might stop by. 🙂 I guess I subscribe to the “at least you look good/cute” club. It helps my self esteem to stand at the start line and have other ladies say they like something I’m wearing.

  40. I’m another runner who has recently converted to skirt! I need the compression shorts underneath though to prevent thigh chafe. Since discovering athletic skirts, I’ve spent too much money buying them. My fav so far is skirtsports brand because I have not had them ride up. The other brands I’ve tried all ride up.
    I have never been a super girly-girl, yet I have a lot of pink & purple in my running attire. Like several other on here, I have mostly dark bottoms, black, grey, black with white stripes….nothing to eye catching. Those are easy to match brightly colored tops with. I recently picked up a couple of colorful skirts but have really struggled with finding workout shirts that don’t clash horribly. I try to match decently, however, I can’t always. I don’t own enough of each layer to have them all match. Workout clothes cost a lot. I have a favorite base layer short sleeve tee from Nike. I’ve had it for years and it’s a rust orange color. I have a peach Nike jacket that I love for cooler (not cold) weather. I have no long sleeve base layer. I have some long sleeve shirt, yes, but nothing tighter for a base layer. My only winter running jacket is purple. It was on sale and was the only color choice they had. I LOVE it. So, for a winter run, my top half may be wearing an orange base layer, black or pink long sleeve shirt, then a purple jacket. If I unzip the jacket at all, you can see all the colors. I try to tone that down with black bottoms. In spring or fall, when I can wear lighter weight jackets, I can break out a purple skirt (not the same purple as my jacket, unfortunately). I have a few bright stylish items that I have purchased and one tech shirt from a race that is flourescent yellow (I only wear that with black). I’m still fairly new to the world of cute workout clothes, but I am finding that I enjoy working out in them more than in my old nondescript ones. It goes back to the old thing of knowing you look good making you feel good (or at least better). I LOVE LOVE LOVE my skirts. They’re comfortable, not too hot and protect the delicate inner thighs. Prior to discovering them, I wore spandex shorts with other shorts overtop to hide the jiggle. It was hot and the top shorts still bunched up between my legs. That’s no longer a problem. Athletic skirts rock!

  41. I’m a brand new runner, just running on a treadmill til spring as I’m NOT about to go outside in this cold/snow (in northern KY). For now I’m just wearing sweatpants and a Tshirt or a pair of silky and loose PJ pants (no chafing) and a Tshirt. I haven’t thought past right now and using what I’ve got, but I think as I get further along in my running and think more about running in races I’ll look more into running-specific clothing.

    I must admit though that those argyle running skirts are absolutely adorable, and I’m girly enough that I’d wear them in a heartbeat. Particularly the leopard print with teal. And ok, so I’m the type that I’d find matching teal scrunchies to put my hair up with! 🙂

  42. For most of my runs, I dress in the dark, and it shows. I wear whatever I grab a hold of first, red shirt, green socks, orange shorts, you name it! But for long runs or races, I plan my outfit down to the last detail: white technical tee, black running pants or skirt (depending upon the weather) and rainbow knee high socks. This is the outfit that gives me speed and makes me feel like a real runner.

  43. I love new workout clothes!! I always go tech material, sometimes bright, sometimes all black. Recently I bought a few running skirts that are so fun. New running clothes always give me a little boost to run faster and farthur!! In fact bought a new shirt yesterday on my rest day and I had to run to try it out.

  44. I’m a morning runner, so I run in the dark with a reflective jacket over my running clothes or on the treadmill. Even so, even if no one will see me, my outfit always has to match. Always. If I’m going to sweat and grunt and grimace, I at least want to look good doing it.

    I spend more on running clothes than I probably should, but I do buy just about everything on sale. I refuse to wear cotton, and I’m incredibly picky about socks–Under Armour are my faves. I’m a running skirt girl in the summer and a running tights or capris girl when it’s cold. Most of my wardrobe is pink and black, which makes it pretty easy to match. I wear ribbon headbands made by Tonia (TMB endurance bands), and my headband always has to match my outfit, too, even if I’m covering it up with a hat.

    I like to buy running clothes because they’re comfy and almost always look good on me. I don’t have to worry about my thighs being to big to fit into running skirts the way I do with jeans. (However, I’m kind of a clothes horse in general, so I don’t really shy away from any kind of clothes shopping.)

    I do occasionally feel overdressed at races and group runs. A lot of the people at the races I run favor old, ripped up, sweatshirts and sweatpants (some I think for superstitious reasons). But I just can’t go there.

  45. If I were suddenly invited to go clubbing, I’d have nothing to wear. I own no black, and I own nothing cool. On any given day (including at my day job at a law firm), I look like I was dressed by Rainbow Bright and the girl on My So Called Life. In fact, I was out on the town this weekend, and one of your cooler readers ripped my hat off my head and deemed it “tragic” and “epically tragic” when I was pretty sure it was “vintage” or at least “cute.”

    But, when I run, it’s a different story. On my first cold run two years ago, I dusted off my purple running tights from 1989. They were old, but still in good shape because I had never run in them, and the color is a gorgeous shade of purple that would make Prince proud. Unfortunately, the run was overshadowed by worry that my running friend’s (the tragic hat critic) cackling would cause her to pee herself (she has bladder issues … twins). Out of pity for her and her stressed bladder, I’ve replaced the purple nike spandex tights with all black tech non-chafe gear and a little something that winks to my Rainbow Bright side. Since I get one piece a season that gets worn and washed everyday, my running gear, unlike the rest of my wardrobe, is trendyish. In the winter, I run in a black lululemon tank (it comes with its own boobs, so I don’t have to bring any on the run), black addidas fleece lined running tights, black north face fleece, black running gloves, and turquoise hat with pony hole. In the summer, it’s the black lululemon tank and black lucy butthuggers or black lucy running skirt (and UVA cap that I’ve had since 1990, but it’s still really cool, really). And, for those temps in between, it’s the black lululemon tank and black lucy capris. There’s one pink north face midweight hoodie that might get thrown in the mix for added warmth, but it’s got the approval of the tragic hat friend. Now that I think about it, I might wear that pink hoodie to work today. It would work great with my court suit, right?

  46. What a great topic! My fashion sense has evolved as my running has. When I first started running a 5K here or there, my attire was a race shirt, a pair of black yoga pants or capris and a pair of fairly neutral shoes. In my ways that outfit reflected my inner state as a runner — I was new to it all and didn’t want to seem too flashy for someone who was poking along at an 11-minute mile pace. As time went on and I learned more about running — and that it really wasn’t about how fast you were running but that you were actually out there trying and doing it regularly — my style got a little funkier with a pop of color here or a pair of funky socks there. It wasn’t until I had a few half marathons under my belt and was training for a full marathon that I really began to feel like a bad ass. Sure, I was still only running an 11-minute mile, but I could run 26.2 of them, and that felt exhilarating and powerful to know I could run THAT FAR. That’s when I found my real running fashion style. My usual outfit isn’t too crazy: A bright pink jacket over grey running tights with a bright pink hat. But the shoes? That’s where I like to have fun. I custom-ordered a pair of Nike IDs that are about as bright as you can get them with yellow, green, hot pink, bright blue — bright, bright, bright! Each color signifies something to me that motivates me (yellow is energy and sunshine that I love, green is a weird obsession with kiwi that goes back to me and my BFF in high school, pink is that in-your-face girliness and the bright blue is for Fit Bottomed Girls). I even got the tongues embroidered with “FBG Jenn.” My other pairs of shoes are just as loud — I have a pair that’s black, bright red and green, and another that’s bright red and grey. I love that no matter what I’m wearing, the shoes always stand out and are my way of signifying to the world: I’m here to run!

  47. I’ve been running for the past 20 years or so & gotten into longer races & triathlons in the late 90s. I am thrilled that companies are starting to make clothing specific for women… both in color and style and making it comfortable and durable.

    Backpocketsports.com has very unique tops that can be worn for biking, running and triathlons. The fit is great, the pockets in the back are great for carrying whatever you need. They’ve got a few different styles with lots of selections of colors & prints. That has been my favorite line since they came out last year.

    Running skirts are great as well. There are a couple of different companies starting to make them now too.

    You can look cute, be comfortable & kick butt!

  48. I own a few sets of functional jogging outfits and headbands but I only sport one set. The reason being I toss the soaked-through fabric into the shower and step on them while I lather and rinse. This way my clothes always smells fresh and I never need more than a couple of outfits at once – both economical AND green! Many ladies (and men) joggers feel good about looking their best even on a run, and that’s great for them to take pleasure in that, but for me, I feel it’s wasteful to stock up on fashion goods. They don’t last, are cost-ineffective, and take up too much space. I do enjoy splurging on high-quality foods though ^_^

    -RARA

  49. I live in Southern Ontario so my winter running gear consists of warm colors… As in I don’t care what color it is as long as it’s warm! My one rule is it can’t clash, no red and pink or orange and pink… But other than that I just want to keep the slush and snow off. Running at the gym and in the summer is a whole different deal. I have to admit that I love to wear race shirts that ‘show off’ my accomplishments. My Disney wold half marathon or Chololate Race tech shirt (and I do match my pants/capris/shorts to the top. I find that the shirts start conversations with other runners too.

  50. I too am a product of private school- and married to a Navy Pilot- so I love the uniforms! Matchy is good. But since I started running- I notice I need zippered pockets that can hold things… not just one little itty bitty thing- but the essentials I think I need..phone, garage door opener..chapstick..just sayin! Thanks for the opportunity!

  51. I am in the boat with most of the postings in that I am less inclined to be concerned about my outward appearance in the winter. For me, if I’m comfortable to stay out as along as I can then I’ll rock the red hat with a purple jacket and gloves with a snot wiper!

    When it’s warm out, that is when the outfits get fun. I try to make my lower half as bland as possible (why draw attention to my body hang-up?). If I’ve had a good week and feel good, I’ll wear an outfit that just puts me over the top with confidence. So much of running is mental and I have days where I am proud of myself and want the world to know, so I pull out the loudest shirt in the drawer….and I have days where I need a boost, so I pull out the loudest shirt in the drawer. As long as everything is secure, no extra jiggling if it can be avoided, I’ll wear just about anything!

  52. In the summer months, I wear running skirts almost everyday….I hate my thighs and the skirt covers them. I recently have become addicted to the skirts with capris and pants under them (skirtsports.com). In the summer I throw my running shoes in the back of the car with my running shirt, throw on a coordinating tank and a pair of flip flops and off I go for the day. The running skirts look like regular skirts so I am “dressed up” for my grocery shopping and kid dropping. If I don’t have time to change I will keep it on for a patio dinner with friends. The skirts also function well for wearing over a bathing suit on a boat or at the pool and I have used mine when water skiing. I love that the new running clothes are not just for running but they are stylish enough to wear out and not look like you just worked out (maybe with the exception of the sweat hair which can be dressed up by one of those cool non-slip headbands that come in a 1000 prints).The skirts with pants and capris are great to dress up too. I wear them to workout/run, change the top to something trendy and put on my non-running athletic shoes. Whola, look more put together than I have in ages.

    I do believe that running skirts have really given women a very convenient stylish way to go from the run to the streets. The prints of the running skirts are fun and somewhat flirty, it makes a girl feel like a girl. I love the fact that running clothes are much brighter and more fun. If the outfit is cute, I am much more likely to hit the streets in it (well if it’s not 10 degrees and windy, then I go for function).

  53. For everyday runs, its a vest for me…pockets, reflection, and ideal layering for the Pacific Northwest. I don’t need to color coordinate at 5am.
    Now racing is another story. In order to take it down a notch, I wear shirts favored by Hash House Harriers, typically with irreverent slogans plastered across the front and back. It just feels great to pass someone while wearing tech shirts with tongue-and-cheek slogans, like, “Liverstrong”. For relay races, glitzy red dresses are a must!

  54. I am 42 year old wearing pig tails because that is the only way I can seem to keep the hair out of my face. I usually wear a running skirt, but I think technically it is a tennis skirt. I bought a couple of them cheap at target and they seem to work. Now for tops…i like the under armour tshirt. It looks and feels like a regular shirt, but wicks wonderfully! When it gets hot here in AZ, I switch to a tank top…tight and wicking material also. Lastly are my Oakley sunglasses given as a gift…i love them and wonder how I ever survived on Walgreen’s 15 dollar sunglasses. My socks are hopeless…old and nearly worn out but do the job…no bunching or binding in my shoes.

  55. I follow the 3 C’s: Comfort, Cost & last, color.

    First I choose my wardrobe for comfort – for instance I switched from shorts to to capris/lycra shorts because I like the snug feeling against my tight hamstrings & since I sweat alot, they do not drip! I choose the the northface capris because I found them half off on clearance at REI (& at REI if the clothes do not work out for you, you can take them back) Finally, I like the black color because it makes my but look smaller. I love addidas & asics tops because I don’t get a lot of chub rub & my chest doesn’t fly out — so I choose the best colors that I can find on sale. I chose Balega socks because they work the best – comfortable, no blisters. I ended up with purple ones, because they were on clearance & I happen to like purple & pink. In all actuality, if I find a good deal on a running item that fits well, then I will buy it and rarely will I NOT purchase it because of the color. However, I found good raingear recently at a REI garage sal but just couldn’t buy it, because the lime green made my skin look horrible & was just too obnoxious!

    Many time I do not match at all, and am often jealous of the women that (I feel) look so cute and coordinated at races, but when I race, I choose whatever is tried & true & is husband approved so that he can spot me in a crowd : )

  56. This is hysterical, and I have had a lot of fun reading the comments.

    I am all for comfort. I could care less if I match, I want to be comfortable and safe when I run. I am very rarely color coordinated, and if I am it is by accident as I give zero thought to it. I would not be caught dead in a silly running skirt or dress. Really, they look ridiculous. Nike makes my favorite gear, but I am cheap, so have found a lot of off brand wicking shirts that perform just fine.

    With that said, if I am running a race, I will pull an outfit together that doesn’t clash too bad. After all, they are taking your picture as you cross the finish line!

  57. I put on what’s comfortable, especially comfortable running pants/capris. The last thing I need is to pick out a wedgie as I’m running, as I already do NOT look hot (and I do mean sexy hot) as I run. I MUST wear my running hat at all times on the road, although from my shadow, I’d say it gives me somewhat of a cone-head look, BUT it’s comfortable and gets my thick hair outta my face. My running tank/shirt isn’t a big deal to me as long as it’s not tight and doesn’t push my boobs up to my throat OR it can’t be black since all my running pants are black. Other than that, I’m easy 😉

  58. My running clothes are about as basic as they come. I wear either black shorts or a black running skirt with a bright colored top in the summer or black pants or capris with a bright colored top in the winter. When I run, I sweat like crazy and I don’t want anything too nice that I would worry about ruining. I also only own one sports bra, but I think I may need to add a second. The thing I love about running is that it is a get up and get out sport that doesn’t need tons of expensive equipment…this definitely shows with my clothes.

  59. I’m a bigger gal, so running clothes are a challenge for me, I can’t always find what I need in the store. That said, my favorites are my Nike capris, moving comfort sports bras, and usually an old navy tank. I can’t find many running tops that are big/long enough in the stores. (I wear a size 20).

