155 thoughts on “The…Exerskirtยฎ?”

  1. I could say no easily, because I bought bike shorts to wear under all of my skirts at BJU. Granted, I bought them less for modesty and more for protection (as I’d been told by “worldly” men that they viewed skirts as easy access to…well, use your imagination). But still.

    1. If you’d have bought some Mace instead, that would’ve been a better investment. Biker shorts wouldn’t stop much. ๐Ÿ™„

      Do fundies really think that the way they dress will stop stupid people from doing bad things?

      1. I think we weren’t allowed to have Mace at BJU. If I remember correctly. I’m perfectly aware that clothing has nothing to do with sexual assault or “bad things happening.” After all, I was covered head to toe, ankle to wrist when I was sexually assaulted two and a half years before I went to BJU. I am not a fundy, and I wasn’t a BJU fundy even when I went there. I worked with what I had. I’d rather if someone was looking up my skirt that all they’d see would be my bike shorts as opposed to my underwear. And the more layers I wore, the safer I felt even if I knew I wasn’t really safe.

        1. Wow what an aweful experience! ๐Ÿ™ How could any college keep you from a legal self defense item? With your background it would seem more than enough of a reason for them to allow ANY girl to carry some mace. ๐Ÿ˜

        2. @exOBCstudent – I wasn’t about to tell anyone at BJU about what happened…despite not being IFB fundy, I was fundy in my own right, and all but two of the people I told about it told me that it was either my fault, not a big deal, or God testing me or trying to get my attention. So I swallowed the pain and didn’t talk about it to anyone until the past year or so. From the stories I’ve heard of what happens when people tell BJU admin about sexual assault/abuse, I’m glad I kept my mouth shut. *pained smile*

        3. (((Stitching Seams)))

          It is heartbreaking that after having endured such an assault you were further abused by those who should have cared. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    1. But where your treasure is, there your heart is also. If you truly value modesty, you should be willing to pay any price to show your commitment to the old paths and your separation from the worldliness and fleshly display rampant in our culture.

      (It’s scary how easy it is to write that!)

      1. I played basketball at Fundy High in the ’70’s. Since we were guys, our legs could wear the current style, since we all know only guys have thoughts. (Pictures of those uniforms cause my children to cringe)
        Another church a few miles away started a school my senior year. As we all know, “It ain’t Scriptural if we ain’t in control.” So they spread too little salary money to more teachers. (Sorry–wrong rant) Anyway, all of our old team mates at the new Fundy High had to wear knee length “shorts”.

        We never had a clue that the NBA would follow their lead, and then board shorts took the place of our old swim trunks. Wow–Fundies on the cutting edge……………..

  2. “The EXERSKIRTยฎis right for you if…You are a woman who likes to exercise and then go on with your day without having to change into a more functional outfit.”

    That’s kinda gross. After you exercise, you need to TAKE A SHOWER! Cleanliness is next to godliness, ladies!

    1. So true!

      “You like to look feminine and modest while you are exercising” — or silly and cultish!

      “You enjoy all kinds of activity from running to aerobics to swimming and need a multi-functional garment that is as versatile as you are” – so I’m not just supposed to do aerobics in a skirt, I’m supposed to run down the street or go swimming in this thing?

      “You wear many hats throughout the day and need a skirt that will be functional and fashionable for any role” — or like most of us you could just bring a change of clothes.

      1. And the material has to be stretchy, but there is no freaking way that can be comfortable to run in. There’s a reason running shorts/pants are tight-fitting! I cannot stand fabric flapping around my legs.

      2. Wait, SWIMMING? You’re supposed to swim in this thing, and then go to work in it?? (Assuming you don’t drown first from all that wet fabric pulling you down.)

        Am I the only one who sees a problem with that?

      1. Yes, and in the process of earning my showers, I also earn the right to show off my legs in something more flattering than these things! I work hard to get rid of that jiggle!

    2. As a guy, I not only look on the outward appearance, but also sometimes smell it. As I read the description, my thought was that maybe this is another way to keep those lecherous old sinners at bay. If the goal is to be unattractive, then go all out.

      Personally, I prefer my wife and daughters to shower after exercise. I guess I’m just strange that way.

  3. So, today? The fundy wife of the fundy pastor of the fundy church my late husband pastored twenty years ago, put on Pinterest, under a board entitled “My Style,” a denim skirt before-and-after photo. I kid you not. Wanna know what was in the after photo that was different from the before photo? She had sewn a huge denim rose onto the skirt. I could weep. They are very sweet people, other than their extreme fundamentalism. Their kids are SUPER. For now. Sigh. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  4. It is CALF LENGTH.

    Any idea how uncomfortable a calf length skirt/shorts combo would be to work out? The outer layer is flapping around, the inner are way too long.
    I’ve got the heebie-jeebie just thinking about running or *gasp* swimming in these!

