Monday, July 11, 2011

New Clothes!

I LOVE buying new clothes.  Now that I'm running consistently, I decided it was time to get some decent pants and shirts.  Until now, I have been running in old pants that used to belong to my sister-translation: about ten years old-and any t-shirt I had in my closet.  Not the best, or most stylish.

I've been shopping around for a while now and I've discovered something....Running clothes are EXPENSIVE! Maybe I just have expensive taste, but wow!  First trying to find something that could even fit, and then in my price range? Not so much.  Thankfully, I found some hints from a few blogs.

First, I really love the look of running skirts.  So feminine and they hide two of my least favorite things, thigh bunching and the hind end.  Most pants are just a little too tight around my hips for me to feel comfortable.  The problem is, I have found one, maybe two websites that sell them in my size and I just don't have $70-$80 to spend.  Well, I was reading a blog post one day and the lady(I wish I could remember who it was so I could give credit) wrote about how her running clothes were great swim cover-ups because they dried so quickly.  As I read, the thought crossed my mind, most things to do with swimming are made to dry fast, what if I found a swim skirt cover up and used that with a pair of compression shorts for running?  Should work right?  Well, I found one on for $10!  It was just the right size, though I would have liked it in pink....

Next step was finding some compression shorts that also didn't cost an arm and a leg.  Even the cheap stuff ran about $30-$40, still a little too steep for my budget.  Once again, my inspiration came from a blog.  Over on Bigger Girls Can Run Too, She wrote about her find at Old Navy.  She too had been thinking about a running skirt and found one there to try.  While I didn't get the skirt (it was just a bit too small)  I did find some compression shorts.  On Clearance.  $7.49!  So AWESOME!  I really should have bought two pair, but I wasn't sure if I would like them.  *sigh*  Oh well, now I know A: Old Navy caries moisture wicking clothes and B: Buy it when it's cheap!

The last thing I bought was a shirt.  I have been having the hardest time find any sweat wicking shirts for any women in my local~non-running~stores, let alone plus size.  Finally, my sister-in-law pointed out that mens shirts work just as well for women like us and Walmart had plenty.  Once again, on clearance ($6.67)!  Not the cutest, but it gets the job done and I don't have to stuff myself into a too-small shirt.  I really just look like an over-stuffed sausage when I do that and no-one needs to see that.

All of this, coupled with my new SPIbelt that I won (more on that later) and I am pretty happy with my new look.  Best of all, it cost me less than $25!  Someday I'll have the money for some super cute running skirts and shirts with all the cute sayings, but for now, this gets the job done.


  1. That's the kind of running gear I need to find too! Great suggestions :)

  2. Great post! I'm a size 12/14 and so far have been running in the Old Navy yoga capris. BUT, I found a pair of Adidas Bermuda dry wick from Costco that are GREAT! Not cheap ($17) BUT I'm going back for a few more pairs. They are so comfy & pretty flattering. :)

    I love your blog! I started C25K last October & since have finished my first 5K, 10K and am training for a 1/2 in September.

    we got this, girl! :)

  3. Was it me as I often wear my running skirt to the beach!

    Glad you found one! I need another one but I too am cheap. My last one I got on clearance at Target.