Would You Run in a Dress?

Are you a skirt runner? I’ve never been completely down with the running skirt thing. I wore one when I was pregnant, but that’s only because it was the only maternity running garment I could find at the time. Otherwise, I don’t do skirts for running. They’re just not my thing. I like simple garments. The skirt seems superfluous over the attached shorts. It reminds me of that gym shorts over sweatpants thing people used to wear. (Wouldn’t shorts AND pants make your crotch hot? Don’t get it.) Plus, skirts don’t say fast to me. Maybe I’m being sexist in my garment choices, but skirts seem too easy breezy and joggy and not let’s-get-serious-and-RUN! Maybe I’m missing something.

Of course, just as I was accepting of my sexist and simple non-skirt wearing stodgy shorts-wearing self along came an even bolder trend: the running dress.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a cute dress. I’m a bit girly when it comes to that. I admittedly like to look pretty in my non-running life. Plus dresses are so easy–one piece and away we go. There’s no coordinating necessary and dresses tend to fit even with minor weight fluctuations where pants and skirts can be way less forgiving. I loved dresses when I worked in-house as a corporate attorney and I love them as a mostly stay-at-home mom. But my runner self can’t really get down with a running dress.

To me they are running skirts on ‘roids. They seem even less like something I could run hard and fast in. I’d love one to wear after a run when I’m chasing the kids around the playground, but not when running. Sorry! I must be weird though, because running dresses appear to be a big thing. Many major running apparel companies make a version and there is even an entire company dedicated to “exercise dresses.” I’m curious what you think:

Whether you’re like me and think running dresses are a strange phenomenon or think they’re the greatest thing since spandex, here’s a gallery of running dresses for your viewing pleasure:

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1. The Nuu Muu Bluebell is available here. (Nuu Muu is the exercise dress company).

2. The Nike Running Dress is available here.

3. The Skirt Sports Wonder Girl dress is available here.

4. The New Balance Bonita Running Dress would be available here if it wasn’t sold out.

5. The Patagonia Women’s All Weather Running Dress is available here.

6. The Oiselle Runaway Bride Dress is available here. (holy sticker shock!)

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Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. I do have two running skirts that I really like. I wear them for hiking and other active pursuits as well. Sometimes you want the effect of booty short, but just want a little more coverage! As far as a dress goes, I wouldn’t for logistical reasons – what if you want to shed a layer?