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Running skirts or shorts that don't "ride"

OK, we were talking about this in one of my groups. do any of you runners have the problem of shorts that ride? well, i am so very annoyed by it. i have lost almost 20 pounds, but i will never be thin enough that my thighs don't run. therefore, my shorts ride up in the middle. it is so awful looking. and i find myself yanking my shorts down every 30 seconds.

does anyone have this problem? what shorts do you find are the best? i have a smallish waist and larger hips and thighs. i have tried some nike shorts that i read were not supposed to ride, and of course they did.

has anyone tried the running skirt?

Fri. Jul 13, 3:30pm

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Friday, November 17, 2006, 10:01 AM

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I am so in the same boat. I have a small waist and upper body - i carry all my weight in my butt, hips and thighs. I have a horrible time finding shorts that don't chafe or ride up when I run. I have a pair or two that are okay, but I don't love them. I'd very interested in some good answers to this question. i'd even be willing to invest in some more expensive brands to save the skin on my inner thighs!

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:54 PM

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OMG! that happens to me every time i run, and i'm a runner! i now wear the bermuda style workout shorts (i get them at target), they're a bit hotter but worth it because i'm not all self concious about having my shorts riding between my legs. i did find some adidas shorts that aren't too bad, though. i think after a few more pounds *crossing fingers* i can wear them more often to run.

i'm tempted to try a running skirt. the legs look short enough that they won't ride because there's no where for them to go!

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:57 PM

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I just wear a pair of lycra shorts under my regular shorts. It prevents the ride-up most of the time and disguises it the rest of the time.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 4:12 PM

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I have some guys nike shorts that have the built-in undies - keeps them from riding.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 5:24 PM

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OP here...

I have tried shorts with the briefs inside, and they rode the worst. I like the bermuda length shorts, but they are all in juniors, so my thighs make them tight. i got one pair at kohl's that i like, but as i have lost weight, they are super loose on the waist and are strange now.

i looked at and they have skirts with briefs under them, as well as skirts with shorts attached. i just dont know if i can picture myself in one of these things!

at least it's good to know other people have the same problem. just makes me feel like such a whale, and makes it hard to enjoy running when im tugging the whole time

Friday, July 13, 2007, 6:32 PM

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I'm not a runner, but I love clothes by title nine sports... Their employees are athletes and very helpful. Could be worth a try.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 6:45 PM

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I have this problem with regular shorts, too. I use the lycra bike shorts (bike shorts w/o the seat padding). I never have a problem with them riding up. Champion makes a good brand. I've also gotten some through a Jessica London catalog.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 7:16 PM

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I know no one likes spandex but...

The only shorts I can comfortably run in are tight spandex kind. I have a great pair by CWX that are somewhat of a compression short. They are much longer than other shorts, they hit right above my knee. This saves my inner thighs and they do not ride at all. They are a bit tight but once you get in them, they are fine. They are not cheap but you will not run in another pair again. Believe me, I have tried all kinds of shorts and body glide, etc..I can't find anything else that keeps me from fussing with my shorts when I run!!

I suppose if you are shy about wearing tight shorts you could put a baggy pair over top but that seems like too many layers to me.

I wouldn't get the skirt because, while it won't ride, your thighs are still free to rub.


Friday, July 13, 2007, 8:02 PM

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i love my marika running skirt--it has stretchy shorts under it. they ride the tiniest bit, but still cover the part that rubs

Friday, July 13, 2007, 10:44 PM

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My favorite running shorts are women's EMS running shorts-they're wicking fabric so they keep me from having a sweaty bum, and they don't ride up!!

But if you are looking for skirts-try one from the company below. I have two from them and I LOVE THEM!!! They are a little pricey, but they wash and wear well-and if you love it, it won't even matter!

the website is


Saturday, July 14, 2007, 12:17 AM

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Great topic because I thought I was one of the few that couldn't wear those cute little running shorts!
I only wear the lycra type shorts when running because I can't stand the chafing nor the thought of how it looks when your shorts are all jammed up in your crotch!
I just recently found some running shorts with an attached lycra short instead of the attached panty and they work too, but the lycra short is still a little bit shorter than I'm used to. It rides up a bit, but still covers me enough so there's no chafing.
New Balance is one of the new ones I just got with this attached short and bonus - the little pocket inside is actually big enough to fit my cell phone in!
And today I wore my longer running pants (to the knee) that a previous posted mentioned from Target... and I really like the zipper pocket in the back that holds my cell phone.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 12:24 PM

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I love this thread, lol. :) Shorts riding up your crotch 12:24, thats awesome! I am so glad we are all free to share here on PT! ;) Thats what makes it so great.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 8:04 PM

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12:24 here again...