    It’s sad that I can’t find more gym clothes in the store, I know I’m not the only plus size girl who wants to work out – why can’t I feel cute while I do it like everyone else? And triathlon gear? Yeah, right. I wore a bathing suit and an XXL pair of under armor compression shorts for my first tri. That’s not my favorite race pic, lol.

  60. I wear pretty much the same stuff every time I run. It more or less matches, but that’s because it’s black. I’ve only been running since February, and since money is tight my running wardrobe is limited. I’ve got one pair of running tights, a couple cheap compression tops, and a technical shirt from a couple different races. Between these and a couple of fleece tops I have, I make do. I can’t wait til I’ve accrued some more stylish running clothes!

  61. I do like to feel like I look good (to me) when I am running. I am out there working hard to get/keep my body healthy. I don’t want to look like a schmuck doing it. I go with black on bottom, and a bright pink, purple or teal on top. And I would rather have fewer outfits and wash them every day after my run, then have a bunch of outfits I don’t feel pretty in. And even though I want to look good, if it’s not sweat-wicking, it’s not going on me for running! I have my priorities in order: stay dry, look good, run hard! Repeat!

  62. I absolutely love running skirts and now only run in skirts. I never thought I would like them, but they are so comfy and cute to boot! Its not about looking good for other people, the skirts really make me feel good when I wear them. I usually pair it with a matching color tank (I like the ones with built-in sports bras). They don’t have to be a spot on match, but close colors will do!

  63. I always, always wear capri tights, partly because they don’t ride up like shorts do and partly because at 6’1″ I struggle to find tights that actually reach my ankles. My latest investment was buying the Athleta 2-in-1 hitch skirt capri for those days where I can’t go directly from run to shower.

    I’m now obsessed with the Moving Comfort Vero sports bra for A/B. This is a serious bra that eliminates all movement, even in high-impact training like running or kickboxing. Thank you to Moving Comfort for understanding that even the smaller ones need to be anchored down!

    I love tanks, but usually only wear them to the gym because I’m fair-skinned and need my shoulders to be covered on long runs. Mostly I wear my Nike Pro fitted tees, which are long enough to keep my waistband covered. I have an array of garish, discontinued colors from the Nike outlet.

    But by far my most favorite, versatile item is the Airflyte half-zip top from REI. It has these awesome sleeves that roll down into pseudo-mittens for the start of those cold morning runs, and secure zippered pockets for carrying ID.

    Meanwhile, how did I not know about nuu-muu dresses? I have to get my hands on one of these.

  64. I actually do try and match up my clothes…but for no one’s benefit but my own. Just like when I put on a business suit or the perfect skirt/top for that important meeting at work, I put on a “uniform” for running or other exercise…it reminds me “I’m serious” and that “I could be a professional at this” although I am striving for 10 min miles. I do it for myself, because I am going to do battle, with my lack of “feeling it that day” or “oww, that’s a new knee pain I haven’t felt before” or my favorite “seriously, I am a terrible runner, why don’t I take up knitting.”

    So if wearing my new fave Patagonia two tone red zip up, paired with my new black Nike capris and my Adidas socks with the red and black trim line gets it done that particular day, it’s worth the effort.

  65. I absolutely love my matching running clothes! My favorite is a pink running skort and matching tank! I feel great when I run in it! I also have gotten into matching Chicabands to keep the wispy hairs out of my eyes and find I’m now matching them to my outfits!

  66. I do like my running outfits to have a zip of color, but I also don’t want to look like I tried too hard. I mean, it’s a workout. In my opinion, if your running outfit looks like it was bought as a set, and has matching accessories, it had better be because you’re a contender to win the race.

  67. I wear whatever is clean! (or the cleanest clothes in the dirty pile, especially socks). I try to match, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. In the cold, I always wear my UnderArmor long sleeve shirt and my Nike running jacket with my Nike pants. Summertime is any pair of black dry fit shorts and a v-neck dry fit shirt (no crew neck- makes my chest look like a grandma’s!) And a dry fit hat – have to hide the sweaty hair. Usually by the end of the run, I am a mess anyway, so it really doesn’t matter what I have on!

  68. I am a functional fashionista! I tend to sweat profusely when I run, so technical fabrics that keep me dry and cool/warm (depending on the weather) are a must. Given the choice between looking cute and not looking cute, I’ll choose looking cute every time. My running skirts, color coordinated arm warmers, or super cute matchy-matchy ensembles motivate me to do what I love, run a few more miles, hit a PR, or maybe even some day to take a cute race photo.

  69. I find something that works and go with it. I found short and tops that I like from Road Runner Sports. I bought 5 of the pink shirts and 5 of the black shorts. I wear the same thing every time I run.

  70. My favorite running wear is my nike skirt. During a 70 mile run or 2 miles, in the rain or sun, streams or mountains, it always looks sleek and femine! After running in shorts, I always felt so sloppy and sticky, but when I run in my skirt it just feels so light and airy and womanly. I run a lot of ultra trail runs and after running for 24 hrs in the same outfit you just feel dirty, but in a skirt I may feel dirty, but look like I am ready for a night on the town. As a mom, I rarely get dressed up, so when I run it is nice to put on my, “fancy” skirt as my kids call it, and let loose!

  71. I’m working hard to run strong — so why not look cute!?! Running skirts, t-shirts usually in black and with pockets everywhere. I love pockets! (PS. this is my summer/indoor/preferred look — nowadays it’s layers and layers and pockets)

  72. So, I live in SW Florida, which is HOT and HUMID almost all year. Although I love to look cute and pulled together when I’m out on my runs, my biggest concern is avoiding “sweat embarrassment”. By that I mean, I SWEAT! I’m not dewy, not glowy, I am sweaty plain and simple. At mile 8, if I look like I have wet my pants, and simultaneously, missed my lactation schedule — well, that’s a major problem! I ONLY wear Under Armour running shorts, in black, and the top has to be Nike Dry Fit tank over a UA sports bra. Comfort and style are the next considerations, but anything I run in has to pass the sweat test first!!

  73. there’s a fine line between fashionista and she’s-so-matchy-matchy-it’s-ridiculously-annoying! For me, black bottoms are pretty much a must. In fact, I own one pair of bottoms (in all of my shorts/skirts/skorts/tights/capris/pants) that is NON-black…and they are super dark navy blue! Therefore, a black sports bra is almost another must, in terms of maintaining some matchy-ness. Unless, of course, the sports bra matches with your top–then that works, too. My main fashionable addition is earrings: I never run without ’em. Plain old diamond studs, but they make me feel a little bit girly underneath all of the sweat and grime. A little bling goes a long way!

  74. Honestly….when I first started running I was worried about looking cute. As I got further and further along in my half marathon training, I soon realized that I could be running naked for all I cared! All in all, as long as my body is comfortable and meeting my running goal, I don’t care if my shoes don’t match my sneakers, I’M HAPPY!

  75. Whatever is on top of the “dirty” pile as long as it’s not so stinky that even I can’t stand it when I pull it on. Hmmm, maybe that’s why I can’t find a running partner….

  76. I have to say that all the fashion of athletic clothes intimidates me. I started running this past fall (again) to a) feel mentally healthy and b) for the added benefit of dropping some pounds. The fact that I have pounds to lose and I am very short to boot means that I have a VERY hard time getting athletic wear to fit me properly (very few come in petites) let alone look good.
    It is great that there is much more to choose from but not great that as of right now it is not available to all body types of female athletes. For the winter months, thankfully my treadmill doesn’t comment on my wardrobe. Once it warms up outside I will be paying more attention to what I have on.

  77. I like to match my running clothes, look cute, and still have a little rock n roll flair to my outfits. I’m kind of a rock/”alternative”/punk music type of mom (read: tattoos, long dreads, looks like a bad influence but not really :). I like to imagine that I am a lesser-known Williams sister that hits the pavement instead of the tennis ball, so lots of short shorts, running skirts, and sleeveless tanks. I live in Southern California, so no real need for winter gear. All of my stuff is clearance from Marshall’s (like, MUST be 50% off or more) and Target brand, so I don’t feel *too* bad when I actually have the opportunity to buy something new.

  78. In the winter, I am particular about matching my gloves to my thermal half-zip (the kind with the built-in hand mitts). Good thing that Target has various colors of knit gloves for $1 to $1.50 a pair. Cheap enough to toss at the next race!

    I prefer to wear BLACK below the belt. PRO: it is slimming. CON: dressing like a ninja in the winter is probably hazardous to my health.

  79. I am a bit embarrassed to admit this but how I look on a run does affect how I feel on the run.
    I do not go out in frumpy, just rolled out of bed, mis-matched gear because I just won’t work as hard or run as far because my confidence is lower.
    This winter when the snow was endlessly falling I loved the fact that I was out there early on a Sunday mornin’ in my favourite jacket and warm weather tights. I guess I don’t need to match as much as I need to appear the I have “real” running clothes.

  80. Like other ladies have said, I’m a big fan of anything black on the bottom, both because objects hopefully appear smaller than they are 🙂 and because it’s also easy to look pulled together if one of the pieces you wear is always a neutral. Beyond that, I don’t fuss too much. Perhaps its because with a size 13 W women’s shoe and finding myself wearing men’s running tights, I’ve learned to find a color I like and not get horribly wrapped up in whether my fuschia top goes with my turquoise tank and my reflective yellow jacket- cause none of that’s going to match my boring white and blue shoes.

    It comes down to 2 basic philosophies for me: since I’ve lost a great deal of weight through running and am enjoying setting new running goals, I feel like investing in some good running clothing that will go the distance for years to come and keep me at a comfortable temp in whatever I run in is a better use of my money than a lot of the splurges I used to make with food. I’m also very big on believing that functionality dictates my purchases- does it keep me comfortable and looking good enough as I continue to lose weight that it’s motivating. I should also say that I didn’t start making that investment until after I really got serious about running- 3 days a week, come rain or shine for 4 months- till I started running in 90 degree weather and later in 13 degree weather. Till then, Walmart style workout clothes cut it.

    Now, my favorites are anything SmartWool (if they need a spokesperson, give me a call please)- love my tops and socks so much- they leave me comfy and don’t smell awful ever like sythetics tend to if you’re not very careful.

    My other approach has been to buy multiples when I find something that works and to have enough clothing to do 3-4 outdoor runs a week in any weather before I have to do laundry. That way, I never have an excuse, provided I do my workout load once a week to not have what I need for a run, but I’m not going dramatically overboard either.

  81. Black shorts, capris, or tights (depending on the weather) and a colorful top. Love my half-zip tops with the thumb-holes in the longer sleeves, they’re perfect for how my hands warm up during a run. Has to be sub zero F for me to put on a hat, much prefer a headband. Mizuno Breath Thermal for winter, a few microfiber race T’s have become favorite running T’s otherwise. For races we’re either racing as Marathon Maniacs (Maniac Black, easy to accessorize) or running for Ray (Runner’s Hi in Aiea, HI). Shameless plugs, but there you have it. Will try to match for races, don’t much care for workouts. But the hot pink shoes definitely have to be paired with the hot pink half-zip. And neon yellow with lots of reflective stuff for early morning/late evening runs.

  82. I treat my running gear just like any other outfit. Everything is an unique outfit depending on my mood. My favorite obsession these days are clothes from Lululemon and Athleta. Athleta has some great unique designs with multiple colors while Lululemon have some great core pices. Not to mention my bright pink Saucony’s, purple Brooks, blue/yellow/ green Newton’s and plenty of tech socks that coordinate. My belief…if you care about your everyday work or play clothes why wouldn’t you make an effort for your running gear. Afterall, at times you will be running for a couple of hours and you never know who you will run into. Didn’t your mother always tell you to wear decent undergarments just in case you were in an accident!

  83. I always try to match my do-rag and headband because my hair is just a hot mess if I don’t, and I am not into hats or visors. Gotta be a badass and the do-rag does the job! Adding a couple more tats in April, and I will be good to go.

  84. I love to coordinate using mix and match (brands and colors), but have completely converted to and advocate “The Skirt!”

    Skirts are flattering and provide so many ways to express yourself! I have unleashed my Inner Woman while expressing my Tough Self on the road!

  85. So being my husband sent this to me, and I know he hates it when I wear my XL high-school long sleeve shirts ( I am 34) he might be trying to tell me something. But since I have acquired 3 long sleeve tech shirts, I save the cotton ones for the first 5 min of spinning.
    But as it was commented-seriously on the price. Unless you run everyday, buy maybe one cute outfit and wear it every time you run. I have one skort (bought by my husband) and 1 pair of running shorts on sale from target.
    I am a rower by trade, so yes I do have lots of spandex for that to stay warm. But for just a run, who needs to match, look cute or spend lots of money. That is the great thing about running- it cost $100 for your shoes- CHEAPEST sport out there!
    Can I add, running with your long hair down …. well go ahead and buy the expensive clothes…

  86. I’m all about the running skirt these days! I love my skirts from runningskirts.com. They are comfortable on long runs with no chafing, and YES, I feel cute running in them! Have run my last 2 1/2 marathons in them and PRd in a 10K on Sunday! I already purchased the cheetah print skirt with matching headband to wear at the San Diego Safari Park inaugural 1/2 marathon next month! Also a fan of sleeves in cute and coordinating colors when I am running a race and it’s a little cold in the morning. I swear my red plaid skirt makes me faster because I feel good!

  87. For me, comfort trumps fashion any day! I have two favorite Lululemon capris (exact same style, both black) and two favorite Lululemon tanks (exact same style, different colour…shocking!) that are my “go-to” pieces. Sadly, I have a huge wardrobe of workout wear that hangs in my closet collecting dust because it’s just NOT comfortable! My running bra is also Lululemon….do I get special points for matching all the brand names? 🙂

  88. I like it simple. I’ve been going more and more lately with black capri tights or my new favorite the skort by skirtsports (which is super fab BTW) and then I play with my tops for color. I like the black pants because after two kids and a bladder that doesn’t like me if there is a little leakage then I don’t have to be worried about it being so obvious. Also, the capris and skorts I’ve found to be the most comfortable and they help to prevent chaffing from my experience.

  89. Black capi fitted bottoms, & fun colored tee when they go on sale at my local Target. So wish I could get in on all the cute running gear, but with 5 kids I have to kind of watch it. I think instead of giving all us new moms the ugly free diaper bag that we never use & end up donating to the goodwill they should give new moms a gift card to their local running store for some cool new gear. Now that would be the BEST gift ever! Happy running everyone….no matter what you wear…..it’s the run that counts as that what helps you get through the day.

  90. I tend to buy black bottoms, white socks, and colorful tops, that way I never have to worry about matching and can still look put together. Mostly it’s about what is clean and comfortable as I’m not especially worried about looking cute. I sweat a ton, so the cuteness would be quickly ruined anyway!

  91. Although I work in the fashion industry, I don’t have a hip running wardrobe. I know the current trends, however, since I went part time our budget doesn’t allow me to shop the way I did pre-kids. The current running wardrobe holds black, pink, purple and gray which gives me 5 gym outfits. My sneaks usually don’t match with the rest of the coordinated outfit. Good luck with your article!

