Fashion meets function
Check-points essential for running wear!
Choosing running wear is what every runner looks forward to. Putting on your favorite outfit boosts your running motivation, and if it is functional as well as cute your performance can be significantly boosted, too. So, what should one keep in mind when choosing running wear? Hear Chihiro Inohana – a model and a recognized fashion leader with 1 year of running experience – share her running style secrets for this year.
3 Key Tips on Choosing Running Wear in Ms. Inohana’s Style
TIP 1: Go for bright colors unique to running wear!
”This year you can’t miss vibrant fluorescent colors that instantly lift you up, or the “stylish” unisex design. As for items, the hit of the season are running leggings that give you both freedom of movement and a great style due to a smart fit,” says Ms. Inohana. Indeed, some of the trends of the season are vivid fluorescent colors and distinctive patterns that remind one of dancewear. Why not venture out and try the bright color palette this year?
TIP 2: UV protective, moisture-wicking and quick-dry – focus on fabric functions!
”Of course I try to choose lovely wear, but I also go for fabrics that give you a good feel – protect from UV, don’t chafe and don’t restrict your movements,” says Ms. Inohana. Besides, when your body temperature rises and you sweat, you want your clothes to dry fast.
Compared to a cotton T-shirt that gets heavy with sweat, highly absorbent and fast-dry polyester fabrics or highly breathable mesh fabrics guarantee a more comfortable run. If your running wear wicks away moisture and dries quickly, it regulates your core temperature when you are heated by running.
Leggings, a favorite of Ms. Inohana, have also come a long way in recent years: they fit the body tight stimulating blood circulation and deliver other benefits, such as better body positioning and movement coordination, calf muscles’ support, etc. Don’t miss these high-performance models that boost long runs!
TIP 3: No matter how cute, discard items not your size!
One thing Ms. Inohana is especially particular about with her sportswear is this. ”It can be the cutest item in the world and just what you’ve been looking for, but wrong size is a no-no.
“It’s really important: never buy the outfit that’s not your size. Anyone kind of knows this, right? (laughs) It will stress you out and you won’t be able to concentrate on running. And I personally hate a loose sports bra. You want your underwear to be supportive too, don’t you? That makes it so much easier to run.”
Unlike with regular clothes, the key with running wear is choosing what really fits you well. That’s why Ms. Inohana never buys her running apparel online and by all means tries it on in the store. ”Having put it on, I ask the staff to look at me and give advice. I myself may think it’s a perfect fit, but they can give me precious tips, like “This item stretches well” or “You’d better wear it a little loose”, which I trust and follow.”
Find “your” outfit and have more fun with running!
Trendy, functional, a perfect fit – get the running wear that hits all the three and your running is sure to improve! Find yourself a well-suited outfit and have another great run today!
Born in Tokyo in 1989. After spending 6 years in Sendai, returned to Tokyo to work as a model and launched an accessories brand “Chiro”. Certified as a “natural beauty” by Japan No-makeup Association. Started recreational running about a year ago.