Depending on the day, I may need four different outfits for various activities. I might run in the early morning, take my dog for a walk before work, take a walk at lunch, and do strength training or yoga in the evening. I need different workout gear for these different activities, but I need them all to keep me as cool and dry as possible in this very hot and humid weather we’ve been having. Here’s what I’m loving for sweaty summer days.
On the hottest days, I wear skirts. My favorites are Lululemon and Skirt Sports. Lululemon’s skirts are very lightweight, comfortable, and have a lot of pockets (I have the Pace Rival and Hit Your Stride skirts (review and comparison of the two here). If I’m running a short run I don’t need many pockets, but for longer runs I need pockets for my gels, lip balm, Salt Stick tabs, tissues, etc.
Skirt Sports are also lightweight and comfortable, but the one I have, the Gym Girl Ultra with Drawcord, has only two pockets. (My review here.)
I have some lightweight Athleta skirts from last year that have a built-in mesh shorts that I really like, but I don’t think they make them this year. All my Athleta skirts have only one pocket.
I’ve found some new favorites from Lululmeon this year. The What the Sport Singlet has the same lightweight, stink-proof fabric as the popular 105F Singlet tank, but the straps on the 105 tank flop around too much on me. The What the Sport tank stays put, and the fabric is very airy and light. I also love the new Sculpt Tanks, which are loose-fitting with an open back and very lightweight, plus have a UPF50+ fabric so are good for runs in the sun. I wear these two types of tanks the most for hot runs.
I also like Athleta’s Chi Tanks, especially the heather stripe fabric, which are also pretty lightweight. I usually pick up the Chi Tanks whenever they go on sale, which they often do. The last one I got was only $12! If you need a lightweight, basic tank, be sure to check Athleta’s site when they offer 20% off items already on sale. You’ll be able to get these tanks at a great deal.
Oiselle has some nice tanks made with their mesh fabric, which is very soft. I have a mesh tank from last year that is the next best thing to running in just a bra. I also have another Oiselle tank from last year with a really nice lightweight fabric. While neither of these styles are available this year, there are many cute tanks made with their nice lightweight fabric.
Lorna Jane’s tanks are typically made with their mesh fabric. It’s a heavier weight than all the other brands I’ve tried (Lulu, Athleta, Oiselle), but they have many different styles with open backs and drawstrings at the bottom, making them great for runs when it’s not as hot.
While I have tried so many different bras from different brands, the only bras I really love for running are from Lulu. The Energy and All Sport Bras are very comfortable and have never caused chafing and have enough support for my C-cup size to minimize bouncing. Plus, they come in so many cute colors. The bra often makes my outfit! I did just recently try the Run for Days Bra, which has soft, sweatproof fabric. It might be my favorite for running. The band is so soft and comfortable, and I find that it wicks sweat a little better than other bras. I have other bras from Athleta and Victoria’s Secret VSX collection that are very supportive for running, but I don’t find them very comfortable.
I have a very old hat from Nike and a few from Lulu, plus a Lulu visor. The fabric on all of them are lightweight, but I find the Lulu hats have a wider brim and fit my heat better. I’ve mentioned before the current Fast Paced Run Visor Lulu has out now. I love the very wide brim when running in the sun.
|Typical outfit for hot weather runs:
Lululemon Sculpt Tank, Pace Rival Skirt, Fast Paced Run Visor
Walking, Hiking, Strength Training, and Yoga
What I wear for other activities depends on how hot it is.
Cooler Weather (under 65F)
I usually wear a Lululemon Cool Racerback tank in cooler temps. These tanks are a basic in my fitness wardrobe because they’re so versatile. I wear them to work as a base layer and can wear them for just about any activity. I even wear them running when it’s not as hot. I have them in a rainbow of colors, so it’s easy to pair them with just about anything. I also like Lulu’s Power Y Tanks, made of the same fabric.
I typically layer a long-sleeve, lightweight top over my tank when it’s cooler out and also inside in air conditioning. Most of my tops come from Athleta because I get them for a steal when they go on sale. The styles vary by season, but there are always a good selection of very lightweight tops. I also like the ones I have from Fabletics, which are lightweight and are good layering pieces.
When it’s in the 50s, like it recently has been in the early mornings here, I wear a jacket instead of top. My favorites are Lulu Forme and Dance Studio Jackets, which have just been replaced with Define and In Flux Jackets.
I pretty much always wear crops in cooler weather. I used to swear by Lulu’s Wunder Under Crops, but I’ve since found many brands that are just as nice. I have some from Lulu, Yogasmoga, Beyond Yoga, Athleta, and Fabletics.
Sometimes I wear one of my Athleta Relay Skirts, which have a heavier weight skirt and built-in shorts (an old style that’s no longer available.)
Hot Weather (above 70F)
In addition to the tanks I wear running, I wear my No Limits Tanks from Lulu a lot in hot weather. They are a combined bra and mesh tank. This is a popular style that many brands carry, including Fabletics and Target. I generally like any of the mesh tanks that Lulu makes.
My new favorite tanks are the Devon Singlettes from splits 59! I got them when Hautelook had them for just $30 each. I’ve been wanting to try them after reading rave reviews from Suzanne at Agent Athletica, and I couldn’t pass them up for $30. They are awesome! The style is flowy and billowy, and the fabric is silky and feels luxurious. The open style back makes the tank. I suspect it might flop around a bit if I’d wear it running since it’s so loose, but it’s such a breezy and beautiful tank that I’m sure I’ll wear a lot this summer.
Lulu’s In the Flow Crops are my hands-down favorite for hot, humid days. These knee-length crops are made with a seamless fabric and, while they are very supportive, are extremely comfortable plus are lightweight. I have three pair and wear them all the time. A big plus is that pet hair doesn’t stick to them. The only thing I don’t like about them is the prominent logo placement in the back of the left thigh. Recently a friend said, “Oh, you have something stuck to you,” and tried to pick the logo off! If the logo weren’t there, they’d be perfect.
This is the first year I’ve started wearing shorts (and yes, I will be doing a separate post about this because it’s huge for me). In the past, I might wear shorts that came just above my knee, but never anything shorter until this year, when I tried on Lulu’s Tracker Shorts. Trackers have a four-inch inseam, and the style is incredibly flattering for larger legs. The waistband is wide and very comfortable, there is a zippered pocket, and the seams and style give the butt nice shape, unlike the diaper butt look in most fitness shorts. I tried running in them and found that they do ride up, so I wouldn’t wear them for running. But I have been wearing them for everything else. The fabric is so lightweight, and they’re so comfortable, it’s like not wearing anything. I love them so much that I bought two other pairs after I bought the first pair!