  92. Having worked in the industry for two years, I have acquired quite the running wardrobe. I do like to stand out when I run especially since I am training for a marathon and have to run in the evening fairly often. I don’t advocate trying to “look good” but with all of the monotous black out there, it’s nice to see people incorporate color into their running gear.
    BTW, has anyone SEEN the tights at runningfunky.com? (Not affiliated.) They definitely get a chuckle from people.

  93. I like to keep it simple but do like to be color coordinated. For me, having to coordinate a running outfit defeats the whole purpose of running. And I could never think of wearing a skirt while I run. What’s easier than throwing on a shirt and shorts and cranking up the miles. Plain and simple.

  94. I like to look cute when I run….mainly so people look at my cute outfit instead of my sweaty yuck face! I’m not super matchy….but do think about “does this go?” when I get dressed to work out.

  95. I own the brightest pink and turquoise running shorts from lulu. Because I love their running gear and for some reason, that colorway was on sale. My friends slap my ass a lot when I wear those.

  96. I am a total gear junkie! I love to look and feel cute when I run, I think it helps me run faster! I reward myself when I meet goals and challenges with my all time favorite run gear Lululemon. I adore purple and lime green and coordinate my clothes to my shoes, my headbands, my Nike+ watch. I’m a fashionista girly girl and running provides me with a fun outlet to put my style on display.

  97. I feel the need to look cute and color coordinated. My logic? If I can’t run fast, well darn-it, at least I can look nice while I am out there training for my ultras! My favorite running clothes are from lululemon. I love their running tights, coats, hats, gloves, shirts, socks and headbands. Depending on my mood that day — I can choose to sport aqua, teal, lavender, royal, peach, pink, white, black, and on and on.

  98. I am such a fashion disaster that I am convinced Stacy and Clinton are going to ambush me for an intervention one of these days. I drool over the cute, “real-runner”-looking, sweat-wicking stuff, but it’s so darn expensive… Looking halfway decent at work beats out looking halfway decent while running. I love to scour the local running store for clearance clothes. My one big splurge is on socks…I’ve got to have my $20 Balegas! Reading all of these posts, however, I think I might have to budget a little more for running gear–namely, a really good bra and shorts that don’t ride up the not-so-slim thighs. I’m not looking to make a statement with my clothes. I’m a get-lost-in-the-middle-of-the-pack runner anyway! 🙂

  99. Whatever is on sale. Therefore, I end up buying summer clothes in the winter and winter apparel in the summer. The only down fall is I have to wait until the season catches up with my purchase…

  100. I believe…..and my mantra is …. “Look good,feel better, run faster!”. I always wear my hair back in a Chica band, so that I look super sassy…it does not slip and keeps my hair in place. I always wear matching shorts, Nike running shorts are my favorite, with the matching top. And Finally…..Always paint my nails for a race!!!! 🙂
    Happy running ladies.

  101. I have a bit of a “routine” when it comes to running apparel:
    Outdoor run (colder weather): capri tights and technical top. I was always a cotton short sleeve/long sleeve kinda gal, but I have to say, once you go technical, it’s hard to go back!

    Outdoor run (warmer weather): I recently found the Lululemon Tracker short, which is the only short I will wear now. Of course, in typical Lulu fashion, they no longer make them…

    Treadmill run: whatever is clean (usually includes cotton tees and shorts I won’t wear in public)!

    Races: compression tights (capri or full length, depending on weather); I obsess about the top half like it’s my job. I chalk this up to nervous energy, and have been known to go out and buy 2-3 tops and end up wearing an old favorite!

    You will never, EVER catch me in a skirt. I just can’t go there. They look cute and so many ladies swear by them, but I just can’t…

    1. I should add…the hat, can’t forget the hat. The hat is key for me. I once had my husband meet me during a marathon because I wore a beenie (it was codl!) instead of my running hat. It just didn’t feel right. I have about 3 of the same white, Nike running hats, just in case!

  102. I run in whatever top is clean and rock the skapris: they tame the chub rub and hide the junk in the trunk. I get the cutesy of the running skirt and the function of compression capris. It took me nearly a year to break down and geek out with a headlamp, so not cute (and even now, I wrap it around my hand). I do value practicality and function over cuteness…to an extent.

  103. As it is colder than a witches whatever this week in Chi town, I have been layering. Fleecey yoga pants over UA long johns and my fave nike jog bra under Mt Hardware fleece top covered with RRS windproof jacket. Winter color of choice is black…slimming and attracts the sun.

    In warmer weather, I like compression shorts(black), fav jog bra(moving comfort or nike) and a tank or singlet.

  104. I’m a runner, but also a fashion blogger (of athletic clothing ;P) so this is how my two worlds collide. I blog about Lululemon but I also add in many posts about running and motherhood. Currently I’m training for my first race, a half marathon so I’ve had a lot of posts updating my readers on my progress through the training program. I love Lululemon for it’s fashion sense, especially in the running line and my top favourite item so far has been this Hustle Jacket http://lulumum.blogspot.com/2010/12/hustle-jacket-coal-and-plum.html
    and the Dash Crops
    http://lulumum.blogspot.com/2010/12/final-boxing-day-tally.html

  105. No one is ever going to call me a fashionista, but I do like to have running outfits that match. I have t-shirts and long sleeve shirts to match each pair of running shorts and my sports bras match my tops. The funny thing is I run first thing in the morning so although my clothes look nice and match, my hair is usually a mess since it’s short and I don’t wear any makeup. Maybe I like the matching running outfits to make up for that! I do draw the line at my running shoes; those don’t match all my outfits.

  106. When I buy I go with what fits. And when I run it’s in what ever is clean. As much as I’d love to be matchy-matchy it just doesn’t work budget-wise (I only have 1 or 2 of everything, so not much selection). That said, I do seem to buy in the same colour groups much of the time. Purple is tops right now.

    Hopefully I can get an new outfit for my marathon in May. I’m thinking that I want to match my neon yellow Zensah calf sleeves so I might be either a day-glo mess or pure awesomeness. Either way I’ll be visible for my family and friends!

  107. Well I love to dress up for a race. And if it’s not a costume dress up race then really cute knee socks are a must. I’m making a Mardi GRAS tutu for a 10k next weekend. And it is a dress-up race. In May I’m running a A 10k called Hell Hole 10k/5k and it is a dress up race- devils and angels. I’m so going to dress like a cute devil. I have horns, a red sports bra-tank, and ill wear black shorts and probably make a devil skirt. And of course red fishnet knee highs. (it will be too hot for knee socks)

    Last Halloween I dressed up as a cat. I put makeup on as well- wiskers and a black nose and lots of eye makeup- and it held up pretty good during the 5k! ( I won a bottle of gaterade and a pie)

    Then there was the Thanksgiving Turkey Tail run- it was 22 degrees and 20+ mile an hour winds. I just dressed warm! I loved my Nike beanie- purple and grey. But it took 1 mile just to not have a frozen face!

    For a Christmas 5k I wore green and white striped tights, black shorts, green shirt, red christmas knee socks cut and made into arm sleeves and of course a Santa hat! A picture of me running is now on their homepage!

    I’m going to do the Carlsbad 5000 in April- and I have to be noticable for my family to even find me! But just cute knee socks and a pink tank-sports bra probably.

    I always wear my hair in pigtail braids for a race too.

    I think it’s fun to dress up for a race!
    Running around the neighborhood- i just wear whatever is clean!

  108. My gear is functional, first. It has to get the job done and help me get in my 20 milers without worrying. I like to wear form fitting tops and/or tanks because excess material bugs me. My tights or shorts are usually black but I like to wear tops with bright colors so I can be seen. Think Neon pink, green, aqua, yellow, orange. I don’t care about patterns but if I do buy something with a pattern, it won’t be flowers or paisley. Hate those.

    I also look for gear with pockets to stash money, gels, honey stinger waffles, keys, ID, etc. I’m loving my RunningSkirt skirts for that very reason. And hey, if I look cute wearing it…Bonus!

    As far as matching goes, I usually do and will match my top to my skirt. But you may also find me wearing my bright orange Vizi Kinvaras with my bright yellow Brooks jacket and my pink UnderAmour beanie. Cars may laugh when they see me, but at least they see me!

  109. It’s about a uniform for me…. same clothes, different days. Running is the thing I CHOOSE to do , just for me. So when I head out, I don’t want to have to worry or think about my outfit. I only want to think about the run.

  110. LOL, that reminds me that i always used to match my scrunchie to my polo pony in high school.

    i never wear undergarments when i work out.

    a homeless guy in SF used to call me “nike girl.” (i used to stop at the I-95 outlets every time i drove made the drive between law school in VA & my parents’ home in VA.)

    except for races, i wear white wifebeaters so i can admire my arm muscles while i work out. they chafe under my arms, i’ve tried wearing technical tees lately, but they’re way too hot for running on the treadmill.

    i would NEVER wear a cotton T-shirt or sweatshirt.

    my race outfit was matching blue & white tank top, black & blue sports bra, & blue & white running shorts, until i got my black nike running skirt, & i switched to that. conveniently, my last version of adidas supernovas was the exact same color blue, & i got a free pair of socks with my purchase, which happened to be the same color too, as is one of my ipod shuffles. (my fiance is trying to change my color to purple, but so far i only have 2 sports bras & 2 hoodies & a timex–the nike outlets are refusing to cooperate.)

    i wear pigtail braids for races but i’ve switched to ponytails in the gym.

  111. I love looking ultra- feminine when I run. I’m addicted to running skirts and cute racer back tank tops. In winter it is way too cold (from the twin cities) to sport that outfit so I’ll usually put my hair into two cute side braids under a beanie, wear a vest with a tight fitting long sleeve shirt underneath and will always wear my Dri-Fit Nike pants.

    If I could, I would live in my workout outfits. They always make me feel cute and feminine.
    I won’t wear a running outfit unless it is somewhat fitted and feminine. What I wear has an effect on the way I run. If I feel good about what I am wearing I tend to have a better run.

  112. I want shorts that don’t create a muffin top, that are loose around the legs, that don’t show sweat marks, and shirts that are sleeveless for summer, short or long sleeved for winter, wicking material, with some sort of cute print or design, and not too tight. All my running tops are wicking, and some are cute colors like pink or bright blue, but they are solidly boring. I hate it when bra-tops grab too tight and make fat on the back that I don’t really have, even when I’m wearing the correct size. Running clothes are boring. It would be nice to spice up the style without spicing up the price.

  113. I have been running and racing, on and off, for more then 25 years (actually ran my first race almost 40 years ago. I remember the days when women’s running shoes weren’t made, never mind other gear. In eighth grade I had to run on the boys cross country team (the girls team had no meets!) and I was required to wear the boys team uniform, baggy shorts and a singlet hanging off my bony shoulders. Yet, that really didn’t matter to me.

    I run outside in ALL conditions. I live in Colorado (after ten years in Maine) and the conditions I deal with can be harsh (running in -8 degrees just last tuesday. Today it was a balmy 4 degrees) and I must say that function always comes before fashion. When I find gear that works I’m jazzed to get out and use it. About as far as I go with fashion is colors – I like bright colors on a cold cloudy day – and my purple Nike Frees make me feel fast – and I run fast in them!

    I think that I can do better things with my money then collect running cloths. I have a wind jacket that is 20 years old and still works great – though it looks very 80s! But if conditions call for it, I wear it and run and run and run. I really don’t care what anyone thinks.

    And as far as an earlier comment: “It doesn’t matter how fast you run, what matters is how you look doing it” I couldn’t disagree more. Image only gets you so far. Whatever “fast” is for you, the point is the effort. Pushing myself farther and faster than I thought possible, seeing what I can do for ME not for anyone else. Taking credit for my effort. And setting that example for my 4 year old daughter.

  114. I love fashion and it carries over to my running wear. I have said on more than one occassion before a marathon or long run, “If they find me on the side of the road, at least I will look cute.” I too am not devoted to any one brand. When I choose my outfit, I am looking for a good fit, and if it is for an event, I want it to look good in pictures too.

    I would love to see more patterns in running tops, more smaller sizes in stores so I don’t have to order online, lower arm holes so I don’t chafe, and shorts that are not puffy–who wants a big butt? Not me. That’s one of the reasons I run. One more thing, can a retailer please give me some running hats in pretty colors? I like accessories. 🙂

  115. I wear whatever doesn’t cause chafing!
    That being said, I’m a pretty sweaty lady, and find that technical fabric is a must for me, whether it’s winter or summer. And I always wear black shorts or tights when running a race…no reason that everybody else should have to look at my sweaty rear!

  116. It’s funny to see this blog. I was just looking for a new outfit for the upcoming New Orleans RnR HM. I’m looking in my local sporting goods store…and everything is BORING!

    I love to run. I am a runner. But I’m not a super fast runner. My motto: If I can’t run fast, at least look good!

    It’s all about personality. I don’t want girly pink…or light blue…or lavender colors. I want BOLD colors. Where’s the lime green? Where’s the fluorescent orange? Where’s the electric blue? And not just solid colors. I want stripes! I want zig-zags! I want geometric designs. I’d even take some floral patterns! But just give me some out of the ordinary choices!

  117. I match my shirt to pants. I don’t match my underware to either bra or outerware-it must be comfortable. Bra is for comfort as well although if I think I will vent and the bra will show, I will coordinate if I have the option. I always wear Vibram Fivefingers and although I would like to have several pairs to color coordinate, I just can’t rationalize spending the money. I love Bondi Bands for my hair. When running I wear either ‘run like a mother’ or supermom for inspiration.

  118. Hi! Super cold, crazy winter here so my #1 running essential are yak trax. Love the way I can be pulled into slippery slush or packed ice by my puppy and still maintain my footing. As for clothes – it’s basic black for me baby! Like the little black dress, I don the beyond yoga leggings, smart wool socks, under armour thick wicking shirt, black turtleneck, black gator, white fleece jacket and white hat. I figure I better put some white in there so the snowplow can see me – of course, my dog is white. But – that’s it ladies. For the winter this is my one and only outfit, washed, hanging to dry and ready for the next day. In the summer – look out – I look like Beverly Johnson dressed me – a little pink, blue, black and neon (and that’s just my baseball cap)
    Keep running!
    K
    thatswhyyouloveme.blogspot.com

  119. I live in New Zealand and I am beginning to realise just how much we are missing out on decent exercise gear here! Not fair. I already knew about Lululemon, I’d fallen in love with it in Australia, but they don’t sell it here. And I have just looked up Athleta online, gorgeous! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone in an exercise skirt here.
    I do love to have nice gear, usually bright colours on top and black on the bottom. Especially as I’m about to start training as a PT, I’m gonna be mostly wearing that kind of thing all the time. But it is depressing the limited amount of choice that we have in it here! Bring Lululemon, Athleta and Lorna Jane (Australian brand) to New Zealand! Grrrrrrr.

  120. I like looking cute when I run 🙂 My last pair of runners were white and pink and so when I ran my half, of course I wore my pink running tank and a pink visor! However, sale running clothes get me every time since they are so pricey, so if I find something good on sale–who cares if it matches something I have or not. Although my new shoes have red in them, so I’m hunting down red gear now. On sale preferably.