    1. in highschool, my friend’s mom made *ankle-length* coulotts (the parachute version) for swimming. before getting in the water, she would take rubber bands and sort of tie down the bottoms to the ankles.

  5. And did you see the NEW EXERSKIRTยฎ with pants that extend 3 inches beyond the skirt! For those time when you want to look not just modest, but like a complete and total dork! (And I’m not even going to mention my non-like of the exershirt.)

  6. I could not wear this ugly garment to the gym. The skirt part would get in the way when I got on the stationary bike and when I did the leg exercises.

    Sorry fundies but I wear stretch pants to the gym. They may not be modest but I can exercise in them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Yikes, I have workout skirts with compression shorts underneath. I love them, as I prefer compression shorts and I’m just not svelte enough to wear them without regular shorts over them and that’s too much bulk. In my own defense, my skirt is much MUCH shorter than this one appears to be; more like a tennis skirt.

    1. To me, there is a world of difference between wearing something like this due to your own preference, and being told that unless you do, you are a scarlet woman.

    2. Those are comfortable. I have a few running skirts that I love, and I wear them for Roller Derby (because they’re slightly more modest than tights, derby skins/shorts, and nothing).

      The difference between “normal” running skirts and this thing is that this thing is calf-length. It would just get in the way. OTOH, a knee or mid-thigh length running skirt with shorts or short tights can be awesome.

      1. Oh. my. gosh. I posted before I realized how very very long that skirt is. Mine are…how shall we say….the very abbreviated version of this.

        Secondly? Roller derby? If I were younger, I would so totally be a derby chick. So impressed! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. Raine, thank you for the wonderful image you just gave me of the exploding heads when you ask uber-uber-Fundies (the grandma-slappin’ type who like to tell women what to wear) what a lady should wear for Roller Derby skating. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

      3. I wonder if you could sue if you tripped over the skirt while exercising, since that’s what the skirt is advertised for. Of course, fundy women would never sue a fundy business, but if all us ex-fundies bought them so we could… ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  8. The “modest” pitch was a dead give away. The material looks pretty good actually. But if you’re at the gym working out in a skirt…guess what! You’ll stand out! And draw attention to yourself! And guys gonna be checking you out even more than if you had just put on shorts or workout pants. So it’ll be a major FAIL there. Plus, do we really want to sweat it all up and carry on with our day with no shower? Gym, errands, home…no big deal. Gym, then somewhere where a skirt is required with no shower…big deal. Don’t do it.

  9. I checked out the images: oh, dear. Not attractive. When will fundy women learn that bulky sneakers look horrendous with skirts?

    And on the testimonial page? Poor sweet Magan from Texas says, “The skirt is very flattering.” Umm, Magan, I’m not sure who’s been lying to you, but if you look anything like the pictures on the images page, “flattering” is not the word I would choose.

        1. Allo…My name is Admiral911, you ruined my mother, wife, and daughter with your skirt…Prepare to die!

  10. That’s so interesting! It looks like from the testimonials and the links that the skirt is popular (well… that’s relative, isn’t it?) with Jewish ladies. And probably also Mormon ladies, and Muslim ladies. Bet *that’s* something Fundie ladies don’t like to think about!

    1. And Apostolic Pentecostal types too!

      Isn’t it funny that when they disapproved of something (like CCM), they always pointed out that we couldn’t be associated with it because of the other people doing the same thing?

      But when it comes to something they WANT to do, then they overlook all those awkward associations and give themselves a pass.

      SFL: giving themselves a pass on things they excoriate other people for doing

    2. Before I saw your comment, I was about to point out that the woman who runs the site is named Liat which happens to be my Jewish future-SIL’s name.

      The ultra-Orthodox Jewish standards of modesty are even stricter than those of most IFB churches. You can’t even show elbow! The non-native New Yorkers at my church were obsessed with Hasidic women (I guess they probably didn’t see many in Indiana!), and I remember the pastor holding up “the lovely Jewesses” (his word choice always reminded me of Ralph Fiennes’s character in Schindler’s List) as an example to our own ladies. What he failed to notice is that Hasidic men have just as many clothing guidelines as women, so “appropriate” dress is just as inconvenient. No double standard! It’s not so simple as “collared shirt and nice pants.”

    3. Yes, I’m pretty sure this skirt was originally intended for the Jewish community. I live in the middle of an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood on the north side of Chicago and have seen ladies wearing these along the jogging path with the customary elbow-covering shirts.

    4. Actually, that might not be considered modest enough by Muslim standards. If a Muslim woman wants to devote a day to enjoying the sand and surf, she’ll probably be better off using a burquini. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it.

  11. We wore these in Fundie High back in the 80s. The pastor’s wife was a BJ grad and came up with the idea herself. Hope she pattened them. Hate to think another Christian stole her idea. Fundies don’t do that do they? ๐Ÿ˜

  12. I want to know where the gray skirt featured on the main page is? They said they sell them in black and blue and the image gallery seems to show skirts structured longer and less a-lined than the gray one.

