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  • Writer's pictureMelody Alexander

Gear up with women's athletic wear

I have been a runner my entire life, and despite being a fairly small woman, there’s one major frustration I’ve always felt as an athlete. It’s always been tough to find clothes that fit me. After decades of running and skating, my quads have always been thick. That means I grew up struggling to find clothes that fit me. Fortunately, a lot has changed since the ‘90s and we’re seeing more inclusive clothing hitting the market.

 

As we celebrate Women’s History Month in March, I wanted to share some of my current women's athletic wear favorites. Some are built for women, some are built by women, and some celebrate women. And all of them are brands I'm a bit obsessed with at the moment. Please consider buying, and especially supporting the women's-led brands.


Avalanche joggers


I stumbled across the Avalanche Outdoor Supply Company brand recently when shopping at T.J. Maxx and am officially obsessed. Their joggers are my current favorite pants, and I’ve barely been able to take them off. They are insanely comfortable, but what I really love about them is that they can be worn for just about anything. Their sporty look is cute enough for any situation. I have worn them while teaching and for meetings. But I’ve also worn them to the gym and to run in. I personally want one of all of their pants, and maybe two to three of some of them because laundry day can never come fast enough after I’ve worn them.




Junk Food tee


The Junk Food brand has long been one of my favorite clothing lines. Their clothes are built for comfort, and I’m a little obsessed with their Kansas City Chiefs sweats. But I’ve also long been smitten with their Wonder Woman shirts. Their Wonder Woman Cropped tee is my newest favorite outdoor skating tee. Cropped tees are perfect for summertime because they’re slouchy, cool, and airy, and there’s nothing better for celebrating being a strong, empowered woman than Wonder Woman.




WEAR by Erin Andrews sweatshirt


If you were living in a hole in October, you may have missed Taylor Swift wearing an incredible Kansas City Chiefs windbreaker when the Chiefs played the Broncos. The jacket was from a line by Erin Andrews, who is an NFL sports commentator. I’m a huge fan of her NFL long-sleeve t-shirt and I’m throwing it back to my youth with the Chicago Bears. Yes, I’m a huge fan of the Chiefs. And I’m a huge fan of the Bears and will wear this shirt with pride. WEAR has a selection of shirts, hoodies, and shorts so you can rep your favorite team in style.




If Not For Them and CHERRY clothing mashup


If Not For Them is an upcoming documentary series that is being produced by Brenda VanLengen, a veteran broadcaster for women’s basketball that tells the origin story of college women’s basketball. The team is currently fundraising for the series and one of the ways to support the series is by purchasing the If Not For Them clothing collection. They have a selection of tees and a hoodie that will benefit the documentary. The cool thing about the clothing collection is that it’s from CHERRY, which is a clothing line developed by a female athlete who recognized the absence of sports gear for women. You can load up on KC Current sweatshirts, Jayhawk varsity jackets, a sweet Kansas City bomber jacket, and get some super cute sport pants to beef up your sports fashion.



 

Read about the Summer of 1984


I’m going to talk about the Summer of ’84 and what it meant to be a girl growing up in the United States in a different blog post. But in the meantime, check out this book, Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days that Changed Sports and Culture Forever. It tells the story of the impact of the Los Angeles Olympics after numerous tumultuous Olympic games and how it launched a new era of sport.




 

 

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