  121. I enjoy looking “cute” while working out. Sometimes I even get excited to put on my workout clothes! It makes me want to workout, and sometimes I need that extra motivation. And recently I noticed that I gravitate towards “girly” workout wear. The colors lean towards the magenta pink side. And one of my favorite pieces is a white running skirt that I get compliments on almost every time I wear it (all from envious girl runners wanting to snag one of their own!). I never thought about coordinating my shoes because I have my favorite brand/style which is not stylish at all. But I love the idea of changing out the laces! I see bright pink laces in my future 🙂

  122. Personally I try to match as much as possible if for no other reason than my made-up theory that people who match are fast. If your outfit matches itself AND it matches your shoes WELL hold onto your hats as that person goes by! Matching = serious runner. So i wanna match.

  123. I thought they were silly at first but I eventually fell in love with running skirts. Now that it is cold and all winter wonderland outside I am for the capris and leggings in basic black and I funk up the rest to be sleek and visible.

    1. I’m so tired of my black winter tights that I’ve resorted to adding my colorful running skirts over them! And there’s that added bonus of keeping your butt a little warmer when it’s 15 degrees out there!

  124. I only wear black bottoms unless I wear a running skirt so I’m always looking for cute, printed tops. They are hard to find. Most athletic tops come in solid colors and that gets boring. And I want pockets. Pockets to stash my gels, baby wipes, cell phone, etc….pockets that can hold more than a stick of gum. So, as a veteran of the apparel industry, I started my own line. Fashion collides with function….cute prints, cute styles and pockets! backpocketsports.com

  125. I’m certainly not a fashionista when it comes to running clothes but I am picky. I love my Runningskirts.com skirts and wear them all the time in the warm weather and even over tights in the winter . They have pockets on each side which is something I need on my longer runs. The most important thing to me is fit and I won’t go out of my way to buy stuff that matches perfectly.

  126. I can’t find longer shorts for running! I’m a 59 yr. lady and the cutsey shorts aren’t me. Soccer players tend to have longer shorts or pull them way down. I need some!

    1. Cindy Lou — Athleta sells a few true Bermuda length shorts. Try their website (athleta.com) and search for “bermuda”.

      I’m comfortable in capri length bottoms, but it never really gets too hot here, and we never have humidity (well, we have fog, but that’s cool humidity, not hot humidity).

  127. I get my clothes together the night before,while I am more interested in comfort than style,at 5AM if I get in my miles and everything matches or atleast looks good it’s been good start to the day.

  128. I look for so many things in my running gear. I want something comfortable, functional and cute. I feel better and faster if I think I look good. I found that most running apparel comes in solid colors and isn’t very functional. I want pockets. Pockets to stash gels, ID, baby wipes, my cell phone, etc. Something that holds more than a stick of gum. So, as a veteran of the apparel industry, I started my own line. This is where fashion collides with function. I use mostly printed fabrics and all of my tops have 3 rear pockets. When I’m running a race,my friends have no trouble spotting me in the pack! Check them out – http://www.backpocketsports.com

  129. I too am a big fan of BLACK! Afterall, black is slimming too, right? When I work out at the gym, it’s always black pants and a variety of colored tops to match my mood I’m in that morning. I wear Nike and Under Armour technical gear for long runs outside. But when I race, I like to race in STYLE… my favs are my Nike bright color running tank tops, with black bottoms and my black Nike visor (which has become my signature running accesory). It just makes me feel good to look put together for a race. What’s best about being a running mother is having the dedicated time to splurge on yourself during your “free time” which for me is running =)

  130. I’m not too obsessed with running fashion, but I do have a few thoughts:

    -If it’s on the sale rack, it matches nothing. (Baby blue running shorts? Carnation pink skirt with lime green racing stripes?)
    -You could pay $50 for a technical Tee. Or you could pay $60 to enter a race and get the Tee for free!
    -If you’re a size 8 in real-world clothes, you’ll be a Large in running clothes. This is embarrassing. Why can’t running clothes sizes be set by The Gap? Could I get a “Curvy, Sexy Cut Short” please?
    -If it’s below 32F, forget fashion and spring for the hat with the ponytail hole.
    -A lot of us think running skirts are silly and girly…until we experience a long run without thigh-chafe.

    Best of luck with the article!

  131. I wear lululemon athletica speed shorts and inspire tights and pair with multiple cute tops from there that’s splashed with color. Why do I love it so much? Because I can count on it being functional for running and a bit fashionable as well because it is comfortable and very flattering.
    I seriously am obsessed and I can’t go back to any of my other brands because nothing is comparable.

  132. When suiting up for a run, I choose workout gear that makes me feel fast. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I swear I run faster in spandex leggings than frumpy gym shorts. The equation is simple: Look Good = Feel Good = Run Good.

  133. I am an early morning runner, I have three little ones and my husband leaves for work at 6. So… that means the sun isn’t even up in the morning when I return from my runs (this time of year). That means all my extremely unflattering race T’s, long and short sleeved (um who designs those things) and old grubby tights are worn then. And even if I WAS trying to look all cute at 4:30 in the morning, would it really matter? All people would see is the headlamp on my head and my reflective vest and all that cuteness would quickly flutter away. I save my nice stuff (I have a lululemon addiction: it’s flattering, extremely out of this world comfortable, and after a thousand washes still looks brand new) for race days… days that I know pictures will be taken, pictures that will be put on the blog for all to see. As far as crazy matchy match colors and prints, I’m not a fan. I like black (although I never wear all black on race day- it’s bad luck). It’s classic and slimming. But I believe, as I always have, to each his own. If you show up for a marathon in your oldest shorts and race T-shirt from a Turkey trot 22 years ago, or lulu’s newest matchy match outfit, I’ll still look at you with my ‘Mommy-eyes’ and think, I’m so proud of you! You’re doing it!

  134. First and formost is function! If it doesn’t stay put and I spend my run tugging and picking and come home with chafing, there is no way I will wear it again. Cost is definetly an issue for our one income family of four, I only buy what is on sale when I need it. If I’m going to buy an article of clothing I will choose a new running skirt, that I will wear at least 4 or 5 times in one week over a new pair of heels (ok, I don’t actually own any high heels cause we don’t go any where that I would have occasion to wear them) or a dress. That being said, I am a sucker for a great pattern with a flattering fit and Runningskirts.com has the most comfortable skirts, when you get the right fit it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all, and the best selection of patterns. On a usual day I walk around in sweatshirts and jeans, but to run I wear a cheetah print skirt, or red plaid, or my blue argyle (which I won in one of their contests).

  135. I buy my running clothes according to what’s on sale. I am anti-running skirts (I’ve always been a tomboy), although I did buy one (on sale) just to try it out. I do admit I feel girly when I wear it, so I never wear it during a hard run (not that girls don’t run fast). Mostly I decide what to wear on a given day based on what is clean, but I do like to match (oddly, even my pony tail holder and the “Brooks” stitching on the toes of my socks). So, I guess there really is some girly-ness in me. Mostly though, when I run I’m more focused on my miles than clothes, but that’s how I am in all aspects of life.

  136. Look good–feel good.

    I know I should not care what I am wearing when I go for a run—I am not supposed to be “that kind of girl”, but I have to admit that I pick out my running outfit the night before. I lay out the shorts/tights/skirt, the socks, the color coordinated shirt and jacket with love. Seeing it there waiting for me is motivation to get out the door. I found that the “yuckier” t-shirts and scrappy looking bottoms were sitting untouched in the “running drawer” while the “Badass Mother Runner” top, the cute running skirts, and the bright green shorts (I LOVE Green) were getting all the action. The “yucky” stuff was ditched to make room for the inspiration gear.

    It is not like I run in full makeup, that would be silly(oh, wait–does mascara count–blond eyelashes are really not flattering).

    Casi

  137. okay, so back in the day…throughout the 90’s i ran to run, sporting a swag cotton race shirt, staple pair of nike shorts, white peds and sneaks. Then a bit later, pre-babies, I sported a lil’ black running skirt on my 20 mile training runs, cute performance wear shirt, same white peds and sneaks but added a runners brag hat boasting my latest marathon accomplishment. Now, mama 2 to darling boys, this running babe is looking to tear up some serious pavement this upcoming spring. Wanting to strut my new shapely body in style, i’m looking forward to gearing up and tech-ing out. Cute skirt is always in, black always my staple…then maybe a run mama run or life is good shirt, cute hat and same old (new) kicks but this time around white peds are out and those super cute knee high socks are in (new for me). So look out world, here I come…Striped and polka dotted for all to see. Woo-Hoo!!!!

  138. I know it sounds horribly vain and shallow, but I wanna look like a sexy momma when I run. Maybe that comes with age? My younger self cared much less about my running attire–there was no t-shirt too ratty, no mesh shorts too baggy! But, now that I’m (*ahem*) 30-something, I like to look like I’m kicking some butt while I’m kicking some butt! I don’t buy lots of pricey running gear, except for my shoes. Most of it still comes from Target or Walmart. And, while lookin’ good is a priority, my top priority is still comfort. I’m a big fan of the fitted knee-tights–preferably in a material that combats friction between my thighs!! So, I think it’s possible to strike a good balance between fashion and functionality. When you find that balance, I think it helps you really go the distance. At least, it does for me…

  139. LuLulemon is great! I firmly believe in looking great at all times, and yes that means I wear makeup during a half marathon, or warrior dash for that matter.
    Have gotten compliments on my makeup at the end of a race(:

  140. Hey nothing wrong with being comfy and sexy while running! I know this is going to sound crazy to some but for me I don’t have a problem throwing on some waterproof mascara and lipliner if I am headed out for a long run and will be around and about..it all stays put plus the lipstick protects my lips from getting dry! In the winter I am dressed warm…my form fitting Underarmour does the trick.. I do not like to feel restricted when I run so this works perfectly…..and I HAVE to have my ears covered, usually with a cute head wrap…thicker ones when it’s really cold. I like to wear my hair long and free like a wild mane! A ponytail is absolute torture pulling on the back of my head for hours. In the summer, as long as it is off my face, I’m good. I love the feeling I get when the fresh air rushes thru it! It is somehow a very freeing experience! For races I do the same thing!
    That’s just my running style….it’s MY own special time…..works for me!!

  141. Just me talking but anyone that is worried about looking “cute” or making sure their clothes match is probably looking for attention and not so concerned about running. Personally, I’m all about comfort and safety. I want my clothes to be warm in the winter, visible at night and cool in the summer. (If they can keep me dry, all the better but I sweat a lot so even the most high-tech materials don’t do the job.) Durability is good too. However, the best thing that I’ve seen transpire in running clothes is compression — it does my hamstrings good! Now if someone could invent clothing that makes me run faster and hurt less, I’d be even happier!

  142. Its funny because I like to look cute, but not too matchy. Does that even make sense?! I guess, I want to look like I just put on whatever, so long as it doesn’t clash, have holes or stains. My 2 favorite bottoms lately have been black capris or shorts so the tops color don’t matter really. Race day is another story! I love to look CUTE! (I’m a SAHM, so we’re on a budget too. I hunt through clearance racks like a shark! My new fave is a periwinkle blue Adidas tech tee with a GREAT fit for $10! But I don’t mind spending $$ on a good bra or my shoes-everything else is bargain stuff.)

  143. I’ve found if I feel good in what I’m wearing, both looks and comfort wise, the miles are always more enjoyable. Nothing too fussy though, color coordinated tanks and shorts in the summer, black tights and colored layered tops in the winter is about as far as I go. I worry skirts, dress and prints will make me look like a less serious runner, so I try to avoid those. I will admit to buying a new “outfit” before big races as a confidence booster when necessary 🙂

  144. Well, as a bit of a heavier runner, I prefer some longer shorts to prevent the chub rub,so the girlie skirts, which i would like to wear, dont quite go long enough, and the tops never go long enough, as I don’t need to share my rolls with everyone, but I have run 4 marathons and manya many half’s and i am training for Boston now, I do like to match so everything goes with black bottoms. If you have any influence on longer shorts, that dont ride up, and longer running tees that would be fantastic!

  145. I find that wearing matching or ‘cute’ running clothes, makes me feel more confident when I step out the door. I often find myself searching through my running gear for just the right top and bottoms that ‘go’ together no matter what the weather is outside. I love to see all the new styles and trends with running clothes, and even though I won’t wear them all, I do enjoy finding new tops and shorts for big races!

  146. very interested in this topic – I am currently trying to update my running look. I prefer tights/shorts and tight running tops but am not comfortable wearing this to the playdates/errands/school-drop and pick-ups I have to do before and sometimes after my run. Currently I cover myself with an old sweater jacket pre and post run, not sure what I will do when the weather warms. I love technical gear, love to be matched but lately have been throwing old race t-shirts over running shirt.

  147. Okay, so back in the day, throughout the 90’s I ran to run; wearing swag cotton race shirts, staple nike running shorts, white peds & sneaks. After the “day” but prior to having kids I rocked my 20 mile training runs in a cute black skirt, performance wear solid colored shirt, same white peds, sneaks and my brag hat of course (proud to show off latest marathon achievement). Now, this mama to 2 darling boys, is planning a spring come back, ready to tear up some pavement. What’s important to me now, you ask…well, my new shapely mama body is craving some new digs and kicks. I want to feel good about myself and want to stand out as an individual again. Cute, techie, performance wear, sweet skirts, not so much matchy -matchy but decked out from head to toe. I am totally looking forward to rockin’ the knee high look (new for me), so bring on the stripes & polka dots. Would love a run mama run shirt or life is good tee, also some new something to talk about kicks and my old stand by brag hats to keep me motivated.

  148. I recently converted from never wearing at t- shirt style top (tanks and then a long sleeve over that if it is cold). To loving a good technical T. I would say the majority of my running gear is technical and brand name…right down to my socks. It is all in the name of comfort. I am glad to say that while this gear is better and tends to be pricer I never break the bank. Most of this stuff is on extreme clearance when I buy it. I do like to look good, but never at the expense of being comfortable when I run. I shop clearance racks, and REI outlet. I love my wright socks, I love my under armor and nike dry fit. I did not get a chance to read all of the comments (busy being a mom here) but to all the naysayers out there to spending money on good gear. Treat yourself to something nice (from the clearance rack). Your body will thank you.
    Oh.. and my favorite bra – while a jump form the 3 packs of cotton bras I’d get at wal mart for 10, is just a $20 champion bra and I have not chaffed once- ok…just once. But it beats chafing every time I run more than 6 miles (which is quite frequently.)

    1. I am an average 46 y.o. runner for only the past 3 years. i have a nice figure, run a 10 to 9:30 mile for 3 or more. i like to “look” the part otherwise I feel I look like a old housewife TRYING to run. I love all sports fashions so, often, before I even run in it I wear it out in the community somehow! I only wish I could find more on sale!

  149. I look terrible when I run. I usually run early morning, so I feel somewhat invisible anyway. I rarely match. Especially in the winter I just throw on whatever clean sweatpants I have (no running tights for me) and my purple coat with one of my cupcake hats and non-matching gloves.
    For races, I usually wear a vintage t-shirt because they’re soft, and a pair of mesh shorts. I refuse to wear anything specifically made for running. I think people underestimate me when they see me, which is always a good thing. I really don’t think wearing some short cut shorts or spandex is going to help me run any faster.

