Women's running shorts styles selected based on size, look, and functionality
My selection of women's running shorts have been tested by millions of women throughout the decades!!
This blog post will hopefully give you some great women’s running shorts at reasonable prices. Picking the right style of women’s running shorts can be such a challenge. From 1900 when the first inspirational women were allowed to compete at the Olympics there have been a few different women’s running short styles that have come in and out of fashion. To jazz this post up a bit I’ve linked each of the women’s running short styles to a retro style. From my research it’s crazy how much the saying what goes around, comes around is true!!
There are so many different women’s running short styles and fabrics it’s hard to know what option will…
- Look good on you
- Are a reasonable price
- Are functional for whatever training session you might be attempting
Hopefully this list of styles will help you to choose your perfect women’s running short style.
The classic flappy short has been ruling the roads and tracks for decades. A firm favourite for my parents when they competed they do seem to have come back into fashion and I’m really grateful.
For comfort during a long race or training session these types of running shorts really do tick all the boxes.
The best shorts that I could find based on price and material were these DhB shorts from wiggle.
The dhb Women’s 3″ Running short has been patterned to give a non-restictive fit and maximum freedom of movement. Ideal for tempo runs, races and bigger workouts encorporating bigger strides, lunges or squats.
Tight Cycling Shorts
Does anyone else think of Jane Fonda aerobics videos when they see these types of long cycling style women’s running shorts?
This length of women’s running short is back in fashion. With the high tummy sucking waste band, and the longer length leg they are flattering for most shapes.
Moisture Wicking: Breathable fabric, close your skin and zero irritation, regulate your body temperature. You can move more freely and comfortable.
TBH they look a bit like a more expensive pair of Women’s Running Shorts that you can purchase from Lulu Lemon ;).
Another firm favourite with the 80’s era. I’m sure there have been many fancy dress party dance floors full of these.
In my youth I used to love wearing these types of women’s running shorts at the track. I think I had a white pair. Not the best of ideas when you’re running around, jumping in sand its, and getting grass stains from bum skidding down slopes.
For me this type of women’s running short is a little more style than substance. That being said I have managed to find a fab pair of Adidas women’s running shorts.
Battle of the heat in the retro-styled, adidas Marathon 20 Shorts. Made utilizing climacool technology, these shorts are highly breathable allowing air to circulate close to the skin ensuring you stay cool and well ventilated.
The soft and stretchy fabric with a drawcord elastic waist provides an adjustable and secure fit for your comfort and the high-rise construction and inner brief give good coverage. Stay visible and seen in low light thanks to the 360-degree reflectivity
The hot pant has really come into its own recently. When I think of these types of women’s running shorts I imagine some of the amazing Crossfit women who have rocked this women’s running short style.
For women runners who keep up with their glute bridges these short Halo booty shorts are a great choice. There are some longer styles and different patterns available. The shorts have been created with a Crossfitter in mind but would be more than fine to run in. The business was created by the inspirational Rhi Pearson @rhip32 and is modelled by some amazing Isle of Man Crossfit gals @erinbonett & @aimee_cringle.
If you’d prefer a set of booty shorts with running performance in mind then I would go for either the pair of gorgeous 2XU shorts that I spotted on Wiggle.com. Built with a female-specific fit, the Women’s Active 4.5″ Tri Shorts from 2XU have been influenced by elite competition and countless hours of research.
Or the classic Nike Pro Staple. I own and love this women’s running short style to bits. They don’t have any pockets. No pockets really isn’t a problem for me as most of my sessions are completed locally. Anything that I need to carry can usually be stuffed down my sports bra.
My Favourite Women’s Running Short Style
To be fair I thing that I own a version of each of the above. Depending on how I’m feeling, what session I’m doing, or the weather can influence what style I select. If I was only allowed to bring a pair onto a desert island then the Nike Pro Shorts would probably come with me.
The one style of short that I have NEVER been brave enough to wear is the knicker. I really would need to up my core stability to get away with a pair of them ;).