I consider myself a fashionista. In real life and in my running life. I may be a Skirtsports Ambassador, but I wore them before I became an ambassador and even if they didn’t continue to choose me as an ambassador, no doubt I’d continue to work as an unofficial ambassador.
Today I am joining up with the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy and sharing five reasons I think stylish running clothes are important — way beyond just looking good. Some of my points are obvious; and some might just get you thinking — in which case, I’ve done my job.
There are cute workout clothes at pretty much every price point. So why shouldn’t you look good when you work out? If money is an issue, hit up Kohls (even if I really don’t like that store for reasons I’m not going to go into right now) or Target.
Generally people with poor self esteem are the ones in the men’s shorts and baggy tops — which doesn’t make them invisible like they hope it will. Of course it’s true there’s some people who simply don’t care, but keep reading my next point.
If you look good, you feel good
It’s true. I truly did not feel like a runner when I first started running. Which is not unusual. Dressing in cute clothes helped me with the old “fake it til you make it” mentality.
But it runs deeper than that. Cute clothes can boost your confidence — they truly can. They can make you feel powerful. Fast. Gazelle-like. Even if you really aren’t!
I worked hard for this body
And I still work hard for it. Not that working hard will ever make me a Cameron Diaz, but still, I lost a lot of weight and I’ve kept it off (so far, knock on wood). So why would I cover up with baggy, black, unflattering workout clothes?
You don’t have to follow me long to realize that I don’t. And there’s another benefit of stylish running clothes, a serious one: I get ribbed a lot — by friends, by my husband, by people in my running group — that they can see me coming from a mile away.
Good, I say! That’s important. Maybe that driver will see you, too. Or maybe those people will remember your colorful outfit if, God forbid, anything ever happens to you on the run.
Stylish clothes are usually well made
I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for. It doesn’t always follow that more expensive clothes are better made, but most of the time, that’s the truth. Not only are they better made, but they’ll last for years, too.
I have very few running clothes that have worn out. Which is why my drawers are bursting with running clothes!
My holy grail — in workout clothes and shoes — is functional. If it’s not comfortable, if it doesn’t offer the pockets I need (no matter how many I have, it seems like I’m always running out of space to stash stuff!), then I don’t care how cute it is (maybe).
The good news is that when a company takes the time to make workout clothes cute, they often put a lot of thought into making them functional, too. Pockets in all the right places. Ports for headphones. Shorts that don’t ride up. Just enough compression to support your muscles.
I hope I’ve convinced you that looking good on the run is about so much more than just looking cute. That it can help your self esteem and confidence, make runs easier, and might even just save your life.
So let me know in the comments:
All black or all the colors?
Did you ever think your running clothes could save you?
Do you have to match (ever worn mismatched socks — I haven’t!)?