A friend of mine and I like to joke that if you’re buying women’s athletic gear (that is, workout or sporting gear targeted toward women), your only colour options are turquoise and berry, a certain shade of sort-of-pink-and-sort-of-purple. On a good day, you might be able to find something in lime, too, but that’s it! Those are your options! Whenever we see any gear in these colours, we send photos of it to each other.
Here are some ski helmets she showed me:
And some socks I got for free with a recent hiking boot purchase:
And look at the huge range of options on these Vasque hiking boots. I would go for the turquoise, but there’s always berry if turquoise isn’t your thing. (Admittedly, the berry option here is more purple, but the colour is actually called “Blackberry,” so I think it technically counts.)
And some maximally lady-suitable Dachstein hiking boots, if you don’t want to decide between turquoise and berry:
And some ski jackets, available in both lady colours! (“Silver/teal” is highlighted in this photo, but the other option is called “Berry/coral”.)
As with most gendered things, the problem isn’t the options themselves. It’s the restrictions. With women’s athletic gear, the problem isn’t the colours themselves. If you like turquoise (which I do), great. If you like berry (which I do), great. If you like lime (which I do), great. The problem is in the limited range of options, as though all women (and only women, as it’s hard to find men’s gear in these colours) will only like these colours. Where is the burnt orange? Olive green? Smoky grey? Dark red? Of course, sizing and fit and assumptions about women’s bodies when it comes to clothing are another issue altogether!
Here I am in my most turquoise/berry workout outfit, complete with berry backpack and turquoise shoes, with socks that are berry and turquoise and lime. (I’ve also got a turquoise iPod for working out. But I did that to myself.)
And another of me on my turquoise mountain bike with berry shorts, with a grey helmet with turquoise and berry stripes, and a grey shirt with turquoise accents.
How about you, readers? What do you make of the colour options available for women’s gear?
7 thoughts on “Turquoise and berry and lime, oh my! (Guest Post)”
I have massive feet and alas, no berry and turquoise options for me. Grey, grey and red, grey and another shade of grey. Black and navy. There was a brief period of bright blue and lime green. But we’re back to shades of grey in 2019/20.
So much THIS! It drives me nuts. I like berry and turquoise as much as the next person (actually, I like them both quite a lot), but it’s so frustrating to be so limited. Every time I go into a sports shop and the women’s section is half the size of the men’s one, and everything is pink, I want to scream and stage a protest. We deserve variety and choice!
I teach fitness classes and I would actually prefer to have some turquoise options as it’s the school color where I work. Instead I mostly own black pants and my new work shirt is a grey color my friend affectionately dubbed zombie skin.
Try being a tall woman, fat, and have big feet. My options are black, black, and more black in workout clothing. It’s pretty rare that I can find anything in another color. Superfit Hero has become my go-to, because they actually have colors, and they fit. I think I learned about them from your blog a while back.
Great read. People often comment that berry/purple must be my favourite colour because my backpack, sleeping bag, jacket, and other gear is berry. Convenient that I am coordinated I suppose but certainly not done on purpose!
All of my favourite gear is berry & turquoise. It drives me nuts because I love it all separately, but if I wore it together, people would think I’m insane. Athleisure seams to be moving towards soft pinks and easter egg colours which are cute for matcha dates, but not realistic for people who actually use these clothes for sweaty pursuits (unless they wick moisture and dry very fast).
On the other hand – I don’t think guys have it any better. Their options are blue, red, sometimes green, grey and black. Maybe camo or another print for the guys who are comfortable enough to branch away from the classics.
I admire people like Courtney Deuwalter for breaking away from the stereo-typical gender specific sports gear and wearing exactly what she is comfortable in.
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