A Skort Gives an All-Girl Track Team Confidence

I love this story.  An already successful all-girl track team in Washington, DC soared to new heights with a skort.

The coach noticed the girls tugging at their body-conscious running shorts at the starting line and decided to find a way so the girls could be more comfortable when they ran.  His solution?  A skort.

In case you’re unfamiliar, a skort is a skirt with compression shorts underneath so you can run all out and nothing will show.

The girls were skeptical at first but took to them quickly and started setting personal bests in their races.  Not having to worry about their clothing let the girls focus on their runs and gave them confidence.  How cool is that?

The conventional wisdom is that anything you can do to shave time is gold and compression shorts keep you aerodynamic.  But as one team mate Destiny Phillips put it, “You look good, you run good. It makes you feel different when you’re out on the track, like no one can come get you.”  That’s nothing but confidence!

The coach, Marvin Parker, has a history of winning big and I’m impressed he looks at such small details.  He collaborated with Lightning Fitness Wear to come up with the design and the girls were off and running.

The team’s look also drew many compliments from their competitors and the winning records certainly speak loudly.  Look for a lot more track teams to adopt the skort this fall.  I prefer running in skorts to shorts, capris, or full length pants.  I just think it’s kinda fun and I can move around better.  I too am a little body conscious and I don’t want someone staring at my butt as I chug on by.

What do you think?  Would you want to try a skort?  Do you prefer to run in one?



Yoga Pants Banned from High School as Too Sexy

Students in Loveland, Ohio were surprised to be told last week that yoga pants are “too clingy and revealing” and are now banned as items that can be worn to school. Dozens of students were either sent home or forced to change clothes, and some students even had to serve in-school suspensions.


I’m the Mom of a grammar school-age boy, so I haven’t yet waded into this pond, but I drive by the high school regularly and have seen plenty of girls in outfits that make me cringe.  But never once did I do a double-take over yoga pants. Super-tight, low-cut jeans and tank tops that barely cover are always present, but what actually drives me the most crazy are pajama bottoms worn in public; that’s not sexy at all, just sloppy.

I think having a general rule of conduct for both sexes that bans clothes that are too short or too tight is appropriate, but why are the girls being singled out here?  Is it a concern over the sexualization of female teenagers?  Lots of boys of high school age wear nothing but skinny jeans which can be nearly as form-fitting as yoga pants, but there’s no uproar or concern over that fashion choice.

Also, it’s not just the students.  Take a look at the Moms at drop-off and pick-up and I bet you many of them are wearing yoga pants. I practically live in them … okay, actually I do pretty much live in them … but society doesn’t have any concerns over the local Starbucks being over-run by form-fitting patrons.

Why are yoga pants so popular? Because they’re ridiculously comfortable, very functional, and flattering! I can smoothly go from a Pilates session to the grocery store to school pick-up to coffee with a friend. I’m sure high school girls appreciate the same flexibility as they go from classes to gym to after-school activities to study dates with friends.

So, dear mucky-mucks in Loveland, OH, please let the girls keep their yoga pants. What do you think?  Are yoga pants too sexy?