I’m not sure if a Flirting with 30 Crisis is a thing, but my Facebook feed suggests there’re some mini-meltdowns happening amongst my (admittedly heavily filtered – they wouldn’t have made that ‘hide’ feature if they didn’t intend us to use it) late-20’s pals. One after another,
Luckily I’ve curated a fine mix of un-hidden friends so there’s a healthy balance of roller coaster photos, inner beauty shockers, pigtailed engineer’ettes, and Myers Briggs animals in there, too. (<— I’m an octopus)
Surely worse ways to spend your time online than some “oh you woke up today and realized you’re getting old and need to do more with your life?” self-help’y articles, and truly, some of them are pretty beneficial. I learned how to roll over my old employer 401k after landing on a finance-for-dummies post during a heavy “next article” click trance. My future retired self thanks you, internet.
But after all this, the single Grown-Up List post that will forever live in helpful infamy is:
Timeless Wardrobe Essentials (source)
That’s some advice you’re a fool if you don’t follow. Granted now that I finally have a completed set of adult-approved closet staples I have little use for them since I work from home and rarely dress in “real clothes”, but it’s comforting knowing they’re all there should a surprise, adult’y occasion beckon.
It got me thinking though, as I flipped through the slideshow wearing the running shorts and sports bra I intend to put to use at some point today, that my workout wardrobe took nearly as long to perfect, and nobody gave me a shopping list for that! What gives? From cutoff cotton tees and rolled waistband mesh shorts, slowly adding “necessity pieces” as I discovered a need for them, I now have a solid rotation of pieces that look good, feel good, and perform
good well. But it wasn’t easy coming to it.
I took inspiration from this Style Me Pretty post and created an all-season guide for runners, including some of my recommendations. Because no one needs to stumble through such an important and arduous task alone. (admittedly looks a bit like a Oiselle catalog, but that’s only because those are the items I use, love, and genuinely suggest)
12 Staples for Every Runner’s Sweat Wardrobe
[ “Real Clothes” = Runners’ Equivalent. (“OUaL Likes” recommendation) ]
Nude Pump = basic everyday trainer (launch)
Cozy Scarf = arm warmers for season transitions and an insta-badass look (oiselle)
Fab Clutch = sparkly headband for some bling bling (bic bands)
Fitted Blazer = 1/4 zip long sleeve, means business (green layer)
Riding Boot = “fast” shoes for speed workouts and races (kinvara)
Statement Jewels = jewelry you can sweat in (page 10-11)
Great Bra = reliable, non-chaffing sports bra (strappy)
Timeless Tote = durable drawstring bag (spike bag)
Classic Trech = mid-weight full zip jacket w pockets (onyx)
– Other suggestions not listed: spanx = compression sports bra tank; umbrella = sweat-wicking, water-repellant jacket; opaque black tights = blisterless socks; nice sunglasses = nice, anti-fog sunglasses.
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Any other must-haves you’d suggest? Seasonal/regional items my small-minded SoCal runner brain didn’t think of? WTF are those gaiter turtleneck things you cold-weather people talk about?