However, I am in need of some warm weather bottoms, since I dropped a bit more weight and the stuff that fit me last summer isn't fitting quite as well right now (liner creep, ick
), so when lululemon uploaded some SUPER cute running skirts last week, I bit the bullet and ordered two. So this week I'm going to give you a comprehensive review of the Run: Pace Setter skirt. Unfortunately, these sold out wicked fast from the website, but if you live near a lululemon store, you could probably still find one there. They're pretty similar to the Run: Speed skirt, which also sold out wicked fast online, but I believe the rise is higher, and there are two tiers of ruffles in the back, rather than one. With a warm 45 degree morning, I set out to do 5 miles of speedwork in my new snazzy skirt, and see how it performed. To get a sense of sizing, I'm 5'7" and 135lbs. I take a size 2 pants in most places, and I ordered this in a 4 from lululemon. I would say this fits true to size as related to other lululemon items.
As you can see, it's a regular A line skirt in the front, but it's got two tiers of ruffles in the back. This means you've got a nice full range of motion and you don't need to have any vents on the sides or anything. I didn't find this rode up in the front at all during my run. It's got a nice wide waistband, too, which helps to eliminate any muffin top that might potentially be an issue. It also stayed put well and I didn't have to hitch it up at all. There IS a drawstring if you find yourself between sizes and want to go with the larger one, but the drawstring on the black skirt is hard to undo when it's wet and sweaty (I've learned from experience from other items), so I'd try to avoid using it, or cut it to make it easier to tie and untie - it's a continuous drawstring the way it comes.
You can see that it's also a bit longer in the back than in the front. That's good because this baby is SHORT. From middle top of the waistband to the hem in front, it measures 11.25", and 12.25" long in the back, again from middle top of the waistband to the hem. I didn't get a great picture of where they hit me, but I would say they're kind of a medium rise, sitting right above the hip bones, but still below the belly button. If you are not a fan of short skirts or shorts, this might not be the skirt for you. I kind of can't picture doing a lot of running around town in this one, but it would probably be fine, since short shorts are pretty acceptable nowadays.
Overall, I was pretty tickled with this skirt and definitely think this was a good purchase. If the weather holds up, I'm considering wearing one for the 15 mile race I've got coming up next weekend. I *did* find that there were a few fit differences between the two skirts that I got - one in black, one in lilac snow. The lilac one seemed a bit higher in the rise, the fabric stiffer, and the shorts stretchier. Overall I like the fit of the black one better, but that's pretty typical for Lululemon - the black fabric they use for the Run: Speed shorts, etc, is pretty much perfect, the fabric they use for the colored and patterned ones, a bit less so.