Ode to Skorts: They’re Snazzy, Functional and Girlie

Athleta.com is a great source for skorts, from running to about town.

I am not one of those cute girls who perspire when I work out.  I get dripping wet, my face turns all pink, and I look like a hot mess.  Frankly, I'm proud when I can wring my T-shirt out at the end of a session; it means I didn't waste my time.  As far as looking cute and girlie though?  That comes later, after a shower, a bit of makeup, and some "real" clothes for the street. But then I found skorts! OK, so I'm still a big, pink, hot mess, but at least my skort is cute.  They're great for running and most forms of cardio, although I'd be careful in a bootcamp class, and skorts definitely won't work for Pilates or yoga.  You'll be showing a bit too much panty for comfort, trust me on that one.   Basically if it's a sport you can stand in, you're good.  If you have to lie down, skip it! I tend to go for the basic black kind with perhaps a bit of a racing stripe.  But my style in general is sleek with minimal fuss.  You can go a bit nutty with them; there are even sparkly skorts these days! So what do you think of skorts?  Do you own any?  Do you like them?  What's your favorite style?  Let's start a discussion and share a few fashion tips.  Also let me know what your favorite sport is to wear them while doing. Cheers, Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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14 Responses to Ode to Skorts: They’re Snazzy, Functional and Girlie

  1. Michelle Kosterich June 7, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    I think skorts are a fantastic idea, I just haven’t found the right one yet. I own a skort with spandex shorts underneath, but each time I attempt to run in them the shorts ride up and become immediately uncomfortable. I’d like to find a skort that moves with me and doesn’t make me self conscious with each step. I fear a skirt with just briefs would be horribly unflattering. If I had the confidence, I’d have to get the bright pink sparkly skirt, now that is really something.

  2. Lisa Johnson June 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Michelle, I have a New Balance skort where it’s actually undies and that’s been fine … no ride up. L–

  3. Jeannie June 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    I’ve never actually tried them. I have never been a skirt or dress gal and love my capris or running shorts. But I have thought about trying one out sometime since I hear so many people rave about them.

    I’m with you on the wringing sweat after the workout. I hit is hard this morning and my face was beet red and my clothes were drenched in sweat but I love it! :)

  4. angela June 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I love my running skort. I’ll only wear the kind with compression shorts underneath though. I wear it mostly for running and walking. I’d do other things like go to the grocery store and maybe even yoga in it if it were a little bit longer. I’m on the lookout for a little bit longer one. Which I will purchase someday when I find some extra money. ;)
    Oh, and I’m with you on basic black… any shirt will match.

  5. Lisa Johnson June 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Angela, Athleta.com has some nice longer skorts and some were even eco-friendly. :-) L–

  6. Lisa Johnson June 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Jeannie, yup, it’s not pretty while you’re doing but you feel pretty the rest of the time because you’re doing it. :-) L–

  7. See Jane Run June 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Jane loves running skirts! Our favorites are from Moving Comfort and Skirt Sports. Great post :)

  8. Sock Runner June 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Same here, I’m one of those people who looks like a mess when I’m on the process of doing anything close to ardous–totally not hot. I’d love to try these skorts for my running activitie, it looks totally wearable and chic.

  9. Lisa Johnson June 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Sock Runner, have fun! Definitely give it a try. :-)

  10. Tara Burner June 8, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    I have not tried them, everyone says I should try running skirts but somehow I dont think I’m the skirt/skort type? I’m more a tank top, shorts sweat til my shirt is drenched, sweat rolling off me type of girl and since I dont do my hair or wear makeup the skirt/skort thing may not go with ‘me’ but keep seeing runners talk about them so who knows….maybe if I feel the need to be girly or look girly running my next 5K I may consider it :)

  11. Lisa Johnson June 8, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    I guess the next time you’re at Target (or some big box store, go try one on and see what you think). Fashion, as everything else, is very much to each their own. L–

  12. Tracie June 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I’ve never work a skort for vigorous workouts, but for hiking, being a tourist and general horsing around, I lovelovelove the Discovery skort from Royal Robbins. Great fabric, excellent design and fit.

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  13. Lisa Johnson June 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Thanks Tracie, it looks pretty cute!

  14. bodynsoil June 13, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Skorts are my all time new favorite clothing, I was never a skirt person at all but now that skorts arrived on the scene I wear them all the time. Short can make me feel a bit self conscious about all my “problem” area showing, but skorts cover all those bases and are very comfortable indeed.

    My first skort was a white cotton that hit just above the knee, I loved this so much that I searching for more. Next was a black lycra variety from a sport shop, this hits about 5 inches above the knee, it is perfect for running and relaxing. Now I have about 5 skorts, mostly plain colors but some have golf patterns as well. Athleta.com has a section on skorts with many styles to choose from.

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