Full disclosure (I hope I don’t get clobbered for this): I’m not a huge fan of running skirts.
It’s not that I don’t like cutesy things. In fact, I LOVE cutesy things!
My main problem with running skirts is that, for the most part, they’re just not quite cutesy enough.
I mean, seriously, shorts are perfectly fine for running. So why add a skirt? Well, I would guess because it’s supposed to be cute! Well, if we’re trying to be cute, then let’s actually really truly be cute!
The majority of running skirts (of course not all) are a rather standard a-line style. It’s almost not even noticeable that it’s a skirt. And I have to admit…I find them kind of boring.
Now, don’t get me wrong, my running shorts are boring too. So I have nothing against you, or your boring running skirts. As long as you can comfortably run in your skirt, then it’s just fine…Or it would be if running skirts and running shorts cost the same amount of money. And that’s where running skirts have me confused. Why oh why do people pay $30+ for boring running skirts when they could just as easily buy running shorts that are $10 and just as boring?
So that’s kind of how my thinking has gone about running skirts. I just don’t get them…or I don’t get the standard a-line skirts that you so commonly see on women runners. They’re not significantly cuter than shorts, so why are women paying so much money for them?
Or…that’s what I thought. Then something happened:
I finally tried on a running skirt.
I was at Target. It was on the clearance rack. I figured that I might as well try it on. So I did. It was one of the boring a-line styles that I just wrote about. And…I kind of understood running skirts a little more. It was cute. Now, don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t not cutesy enough for me to be willing to spend more than $10. But…it WAS cuter than my shorts (I think it helped that the hot pink stitching matched my hot pink compression socks). For $8, I figured it was worth it.
I am now the proud owner of a boring a-line running skirt.
I modeled it for my husband, and he said it was “okay.” Then he saw the shorts underneath and told me that I should just wear the “booty shorts” since they were cuter than the skirt. Hmm…so, maybe this skirt is not cuter than shorts?
**I do think there are some noticeable exceptions to the boring a-line styles that are commonly seen. For example, Attica Athletic and Sparkle Skirts…they have a little fun flounce to them!
Do you love running skirts? Have I completely offended you by pointing out how blah a-line skirts are? Do you completely disagree with me? What do you prefer to wear on your bottom-half while you run?