Long shirts

running tops that cover my bottom?

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16/01/2013 at 23:31

Hi, Can anyone advise what tops, and where I can get them, that are longer than hip-length? I've just started running and feeling self-conscious is not helpful. I'd prefer to wear a top that is longer than my hips and covers my bottom.

17/01/2013 at 08:04

depends if you're a man or a woman?

17/01/2013 at 08:14


17/01/2013 at 08:28

I wear a pair of shorts over tights.

17/01/2013 at 08:29

i bought some long tops like that for my gf made by a company called lulu lemon, they are almost like mini dresses, she wanted them for when she's on the road bike to stop the draft, they are tight/snug fitting though, i'm not sure about anything looser fitting if thats what you were after.

17/01/2013 at 08:38
17/01/2013 at 08:47
Some cycling tops are curved at the bottom and are more flattering, skorts are good but can sometimes bunch up.

One thing I would say is that no one is looking at you and is thinking OMG how unflattering!!

I always think my sweat, red face, heavy breathing will be too much of a distraction for anything else!

Good luck and enjoy your runs
17/01/2013 at 10:27

LuluLemon is nice but very expensive (£50 for a tank top when I was last at their shop in Chelsea!)

Some of the Nike tshirts and tank tops are long line, you could layer those over a shorter, long-sleeve tshirt for running outside? Sports Direct usually have a good stock of Nike stuff at reduced prices.

17/01/2013 at 11:03
pinkbug wrote (see)

I wear a pair of shorts over tights.

That just screams "I'm worried about the size of my bum" (if you're a woman) and "I'm worried about the size of my willy" if you're a man, and draws more attention to the area you're trying to hide.

Even if people DO look, and DO think you have a big bum - so what?  Nothing happens.  

I'm sure that many people have thought that about me over the years, and I'm still running, haven't dropped dead yet!



17/01/2013 at 11:42

I agree with cyclng tops. These are designed with a longer back as cyclists bend forward and a normal length tops would expose the lower back.

17/01/2013 at 12:35

"That just screams "I'm worried about the size of my bum" (if you're a woman) and "I'm worried about the size of my willy" if you're a man, and draws more attention to the area you're trying to hide."

I'm not sure about this one.  Whilst I'm not particularliy worried about the size of my cheif I don't want to expose my children, their friends and my work colleagues to it in all its circumsised glory.

Just because you are exercising doesn't mean that it's okay to show off you're jibblets. I'll wear what I like, so should you...but beware I'll poke fun at you if I can clearly see you bits and bobs.

17/01/2013 at 12:46

....intentionally displaying your bits and bobs.

17/01/2013 at 13:06

Womens running tops can be really badly designed in so many ways.  I find that a lot are slightly too short so that your stomach/lower back gets cold and why are so many of them tight/close fitting?  Also those tops with sports bras built it really annoy me along with the abundance of pink and purple, .  As for shorts in the summer I don't want capris and I don't want hot pants, what happened to a decent length of shorts?


17/01/2013 at 13:09

Thanks everyone. I'll go look at cycling tops  
Whilst I'm not too worried about what others think, (and I agree, my scarecrow hair, red face, and puffing are distraction enough) I also have a little bit of dignity. I wouldn't wear leggings with a short top to do the school run. It wouldn't be fair on my little kids when their friends see an enormous VPL for the first time and have to ask "What's wrong with your mum's bum!? And where has all the daylight gone?!"
Also, my leggings are a little bit see through because they've had to be stretched over such a vast surface area. They're otherwise 1000 denier.
My hubby said I have a little bottom, it's just that it's stretched over huge hips.
So, there you have it. I'm not worried about the size of my bum. I can't see it. I'm worried about the mental scarring it will leave on my kids and their friends. And I'd like to prevent anyone from trying to park their bike there.

17/01/2013 at 13:15

The most important things are that you are out there running and that you feel comfortable. 

17/01/2013 at 15:48
Thanks Beanie, that made me chuckle. I find if I go a size larger in bottoms than I really need they don't stretch so much.

I have so many running tops and so few that I find comfortble to wear, good luck x
17/01/2013 at 16:04
always trying wrote (see)
I find if I go a size larger in bottoms than I really need they don't stretch so much.

I was trying to find a way to say that without saying "buy a bigger size" 

17/01/2013 at 16:35

If you have a TK Maxx near you, they quite often have one brand of sportswear (can't remember what it's called) that seems ridiculously long (to me, because I'm short), and they're pretty cheap too. Also they tend to have the Elle Sport ones; the t-shirts are often quite big.

I also find women's sports tops get longer in bigger sizes, so if you get a size bigger than you want you might get another inch or two.

And Elizabeth: I like tight-fitting sports clothes so they don't flap around, but I do have mid-thigh length shorts - you can get them in the tight, leggings-style ones. Nike have some plain ones that have a back pocket in their dri-fit range.

17/01/2013 at 19:33
I wear Nike miler tops and they are a decent length. They come in long and short sleeve versions so ideal all year round, try to find a Nike shop or Nike outlet shop or go outdoors store to try them on,

17/01/2013 at 20:01

Whether people can see your bum or if you try and hide it beneath huge clothes thus making your profile look big, people will still conciously or subconciously think "oh look, a fat person". You can't change your body shape with clothes.

Wearing long clothes doesn't hide anything!


 Get over it!

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