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After receiving multiple comments about running skirts, skorts and shorts (see this previous post), I thought I would check in with
Nicole DeBoom for her thoughts on the fashion trend that forms the foundation of her company, SkirtSports. Nicole, the pioneer of the
running skirt craze, lays out her definitions of
“skirt” and “skort” below:
- Skirt from the front, shorts from the back.
- Generally high-rider, made from some sort of woven fabric.
- Tend to ride up butt cracks, not very flattering.
- Sometimes pleated in the front.
- Generally quite short.
- Think: Grandmother.
- Variation of the skort: Culottes – knee length split riding style
skirt. I wore these in elementary school (late 70’s).
- Modern, flattering, versatile, the epitome of femininity.
- Fitness versions of skirts have been used over the ages in
traditional “skirt sports” like tennis, dance, skating, lacrosse and even
- Running and fitness skirts were introduced to the
mainstream in 2005 by SkirtSports.
- Within four years, the skirt category has exploded.
- Considered controversial by some. However, when analyzed, they are
shown to be more modest than the typical running short or spandex
- What does this mean? Women don’t want to wear their Grandma’s skort!