Seven styles that work no matter what sport you're doing.
Right for the Bike
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The Breezer Bike Girl ($82; skirtsports.com) by Skirt Sports is great for spin class, mountain biking, kayaking or any seated workout. The compression bike shorts have a breathable mini chamois for slight padding (no diaper butt), and the flowing drape of the skirt flatters a variety of body types. With an extra inch and a half of length in the back of the waist to prevent riders' crack, this skirt's got you covered.
A Little Extra Coverage
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Don't want to flash too much leg? Running Skirts has found the perfect balance of fashion, function and flattering design. The capri skirt ($72; runningskirts.com) provides a little leg coverage with below-the-knee compression tights. The extra-wide waistband sits just above your hips, meaning no muffin top, and the 2 roomy side pockets close with Velcro so your stuff stays in place.
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K-Swiss may be known for its wide variety of tennis skirts, but its newest skirt collection is just as good off the courts as on. The new Mesh Pleated Skirt ($50; kswiss.com) with inner shorts is moisture-wicking and quick-drying, so you'll stay comfortable no matter what sport you decide to do. What's more, it has a UPF (the fabric equivalent of SPF) of 40 to help you stay safe from the sun.
The Skirt that Gives Back
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Look great and give back with Running Skirts' plaid running skirt with brief ($58; runningskirts.com). It has both fashion and fitness cred: Fashionista Audrina Patridge wore it in the LA Marathon. RunningSkirts.com will donate 5 percent of the proceeds from all purchases of Audrina's skirt to Sunshine Kids, an organization dedicated to providing activities, trips and events for children with cancer.
Takes the Heat
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Skirt Sports Summer Breeze ($35; skirtsports.com) may be our all-time favorite athletic skirt. It's all mesh, so it's super breathable but not see-through. Two hidden pockets under the skirt let you stow whatever you need without weird bumps and the music port allows direct access to your headphones. Best of all the adorable printed GirlShorties, more like undies then shorts, keep you cute and covered!
Ride Like a Girl (That's Fast and Strong!)
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Biker babes, rejoice. REI has designed an athletic skirt just for you! The Novara Carema Bike Skort ($60; rei.com) hides a pair of technical bike shorts under a flattering skirt. This skort offers all the benefits of traditional bike shorts like moisture-wicking, quick-drying 4-way stretch fabric, and sonic-welded, friction-reducing seams — but wear this and you get a whole lot of extra style.