Today’s guest blogger is Maggie! Maggie and I met through Chicago Running Bloggers since as you may or may not know, I also have a fitness blog and consider myself to be an avid runner. Maggie has great style when it comes to dressing fun for a run so I hope you get some inspiration from her!
Hi Loop Looks readers! I’m Maggie, and I blog about running at MagMileRunner.com and sometimes post my outfit of the day over at Lazy Fashion. Today’s post is about having fun with your running clothes.
The easiest way to do that is pick out running clothes in fun colors, which is really easy right now since the trend is OMGBRIGHT colors. Even the affordable places (Target, Old Navy, Marshalls/TJMaxx) are on board with the brightness.
You can keep things cute by adding in some fun touches. One thing that I’m trying to make “happen,” is knee-socks-as-arm-warmers. Even elite runner Tera Moody got the memo! I prefer to cut off the toes and turn my cheap ($2.50-$5 at Target) knee socks into “arm warmers.” They’re so cheap, you can toss them aside once you actually warm up. (Although I tuck them into my waistband.)
But I do wear some knee socks as socks. Compression socks, that is. Or compression sleeves (allows for more flexibility so I can wear my preferred running socks – Injinji toe socks). Luckily, compression socks and sleeves come in all sorts of fun colors.
Your clothes aren’t the only place to add some fun to your running wardrobe. There are quite a few options for headbands to keep your hair tamed, and also keep your ears warm.
One of the latest trends is no-slip headbands. You can buy these from countless suppliers – I love Active Bands, Bani Bands and Sparkly Soul. You can find tons of colors (in solids and sparkles) and fun prints and patterns to match every outfit and holiday.
In the colder months, I also like to keep my ears warm. Bondi Bands cover my ears, wick sweat, are thin so I don’t overheat and come in fun colors and prints.
When it gets colder, long haired ladies have three options when it comes to wearing a winter hat: Tuck all of your hair under your hat and look like a boy, wear pigtails, or wear a ponytail hat.
You can save $20-30 and make your own ponytail hat out of a $5 fleece hat from Old Navy. I just use the tool from my manicure set that looks like a seam ripper to rip a hole in the seam of the hat, just big enough to fit my ponytail through.
Finally, another trend in the running world is sparkle skirts.
My running club jumped on the sparkle bandwagon and purchased green skirts for last year’s Shamrock Shuffle (and other St. Patricks Day races), and resurrected them this winter for Christmas-themed races. We get a lot of attention, and it’s really easy to spot each other on the course! If you’d like to sparkle too, we got a group deal on the skirts through Team-Sparkle.com.
Those are my “tricks” for looking cute while running without shelling out the big bucks at those certain specialty stores aimed at active ladies. Do you have any other ways you keep things cute?