September 13, 2011

Runway to Race Day Style

Watching the trends for Spring 12 strut down the runways of New York City has been interesting. And inspiring. I'm no clothes horse, I don't own any $1,200 heels, and there's no couture hanging in my closet. But watching what designers are presenting, predicting really, for next year influences and excites my own personal style. Because I like clothes. I like the attitude transformation I undergo when I wear something I love, something that's me. For me personal style is not about following rules, or owning labels. It's something you create yourself. Runways will inspire, and rules are better learned before broken. But style is a creative way to express yourself to the world. A way to play with persona and character.

As runners the importance of style is as true, or more true. I say style not fashion, personal style to me is bigger than fashion trends. Think of your race day outfit. That thing is washed ahead of time - spotless. Laid out the night before (most likely with your race number already pinned on). Each piece, from your hair elastic to your socks, is selected not only for the way it feels, but for the way it makes you feel. Strong, beautiful, free, powerful, unstoppable, badass...

RACE DAY STYLE CONTEST

I want to see your race day outfit. THE capital R: Race Day Outfit. The one you feel like 'you, the racer' in. We'll pick one random name to win a rare (never for sale) Oiselle spike bag. If you don't have photos of the outfit feel free to describe it. Paint the picture :)

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*Top photo is of Tadshi Shoji's collection which I loved watching - taken from NYDailynews

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Melissa Hagemeister | September 15, 2011 at 4:46pm

Race day outfit for contest

My race day lucky outfit is what I wore to race my first marathon in May. A black shirt, black shorts with blue trim and pockets for gu, a black headband, and Brooks running shoes.

Patricia Eddy | September 14, 2011 at 9:26am

Race Day Style

I am a creature of habit. Green/white Vibram Five fingers, black 3/4 length compression tights, a hot pink racerback sleeveless top with a zippered pocket in the back for Gu, a white racing cap, and pink sunglasses.

Christine Sotelo | September 14, 2011 at 9:42am

Race day outfit

My race day outfit are pink Nike running shorts and Oiselle bird shirt. I feel fast, confident and oh so stylish! I also always wear a necklace my Dad gave me for goodluck.

Libby M. | September 14, 2011 at 10:20am

My race day outfit is usually

My race day outfit is usually my cancer to 5k tech shirt (amazing program to get cancer survivors up and running!) bright yellow and blue! Normally I wear black capri running tights, but I got a black running skirt, and I love it. Some well loved Saucony shoes and I'm good to go!

Christiana Martin | September 14, 2011 at 9:42am

Race day outfit

Race day outfit

traceyp | September 15, 2011 at 3:43pm

race day outfit for contest

how fun is this!? ..... fav race day outfit is my white tank (it's hotter than you-know-what in atlanta), my new black roga shorts i found in the sale bin at my local running store (now that i have a pair i will gladly pay full price for! LOVE them!), my i pod, and orange running shoes. i also have to add that my husband is my favorite accessory!

Cynthia | September 15, 2011 at 10:53am

Race Day Outfit

My race day outfit has to be a running skirt. If the distance is longer than 10 miles, I'm sporting compression socks too. My top is anything from a tank to a long-sleeved or pullover (yes, I race in all kinds of weather). I run light - nothing but my puffer tucked away in a pocket.

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Anonymous | November 14, 2011 at 7:28am

Nice for outdoor sports and

Nice for outdoor sports and even for sitting at home and playing sports games online.