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Published on: 09 Oct 2016 by samo

A Night Jogger's Guide to Fashion

With editors training for marathons and sports shoes flashing in the front row (we've all seen celebs sport Chrystal-ornamented attired combined with the latest pair of Nike or whichever bran they are currently gushing over), the fashion industry has fallen for sporty activities in a big way. Going for a run is no longer just the activity itself, but rather a fashion statement, too - a silent support for a healthy lifestyle and pricey brandtags.

Furthermore, "jogging" is no longer a verb much incorporated into sporty fashion terminology; a far sleeker verb - "to run" - has taken over, conjuring up imagery of scenic forest pathways and blurs of graphic, neon, black lycra. The fashion industry is currently obsessed with this athletic vision, so much so that you're facing fuming rejection of the furious glitterati unless you proclaim your unconditional love for a-quick-run-before-my-organic-green-smoothie-and-a-bath-in-almond-milk. Oh. well.

So, how do you look chic on the track?

Actually, it's not really that hard. If you are already a runner (or you've recently become one), you already know your sports gear. Just a few light upgrades will do, and you'll quickly be made a member of the glitterati-approved runner's club.

Don't run for the show, run for you

While the fashion industry likes the trend of running itself, you run for you, entirely. The amazing thins about running is that you can put your trainers on and go, any time. That's your source of strength, right there. And to look attractive doing it?Just remove that scowl from you face, correct your posture, and smile. There's nothing more attractive than a woman happy working on herself. That applies to women of all shapes and sizes, really.

Forget about sloppiness

While the goal of going for a run is to clear you head of stress (and shed a few pounds in the process), looking sloppy doing it is such a faux pas. We do have to honor the fashion industry, don't we?

Chose outfits that flatter your figure: put some thought into combining your sportswear into a fine sporty outfit - at least these days there's plenty to choose from. From legging in graphic prints and black and neon shades to unexpected cutouts, see-through details, compression socks and intriguing shirt designs, running has never been more fashionable.

It might sound shallow, but hear me out - the better you look working out, i.e. running, the more motivated you'll feel ti re-shape your body and look spectacular. Nothing wrong with that, right?

Stay visible and protected

Since you'll be running at night, make sure you wear items of clothing that are putting you on the running map. Make sure your workout attire is visible in the dark, whether we are talking light fabrics or fashionable athleisurewear with reflective tape attached to the outfit. Almost everyone these fays is running at night-time, when they're done with their daily chores. You don't want to be bumping into someone just because you're wearing all-black-everything.

Bring your safety gadgets

Running at night is wonderfully refreshing, but it may also be potentially unsafe: unfortunately, you never know who might be skulking in the bushes of a big city, so - better safe than sorry. Pack a few essentials like your phone (to dial 911 in case of emergency) and pepper spray, and have them at your immediate reach at all times. If you are wearing headphones (which you probably are), choose lighted streets with a lot of people around - that way, even if you don't hear someone approaching, you are safe - rarely anybody will be courageous enough to attack someone in a crowded place.

While running may have gone from a pound-shedding exercise to a fashion statement zone, in the end, it's all about women being strong and feeling energized. So, put your sneakers on, let your guard down and hit the track - you'll feel amazing, fashion or no fashion involved. 

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