  150. I dress based on the weather and living in Northern Minnesota, that often means multiple layers. Although I try to put together a somewhat “matched” look, it’s more about comfort than fashion. That being said, I do have a number of running skirts that I adore and before the half marathon that my sister and I do each June, we always buy a new coordinated outfit. Choosing this has become a yearly June ritual and almost as much fun as the race itself!

  151. i can’t do the ‘from the skin out’ matchy matchy because bras my size that really work (34d) rarely come in cute colours. the rest of my gear runs the gamut from target to sugoi, depending on the season. it’s easy to be cheap for the summer, but for winters in nw ohio, i invested a couple bucks into basic black fleece lined sugoi tights, gloves, hat. the most money i spend is on shoes, and yes, i am disappointed when what fits me doesn’t come in colours i like, but i have learned to be practical on that issue. i’m a shorts/tank or leggings/tech shirt kinda chick. i don’t see me in a skirt or dress for running, unless i’m racing towards a bar stool!

  152. My girlfriend and I co-ordinate our race gear everytime………it makes us feel like a team- even though we run different times- but our finish photos look great. We have done pink and orange with mismatched socks, yellow princess skirts and tinkerbell singlets in Disneyland and grey and fushicia recently at the San Jose rock n roll.

  153. Because I don’t consider myself to have an awesomely tight and muscular runner’s bod, I don’t want to draw too much attention to myself. A basic black run skirt, and a simple wicking tee is fine. Although, I prefer hot pink and lime green shirts, because my Newton’s are hot pink. So maybe there’s a little fashion going on there.

    That, and in warmer months, a black running cap. I’m good to go. That’s about as fancy as it gets.

    Also, the shirt has to be a little loose to minimize see through chubbage. : )

  154. Well, let’s see here. Back in my “BC” days, as I like to call them (BC=before children), I used to take the time to make sure that I didn’t at least clash. I loved these black shorts Nike used to make and I’d wear brightly colored running bras/tanks/tops with fun socks to match. It was fun…

    …but I also had the time to a) care, b) shop and c) actually look at myself in the mirror before making my grand exit. These days, since I only really get to run in the gym due to my three boys needing to be in the nursery while I work out, I’m lucky if I actually have ANYTHING on that matches!!! 😀 I’d love to care, but I honestly just don’t have the time. Three boys under the age of 5 make life busy, and they are more important to me right now than looking cute running. BUT…give me a few years and I’ll be back to sportin’ my look. 🙂

    I’m just glad I get to run. I know I don’t look like the Barbie running next to me, but frankly, it’s about MY run and the fact that I made it! WOOHOOO!!! 🙂

  155. I admire the RLAMers who dress with such pizazz, from the floral or plaid running skirts and knee socks to the torso baring tanks and low cut running rights. I have contemplated that myself, but when I showed some of that to my husband at the pre-race expo last weekend, he just shook his head at me. He was right. It’s not really me. Don’t get me wrong, I like to dress colorfully and with confidence, but I do need to be comfortable and I don’t want to draw attention to myself. I don’t think I’d be colorful in some of those items. I do go to town on my wacky colored headbands but that’s about the extent of my making of statements!

  156. Fashion styles are what got me through my first half marathon-the pockets in my t-shirt, the craziness of other people’s choices, and my “reward outfit” for having finished. I love clothes but as a stay at home mom in small town Montana, I don’t have many options to dress for. And then I discovered running and all the cool apparel! When I travel I seek out running stores and lululemon-who needs Nordstroms? My running clothes are nicer than my regular clothes. I’m a total newbie and really slow but hey-I think I look good (and I’m super comfortable-all important factor).

  157. I admit when I’ve got my Under Armour bra AND matching Under Armour shirt on I feel pretty good. But really good running gear is key. I’m not so much into the style as I am the function. Is it good for running? comfortable? fit well? wick away sweat? Of course I buy things in great colors and patterns, but function is key!

  158. It’s all about function for me! I might be in the minority, but I don’t care for my gear to be womanized. Just because I’m female and I run doesn’t mean I need pink, flowers or skirts. Outside of the race course, I love to dress up–heels, make-up all of that–just not when I’m running. For races, I love wearing hats or shirts from my favorite previous races to make me feel confident. Save the fashion for the runway not the sidewalk! 🙂

  159. I am, for sure, the matchy matchy gal. Always have been and always will be. As much as I like the confidence that the completely put together looks gives me, I have on a few occasions found myself feeling slightly embarrassed to be so “dressed to the nines”. All of my outfits are completely matching in color and style, mostly even down to my shoes. I own 8 pair of running shoes just for this reason. Athleta running skirts would be my item of choice, perfectly paired with a wicking Twist top, but any pair of Nike tempo short paired with a matching top are more suited for my conservative Iowa town. I never even knew people ran in skirts until I saw them in catalogs. Pretty sure I got a few looks the first time I wore mine. I wondered how long it would take before someone (who surely thought I was headed to church or the like) would stop and ask me if I needed a ride.

  160. I tend to stick with things that don’t chafe and feel good – function over fashion. That being said, I love it when my local running store gets something cute that works for me. Saucony and Brooks have both started adding a little more pizazz to their lines, and Oiselle has always had really cute stuff (although their shirts are short!). But my favorites are the triathlon and cycling brands for women. They tend to focus on design, and I bring a lot of my tri gear into my running – it’s more colorful, fun and functional than a lot of the standard running gear. I love Descente, Pearl Izumi and Sheila Moon (BEST EVER arm warmers), and thankfully, they are starting to focus on making more running-specific gear.

  161. I think you should wear what feels good…dresses,short, long pants –tight or loose. But can we get the shoe companies/clothing, to make things coordinate better. Not so goofy give a a somewhat neutral color option. And….. Not all females like PINK…enough with the PINK!

    1. Okay, thank you for that…when are running companies going to realize that we don’t all want to wear pink all the time? Do we all run around in pink clothing in our daily lives? NO. You would think they would get the idea already.

  162. It has to fit! Nothing riding up or down. Nothing scratchy or heavy. If it doesn’t feel like butter I’m not wearing it!
    However, I find more often than not that I match my sports bra to my shirt and bottoms. I always match somewhat although I’m with you, I mix brands.
    It also depends on how far you’re running. I pick certain outfits depending on whether it’s a speed workout day or a long run day. If it’s a speed day I pick something that won’t get in my way. If it’s a long run day I make sure that there is nothing that will cause me trouble at mile 13.

  163. While I don’t shower and primp before I go for a run or to the gym in the morning, I do have to match. Gotta look good even if I don’t smell good… While I am self conscious about my body, I do like to wear fitted gear. It stays in place, and doesn’t bunch or chafe. I used to try hiding in baggy clothes at the gym, but they made working out more diffucult.

  164. I love Nike, lululemon & under armour for my running needs. I find that my colors coordinate with what shoes I am wearing. For a while it was pink and black saucony’s and my wardrobe was pink and black. Now its purple asics and I’m finding I put on more purple these days….. not on purpose either! Bright colors reign supreme in my book: for a race I wore a lime green Nike t-shirt and a peacock blue hoodie. Needless to say you could see me coming!

  165. I know this makes me very UNcool with a lot of running moms, but I am anti-pink and anti-running skirt. I guess “girlie girl” just isn’t my style. I don’t wear skirts in “real life”, so I figure it makes no sense to wear them when I am running. I think they look cute on other people, but they just aren’t my style.

    I do like to match, and I always wash my running clothes as soon as I am done so everything is always clean. I like bright shades of blue, green and yellow on top (the more obnoxious the shade of green the better!) and I usually have black on bottom. I like how a good running v-neck t looks when it is warm enough to wear short sleeves, and I think a tank top makes me look tough so I love that. I am a fan of compression shorts and tights on bottom too because I think they feel awesome.

  166. Must admit, the more put together I feel the better the workout will be. Tights are a necessity in the winter. And any top (tank, longsleeve, vest, jacket, etc) that has a nice taper cut just makes me feel faster!!

  167. So I am completely obsessed with workout clothes. Recently I really love the super bright colors. I was once told that a real runner could care less about the color of the clothes but more about the function. I won’t go out in bright orange shorts and a lime green shirt but I don’t have to completely match. Has anyone seen the new Asics noosa tri6?? If not you should definitely look them up. Talk about a bright shoe. Either way my sports fashion is more or less trying to match my clothes somewhat and having super bright shoes. It makes me smile =0)

  168. When I run, I feel my best and most confident when I’m wearing clothes that fit well and look good. It doesn’t always happen that way, because like others here, I don’t have the money to spend on lots of cute running clothes, but I try. Most of my stuff is from the C9 line at Target although I’m in love with a couple tops from Under Armour for these cold months. I also tend to have just black shorts/tights and my running jacket is black too, which is bad when I’m running in the morning, but I try to bring some color into things with my tops. I’m still half asleep when I get dressed to run in the morning, I need at least part of the outfit to be easy!

  169. skirts from Running Skirts, matching tanks/tees and knee socks in the summer. I also like to coordinate my laces:) I think it is nice to look cute/pretty when you run. Heck I have been known to throw on lip gloss too!

  170. I’m sorry, but I can’t handle the running skirts. I just can’t. It’s almost as bad as wearing your hair down while running.

    1. I thought the same thing until I tried one. Most comfortable run ever…and I am a marathon-runner, so we’re talking looong miles in these things. You have to get a good fit, but in the summer, nothing is better.

  171. Matching is certainly important to me too. I have LOTS of running skirts and I need a matching top for each. I can’t do the funky look with a cool skirt and just any ole top. If I’m wearing a jacket then that must match too. However, the real reason I am posting is because I have been super disappointed with how advertising and media has spun the “skirt issue”. According to many, the skirt “craze” is all about fashion and/or being flirty/sexy. I have been wearing running skirts since their inception for the simple fact that I like my bum covered. I dislike tights and spandex because I feel like I might as well be running in my underwear. Due to my height, traditional running shorts do not fit my body, they are too short and always unflattering. The running skirt is my best friend but I don’t wear them to be cute. While I am certainly not opposed to being fashionable, or looking good, I am a REAL runner who is serious about the sport.

  172. I don’t like to wear anything that draws a lot of attention to myself when I’m out running on well traveled roads. It makes me uncomfortable to catch the stares of the many pick-up trucks filled with construction workers when I’m running in the early morning hours. So generally I try to stay away from the skirts, spandex and running in just a sports bra (I live in Phoenix AZ so its pretty common in the summer). However on race day all that goes out the window. I like to be noticed and cheered for, and I like to feel pretty, and of course FAST.

  173. I do prefer to run in stuff that matches in some way shape or form. To quote my mom with regards to her golf game, “I might not know exactly what I’m doing, but I look good trying.” I have an Under Armour sleeveless white running shirt with the matching bra that are only worn together and paired with green running shorts from Target. Not my preferred color, but the shorts were on clearance and I had an UA giftcard. For my first marathon this past fall (Philly), I did sport an electric blue Lucy running skirt, the matching sports bra, and the headband that matched the boyshorts fabric. I felt very put together (read confident) and the headband kept the flyaways under control and made it easier for my family to spot me in the crowd.

  174. Bottoms: I’m a 50 year old runner and have inherited my mother’s spider veins, lol! The wonderful thing about living in NorCal is that the capri-length running tights are pretty much year-round wear in this part of the country.

    Running Bras: I’m an old-skool Champion running bra gal — haven’t really gotten into the lighter, high-tech fabrics. Although I’m a B cup and don’t need tons of support I just feel more secure and covered up in a more substantial fabric.

    Tops: I prefer a whisper-light V-neck, slightly fitted running top, even on the cooler days. Again, living in a fairly temperate climate is a nice bonus — don’t have to invest in a wide array of running apparel.

    Fashion-stuff: Given a choice, I gravitate towards pale aquas and blues because those are my favorite colors, but I won’t turn down a good bargain if I find something in my size that’s not a color I’d normally choose.

    I guess my running wear “style” is practical and functional and with an eye toward a good bargain, but I do appreciate the range of clothing women now have available to them. Back in the day, there weren’t a lot of options at all. Nowadays, it’s possible to look stylish and strong at the same time, there are options for every budget, and gear for every sensibility. That’s a good thing!

  175. I totally go by the old saying “it’s better to look good than to feel good”…when I look good, I feel good so you betcha I bought a new running skirt for my first marathon and test drove it for my 16, 18, and 20 milers. Got lots of compliments on it on race day which put a smile on my face and a spring in my step!

  176. I’m probably in the minority – but I’m tired with athletic clothing and shoe manufacturers making products for women in only pink/purple, baby blue, pale yellow and so on. There ARE women out there who prefer richer colors like reds, greens, darker blues, oranges, etc… I’m so envious of the colors offered for mens clothing and shoes – but clearly can’t wear them b/c of fit. I often wonder why are dark grey shoes for women in such short supply? (I do love the look of the LunarGlides – but sadly they don’t fit me well).

    I primarily stick to black bottoms whether its short running shorts all the way to winter tights b/c it’s just easier. Black hides the dirt, sweat and whatever else may get on me so much better. I prefer form fitting tops b/c I hate anything blowing in the wind (I feel like it creates wind resistance – even though I’m not going that fast 🙂

  177. Well I dress to hide. I’m very conscious about bouncing and “lumps & bumps” on my derriere. So I wear running tights and men’s running shorts over the top. I don’t think others should be subjected to what’s what about my body and I’d rather them think “yea, she’s running” rather then “wow, I wish she weren’t in front of me…” lol! 😉 Although…upon seeing my first real race photo in my all black ensemble… I promptly bought items with color. Purple headband, purple vest, green vest, baby blue & salmon running jackets so I can seem a little feminine while out there. And black/yellow shoes that remind me of a fast bumble bee! COMFORT, well placed pockets, velcro, ease in use – take precedence over fashion though. All the way.

    1. I’ve always not cared too much about being girly out there because I’m sweating profusely, my face is red & my goal is to look good AFTER I run, while I’m living life so I usually give it up during exercise. Although, once in awhile, like after the reality of the photo, I start to crave pink and I’m not a pink girl! 😉

  178. I mix and match brands, colors, styles. As long as I look like a runner and don’t get chaffe on my 10 milers it’s all good. Now, if I look cute, BONUS. But I never leave home without my trademark striped Injinji toe socks. Never.

  179. When I run, I want to feel good AND look good. I’m particular about what I wear when I run. It can’t be too tight, it’s got to breath, and I don’t want it to make me look like a man. Running to me is about me challenging myself and satisfying my competitive nature. Those traits do not make me less feminine. I want my clothing to reflect who I am both as a woman and as a runner.

  180. Well, honestly… my running outfits have to be cute and match. I try to always look cute (as cute as I can) while I am running. I usually buy a new outfit for each half marathon I do. I can’t wear the same outfit twice 🙂 I do interchange my brands… I love Lululemon run capri’s they are awesome and there running skirts ain’t half bad either. I am trying to control my running gear shopping but now-a-days they are always coming out with something cute and well I have to have it. I try to reward myself for running..

    Gotta look good while one goes out there to RUN!!

