I was just doing a little online shopping for cycling gear (!) when I came across this – the Pearl Izumi Superstar skirt . Now, I shop for running clothes often enough that I have seen plenty of running skirts, but I had never before encountered a skirt for cycling.
I’m a little confused. Is there a reason to wear a cycling skirt other than fashion? The only thing I have seen mentioned with the cycling skirts is “modesty,” which is weird, since I think that the dudes need a cover-up more than the ladies do when it comes to cycling shorts. Just sayin’. So maybe someone who has cycled for a while can tell me if there is a reason to get a cycling skirt instead of a cycling short? It seems like the skirt would be annoying.
I have never run in a running skirt, though I can’t imagine how it could not be annoying to have the skirt layered over the compression shorts underneath. If it is warm enough out for shorts, I want less layers, not more. I also would think the skirt layer would feel weird if you take long strides. Maybe someone who has worn one will read this and can enlighten me.
I have to say, I’m all for cute workout clothes – I love pink, I love my Chicabands, I love that they now make exercise clothes that fit well. I really love that they now make exercise clothes that fit well. I like that most of my exercise clothes are decent looking enough that I can run errands in them. (I don’t think I would feel the same way about the boys lacrosse shorts & concert t-shirts I used to wear for running in the 80’s & 90’s.)
Exercise wear – and gear- has come a long way since I started buying workout clothes decades ago, and both fit and functionality have greatly improved. But I can’t help but wonder – is some marketing guru out there deciding that we will now be expected to look pretty while we knock off a marathon or a century? Is the day coming where it will no longer seem enough to push your body to its limit if you can’t also look good while doing it? I sure hope not.
NB: Colby can vouch: I can be a total girly-girl. I love clothes, shoes, shopping, spa treatments, jewelry, make-up, the Bravo network. I love when I look good. I really do. I just hope I am never expected to do it while I am attempting to kick my own butt.