Recently I came across an article via Twitter (oh Twitter, I love thee) which was a link to a post on one women’s view on running skirts. The article was very anti-running skirt. She considers them a fashion statement and that one is only wearing them to look good.
“My issue is with what the skirt symbolizes. I think that emphasizing fashion and “cuteness” puts an unnecessary focus on outward appearance rather than performance. I’m not saying that we should all be running around in drab, shapeless gear, but I don’t see the need to make a fashion statement on the roads.”
When I first read this article I sort of nodded my head in agreement because I understood what she was getting at. In fact, this mentality is what kept me from trying out a running skirt myself. My view was, I’m working out and training, I have no desire to put on a skirt and look “cute” for my runs. I thought this way for a long time. Then I bought a running skirt because it was on sale for cheap cheap cheap and I needed more summer gear.
Then I found out that I liked it! GASP!
I like the running skirt a lot for short runs in the summer. It’s comfortable, light, and it doesn’t hold sweat but wicks it away. Quite frankly, I don’t even give two shits about what I look like in it because I’m not thinking about that or focusing on that. All of my focus is on my run and what kind of obstacles I’m facing that day. When I pick out what I’m going to wear for a run it is totally dependent on what the weather is like outside and what gear is best suited for the current conditions.
Making a fashion statement is not even on my radar. If you know anything about me, you’ll know I’m am not lying.
That said, I think her point could apply to workout gear for women in general. There are some really great gear lines out there made just for women. Some really fantastic gear now available to us when before there wasn’t much at all. Women athletes were an untapped market. Now it is taking off! And thank god because I’ve worn workout gear made for dudes and that stuff is just uncomfortable.
But two of my biggest complaints is that the stuff made for women are:
1. Predominately pink, which makes me cringe and also want to hurl. I hate pink. HATE. IT. (My issue with pink gear is a whole other post, trust me.) Just because I’m a chick doesn’t mean I want to surround myself in princess pink thankyouverymuch.
2. If it’s not pink, it’s some other pastel color.
Me right before a race last summer. Pastel blue running skirt, florescent green running shirt, and white hat. I joke around a lot about women’s running clothes saying that they make us look like a freaking rainbow sherbet sundae. It’s true though, look at that outfit. Then look at the dude behind me, black shorts and a dark blue running shirt.
If women want anything darker, then the options are black and also maybe some black.
No dark green, no purples, no nothing.
I get that lighter colors reflect sunlight better but with all the technology that I’m sure is available, is it really that hard to make things in more colors to appeal to more women?
If I had more of a choice, I would not have picked those colors for those items above, but I made the best choice I could from the options I was given. When I see something that happens to be a different color that suits my personality more, I snatch it up really quickly.
Because the colors of the workout clothes for women are so limited to My Little Pony Pastels, it does make me question the intent of the makers. Are the clothes for working out or are the clothes meant to be fashionably hip? Do the two go hand-in-hand? They don’t, in my opinion. Either you want to work out or you want to look good while you’re doing something.
Like the author in the above article, I’m not saying that we should be looking like we are working out in potato-sacks from last year’s harvest, but do we need workout gear in pastels with a bedazzled “The Princess is Running” across the ass?
I guess my opinion of wanting more darker colors available for workout gear could be taken to mean that maybe I do care on some level about what I look like when I work out, but really that’s not the case. I would like to have more options available to me that suit my personality instead of companies assuming that since I’m a chick that clearly means I love pink and pastels as my color preferences.
What are your thoughts on workout clothes for women? Do you love them? Do you think they are lacking? Let’s discuss!