  181. My running style is running shorts/skirts usually paired with my last race shirt. Although, I am now a certified personal trainer, and will be teaching a running class soon (Couch 2 5K), so I’m buying more Athleta and other matching running outfits.

  182. It’s as simple as, when I look good I feel good. When I run I feel good. Why not feel spectacular by looking good when I’m running? I like to match (if I can), it’s cute.

  183. First let me say that I love Tonya’s coment. I might as well look good out there! I spend more money on my running clothes then I do on my work clothes and I work full time… I will not bat an eye at spending $100 on cwx pants but you would never see me spend that on only 1 pair of slacks for work. In the winter I am in Nike Combat, cwx and heavy clothes. Running in MA forces you into that. But in the summer I love my Running Skirts (runningskirts.com) and always try to match a cute shirt with it. Oh and can we talk the amount of money a really good running bra costs!!!! My husband has no idea and I like it that way. Must say sometimes I laugh when friends at work say to me… Oh you only run that is so cheap!!! They have no idea! Does anyone ever buy a new outfit if you know you are going to run a big race like a marathon? I am guilty of that one too.

    Loved this topic!

  184. I live in Alaska, so function usually trumps fashion, but I do like to wear coordinated workout gear. Black is usually my go to color, but I like to wear bright tops and headbands. I have been eyeing knee high socks, as I have yet to run in a pair of shorts–I have always run in longer pants or capris, simply because the weather up here can be so unpredictable. In the summers it can get into the 80 degrees range, but in the winter (I admit I usually run indoors during those months) it is so cold! My one quirk is that I hate clothes to be even remotely baggy. So I can’t bring myself to run in t-shirts, no matter how short the distance. I can’t wear jewelry when I run, but (and don’t hate me for this) I never go outside without mascara.

  185. I only began running, actually exercising at all, in my late 30s. So running and seeing myself as in any way capable of any athletic endeavors, however small or humble, went well beyond my comfort zone. The way that I dress when I run clearly reflects this. In all other aspects of my life I pride myself on dressing myself cheaply – from being at home with the kids to attending a wedding and everything in between. In fact, I will often mentally tally how much my outfit costs, the lower the total the more pride I feel. The clothing I wear when I run is an entirely other story. I always wear Lululemon, which I adore for both style and function, for me, it is hugely extravagant. When I wear good quality and attractive exercise clothing I feel capable, motivated, and energized. I have tried cheaper running clothing that will fit my purposes just as well and, certainly, be gentler on the budget but they just don’t leave me with the boost that my Lulu gives me. I figure that a girl is allowed some frivolity, especially if it helps me log more miles.

  186. My running attire always depends on the conditions of the run; day vs. night, cold vs. warm, short-run vs. long-run. Comfort is always the number one objective based on inventory (clean laundry) and then matching is a distant second…

  187. Always dri-fit so you can’t tell how much you’re sweating and of course matchy-matchy. My moto you look good you feel good!

  188. I’m sure we can all agree that we run better when we feel better…for me, I feel better when I am happy with what I am wearing, and I definitely believe that makes for a better run! There is so much attractive activewear available now (thanks in no small part to brands like Lululemon and Oiselle), making it relatively easy to dress for a tough run in functional and feminine clothing. It’s fun and exciting to combine two loves…style and pavement!

  189. When working out in the gym it is essential for me to match… right down to the underwear and sports bra (they always match my shirt). I even go as far as making sure the brand matches. Underarmour shirt? Underarmour shorts…obviously. My shoes however never change, but when they do it’s a huge bonus!

    When running outside I prefer to mismatch as much as possible. I feel like I’m already providing entertainment by running the streets in ridiculous weather conditions so why not give the people something really fun to gasp at! Multi-colored mid calf Smartwool socks, tights, obnoxiously colored bright tops (stylish and safe!), I even go as far as mismatching mittens. I like to think I make someone smile over those miles.

  190. I am a busy homeschooling mom of 4 children and running is my new passion! What a stressbuster and the 25 lbs I’ve lost since running is an added bonus. What do I wear and why? Well, originally, I ran in shorts and a t-shirt…now…I am all about fashion and comfort! Personally, I like Fila brand running clothing. I find it is comfortable to run/work out in and the styles and colors are awesome! I prefer running in the “biking” capris… shorter than regular capris, but longer than typical shorts. Wicking material is a must. I have run and worked out in capris that were made of cotton…too hot! I also wear a lot of the Fila racer back tops. When I run for an hour or more straight, or when I’m cranking it out on the elliptical, wearing something that keeps me cool is essential. I have found that the biking capris and the racer back tops keep me the coolest during my workouts and runs. Slip on a Fila running jacket for warm-up and cool-down and you’re in business. Sometimes, it does depend on what is clean…but, with working out 6 days a week while training for a half marathon, I am washing my workout gear constantly. Since I let the clothing air dry, there is a constant rotation of laundry hanging in my basement! I have found when I have my favorite workout gear on, I feel good, look good and perform my best! Sounds silly perhaps…but in my world, as a 48 yr old mother of 4 who is a runner… I do whatever it takes to motivate me and get me out the door TO RUN!!!!!

  191. I hate to admit it, but I like to look cute when I run– which means matching, and cute (but functional!) running attire. As a college student in cotton soffe shorts and old t-shirts, I used to mock those people in the gym in their cute outfits. Now that I can actually afford the nice technical stuff, I like looking good when I run. Why? I don’t really have a solid reason, except that I like it, it makes me feel good, and I think makes me feel more confident. And I feel as though this confidence extends to my runs– when I feel more confident, I think I have a better run.

    Function is also necessary however– it needs to be good technical fabric that breathes easily and allows me to move easily without any chafing (ever! even for a 50K). Bonus points if there are convenient zipper pockets (need somewhere to stash keys & gels). My favorite running outfit is probably my charcoal grey Nike running capris (tech fabric with back hip zipper pouch) with my white Saucony long sleeved shirt (tech fabric with hoodie, side sipper pouch along the hem line, AND thumb holes). Very functional (wore em for my last marathon), and also fashionable enough to show up to brunch in post-long-run on Saturday mornings.

    I always feel that I have cuter running outfits in the fall/winter–in DC I don’t need to bundle up TOO much, but as soon as summer hits it’s pretty much necessary to strip down to a sports bra and running shorts/skirt for the heat & humidity.

  192. I like to look at while running and I like clothes! I’m partial to Nike, but I do love under armor! I have ran 4 half marathons and bought a new outfit for each. I love clothes and shopping though. It doesn’t matter what kind. I love jeans and causal looks. I love black pants and dressy tops. I love leggings and boots. I love all shoes, running and everything else!

    I get stop at a stoplight most every time I run, I feel people looking at me so I want to look good! 😉

  193. I wear cute colors and try not to clash or wear rags. (Black bottoms are my friend.) That said, my choices are far more based on what’s weather appropriate, what’s clean, and what was on sale in the first place.

  194. My running clothes hardly ever match, but that’s mostly because they’re all loud colors. I love those crazy shiny, hot pink, lime green LOOK AT ME colors they put on active wear. I used to feel self conscious when I went out running on the road, (there aren’t many runners in my area and I felt like everyone was looking at me) so I decided to ditch the over sized t-shirts and sweatpants and give them something to look at. I don’t think I’ve ever planned out a running outfit but I LOVE dressing in crazy miss matched colorful clothes when I go running, it makes me feel like a superhero!

  195. I have to say I’m more about function than style. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look cute when I’m out for a run. I love my hot pink lole running top as much as my solid black New Balance running top. I will add that since I’m normally wearing black bottoms I like to mix it up a bit and add a bit of color on top. Nobody wants to look like Johnny Cash while they’re out tearing up the roads in head-to-toe black. This blog makes me want to go out and invest in a fun, funky hat! Run like a girl!!

  196. I walked into Lululemon on the West side of Central Park about 2 years ago and unknowingly a love affair was born. Some of their stuff is expensive but I try and get a new running outfit before all my big races just to give myself that little extra boost in confidence. My favorite piece is the little black running skirt with the pleats in the back. I wear it also to play golf or just for fun running errands around town. Sadly, I only bought one and it doesn’t look like they are making any more. I would get multiple colors and be set for the coming summer – running or otherwise!

  197. I dress mainly for comfort but like to look good, too. I don’t worry about matching brands but do try to match colors. I do wish that running tights came in more colors — black does go with everything but gets boring. Also, women’s running stuff comes in a lot of blue. What about greens and oranges?! Got a great Puma running top in a coral color I adore b/c it’s so pretty and well designed. In warmer weather, I like running shorts but only if they’re long enough that I don’t get friction burns on my inner thighs!

  198. For training especially in the dark it matters to me less that I look good than whether I am dressed for the weather. And comfort.

    Race day is a different story. Our running club has two volunteer photographers. I’ve learned that it matters to me what those photos show!

  199. I have to look marginally okay since all my runs are squeezed between dropping off and picking up my kiddos. So it’s black running pants, colorful tank top and an old race t-shirt thrown over it when it’s “cold” outside (gotta love Houston!)

  200. I think of my running attire no different than the rest of my wardrobe. I buy a few “staples” , a few universal black tops and bottoms, then I have cute, brightly colored tops and even a few bottoms to put with base black items. It doesn’t take a lot of thought when I’m in a hurry and headed out for a run, but I always look cute when I start with a black base and add a bright color to it. I would never leave the house to go to work or school looking mismatched or disheveled, so why should I when I head out for a run or to they gym?

  201. As a larger lady, I tend to wear things that hide my shape, because I loathe that sausage-casing look that a lot of running gear tends to give me. I don’t like how it feels, and I feel self-conscious because of how it looks, no matter what kind of moisture-wicking benefits I’m getting. Even at my fighting weight, I have broad shoulders and wide hips, so women’s XL sizes are still too small on me. I’ve tried men’s running tops, which I like because they are a bit more forgiving. Not everyone wants things to be form-fitting, and I so wish the makers of women’s running gear would understand that.

    Not all lady runners are tiny!

    1. I just wanna jump in here and second that– Not all lady runners are tiny! I’ve been a plus sized runner for 4 years now. I don’t care what people think about how my butt looks, I *will* wear compression shorts in public because they wick and I need some fabric between the legs that (1) doesn’t ride up and (2) reduces chafing. Good luck finding a plus size compression short in anything other than black… you’re not going to find it. Running skorts with a 4 inch inseam? You gotta be kidding, I’d be bleeding before the end of the first mile. I am just now getting small enough where I can throw a cute running skirt over top of my shorts– so some colorful skirts from Athleta and Skirt Sports are starting to open up to me. I may break out of the all-black-bottoms some day.
      As for tops, I want as much color as possible to offset the always black bottom. I don’t want to wear a shirt that looks like a men’s shirt– I’m not wearing men’s clothes, and I don’t want to look like I am. I want plus size shirts that have the same colors, and the same swirly-girly details, as the smaller tops. Usually I’m adding color with accessories– hat, socks, jacket, gloves. I do try to match the same basic color between my hat and my shirt, and I don’t like to wear a jacket that clashes with my shirt. But honestly, if it’s plus size and performance fabric and it’s on clearance, I’m buying it no matter what color it is. Plus size workout clothes are just too hard to find to afford the luxury of being picky.

  202. As a larger lady, I tend to wear things that hide my shape, because I loathe that sausage-casing look that a lot of running gear tends to give me. I don’t like how it feels, and I feel self-conscious because of how it looks, no matter what kind of moisture-wicking benefits I’m getting. Even at my fighting weight, I have broad shoulders and wide hips, so women’s XL sizes are still too small on me. I’ve tried men’s running tops, which I like because they are a bit more forgiving. Not everyone wants things to be form-fitting, and I so wish the makers of women’s running gear would understand that.

  203. I feel better and therefore run better when I’m wearing an outfit I really like. My favorite outfit for a race is a skirt from RunningSkirts.com, my running club singlet (A Snail’s Pace Running Club) and a cute pair of socks from Sock Guy. This past weekend I wore a pink skirt, my uniform top which is black and white, pink socks with cupcakes on them, and pink and silver Mizuno Nirvana shoes. Pink is my favorite color, and I always feel extra fast wearing it. The running club uniform is very cute, too, with the signature green Snail on the back.

  204. I definitely like to match and look good while running. I am in love with fitted knee pants. I get them in black color only. I love the way they make my body look and I like that I don’t have fabric blowing in the wind as I run. I match my sports bra’s to whatever color moisture wicking shirt I am wearing. Cotton is no good when running, as it just absorbs the sweat and weighs you down. I have to wear socks that don’t show and I the “flair” that I add to my black work out bottoms are bright shirts and bright shoelaces. I have my sports pack, iPod arm strap and even my hair accessories all matched as well. I am a little OCD maybe? LOL

  205. I have to agree with most of the women that responded to this article….I do try and look my best during my workouts by myself, with my running club group of ladies, as well as with my trainer; running errands with my kids, which there are plenty!!!;)
    I love shopping for my workout clothes at Athleta, Title Nine, North Face, and REI;)

  206. My Nike Pegasus are white and light blue.. and I can often be seen running outside in black Nike running tights with short light blue, black and white running shorts, a white Nike running pullover with black stitching and a white and light blue Saucony running cap. Is this considered matchy-matchy?? 🙂
    -Molly

  207. It’s all about being comfortable and functional while still feeling like a girl. A typical outfit for me would be black shorts, single color top and bright pink compression socks- there’s no better way to feel girly than with neon pink socks.

  208. I have a “most importantly comfort, then what’s clean, or maybe just not smelly, but still relatively matches” style. I love all my Nike attire through and through, fits right, doesn’t budge and all matches to each other to cross coordinate.. I always wear the same shoes and I have to wear black low rise socks. My bra matches my shorts. I do try to match my KT Tape if I have an injury!

  209. I used to be really, REALLY picky about what I wore running but I’ve definitely mellowed over the years–except on race days.

    I am still very picky about shorts. I ONLY wear Nike shorts. Not because they are Nike and I am a label person but because they are short without being too short and they don’t ride up in the crotch. I’ve tried dozens of shorts and most of them get one wear and then collect dust in my Rubbermaid O’ Rejected Workout Gear.

    I am also anal about my socks and can’t stand to have anything on my ankles. I only wear footie socks BUT they can’t be cut so low that they slide and bunch up around my heels. They have to just come to the top of the shoe and then STAY THERE!

    I used to train in my Under Armour hat and then race in my Nike sunglasses… Until my 2 year old snapped the oh so fragile frames of my beloved glasses. Now it is UA hat ALL THE TIME. Even in the winter, I add a fleece headband so I don’t have to trade it in for a beanie.

    Overall I go for comfort but I also like to semi-match. Like today my tech tee was Champion but it matched the pink stripe in my Nike shorts.

    … As I type this, I realize that maybe I haven’t mellowed so much after all!!

    1. LOVE my Nike shorts!!! and my socks are the same way! LOL Glad I am not the only one that has rejected workout gear! LOL

  210. Hi,
    I never wear mismatching things to a running event, thinking about what I’m going to wear is actually the biggest part of my preparations for a race. I love wearing running skirts, I have Cep compression socks in all available colours and if I think a race is going to be especially difficult I spoil myself by buying something new. I’ve got pictures galore 🙂

  211. Well, if I am running at home on the treadmill (during the baby’s nap time), I will wear my mismatched running stuff. I have an incredibly comfortable pair of BRIGHT yellow shorts, that really match nothing. So, when no one is going to see me, I wear them, along with a silly looking blue technical tee.

