I wrote here once before about how I spent summer of 2012 trying to find a good running skirt. See? My thighs rub BAD when I run. I chafe like a mother trucker. Sprays/gels/powder/bars all help a little bit, but once you run more than an hour or sweat more than two, your best ammunition against chaffing is GOOD CLOTHING. I wore bike/spandex shorts most of the time but I wanted a SKIRT because skirts are CUTE. I tried several at $30-$60 a pop and they all sucked. They were cute, but they rode up on me make the chaffing still happen but combined with me constantly having to pull them out of my crotch.
Enter: Lululemon pace setter skirt. It was the answer to my prayers. I found it at the end of the summer 2012 and wore it again this weekend at my half-marathon. 12+ months from that $60 skirt. I adore it. It flatters my body and stays in place. I bought a blue one along the way too but I don’t wear it as often simply because it doesn’t go with everything.
Now, over the last year I’ve heard the periodic Chip Wilson is an Ass story. Chip being the founder of Lululemon. I mean, nothing outright HORRIBLE. Just the kind of stuff that left a bad taste in my mouth. Like that they won’t make bigger than a size 12. He writes weird blog posts discussing things like birth control and women entering the work force. It just became very apparent that he may not be the kind of guy I’d shop from if he was selling his stuff in a small store in my town.
But I can easily forget about him because THE SKIRT IS SO AWESOME.
I’ve discussed before that “boycotting” is not something I really support simply because if I’m not going to research every product I buy, it seems hypocritical. HOWEVER – there are certain companies we don’t buy from any more just because we feel icky. There’s been enough attention in the media that we now think of our gay friends and family when we see a Chik-fil-A. We think of dogfighting when we see Nike. I think of how much I disagree with the National Organization of Marriage when I see an Ender’s Game trailer. It’s not that we’re saying, “We won’t spend money towards this business because we disagree with it.” Because that implies that we know SO MUCH about the business and that we’ve come to this conclusion and that we research where all of our dollars go. We don’t.
All we know in this family is some businesses/companies/people make us feel ICKY. And we don’t want to spend our money towards things that make us feel ICKY.
So! We don’t eat at Chik-fil-A, we don’t buy Nike (although we wear it from back before we stopped buying it and that shit lasts FOREVER), we won’t pay money for a movie or book if a penny of that money could end up Orson Scott Card’s pocket because he sat on the board of NoM.
Why? We feel icky.
And now? I CAN’T BUY A NEW PACE SETTER SKIRT.
And I’m REALLY pissed off about it.
Here’s a good summary of Chip Wilson’s recent asshatedness. I was going to let myself buy a new skirt because – funnily enough – mine was not holding up well. It was piling in the thighs (Because – GOD FORBID – my thighs touch!) and the elastic wasn’t staying in place anymore. Also? I’ve lost a tiny bit of weight and thought dropping a size might be motivation for me to keep going. I was going to buy one THIS WEEK. No lie.
But now? BLARGH.
â€œItâ€™s really about the rubbing through the thighs. How much pressure is there, and over a period of time, and how much they use it.â€
DUDE. I weight 134 pounds and run over 50 miles a week. MY thighs rub together because I’m a BADASS. If your athletic clothing can not handle a healthy woman’s thighs rubbing together – then either fix it, or quit charging so much for it! And his “apology” kinda made it worse. He never apologized for his product or for his blame, he just apologized that his words upset people. BLURGH.
I’m proud of my legs. My stomach I complain about but EVERY PICTURE taken of me this weekend showed my badass thighs rocking a badass half-marathon. If a company who clothes those thighs thinks they can’t make fabric to tolerate my athleticism but they STILL want to charge $60+ bucks for it? Then fine. I’ll shop somewhere else.
And I’ll be REALLY pissed off about it. Because – MAN – I adore that skirt.
So! I’m in the market for a new running skirt. I’d like it to have that adhesive/sticky stuff on the inside like the Lulu skirt did. I think that helps it stay in place. I need a small pocket for my key fob. I’d like it to have ruffles because it makes my ass look awesome. But most importantly? I’d like it if no spokesperson from the company every blames a woman’s thighs touching for the crapiness of their fabric.