I vaguely remember enjoying going to the mall and visiting store after store to buy clothes, shoes and accessories.
I gave up those fun trips when I had to bring a baby and/or toddler along, instead turning to very-quick trips to one store where I grab a bunch of things that look like they might fit, try them all on and walk away with one item.
Fast-forward a decade and a new hobby and I rarely step foot in a store (except to buy running shoes). After some trial-and-error, here are my most-favorite places to spend a chunk of my salary:
- Running Warehouse. I typically get all of my non-clothes gear from Running Warehouse because they have great prices, free two-day shipping, free return shipping and lots of options. I’ve ordered some clothes from here, too, and everything has worked out great. I always start with their sale items for the best deals.
- Skirt Sports. I’m an ambassador captain, which means I represent the company and get a generous discount, but I am telling you that they have the absolute-best running clothes. After saying I would never run in a skirt, that’s all I wear now. They also have tights and capris, plus lots of tops. Why do I love Skirt Sports? The quality and fit. In the you-get-what-you-pay-for category, I wear and wash my gear multiple times per week and it all still looks like new. You can get 20 percent off your next order with the LCR20 code.
- Playmakers. My local running store is absolutely the best for running shoes for my whole family, plus all of my fuel and my favorite SmartWool socks. This particular store has a 30-day return policy, so you always know you’re going to end up with the best possible fit. The customer service is also fantastic and I often run into runner friends while I’m shopping…bonus!
It’s a short list, I know, but I’ve tried getting some gear at Target (their Champion brand wears well), Marshall’s (I’ve found some Reebok and Nike gear there) and JC Penney (never again; it was super scratchy), but I’ve come to realize that sticking with a few brands works best for me. I don’t have to spend time traveling to the store, browsing and trying on clothes, then getting something that I just didn’t love.
Sticking with a few choice brands has meant I know what size and style will fit properly, plus they’ll last longer.
And who doesn’t like to stalk the postal carrier to see if your package has come in yet? (Or is that just me?)
What are your favorite brands and the best place to find them?