    If I’m out in public, I match. Generally black short or capris, and a solid top. I must say that after having a baby, I’m a big fan of longer shirts.

  212. I used to care what I looked like when I run, but now I just wear my most comfortable clothes (when they’re clean) weather they match or not. I figure the only people that will see me to mock my outfit will be the ones behind me eating my dust!

  213. As Vidal Sassoon always said, “If you looook good, you feeeeel good!” No matter if I’m running errands or running a 10 miler, I am going to be in a better mood if I put some effort into my appearance. I can’t tell you how many events I decided not to attend because I “didn’t have anything to wear”. Same goes for a workout. If my favorite nike pro layering shirts and skirt capris are dirty, I already know I’m going to be in a crappy mood during my run so I may as well wait til they’re clean. I’m on a limited gear budget so they tend to be dirty like every other day. That’s why I get so high off of a trip to the Nike outlet or stumble across a sweet deal like my $20 cheetah skirt I just snagged on RunningSkirts.com. It arrived in the mail yesterday, and I cannot wait to get that baby out on the trail! Who needs a personal trainer if all it takes is cute gear to get you out the door?

    My 6 year old daughter already has similar issues. Case in point: she went to bed sick as a dog last night, begging to stay home from school today. She woke up singing the same sad song, but then abruptly changed her tune when she noticed me sifting through super cute hand-me-downs we just received from her cousin. Just like that, she was healed! Renewed! What sore throat? What crappy snow storm? She happily dressed in her “new” pink Gap attire and whistled happily all the way to school. That’s my girl. Go team!

  214. It seriously bothers me to be wearing a running outfit that doesn’t match. Putting something together that matches makes me feel official, like I have a purpose in running here today. I didn’t just throw something on and happen to think about possibly going for a run. And to be perfectly honest it is fun – where else can you where those neon colors and crazy patterns and it be ok?

  215. I’m a better runner dresser than work/play dresser. My socks always match my shirt. I usually go with either black capris or black pants, but wear skirts for special occassions (also known to us as races) This year I’m thinking about really going crazy and wearing knee high socks with my skirt for Shamrock run. We’ll see if I’m in a wild and crazy mood.

  216. I prefer to match in street clothes, but for running I just don’t care. My bottoms are all black, white, and one pair of purple shorts. My tops are black, white, blue, and purple. I have a compulsive streak when it comes to buying purple clothing, so I do have the ability to dress head-to-toe in purple running gear (I choose not to). I teared up a little when I saw the purple Nike Frees because I was so excited. I have a Brooks Nightlife jacket in green and I recently bought shoes that have the same shade of green on them, but I have yet to wear them together. And lately I’ve been eying Oiselle’s orange top to match my orange Lunarglides. I guess I like the ability to match, even if I don’t do it.

  217. I go for a mix of comfort, function, and fun.

    I LOVE running skirts! I love the feeling of power and strength mixed with pure femininity that I feel when I run in a skirt. (My favorite skirt is the Gym Girl Ultra by Skirt Sports)

    I also love function. I want pockets for my Gu, pockets for my phone, etc. I don’t want to have to wear a belt to keep my personal items, I want my shorts/skirts to have somewhere to put them.

    Fun…I love long socks. I have always been a sock girl…back in my highschool track days I would run in non-matching Christmas socks on Meet day, for extra luck!

    Comfort-Most of all, comfort is key. While I want to look cute, I have to be comfortable or it is a no go! I don’t want my shorts riding up between my thighs (yep, I have big thighs), I don’t want to be tugging at a too short shirt that is showing off the fact that my stomach was stretched by five pregnancies. Basically, I want to wear running clothes designed for the running mom who doesn’t have a perfect body (because, really, we are the majority).

  218. LOL…I try very hard NOT to match! I have always felt such contempt for people who were all about the exterior and didn’t work on the ‘real’ stuff…Now I’m an adult, and my perspective has mellowed somewhat. (slightly less judgmental about why people do what they do) but old habits die hard…I still work to at least LOOK like it’s not my first rodeo. As my Grandfather would say: “all hat and no cattle.”

  219. I’d prefer to match, too. But since I really prefer to buy things on sale (and it’s rare that a whole ensemble will hit the sales racks intact,) I get anything I can in black. And add in one color. Black tights, black skirt and a turquoise top. Black tights, black top and a colorful skirt. Simple and cheap and I feel awesome. (Which is all that matters, right?)

  220. My race outfits usually match. I buy them in outfits and keep them together and am a little OCD about washing them together so they fade evenly. When I am out running, most of my training bottoms are black or grey and the tops are usually solid colors, so I don’t generally look terrible, but I can be seen sporting my plum and fuschia outer jacket over a lime green turtleneck from time to time. I also NEVER run in makeup and my naturally curly hair is chronically a mess, even in a ponytail, so my race photos always look terrible despite what I may be wearing. the way I see it, anyone who is judging me is likely someone who would never run for fear of messing up her perfect pedi and he opinion doesn’t matter to me in the least.

  221. Oh, I am definitely a “matchy-matchy” type of gal! It all started when I met my husband, so I blame him for my ways. My friends make fun of how much I match. Yes, my bra and underwear match my workout clothes too. While no one sees them, I know what they look like and so they match. All the way down to my shoes. While I have 2 kids, I do not own as many sneakers as I used to, but the ones I have will match all of my workout outfits, oh yes, even down to the Nike swish on my socks. I love that Nike has running outfits that coordinate, in fact, I buy a new outfit each race. Yes, I am that neurotic about my clothes matching. I am only this way about my running/workout outfits because that’s mainly what I wear and the rest of the time, I’m in jeans, which matches nicely with just about anything I pair with it, and even then I will match my undies to the shirt I’m wearing. An example of a running outfit I have is my pink and white running top for which I had to buy a white sports bra to match, which in turns match my black running shorts with the pink stripe on the side, and my shoes are pink and white, with white socks and the pink Nike swish. When I’m feeling rebellious, I mix and match the various shades of the same color. After all, light purple still matches with dark purple, right?

  222. I must say that my running gear is lacking also. I always buy an outfit at each half marathon I do. This helps to build up my gear…plus they match. That is a plus because fashion and me do clash. So I kills two birds with one stone and just rotate the outfits. So easy to buy a matching outfit and you’re done.

  223. I use workout clothes as my reward for running/working out! If I take up yoga as cross-training then, by gawd, I need yoga clothes. This spring, I plan to begin cycling as my cross-training. So, I must purchase new bike shorts, jersey, and of course, clip-in shoes.

    I’m training for my first 1/2 marathon. My reward for our first 10 mile training run—cute performance capris and short sleeved performance tee. For me, if I put in the time and effort, then I should be able to look fairly cute, in my clothes, at least.

    1. Why yes, I reward myself with clothes to match the occasion too! 🙂 After all, you look more like you belong if you look the part, right? 🙂

  224. Although I like looking cute as much as the next mama, I do dress mostly for function. I don’t like to chafe, so I got some running skorts from skirtsports, which happen to have crazy funky patterns on them. And I do like for them to mostly match, I guess, but I just want to not think about my clothes! Someone had an ad campaign about that and it was right on. Like a lot of us, I work full time and I have kids and a husband, and I don’t want to fight with my shirt, my shorts, my hat….I just want to get out the door and freakin’ run. If I look cute, that’s just a bonus.

  225. In the summer – as little as I can get away with – usually bermudas and a tank (wicking of course)! And I do like to wear cute stuff from Kohl’s. In the winter, tights, pants, balaclava, gloves, under armour top and jacket. I am less concerned about looking cute in the winter!

  226. Style…I don’t need no stinkin’ style.

    To me, running is about the feeling. I wear a hat 99.99% of the time because I don’t like the feeling of my hair bobbing all around. I wear longer shorts/capris – I don’t like the feeling of creepage. I wear the same socks (same style not pair) because I have never ever gotten blisters from these Thorlos; hence, I like the feeling.

  227. I pretty much wear the same uniform every time. I sleevless white shirt (long sleeve outside) and black pants. I have about 10 pairs of these black pants, a cheap pair from Target that came in long, so they aren’t highwater. If it gets hot, I have a couple of black pairs of shorts. Pretty much try to blend in as much as possible, as you can see.
    I have to say though, this winter, I’ve been doing a lot of running outside (spring marathon coming…) and had to experiment with knee high ski socks to keep my feet warm. I’ve fallen in LOVE with wearing the knee highs under my pants while running. I love the support and feel. It leaves me with a dilemna though…I’ll be wearing shorts in the marathon, and just don’t know if I’ll be brave enough to sport some wacky knee highs….If I do, any recommendations would be great. I’m obviously going to need something a little more breathable than ski socks for hot weather.

    1. Sport ’em! They are GREAT during a marathon if you like the support. I got some Sugoi calf support sleeves which were pricey, but worth every penny in my last few miles. Lots of people are wearing them these days so it’s not that out there.

    2. Oh dear, we need a sock intervention! Of course you can toe the line in some wild funky socks. The more wild, the better, I promise. Because as you are running along in the marathon the spectators will be able to identify you. “GO! GREEN PLAID SOCK GIRL!” Many times I heard that at my last marathon, and it brought me so much strength. Especially in those “dark” miles, when I started to fade a bit, the socks carried me through.

    1. LOL MCM Mama! YOU do “skirt” the line of fashion! I will NEVER forget the first time we actually ‘ran’ into you, “You two girls certainly do know how to make a statement.” And that’s what it’s about, right? Making a statement that this is FUN and FREEING, and it doesn’t matter if you’re elite/not elite, as long as you’re having a good time!

  228. Running is for me, by me and about me. And I want to feel happy while I’m running, so I wear what makes me happy. I favor black capris with colored stripes or stitching, and I try to match my running bra to that color. Also the socks, when I can. I tend to wear matching tanks, and if the tank has a little bling on it, even better. I ran the Susan G. Komen 5K in a tank with a rhinestone pink ribbon on the front. My gray and turquoise shoes rarely match what I’m wearing, though.

    For running outdoors, I braid my hair in two long braids and wear a cap with–you guessed it–more rhinestones. And I always run with my hot pink iPod with hot pink earbuds.

  229. I have come a looooong way since I started running in a pair of ribbed cotton leggings, cotton socks and undies, my Dad’s cotton v-neck undershirt and top it off with a sorority half-zip jacket lined with cotton flannel. Yikes on so many levels. My first marathon (over 10 years ago ) I wore a pair of soccer shorts, the v-neck undershirt (no, I don’t have Daddy issues) and cotton socks with my clodhopper Addidas. Although I haven’t run in them in a few years, just Sunday I tossed those first marathon shorts…still have a ways to go!! I’d LOVE to be fashionable, I just don’t generally have the sense or cents! The new pieces I have have either been a gift, free, or close to it!

  230. I wish I could say I had more fashion sense, both in running and out, but I don’t. I will say that I won’t clash, but it would be hard to do that when you wear black bottoms (length depending on season) and mix-and-match tops. I do love buying new running tops though! And I just bought a running skirt…in cheetah print! I think running is one place though where I’m not nearly as body conscious as I am in my day-to-day life. I’ll wear those long tights with a snug hot pink top (with thumbholes!) and feel like a rockstar, when there’s no way I’d wear anything like that anywhere else.

  231. I’ve never been a real fashionista or trendsetter. I like classic looks that fit well and show off my shape appropriately. I’m a big fan of Nike running gear but will shop for deals at Target, Marshall’s & TJ Maxx too.

    I don’t care how hot and muggy it is in ATL, you will never see me in running shorts because they *always* ride up on me and that is just not a good look. I like basic black running skirts or pants/capris and cute babydoll kind of T-Shirts or fitted tanks.

  232. I have very little fashion sense, but when it comes to running for some reason I always make sure I’m well coordinated. For example, I would never wear my brown hat with the tie-dyed tech shirt I got from a race I ran. That shirt gets my bright blue hat. And I fuss over if my butt looks better in these shorts or those, does my shirt look better tucked in or left out, I spend more time getting ready to go for a run than I do to go to the store or coffee shop.

  233. For races, it is all about dressing for confidence. I have ran Boston the past two years in a running skirt- and with a spray tan. I run through Boston winters so I deserve some tan legs for the marathon- they make me feel more confident. And yes, I will be getting another spray tan before the big day this April.

    Right now, I am home on maternity leave with my two week old run. I mainly wear workout clothes each day, so it is important that I match to make me feel like I am put together for the day…. even if it means that the only place I work out is my basement treadmill!

  234. I like solid colours up top, and these days, I tend to choose bright colours – yellow, red, blue, purple – over black. For bottoms, it will depend on the weather, but I go with a dark colour. I have recently developed a love of Under Armour tops, but on the bottom, my favourite brands are Lululemon and Nike. I don’t do pink and I don’t wear skirts – just not me. 🙂 I like comfortable and functional and bottoms that extend just about to my knees or below.

  235. Honestly, whether my running clothes match never even crosses my mind. I grab what’s least smelly and suitable for the weather conditions, and that’s what I wear. I do have one pair of shorts (robins egg blue) with a matching tankini that I favor in warm weather. But that’s about it.

  236. I have a good mix of old stuff too steeped in memories to let go of, as well as some new trendy stuff that I’m more inclined to put on after a good sweat. I am most alive, however, when I don something a little out of the ordinary like my pink zebra print arm warmers or knee high compression socks. I think my best outfit included my daughter’s superman cape pined to my shirt. It was retribution for my running partner wearing her old (read terrifying!) 80s running jacket for weeks on end. My plan worked and she finally donated the jacket.

  237. I have always been a pretty plain and conservative dresser and have unfortunately carried this over into my running attire. Money is always an issue but mainly just feel too “out there” when I have something bright on. Running with Ginny and Tonia who dress in super cute running clothes always makes me want to get past my “being noticed” phobia. So I remain the old lady dressed in black in the back. And that brings up the age thing…all these adorable, brightly colored skirts, tops, knee socks look wonderful on the gorgeous young ladies I run with but at what point and age does it look silly?? Just wondering…….

    1. I don’t have the answer to Leslie’s question, but I ask it as well…what age? I am (over) 40 and a bit self conscious. I have compression socks now, because they help my aching knees. When I wear them, they don’t always match my shirt and skirt. I’m learning that the super cute little skirts that look great on T (who just turned 29, did you know?) don’t quite cut it for me. I need a sturdier skirt with a longer compression short underneath.
      Interesting discussion…

      1. I’m 51 and wear a hot pink running skirt, and I really don’t think age has much to do with it, just wear what makes you feel good. And if it’s comfortable all the better.

        Kim, North Face “eat my dust” skirt (gotta love that name!) is a longer length with compression shorts underneath. Sometimes you can find them on sale online.

        1. Janette–I have a North Face skirt that I found at the outlet mall for $20 and love it. It’s black and super comfy. I bet it’s the one you are recommending. Good choice!