I have to report that I wore those short with the attached lycra short yesterday for a 9 mile run and I am SORE-y to say they did ride up way more than I remember!!!
I was chafing after the first 3 miles and had to keep trying to "adjust" them the whole rest of the way. I didn't even give a damn if anyone could see me because I was more worried about how my poor thighs felt!

I guess it's back to the longer shorts only for me.

Monday, July 16, 2007, 1:19 PM

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I totally have that same issue. And have always fought iwth the guy at the running store over it. He keeps telling me "but THESE shorts will work"!! And none of them ever do.

Until running skirts. I now own 4 running skirts from atalanta and am a total convert!

My favorite(s) are the ones with compression short hidden under a cute skirt. The compression short protects my thighs and stay in place great. But then I don't have to walk around in spandex!

I have recently tried their other skirt, which is also nice because there is no fabric between my legs, but on humid days sometimes the skin still gets sticky.

Anyways, I'll never go back!


Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 8:46 AM

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thanks for the link 8:46!

i checked them out, and i'm going to give the "committment" skirt a try. based on one thing- "chub-rub free".

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 10:46 AM

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My thighs really don't rub together but shorts ride up regardless. I was running the other day and my shorts just kept creeping up and even tho they only stay there for a second it's really annoying and makes me very self conscious. So...I went back to wear thin gym pants when I run. I can't find a better solution. It's hot as blazes but at least I finish my run.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 2:23 PM

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chub rub club

yep- i am a member - Ouch! I was recently talked into trying the running skirt style with the briefs underneath from the twins at the marathon expo. I found that the brief style was so light weight and I didn't get the red chafing like I do with shorts without having the fabric between my legs. GENIOUS! I tried on the running skirt style with the brief, there was nothing to tug or pull on. Everything stayed in place....Not sold yet,? they also have 2 side pockets for easy access for my ipod & keys. offers a full refund / exchange policy - so why not try it is what I said. I'm so glad I did! i've never seen these atlanta running skirts, its hard to tell by the photos on that site too, but has been around for a few years and gets rave reviews by their customers - you can see customer pics and read the reviews on the website, I'm gonna send in mine and see if they use it! Oh get body glide too if you haven't tried it yet.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 5:20 PM

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i bought two running skirts over the weekend.... i loved the movement and air circulation i had but the compression shorts still rode up. i didn't mind quite as badly because the skirt part covered that up. i did had the chub rub because they slid upwards... but i put on body glide before i set out so i think that helped keep the chafing to a minimum. i had to buy a large because i'm still big in the middle, but could have definitely used a medium for the legs... i think having the shorts part taken in may solve my problem! i haven't given up on them just yet!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 2:56 PM

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2:56 - alot depends on which style you go with. Some of them (like running use a really sheer slippery fabric that doesn't stay in place... another problem is if they are too short, they will ride up - sliding easily over your thighs).

atalanta's commitment skirt has been a DREAM! Why didn't someone think of htis earlier?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 3:19 PM

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I have some dance capris that I wear, they are awesome. Also, I have some men's Nike dry fit shorts that do not ride up at all, I love them, but can not find another pair like them anywhere.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 3:57 PM

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I wear nylon/spandex running shorts with nothing underneath.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 4:01 PM

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I just tried the inspiration skirt from atalanta. Didn't think I'd like the whole brief thing. But I LOVE it. It's not great for the track (because we always do abs and pilates afterwards) but I can only describe it as FREEDOM!!! There is nothing between my legs. wwooohoo!!

Friday, July 27, 2007, 1:17 AM

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I have the same I hurtle for my track shorts can become somewhat of an issue (especially when they're not just riding up the middle... o.0 not pretty).

body "armour" comes in capri lengths (they're like leggings.. and you can get them nice and thick for running outside in the winter too). also body armour type shorts, at least mid thigh. They're spandexy, but REALLY comfy to run in and with a baggier tee they aren't as daunting (i usually wear a shirt that covers most of my behind.. spandex + my behind = bad. so bad.)

hope this helps =)

Friday, July 27, 2007, 8:45 AM

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No creeping shorts...

