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Straight Scoop: Roga Skirt With Shorts

Jan 13, 2017

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BAM. The Roga Skirt with shorts! We asked Martha, Ashley and Ellen for the Straight Scoop and we're excited to hear what you think of it as well!


MARTHA BAGWELL

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WHAT WAS YOUR BASIC RUN DOWN OF THE PIECE?

It’s new, it’s here, it’s time to review! Let me start off by saying, I didn’t buy the Roga skirt with the brief, and the main reason for that was the fact that there were no shorts. I remember reading comments about a few people discussing the length being quite short. The Nest listened, and answered with a new option! A pop of color, compression shorts, and length. I would have to say, this skirt, is probably one of the most versatile articles Oiselle has made.  

The skirt is a great shade Plum, which coordinates quite well with a variety of colors. The liner is a compression short similar to the Stride short, of which I’m a huge fan. The skirt layer is the Roga material and waistband that we know and love! Good overall fit. The back is where, I think, the designers added some length. I have found that some skirts will fly up in the back and reveal all the goods when running, and this one lays nicely when in motion. I will say the one critique I have is probably unique to me and my height.  Being 5’0”, I feel like the back of the skirt might be a tick too long for my frame. 

WHERE DO YOU WEAR IT? 

Took the skirt out on a run and it moved great! I happened to be on an easy days and ran a mixture of trails and paved roads.  At first the compression shorts rode up a bit, but once I settled in to a pace, they locked in place. I would hesitate to wear these in a fast 5k or speed work, just because I like my legs to be free when I’m going faster, and a skirt is just one more layer. But that’s more of a personal preference. You do you!  

Ok, so I’m a runner, but during the day, I’m also a mild mannered tennis coach. Just kidding on the mild mannered, but serious about the coach part. Anyhow, I wanted to see how this piece held up on the courts, and it performed beautifully. For you players, the compression shorts held balls, even while I was moving around the court. Most of the tennis skirts I have are a bell hemline, and even though this skirt has more of an A-line cut, I never felt any sort of restriction when moving around the court.  

It looks great with a T-shirt, or even a nice black blouse to dress it up. From the roads to the town. For me at least, I think this Roga Skirt has lot of versatility.

HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?

I was able to run free and easy, which is just how I like it. Besides, I’d rather focus on waving to cute pups as they run by with their owners, or whether or not I’m meeting my splits than what I’m wearing. A final note about the skirt, I feel like it’s the runner’s parallel equivalent to “Casual Fridays.” For me, it feels like wearing a skirt is like “Fancy Run Wednesdays.” It’s different and still so comfortably the same. 

ASHLEY FINCHER

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WHAT IS YOUR BASIC RUN DOWN OF THE PIECE?

Super comfortable, didn't feel as if the piece was binding, pinching or gapping in any way. Overall, length and width sizing seems generous/forgiving on this piece, so my impression was that the design was not intended to be a "body-con" fit. As I was looking at my reflection in the mirror, I felt like the skirt might be a little long on me for running and training, but remember, I am 5'3" on a good day, so this may hit the majority of (taller) size 6 wearers a bit higher on the leg. Nonetheless, while I am a solid size 6 overall in Roga shorts, someone who felt like a size 6 Roga short was *slightly* too big might want to size down to a 4 for the skirt.  

WHERE DO YOU WEAR IT? 

Dallas GRIT Fitness! It really moved with me, whichever way I went. I felt like the skirt layer felt super lightweight and practically disappeared (in a good way!) as I moved through our class plan. They didn't move, even through plyo-jump lunges and deep squat jumps. In fact, I was surprised that the overall piece skirt performed more like a pair of shorts, and I didn't feel the top layer pulling across my thighs or flopping around/hitting my legs as I jumped and moved from exercise to exercise.      

As a rule, I frankly don't care whether my attire is "appropriate" when I'm running or working out. I want the gear to perform and I want to feel comfortable; that's it. I'm admittedly more self-conscious about what I'm wearing once I'm back in the general population. This morning, I felt completely pulled together and presentable just in case I had to make a quick stop on my way back home, and would have no problem running post-workout errands on a Saturday morning in my Roga skirt.

Note: The knit material of the shorts just doesn't have the same "quality" feeling of the rest of the piece but as a bottom layer, I get it.

WHY DO YOU LOVE IT?

The lightweight/quick dry material of the top layer, the piece's overall versatility/"presentability" and the yoga-style waistband/drawstring are some of my favorite features. It was so lightweight that I never felt any bounce or drag from the top layer, and never felt like I had to pull the shorts to get them back into place.

ELLEN WILLARD

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WHAT WAS YOUR BASIC RUN DOWN OF THE PIECE?

Opening the package I was so glad to see that the skirt was a beautiful new shade of blue. I love the new pattern of the accent design as well! I'm a huge fan of running skirts. I snagged the roga skirt when it came out over the summer, but I've honestly never worn it for running. I think having a short built in is what makes it a performance rather than a fashion piece. The sizing is definitely larger. It doesn't seem so much bigger that I would consider sizing down, but there is a noticeable difference. Finally, I think the built-in short is a little on the looser side than I was expecting (I was thinking it would be more like a stride short liner), but over the course of my 40-minute test run I never once felt like they were riding up. 

WHERE WILL YOU WEAR IT? 

I will definitely wear it for running the same as I would for any pair of Roga Shorts. I was planning on wearing Roga Shorts for the Houston Marathon on Sunday, but I'll probably rock this new skirt instead. I'd actually wear this skirt pretty much anywhere, except maybe to work. (I can get away with a lot of Oiselle at work, but I don't know that I could make happen.) Because it's always hot in Texas (81 degrees today!) shorts, skirts, and capris are my bottoms of choice outside of work. This skirt design is pretty versatile. I can totally see myself wearing it with a tank to run, and just throwing on t-shirt after to grab a cup of coffee or groceries on the way home. Like all Rogas, this skirt suffers from a lack of pockets. That one tiny butt pocket doesn't hold much. 

HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?

I felt like a total badass running around my neighborhood in the Roga Skirt. Something about a running skirt makes me feel both feminine and fierce. I love the fit as well. It's definitely very flattering on my short legs. I also love the color and how the detail pattern is in both the waistband and the short. 

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