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    iStock_000007780622XSmallI don’t know who told the people who make running trousers that all runners only want to wear black, like we’re running to a funeral. But it’s a big fat misconception. If the people who made running trousers tried splashing a bit of colour here and there, I’d spend more money. And isn’t that what they want, damn them?

    In my mostly futile attempts to find running trousers (running pants to the yanks reading. Pants. Running pants. Ha! Imagine running in pants! Silly yanks.) 

     I have spent about four years trawling the internet. And rather than keep the fruits of my labour to myself, here are some colourful running trouser pant ideas, for you. 

    “Imagine running in pants! “

    No one is giving me free running trousers to write this blog, this is just one colourful-running fan’s search and share operation. If you like running, you’ll like this post. If you don’t like running, or you do like black, then run along.

    I’m only hunting for ankle length runners because it’s winter and my legs are hibernating so colourful capri pants aren’t getting a look in. I’ve got cold ankles. If you want to buy any of the gems below, just click on the picture, I’ve hyper-linked them all to their source because I’m just super-helpful today.

    At first I was dismayed. The closest I could find to not-black was these. Which are black with a slash of yellow. For £39.99, I want yellow with a slash of black, thank you Nike.


    Same prob with these. They look weird, like they’ve got giant yellow plasters on the knees. But they’re Stella McCartney for Adidas, so I feel like I’m supposed to like them. Which I don’t. Not at £72. Not at any price.

    So Active Stella

    Maybe the best I can hope for is black with a bit of a cheeky go-faster stripe, a la:


    They’re only £23 but that is because, like most of the trousers I found and liked, they’re only available in a size 18. Either I’m in the minority wanting a pop of colour, or everyone wants them, in which case, SUPPLY AINT MEETING DEMAND, ADIDAS!

    These I bought. They’re great and make me feel like dancing.Still using black as the main ink-gredient, but enough fun to make me want to go to the gym. From Zalando, yours for £42.

    Black with a splash.

    Black with a splash.

    Everyone’s been raving about LuLuLemon recently. I haven’t seen anything I like on there yet, including this garish pink number. Ok, I said I didn’t want black, but I don’t want to look like an attention starved moron either. These are called ‘under pants’ which makes me think they expect you to pay £82 then cover them up with something else.

    Pink from LuluLemon

    JDSports are stocking these crazy things. Only £12 and would certainly draw attention. Made from polyester rather than Lycra though, so despite coming from a sports shop, perhaps not best for a sweaty 10K run.


    So there are colourful leggings out there, that much I’ve established. As long as all you want is a tiny pop of colour, a go-faster stripe or a garish under-garment pink that may or may not be best worn in public.

    I love these bad boys.

    Black Milk

    Black Milk – more colourful than the name suggests.

    Black Milk is an Australian company with a mahoosive range of spanky pants. Not necessarily intended for exercise, but Lycra-y enough to handle a sweat.  $75 a pop, but free international shipping. I want them all.

    These shooting stars from Sukishufu are my absolute faves. But they are sooooo expensive, I can’t justify the expense just to get sweaty. They’re £80. If I could type a whistle, I would, so you would know that I’m whistling right now, in a ‘that’s expensive’ sort of way. And a wolf whistle too, while I’m at it, because these trousers are hot. Sort of a woooooooo… wit-woo! Yeah, you can’t type a whistle.

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    Dazzling. A bit like my running style.

    There are not enough colourful running leggings on the market. Considering how successful the launch of leggings as day-wear has been, when will sportswear manufacturers start providing me with the (affordable) runners I want? Here I am, waving my hard earned dosh in their sporty faces and I’m getting slim pickings in return.

    Now I suspect someone sporty is going to explain to me the real reason sportswear is predominantly black. Something to do with sweat, perhaps? Hit me with your explanation, I’d love to know why I can’t run in an amazing technicolour dreampant.






7 Responses to Colourful Leggings – Gym Time

  • Heatherbiondi wrote on December 13, 2013 at 2:15 //

    Totally agree regarding the choice and use of colour in most exercise clothing lines,I suppose due to our belief that black makes us appear smaller then it has always been the popular choice and like you said the sweat marks are more discreet but there is a definate market for more funky fitness line, as even though LuLu lemon ,Sweaty Betty etc clothing are very good quality and last exceptionally well there is no colour choices,so when are we going to start up our ”Funky Fitness Follies” clothing line Ms Kim (he,he)xhx

  • Kimberley Willis wrote on December 13, 2013 at 2:19 //

    Gap in the market! Seriously Heather, I would totally start that business with you! Dream team! xx

  • Lucy R wrote on December 13, 2013 at 5:56 //

    Can you run in ski leggings? Check out these bad boys!

    I got some tie-dye pilates leggings from SB too, but they don’t seem to do them anymore… bah.

    New business venture for you?? xx

  • Kimberley Willis wrote on December 13, 2013 at 6:04 //

    Oo, those are fantastic, but why so high waisted!?
    Yes, I feel a new business coming on!

  • Tammi wrote on December 14, 2013 at 8:02 //

    Ok so I do prefer black and I also don’t run.
    But I found these for you:
    However, if this is all we can collectively come up with I reckon there is indeed a gap in the market that you should exploit!

  • Tammi wrote on December 14, 2013 at 8:07 //

    By the way, being the proud owner of several pairs of Black Milk leggings I can tell you that I really don’t think they are appropriate for exercising. While they do a great job of holding you in, like compression pants do, they would not draw moisture away from your skin like sports type Lycra and would instead feel rather wet and sweaty quite quickly. Plus they are all hand made and won’t stand up to lots of wear and tear and washing. I don’t know what the difference is between one type of 100% Lycra and another but there does seem to be a difference. Maybe it’s in the shininess!

  • Kimberley Willis wrote on December 14, 2013 at 1:57 //

    Thanks for the info on Black Milk Tams – I know now to only buy their leggings as day wear! And I hope to one day… As for the Helly Hansen ones you found – I LOVE THEM! But they say base layer… are they thermals?!
    I want to exploit the gap in the market! I’m off to launch my business.


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