I am run every day and have to deal with shorts that ride up. I'm not a particularly big person (5'6" and about 140 lbs), but this is always an issue for me. I have tried on EVERY kind of short and skirt for running. Most shorts still ride, despite length or promises not to ride. THe only solution I've found is Champion Vapor 5" compression shorts. They run about $38, but I have 2 pairs that I have run over 2000 miles in, and no chafing! The fit is flattering, they have a pocket, and they are wicking so even when my shorts are swampy after 5 hours of running, there is no visible sweaty crotch. The running skirts with the compression short also rides up on me, sadly. I love the style, but even a 6 mile run result in me digging my shorts out of my crotch. Not a fun thing to do in a race with people watching. For a true non-riding short, the bike short style is the only choice for me.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 10:48 AM

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Here's something that I learned from training for the Breast Cancer 3-Day...

Try "Body Glide" on your thighs-- it helps to lubricate them without causing them to be greasy... It really helps a lot with chafing.
Also, I found some "wicking boy short panties" that seem to help--they are just long enough to cover my thighs without being long and hot... :-)

I have some russell athletic shorts that I got online at Kohl's 2 years ago when I 1st started doing the 3-Day walks... They are soft and don't cause a rash or chafing. That's one thing I have noticed--certain fabrics "scratch" more than others (sometimes it's surprising how much)... These shorts kind of ride sometimes, but if I use the "Body Glide" stick and a little baby powder, it seems to keep the problem at bay. ;-)


P.S. I'm walking in Atlanta this weekend for the 3-Day. Can't wait! If anyone wants to track my progress, My hubby will be updating my website at:

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 2:40 AM

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Oh, I forgot-- the Russell shorts were black with a white stripe down the side (they are the short shorts, not the baggy long ones). They also come in pink and white as well. (I have 6 pair!)

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 2:42 AM

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i run cross country and track all year. i wear spankies under my shorts all the time and they never ride up.

Sunday, January 27, 2008, 4:10 PM

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The darn chafing!!!!

I've always had this problem. I bought a runner's skirt from The skirt had compression shorts but the shorts were too loose and still rode up. I got a pretty bad rub on that first day. I had to wear spendex shorts under my runner skirt shorts. I had a lot of clothes on. I didn't like it much but I had to wear the spendex. I saw on here the link for atlanta runner skirts. I ordered the commitment skirt. We will see how they work out. A person on here said they were good so I'm putting my trust and money in my fellow pt friends. Thanks!!!! I'll post how they workout for me.

Sunday, January 27, 2008, 6:45 PM

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soo... how'd it work out??

Friday, February 22, 2008, 8:35 PM

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i'm looking for boyshort type panties to wear under regular skirts in the humidity of NYC to keep away chafing (without having to wear bodyglide when i'm going out to dinner!) Can anyone help?


Thursday, May 08, 2008, 11:02 AM

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title nine, REI, etc. have great athletic style (moisture wicking full coverage) panties.

Thursday, May 08, 2008, 1:39 PM

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i love this site and running products they offer.... everything is so comfortable and wonderful! they even have running dresses (although i have yet to try one), they look adorable!


Thursday, May 08, 2008, 2:14 PM

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I've suffered with this problem my entire life. I did extensive searching online about this issue and I do believe that I've found the solution.

No Riders. www [dot] noriders [dot] com

You don't even have to purchase this product to get the same effect, but I need to give credit to the product itself (particularly, the Inseam Stays) for giving me the idea. I never would have thought of this on my own.

So, basically, your shorts ride up because the material is pliable and flexible and bunch-able. If you added something small and STIFF to the inseam of the shorts extending from your crotch to the hem, it's rigidity would stabilize the fabric and prevent any type of bunching whatsoever. Your pants couldn't bunch if their short lives (pun intended) depended on it.

