Exercise Fashion: Skirts, Skorts, Dresses

Look like a lady while you work up a sweat with these super cute—and slimming!—bottoms.

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Brooks Glycerin Skort

Jazz up your exercise wardrobe with the Brooks Glycerin skort, which features a fun, feminine pattern on the extra-wide waistband. A zipper pocket in the back holds gels; stash your keys in a hidden pocket on the inside. And don’t worry about the underlying mesh shorts riding up—silicone grippers keep them in place ($40; brooksrunning.com).


Running Skirts Mums Midnight Triathlon Skirt

Look cute even when you’re transitioning from swim to bike to run. This triathlon skirt comes sans shorts so you can throw it on over your bathing suit or bike shorts ($42; runningskirts.com).

Running Skirts

Oiselle Bum Wrap Short

Hide your assets while looking stylish: These tight compression shorts are covered with a stylish skort to guarantee no chafing and modesty for all sizes. A zippered pocket in the back holds small essentials ($56; oiselle.com).


Mizuno Meridian Running Skirt

This sleek skirt adds femininity to any workout. It's made of a lightweight fabric that dries quickly and features front drawstrings for a tighter fit, compression shorts that stay in place and a pocket on your left hip for keys, coins, or gels ($51.99; mizunousa.com).


Skirt Sports Wonder Girl Dress

Show off your curves in this colorful Skirt Sports Wonder Girl Dress. It’s great for cycling, running, tennis, kickboxing or even shopping. A soft built-in bra features a built-in cleavage pocket for keys ($75; skirtsports.com).

Skirt Sports Wonder Girl Dress

Asics Abbey Skort

Don’t like the tightness of compression? Asics’s Abby Skort opts for breathable mesh shorts under their two-pocket running skirt. Bonus: Reflective elements make it great for evening runs ($50; asicsamerica.com).


Zobha Wrap Skirt

Feel and look like a ballerina in Zobha's Wrap Skirt. It’s lightweight, goes great with leggings and features extended waistband ties for the perfect fit ($68; zobha.com).


Running Skirts Preppy Blue Argyle Triathlon Skirt

Show off your Scottish roots—or just your nerdy side—by getting active in argyle. Toss this triathlon skirt on for a quick change in transition, or wear it over leggings on non-race days ($42; runningskirts.com).

Running Skirts

Under Armour Mynx Skapri

Channel your inner dancer with the Under Armour Mynx Skapri—a slit built into the skirt ensures you’ll have full mobility. Or, sport this set outdoors. There’s an internal key pocket attached to the wide waistband and 360 degrees of reflectivity to keep you safe in low visibility ($64.99; underarmour.com).

Under Armour

Nuu-Muu Sahara Ruu-Muu

The Ruu-Muu Nuu-Muu dress (say that five times fast) can take you from the gym to a lunch date with a friend. The eye-catching pattern and fast-drying fabric make it versatile while the five-inch hidden pockets add function ($80; shop.nuu-muu.com).


Athleta Second Wind Skort

Embrace your inner girly girl by wearing Athleta’s Second Wind Skort. The front pleats add style while making it easier for you to do stretches and lunges. A lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric makes it perfect for hot days or extra-sweaty gym sessions ($54; athleta.gap.com).


Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt

Don’t let snow or wind ever stop you from working out again. The Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt comes attached to bootcut tights that will keep you warm and dry. There’s also two pockets for tissues and lip balm and a hole in the waistband to keep the wires of your earbuds under control ($90; skirtsports.com).

Skirt Sports Tough Girl Skirt

Oiselle Running Wedding Dress

Whether you want to run from the altar, run after the ceremony, or get married during a marathon like this couple did, Oiselle has the outfit for you. Each Oiselle Running Wedding Dress is custom made—with a six to eight week wait between order and delivery—and comes with a bouquet holder and a pocket for wedding rings ($1,756; oiselle.com).

Oiselle Running Wedding Dress

Athleta Scramble Skort

You may have your body trained to face the extremes of exercising, but are you wearing the right clothes? Athleta makes a perfect skort for any weather condition. Not only is the Scramble Skort water and wind resistant, but it also features front cargo and zipper pockets for hiking gear, belt loops to enhance fit and comfy mesh shorts for modesty and maximium movement ($69; athleta.gap.com).


Lucy Vital Skirt II

Is it a work skirt or a running skirt? The Lucy Vital Skirt II’s versatile A-line cut will have everyone confused. Pair it with pants for yoga or running—it’s extremely comfortable and has a back zipper pocket for gels, keys and more ($48; lucy.com).


Nike Pacer Running Skirt

Run, jump, stretch or walk—this skirt will stay in place. For a snugger fit, just pull on the drawstring waistband. The Nike Pacer Running Skirt also has hidden pockets and a spot for your mp3 player on the right thigh ($45; nikerunning.nike.com).


Moving Comfort Split Skort

Although a generous waistband and grippers on the compression shorts ensure the Moving Comfort Split Skort stays in place, side splits along the side keep your movement unrestricted ($46; movingcomfort.com).

Moving Comfort

Lucy Supernova Skirt Crop

If you’re all about coverage while looking cute, the Lucy Supernova Skirt Crop is the perfect skirt for you. The length is short and flirty, but the longer compression shorts keep you covered. The shorts don’t ride up and the material even offers sun protection ($39.99; lucy.com).


New Balance Bonita Skirt

If you’re looking for a pop of color in your workout wardrobe, check out the New Balance Bonita Skirt; it comes in eight fun and flirty colors. The sweat-wicking fabric stays lightweight in hot conditions, while a snug pocket keeps your music player safe on speedy runs ($42; newbalance.com).

New Balance

Zobha Amelia Dress

For extra support, try the Zobha Amelia Dress. The racerback design and a built-in 360-degree shelf bra will keep your girls secure during tennis, yoga or studio classes. If you’re on the smaller side, you have the options of using the removeable cups to add shape ($84; zobha.com).


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First Published November 21, 2011

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