Health & Fitness

By Amanda Vasilikos

Crisp air and changing leaves make autumn a wonderful time to enjoy a scenic jog through Manhattan. But the change from the sweltering summer heat to the brisk days of fall requires a few essential additions to a runners’ wardrobe. Check out our product finds below that are guaranteed to have you covered from head to toe in the latest, trendiest, weather-appropriate running gear.

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Let’s start with the fundamentals. Every runner needs a good running shoe. Alexander McQueen has teamed up with Puma to create, AMQ New York Running Sport – a stylish yet practical sneaker that comes in “seasonal, wintry material and colors.” McQueen’s inspiration for his collection is derived from the human anatomy and pays close attention specifically to the structure of the human foot.

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There is nothing worse when a pair of too-long pants drags across the ground causing a trip or collecting a mess – especially when that ground is wet and muddy. In an effort to prevent this runners challenge, New Balance has created their Thermal Lite Pant, which comes with three built-in hem lengths that you can cut to fit your height. Make the trim just below the line of stitching for a better fit and thus a better cleaner run.

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Layers are a crucial part of autumn into winter running gear. With that in mind, Stella McCartney created the Run Tank, a sleek tank ventilated with ClimaCool™, keeping you dry and secure. The pack-away style pocket makes it easy to hold the few necessary items you might need while out for a run.

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McCartney didn’t stop there. Pair the Run Tank with the fashionably fitted Gym Cover Up Polar Fleece. ClimaWarm™ keeps your temperature regulated in windy autumn conditions, while ClimaProof™ Wind provides light, breathable protection from foul weather. Plus the high neck and thumb-holes are perfect for keeping those typically wind-targeted areas protected.

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While a fleece may be enough for the first few months of fall, as winter approaches it’s essential to have a proper running jacket. Like most running attire, a jacket should be both breathable and offer protection from the cold and rain. Say good-bye to the ghastly, manly-looking running jacket and hello to style, thanks to McCartney and Adidas. McCartney’s Women’s Run Woven Jacket is fully equipped with front zipper pockets, an inner cell phone pocket and a whistle, as well. It comes complete with pack-away styling for easy carrying, ventilation on front and back, and the helpful reflective details for those night-owl runners.

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And what running ensemble would be complete without a winter hat? Run in style and warmth in the Nike Running Skull Cap. The mesh polyester combo makes for a lightweight and ventilated feel that keeps your ears warm and your head in the game.

Originally published October 2007
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