You could use anything for this. It could be the No Riders themselves. It could be a thin, somewhat flexible stick! It could even be the antenna from your car (although I do suggest leaving that where it belongs). But what I have found to work the best is plastic boning (the kind of stuff used for support in the tummy area of corsets and wedding gowns.) Not only does in come in a variety of lengths and colors and finishes, but it's also FLAT which makes it low-profile, non-irritating, and PERFECT for sewing. Just TIGHTLY sew a length of boning underneath the flap of the inseam in your shorts, being careful to secure it THOROUGHLY at the ends, or "corners," (so the stitch doesn't open up and let the boning out, to stick you in the inner thigh while running - ouch), and you're good to go. I tried this immediately after reading about it and it worked beautifully.

Never again shall I pretend to lose my balance while running so I can inconspicuously do the "step and shake" to wriggle my shorts out of my crotch. Never again shall I ACTUALLY lose my balance while running because I tried to yank my shorts while in-motion. NEVER AGAIN!!!

I just want to share this with the WORLD!!! Try it, you will definitely like it (at least I do...)

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 8:53 PM

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you're preaching to the choir here.

I wear bike shorts underneath shorter shorts so that the short shorts can't ride up and my thighs don't rub thanks to the bike shorts

Thursday, September 18, 2008, 9:39 PM

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shorts that don't ride up AND help you look thinner

Avon sells neopreme bicyle shorts (I bought Large, and medium would have been fine: 5'9" 190lbs), cost about 30 dollars, got them on sale for around 20,..they are stretchy, black, fit nice, fell nice, cant ride up and don't move, and here's the best part,..they are like sauna pants. They fit high, just under my bra, and reach to my knees, and after excercising and wearing them for 2-3 hours,you have to peel them off, they are soaked in sweat,(you can not tell before you remove them, not uncomfortable at all) they shrink your waist and thighs,and legs, and butt, the effect lasts for 2 days!

Friday, September 19, 2008, 11:05 PM

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i know

the same happen to me i need to find some shorts that ride if any body ahave any answer to my problem please tell me

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 1:19 PM

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Im not a fan of running for the same reason. I have found 2 different styles of shorts that do not ride. one is short super tight spandex and the other is "official" running shorts (you know the ones that are sooooooo short you feel naked) as you can tell im not comfortable in either therefore I dont like to run. (i also have a small waist and bigger hips and butt Im pretty sure this is the problem).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 1:41 PM

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Shorts that don't ride up the thigh

you might try this website. I just ordered some so I've not tried yet, but it looks good to me.

Friday, March 13, 2009, 12:56 AM

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In-Sport Women's 5K short==4.5 inch inseam

I like a longer short to hide my jiggle. These are great. The price is good, the fit is good and they don't ride up on me enough that others would notice. I can always tell when they try to sneak up, but no one else would be the wiser. They also come in dark colors which is nice because I'm so sweaty. If they don't work for you for running, they are great gardening/around the house shorts!

Friday, March 13, 2009, 11:25 PM

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Hi again, I am the previous poster. These particular shorts range from small up to 3XL. They also have quite a selection of other shorts/skorts, etc to pick from and their prices, even with shipping, come in cheaper than heading to local mall's sporting goods store.

Friday, March 13, 2009, 11:49 PM

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I guess that's why I like running in the cooler weather, because I wear pants or capri length. I have all the same short problems too, I hate it. I'm always trying different shorts. I did get a pair of Nike not skin tight, but kind of longer, biker style shorts. That seems to work.

Sunday, March 15, 2009, 1:50 AM

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I'm a biker but I don't get crotch ride with longer compression shorts with gripper elastic at leg hems. I wear longer shirts for coverage and use body glide to prevent chafing. Just get shorts without chamois for running and you will be set.

Wicking fabric really helps too.

Biking shorts usually have padding chamois but you can get them without too. Also if you shop around you can get them in a range of larger sizes. I wore them when I was at a higher weight (honestly, a right of passage!) and I was amazed by how comfortable they are. The right amount of compression really helps with keeping things from moving around (jiggling bottoms and thighs).

Bikers tend to go comando (without panties). I would experiment with that too with the right compression shorts. Gusseted crotches that wick are comfortable. On wetter days I have worn a panty liner...but you have to have bathroom facilities for longer runs because they expire and chafing can be a problem.

Sunday, March 15, 2009, 8:56 AM

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Go for the skirt

I have the same problem and just bought my first walking skirt. They are by Avia and have the built in biker shorts underneath. It worked pretty good on my walk yesterday. Also I have found that wearing a pair of tight, slick shorts underneath my walking shorts compresses my thighs enough that it helps with the riding up problem.

