Do women like men in lycra?

Just got into running, but not sure what the 'dress code' is. I also do a lot of cyling and wear lydra for that. Just wondering what runners wear? Lycra shorts/leggings or baggys and what is the ladies perspective. i.e. what would they prefer men to wear?

All thoughts and opinions appreciated!


  • NessieNessie ✭✭✭
    Depends on the shape of the man in the lycra. :o)

    If you do a lot of cycling, you are probably ok. However, you may want to wear something baggy over the top, for modesty, if you get the drift.

    But lycra does stop chafing, so it's well worth wearing.
  • I'm really not keen on those little flappy shorts, no matter HOW impressive the thighs. I'm always worried that something might make an untimely appearance.
  • After yet another case of race-induced "runner's inner thigh", I think I may have to go down the lycra route.

    But from what I was informed in the pub on Friday night (if I can remember properly), regular shorts should be worn over the top of lycra shorts and underwear worn under tights!
  • WilkieWilkie ✭✭✭
    That sounds like pants to me SVT ;-)

    Lycra alone would be enough, surely?
  • lycra alone - commando style - is fine.........if the seams rub, use seamless trolleys under..........
  • NessieNessie ✭✭✭
    Ah, but lycra alone with a large, erm, lunchbox could cause traffic accidents Wilkie.

    Best to be on the safe side.

    [pulls up sofa, pops a tube of pringles, and opens a bottle of fizz]
  • Commando in tights is fine, but I prefer to have a longish top for modesty's sake.
  • A thong could always be worn! Nice!
  • WilkieWilkie ✭✭✭
    Not in cold weather, Nessie.

    [sits down and takes a glass of fizz]
  • Over the lyrca?
  • beneath the lycra!! Well you could do on to pif you really wanted, may look a little strange.
  • My original question remians, do women like men in lycra?
  • Speaking for my wife, I'd say no.
  • WilkieWilkie ✭✭✭
    As Nessie said, it depends on the shape of the man.

    Fit bloke with flat stomach, pert buttocks and firm thighs - yes

    Fat bloke with overhangin gut and saggy @rse - no!

  • Ah, I can see my problem now.
  • This wimmin does. But I can't spik for others. And to be honest, and in line with other threads where chaps have been rather less than caring in their comments about LADIES in Lycra (if said ladies aren't Nell McAndrew), it rather depends on the men.

    [holds glass out politely and wiggles bottom to make room on sofa]
  • X-KKDX-KKD ✭✭✭
    Dearest Wesley,


    NO. NEVER.






    Do I make myself clear???




  • NessieNessie ✭✭✭
    [shifts over to make room for li'l leppie, and fills glass]
  • KKD - so what are you trying to say?
  • X-KKDX-KKD ✭✭✭
    << Rocks back and forward in a corner singing >>

  • Wesley - are you a cyclist?

    [clink! guzzle]
  • ahem. Just reread your post.

    Generally speaking, cyclists look pretty damn fin...erm, fit and healthy in the lycra department.
  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭
    They may do that, Jj, but they are also known to pee down their legs.
  • X-KKDX-KKD ✭✭✭
    < takes deep breath to recover >

    No guy, however 'fit' (in all senses of the word) should wear lycra unless they dressing up as a Gladiator for Halloween. It shows all 'lumps and bumps', highlights any gram of excess fat, and usually cuts into the thigh. T & S moment here, but the thigh line cuts the flow of the eye from top to bottom. Shaped running shorts visually lengthen the leg and add shape to the hips, cut to the top of the thigh, they add visual definition to the thigh muscle.

    Top half - depends on comparison of shoulder width to waist. Triangluar shaped (Shoulders markedly wide) can wear slim fitted vest top (preferably muscle backed. If the body and shoulders are slimmer then an unfitted vest top is preferable. Pear shaped? Wear a t shirt, visually widens the shoulders, with V neck to draw the eye.

    Want me to stop or keep going...........
  • you need to ask???

    go and design a wedding dress, woman!!

  • And what do Trinny and Susannah have to say about chafing?

    (I should be worried that I worked out what "T & S" stands for)
  • as do runners Mutts - as do runners.....ahmm......

    KKD - us lycra wearing chaps need reasons not emotions..........
  • X-KKDX-KKD ✭✭✭
    Jj, no never run in a wedding dress either....unless its away from the Church. In that case LEG IT.

    Buddha, I've seen the photos from the last Dec meet!!! I rest my case, Me Lud! ;-)
  • From what Nessie says - Only ladies who lunch - it would appear
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