Ohio Outside looks at women’s running skirts that are bold and feminine, for women who want a performance piece with a sweet silhouette looks good. Below we look at 5 pieces that have caught our eye and perform as well as they look.

Brooks Avenue Running Short & Distance Short Sleeve Top

Brooks Women's Running Skirts Women's Running Skirts and Run Happy Tee

We said this was a skirt feature and the first piece is technically a pair of shorts, but could you really tell?  It features a wide waistband, a hidden waistband pocket and a security pocket on the inner shorts that allow you to keep your keys and cards close. This “skirt” will perform all day, even if you need to take a break.  Perfect for runs, hikes, getting around town or even gardening. Shown above with the Brooks distance short sleeve top, a great go-to for everyday runs, with odor-resistant fabric and run-ready performance. #runhappy

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Retails: $52.00 Brooks Avenue Running ShortDistance Short Sleeve Top


Craft Pep Running Skirt and Seemless Hoodie

This cute Craft Pep skirt has moisture-wicking properties and elastic shorts on the inside.  The lightweight skirt is a flattering 13.5 inches long, and has a pocket on the inner shorts that will fit a gel, key or a cute guy’s phone number.  Fashion meets function in the stylish Core Seamless Hoodie.  The top is knit with large holes for targeted ventilation and a unique look, definitely a fashion forward piece in the sports world.  The hoodie can be worn alone, over a base layer or under an outer shell. Soft fabrics, high front collar and great fit ensure excellent comfort.  Thumb holes and a hood will keep you warm during a chilly morning workout.

Retails:  Vary  Craft Pep Skirt  Core Seamless Hoodie


North Face Kick up the Dusk Skirt & Beyond the Wall Top

Northface Women's Running Skirts & Tank  Northface Women's Running Skirts & Tank

This eggplant colored running skirt has girly and tough written all over it.  It’s fashionable and functional allowing you to go straight from a workout to meeting the girls for lunch.  Shorter in the front so it doesn’t interfere with your stride while running or squats at the gym, and a tad longer in the back for those that prefer a little more moderate coverage.  A secure zip pocket in the back gives you a place for storing small necessities and advanced technical materials will keep you dry during the toughest of workouts. The Beyond the Wall Backless tank is one of our favorites!  It performs well, the open back is super flattering and you can throw in a punch of color with a bright colored sports bra.  This relaxed fit and soft material is comfortable while lounging around the house, moisture wicking with great ventilation during workouts, and cute enough to wear to and from yoga.

Retails:    Women’s Kick Up Dust Skirt   Women’s Beyond the Wall Backless Tank


Salamon Agile Women’s Running Skirt and Agile Topsalo

Marathon tested and approved. We put the Salomon skirt to one of the toughest testing grounds out there, the marathon, and it performed. 26.2 miles of sweat and aid station fluids that missed my my mouth. Yeah, it sounds gross but even us girls can get a little messy. Moisture wicking, short enough to allow the most demanding movements, and a side pocket that holds gels, hotel keys, or anything else. Pair with the Agile top and you are all set. Two fabrics make up this top, an Active Dry material makes up most of the top, while a mesh back adds ventilation and looks pretty cute as well.

Retails: $60.00 Agile Women’s Running Skirt | Agile Women’s Top


Skirt Sports Jette Running Skirt and Free Flow Tank

Skirt Sports Jette Women's Running Skirt and Free Flow Tank Skirt Sports Jette Women's Running Skirt and Free Flow Tank

The company started the skirt revolution. Founded by Nicole DeBoom, and she knows fitness. Ironman Triathlete, married to 2-time Ironman Champion Tim, that is a pretty good background to knowing endurance sports. Now about the skirt, if you like short skirts, then this is the piece for you, 11.5 inches in the front and 12 in the rear with a multitude of patterns to choose from. Funky, they have it, a little more mellow, they have it. Moisture wicking of course,  3 pockets on each leg, a key holder in the back, and the best feature is the 1″ wide leg grippers which keep the shorts from riding up. Skirt Sports also offer quite a few sizes  (XS-XXL) and lengths for all body styles, job well done. We paired this with the Free Flow tank, a standard design tank designed with movement in mind. Take it for a run, bike ride, yoga or even mow the yard in it. Semi-fitted in the bust so it doesn’t gap under your pits and the free-flowing body is perfect when you don’t want something clingy on. You know what I mean.

Retails: $69.00 Jette Women’s Running Skirt | Free Flow Tank


X31 Women’s Running Skirt & Performance V-Neck Top

Girls just wanna have fun, be pretty in pink, or just look cute while getting sweaty and dirty. The new X31 Sports Running Skirt (Skort) with built-in lightweight compression shorts is there for you. Hidden side pockets in both of the legs are perfect for stashing energy gels. A zipper pocket in the back keeps your keys, ID or credit card safe while you run. The rear pocket also has a specially designed headphone hole, so you can bring your music with you. Wanna add a little more pink? We paired this with the Performance V-Neck Workout T-Shirt from X31. An athletic cut v-neck line, longer hem and tagless design offer a flattering fit and you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort, or form for function on your next workout.

Retails: $70.00 | Running Skirt | V-Neck Top