Sunday, May 24, 2009, 8:55 PM

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no riders

hi im just wondering if the no riders worked. i have the same problem would be goo to find an easy way help and still be abe to wear my shorts

Saturday, August 22, 2009, 10:11 AM

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Well, men's basketball shorts have always worked for me. I just get a size that's too big for me(can tie to keep from falling down) to make the area's where the shorts are tightest less noticable. And some pretty cute exercising outfits can be made too, its just a matter of combining the right shorts with shirts and stuff.

Also, what you can do is find a pair of exercise pants that you know you wouldn't mind cutting into, and they dont ride up when you use them, you can cut off the legs and get creative to create you own non ride up shorts :)

Friday, November 13, 2009, 12:19 AM

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under armour is sooooooo awesome. Everything stays in place.

Friday, November 13, 2009, 1:35 PM

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Sugoi Blast Fit Tri Shorts

They are kinda expensive but you will never go back to your old shorts. They are designed for triathalons but they do not have the padding that the typical bike shorts due. They have signature leg grippers at the inseam which will NOT move....not matter what you do. These shorts come with a 6" inseam, but with the leg grippers, you can pretty much place the seam on your legs where your desired short length is typically at. I bought one pair as a trial over a year ago and I now have 5 pairs. I have gotten rid of EVERY other pair of shorts I own. Definitely worth a try!

Saturday, February 20, 2010, 2:13 PM

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I too don’t wear shorts because of the bunching in the crotch prob when running. My fave is Nike (because of the wicking) spandex-like running pants that go all the way down past my knees.

Saturday, February 20, 2010, 11:27 PM

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I do triathlons and do most of my runs in my tri shorts as well. I like Zoot, Sugoi, and Skirt Sports. I often wear a skirt over my tri shorts (both racing and training) just because I love the cute factor! Also try Running They have some really, really cute skirts!

Monday, February 22, 2010, 1:22 PM

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Running Shorts

My favorite shorts to run in, are the Baja Short by Impact Fitness Wear. They are a longer short, that are almost knee length. They are super comfortable to run in. They do run a little bit big, so if you decide to try them out I would order a size smaller than you normally wear. Their website is


Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 4:34 PM

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running skirts that don't ride

YES! The WORST problem! Try Bought one of their "technical" skirts (with the shorts built in) because they said the shorts were guaranteed not to ride up...and believe it or not, they were right! You can even see comments on their Facebook page. The skirt even has lots of pockets, which is good for trying to run longer distances. (Getting there!!!)

Monday, September 27, 2010, 10:43 PM

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Oops, here's the link for SparkleSkirts. (New to all this posting stuff, but learning a lot. Everyone is so helpful!)


Monday, September 27, 2010, 10:47 PM

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Riding Up shorts

Hi, well this is kind of late compared to the rest of these, but im having the same problem, my shorts ride up ALL the time. im not really sure if i want to try a running skirt because i think ill get made fun of ( im on the schools track team). should i wear spandez under my shorts? because thats wat i see all the other girls doing and it doesnt seem to ride up for them but the spandex rises up, and my thighs dont rub that much.. so im real confused. thanks in advance for any helpful comments :D

Friday, April 08, 2011, 7:11 PM

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Wear these underneath

Biker shorts work well. you can buy them from Walmart for only a few dollars. They come in white and black. They are meant to be a little tight so be sure to get the smaller size if you are in between sizes. They are made out of cotton and are very stretchy :D

Monday, May 16, 2011, 2:22 PM

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Running skirts

I wear Om Athltix running skorts and they never ride- maybe because the inseam is a little longer than other brands- then I wear them all day because they are so cute and comfortable!!!


Monday, October 31, 2011, 9:05 PM

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Skirt Sports

I have been reading alot of these comments, and agree that most shorts do ride up, but not Skirt Sports - these are running skirt with a buil in shortie, please do NOT buy Running Skirts the brand, the fabric is cheap and not worth the money - go to - they are the inventor of the running skirt and will stay in place when running...

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This site has great running skirts that are comfy, modest and look great.
I know several runners who wear these skirts. In fact, I am ordering a couple soon. I don't run, but I do workout and the skirt I am wearing now just isn't working out for me.


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