  238. Because I wear neon orange and pink Vibrams (http://ow.ly/3Sofv) it’s hard to match because, well, my shoes don’t match (but I love them!!)! So I don’t generally care what I wear because when I work out, I’m doing it for me and not for anyone else. I’m more about comfort than looks so I’m OK sporting non-matching clothes, but I love my Patagonia Capilene pants in the winter and my Lulumon running tanks in the summer.

    1. I wear the orange and pink Vibrams too! I love mine too! They’re loud and flashy and make me feel fast.

      Aside from my obnoxious Vibrams, I usually wear a tank with a built in bra and cups and a running skirt. I rarely leave for a run from my house and return to my house without seeing people. I usually have to work it in between kids’ events or a grocery store trip. So I like to wear something that I’m comfortable being seen in.

      Also, the most comfortable things to run in are also usually the most stylish, at least here in Texas where we’re looking for light and minimal clothing. Running gear that is engineered to keep you cool and prevent chafing is typically fitted and fashionable.

  239. Don’t get me wrong, I love running, but it’s not always easy for me or fun. So I need all the help I can get being at least comfortable when I’m doing it. That means I wear running skirts and I don’t wear cotton. But I’m not one for being all matchy-matchy, in fact I cringe a little when I clip my light blue shuffle onto my light blue top (even though it will eventually be covered by my black jacket) and then look down and see my shoes have light blue detail. That’s too much for me. I think it’s because I’m afraid that a matchy-matchy, cute outfit sends the message that I’m some sort of super fast, awesome runner, and I’m not. Not that I should care, but….. That said, the only time I wear pink is when running. Not sure what that’s about. And I do proudly wear my Badass shirt, though lately it’s been buried under layers of clothes.

  240. Since pregnancy is hindering my ability to wear most of my workout clothes, I tend to grab the same black fold-over waist stretchy shorts and a loose t-shirt. But before baby-to-be, I wore mostly black shorts with bright tops. It made it easy to get going for a workout… reach into the black abyss of shorts (drawer number 2), grab some color (drawer number 1), add my Nike socks, my running shoes, and my Garmin, and I’m out the door!

  241. T, G, and Tall Mom started a running knee high socks phenomenon. 😉 Love all three of them! I don’t think I’m going to be an every race knee high girl but definitely when the occasion is right! Ashley and I have been talking about how Nike and other known running outfitters have had to step up their game for women because Lululemon, Lucy, and Athleta have now given girls exactly what they want… Cute, athletic, figure flattering pieces with ‘girly’ details such as pleats, ruffles, layers, etc. We want athletic pieces that make us feel strong while still make us feel like a ‘girl’. I know some girls don’t want that in athletic wear, but I do. I’ll pay a little extra to to feel like something is ‘different’ and stylish, while at the same time being functional and athletic. SBS, ask Ashley how she feels about her new Lululemon running jacket! It is freakin ridiculous. Seriously, so cute, functional, and plain bad-ass. Funny how excited you can get over a running jacket!!

  242. And by the way… I like the expression, “It isn’t how fast you run, but how good you look doing it!”

    I totally embrace this. I like my outfits to match, even when I am on the treadmill in my basement. I feel better about myself, I like fashion in general (since I shed 86 lbs) and why not incorporate that into my running outfits?

    I get honked at all of the time… and I just tell myself, they are appreciating the outfit. I get people during races yelling, “Nice skirt!” “Go skirt girl!” I love it.

  243. There are days (say speed intervals on the docket!) when I want nothing but a simple – and comfortable – tank top and shorts. But for the most part, I LOVE the fun colors of running gear! As a young mother, running is really the only “me time” I get… so why not dress up and have fun with it?!?! Your question today hits a passionate chord for me… I always say I want to start up a fitness clothing line!! Sprinters get the fun bold colored shoes, and as soon as a long-distance shoe comes with just a dash of pink on it, it’s sold out everywhere! So why not make more? We need more bold colors and more fun patterns in workout gear! I mean is it not possible to make a compression short in anything but black?!?! But in the end, the fabric is most important to me. It’s gotta be moisture-wicking to prevent that nasty chafing business. And after all that, keep it reasonably priced so a stay-home mom can afford it. 🙂 RUN HAPPY – that’s what it’s all about…

  244. There is a lot of inexpensive, mostly serviceable running clothing available, especially from big box retailers. Any time I am going to drop major money on running gear, say for shoes or a jacket, I go to a local running store. But for everyday gear, I am too cheap, so I buy what’s on sale at the bullseye. That means that most of my running gear is extremely boring and I see myself coming and going on the street. Blah.

  245. I just posted yesterday about how I LOVE my running skirts to the negative criticism of my non-runner BF and my gay runner cousin. I guess it goes to show how much I love my skirts because I can’t wait to run with them at some point in my new leopard print skirt! Be loud!!!

  246. I love you ladies! I really do!

    Yup, I dig pigtails or (as my 4 year old likes to call them) “piggy buns”. They are a fashion MUST when you’re growing the hair out for Locks of Love… it’s so long, and HOT, it’s like wearing a wet dog on my head. Yea, it looks like one too… I’m off topic.

    The socks are born from necessity – they keep me warm, and in VA there are many times I can put them with a running skirt in the winter, and it’s enough. This extends my running wardrobe, which, in turn, extends my budget!

    1. Omg! Totally agree! I finally cut my ponytail this past Sat for locks 4 love! My biggest stress was that I got use to the pigtails and or braids! My friends started calling me half-pint (little house on the prairie) lol!
      Socks are the only thing I don’t feel guilty spending money on! Smartwool is the “smartest” purchase! Keep toes dry and warm!

  247. The outfit always matters. Ginny and I always say, “If you’re not going to win, you better look good while you’re out there.” Skirts and knee highs are a must and color clashing is a big no-no.

  248. I rely on my more fashion-conscious running friends for the latest trends and tips. That said I still don’t wear running skirts – they’re just not me. However, I have graduated from wearing cotton race t-shirts to the wicking onesbecause they are so much more comfortable. On hotter days I like to wear sleeveless running tops. But generally, I just tend to buy happy, bright colored tops and pair them with black bottoms. BORING, I know. 🙂

  249. When I started running I didn’t even know cotton was a four letter word! I wore fleece pants and several layers of cotton shirts (yes, it was winter), and even cotton socks (gasp!). When I first heard about technical, sweat-wicking, clothing, I thought it was just a scam….until I heard it from several people who weren’t going to make a profit. I tried shirts and bottoms, and could NOT believe the difference. I held out on changing socks because I had not had any problems and if it ain’t causing blisters, don’t switch. Then, on a whim I tried Smart Wool–and promptly threw out all my cotton “running” socks. My first items were whatever was on sale, and some things a running buddy gave me…NONE of it matched. As I’ve upped my mileage, I’ve also upped my standards in gear. I have a pretty boring running wardrobe, mostly black with shirts giving the splash of color…and my socks “never” match my outfit because Smart Wool is pretty limited and I haven’t been able to bring myself to try anything else! I’m more on the function over fashion side of the fence, but also certainly quality over quantity.

  250. I channel who I want to be that day thru my running clothes. I’ll show up to a local 5k in my cheetah skirt because I’m hoping to snag an AG victory.
    I make BQ attempts in lucky master’s orange.
    The only place I run with little/no regard to fashion is on my basement treadmill.

  251. Since I have just recently started running, my gear is a little lacking. When I run outside I usually am wearing charcoal gray capri tights, my pink calf sleeves, and a purple Fila jacket with a navy or white/pink/green hat. When I’m at the gym, no matter the workout, I usually am in all sorts of colors! My Nike Pegasus are gray, orange, and blue and my shorts can be green or navy and than I have a bunch of pink and purple tops that I rotate through. I do like to match, and I’m getting better at it as I get new clothes!

  252. I would say my running style is funeral-chic: as much black as possible. Most tops are colored, but all bottoms, hats, accessories are black. I don’t want to think about it.

  253. Well I used to dress like it didn’t matter. Maybe even like I was hoping to not be noticed while I aimlessly meandered through the gym. Now – taking my workouts and running much more seriously – I have realized the true benefits of feeling great in what you are wearing and having that translate to your performance during a workout. Plus, I am in love with “technical” wear!

  254. I often joke that I have no sense if style, unless we’re talking about running clothes. My running outfits match, are super cute, and very functional. I’m addicted to Athleta and Lululemon.

  255. Hi-
    I think I fall somewhere in the middle of fashionista and Walter Mathau in the Odd Couple. I have mostly black shorts/pants and that makes it very easy to match. When it’s above 35 degrees I wear my trusty ( and crusty) black under armor running hat. Under that, pull out the warm fleece black hat. Easy!
    I try to look a bit more put together in summer, but always stick with black shorts. That way I don’t have to think- just run!

    1. Amen to the black bottoms, sista – there is something to be said for black always. I have ventured into (2) black running skirts and a black Nuu-Muu dress as well, but black is still my favorite running/workout bottom.

      As for the top – now that’s the place to get funky.

      1. Black matches everything so I love black bottoms. I got a bright turquoise pair of shorts awhile back to get funky. They are now getting funky by themselves at the bottom of my drawer!

    2. Black bottoms are definitely the way to go! I also love Under Armour tops. They are super comfy, fit well – without being too tight or too big – and I love that they wick away my sweat so that I do not have to ring out my clothes after a run ( which I can do if I wear a cotton t shirt!). I like form fitting clothes – not tight – so that I feel good without feeling self-conscious. I think when I dress in clothes that make me feel good, I have a much better workout.

  256. Bear with me. I am bi-polar on this issue.

    I am prepared to take a beating, but…. Come ON! We are working out, ladies! Can we give the fashion nonsense a rest? Because it’s frighteningly winter right now, I wear hand-me-down track coach sweats from my sister and whatever God awful turtle neck has too many holes to wear to, say, church. I literally have a sports bras I wore for HS volleyball (graduated in ’92). Granted, they are my “yoga day” wear as their cotton-ness makes them, at this point, nothing more than a glorified (horrified?) t-shirt. My “compression tights” are a pair of my husband’s wool socks which I cut the toes out of and yank up over my calves to keep warm. I top off my ensemble with a blaze orange (musta been made for huntin’) winter hat and mis-matched (one green, one blue… not even the same style) gloves. I am a vision, indeed. Think, “Marathon Ma Ingalls”.

    On the other hand… OH, I AM SO ENVIOUS OF YOU WHO HAVE ADORABLE WORKOUT WEAR! I am not in a position to purchase really adorable and functional running clothes (have you SEEN the prices on some of this stuff!?). I have been known to run by (the very few) other women running in my area and comment on how good they look in their outfits of choice. When I do have the occasional new sweat-wicking shirt or what have you, I feel like a total rock star. It’s a feeling that I love… and a feeling I have to temper because, let’s face it, as hot as I would look in a running dress, my kids would be pretty ornery going without, say, food for the week!

    1. AMEN! I have 2 outfits I wear for running: one for summer and one for winter. And the only item I splurged and purchased were the winter running pants because, let’s face it, it gets cold in the North! My summer trend (even if I’m the only one “trending” it) are my high school soccer shorts and a men’s ribbed tank. For cooler spring or fall days, I do have some crop stretch-pants. But the legit, nice workout clothes are just so expensive! I’d much rather spend the money on clothing I plan on wearing around other people, not on the trail by myself.

      1. First, is it clean? Second, does it match? A friend told me that “real” runners don’t do matchy-matchy, but I beg to differ. I feel better when the stripe in my tights matches my t-shirt. Or when the shirt contrasts with my capris. I also worry if it’s a color that flatters me. Most of my shirts are black, purple, aqua, or salmon (my colors). I also try to coordinate my headband. Call mecrazy, but I think if you feel good youre going to get a better workout.

    2. I am with you here… I own a pair of Under Armour Coldgear leggings and a half zip top that I have been running in during the cold winter months and I usually wear them a few times before washing them, which I am embarrassed to admit! Besides that, I have literally TWO synthetic tees and TWO pairs of running shorts for warmer temps. Are they color coordinated? No. I wish I was one of those women that could afford cute workout clothes, but I am not. So, I make due with what I have and maybe someday I will treat myself to a cute skirt one of these days!

        1. I am also unable to afford fancy workout gear. The only thing I splurge on is shoes and socks. I also tend to dress “down” when I am running on the road, as an attempt to limit the number of rude comments from males in passing vehicles. I’m almost 50, but have large breasts and a decent body (from running!). Why can’t guys just discreetly look, without making a spectacle of themselves, and making me uncomfortable?

      1. TJ maxx has great running gear at super super low prices. I get all of my under armour and nike there as well as a few skirts. without tj maxx, i would have no workout clothes and I have drawers full.

    3. Phoebe, Walmart has decent running clothes that are towards the cute category. I’ve purchased many bright colored shirts there for $4 and a few jackets. They been washed several times and, so far, are holding up great. Sometimes I buy an “expensive” item, like running pants with the boot bottom from Gap, for $50. Target also has cute stuff.

      1. I was going to mention Walmart, Target and TJ Maxx as well. All three, especially Walmart, have cute and inexpensive running gear.

    4. I can relate to your running attire! I LOVE new/stylish running gear and clothing. However, the price can be a total turn off! I currently live outside of the US and the gear we pay mid-range for is expensive here! So, I resort to the few staples I have for each season and most of my attire is able to be paired together. I am a huge fan of Under Armour and tend to be drawn to their clothing.

      With the fact of price, there are a few things I will not “skimp” on: shoes that fit my feet, socks that make my longer runs comfortable, underwear that do not cause a wedgie, and the bra! Thanks to running I’m not as well endowed as I used to be, but I like to have my girls secure and will pay a mint to ensure this.

    5. Yes! Exactly! I ADORE the clothes at Atheleta and Title Nine, but seriously?? The prices on some of that stuff are INSANE.

      I have my fair share of wicking running Ts and a couple of running skirts to boot, but when I’m heading out the door, I very rarely take style into account. I don’t have enough pieces in the right colors/styles to get that cute coordinated look down pat.

  257. I strongly believe that you can and should look good while working out. That’s not to say that I ever wear makeup or ridiculous non-functional workout gear. I’m not afraid to get plate dirt on my all white outfit. I have an entire 7 drawer dresser dedicated to workout gear. In the winter, my inner layers do not match, not that anyone notices at 6 am, but for long runs with my friends, and races, I try to dress nicely.

    1. I’m curious why you put a “should” in there? Am I committing some moral no-no if I happen to throw on an old t-shirt and shorts? “Should” seems to imply some sort of imperative.

  258. Have to say that I can’t go past my nuu-muu running dresses (yes, that is plural – I have three). Underneath my black lululemon yoga shorts so that no passerbys get a fright if I have a Marilyn Monroe moment. And matching black Under Armour minimiser.

    I adore the bright floral prints, the absolute comfort and feeling feminine & cute while working up a sweat. Just superb.

    1. Oooh interesting. I just tried out a running skirt/skort for the first time and I must say I really love it. Didn’t think I’d be the running skirt type ~ but as it turns out, I AM! Perhaps I’m a running dress type too. Something new to try out, that’s always fun. Gotta keep it fun and interesting! Keep on runnin’ girls, keep on runnin’!

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