    Something doesn’t seem quite right.

  13. Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you my real, uncensored reactions (because I know you’re all wondering what I think :wink:).

    1). ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


    3). Isn’t it hypocritical to give the appearance of wearing a skirt if there are shorts underneath? Aren’t these women going to great lengths (& expense) to cover their “sin” of wearing short pants? ๐Ÿ˜•

    4). Fashionable??? Seriously?! Mid-calf length is not a flattering length for me…and I know I’m not the only one. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    5). What Fundy woman has time to work out, anyways? Between homeschooling her 13 children, sewing her family’s clothing, teaching Children’s Church, making meals for shut-ins, organizing covered-dish suppers, and keeping her smile pasted on, she has no time to hit the gym (which is a den of iniquity & debauchery anyway…just look at all those Lycra- & Spandex-clad muscular bodies…*drool*…I mean, how disgusting!)

    ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™„

        1. You mean the Sean Connery Bond, yes? He leaves me a bit shaken and stirred.

          What were we talking about, again?

  14. Exerskirts aren’t just for fundies. Any woman who’s ridden a bicycle in public while wearing the form fitting shorts knows that people tend to take that as an excuse to comment on your behind.

    Even my 300lb behind (yes, I weigh that much. Yes, I ride bicycles. No, I am not doing it to lose weight, I just don’t own a car. No, I’m not going on a diet, No, I don’t want to discuss this any more.)

    Some women just feel more comfortable wearing a skirt like this while biking. And the skirt acts like a poncho in the Pacific Northwest rain. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I don’t buy mine from this person, though, I get mine from Spanx.

    1. Mary Sue, no one here is discouraging anyone from wearing a skirt for exercise or while bicycling if that’s what s/he feels more comfortable doing. What we take issue with is the idea that a skirt is more modest than any other attire.

      I believe modesty is a heart issue, so my clothing is really not the problem. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Also, good for you for declaring your weight without shame! I’m open about my numbers (age & weight) IRL, and people are always so shocked that I don’t care who knows. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. WHAT!?!?!?!? We’re NOT?? You mean men are responsible for their own thoughts, actions, and choices??

      OH NOES!!!!! Whatever will they do without a convenient scapegoat?

  15. This skirt doesn’t look like it covers the knees; expecially if one is sitting down. This is a skirt from the devil and should be added to the list of things women can’t wear. We should really be more careful. Satan often comes disguised of an angel of light. It makes sense that he’d design cloths disguised as holy. It’s a good thing everyone has me around to save them from this folly.

  16. Thanks so much, Darrell! I have been doing Beneth Jones’ aerobic tapes at home and several other ladies in the church have indicated that they would like to join in. Now, we have an alternative to tights under culottes! From the pics it looks like it goes to at least mid-calf. That is just perfect!

    We are doing the aerobics taps in conjunction with the book study “Beauty and the Best” by Mrs. Beneth Jones.

    1. CMG, I’m afraid the exercise tapes are led by Linda Haught, not Beneth Jones. Although, I believe those tapes are unholy, since they ‘christianize’ worldly aerobics. Besides, the good ol’ KJB says “bodily exercise profiteth little.” ๐Ÿ™„

      1. My former fundy church did some “spiritualized” weight loss thing for women (yeah, just the women). So tired of people abusing Scripture in an effort to spiritualize every little thing.

  17. LOL! This post hits close to home — or, rather, close to what I do for a living. I write product copy for an athleticwear e-commerce site (household name). We sell skorts (that’s the term for skirts with attached shorts), but they’re shorter and cuter than this. And they cost a LOT less than $52! What’s this thing made out of — spun gold?

  18. Also–skorts are usually designed for tennis, not necessarily for gym stuff. That’s why the attached shorts have ball pockets. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. What, no comments on the shirt? The one that can also be worn in water? In other words, to cover up any skin that might be shown should mixed bathing accidentally occur? ๐Ÿ™„

    1. I’m glad my parents let practicality rule when it came to mixed swimming. When there are bogus males & females in a family, mixed swimming doesn’t make sense on family vacations. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It was rather shocking to be swimming @ friend’s house only to be hustled into a t-shirt when her dad came outside. I sat on the side of the pool forlornly until they said I could keep swimming. They couldn’t understand why I was taking the t-shirt off before getting in. And when it was time to leave I took off my wet t-shirt & wrapped my towel around my waist like a long skirt, my friend’s mom told me to put the shirt back on so my “top ” would be covered. I said, “Uh, it is covered. By my bathing suit.” ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

      I was around 10. ๐Ÿ™

        1. You KNOW I was wondering about the bogus males and females in the family. Especially since the sentence makes a great deal of sense that way.

    2. Hey, don’t make fun of those of us who wear shirts in the water! Try being a white, as in really white, southern Arizona girl who loves to swim! I love swim shirts! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. I’ve started wearing a shirt when I swim at the beach. It’s not because I’m modest. It’s because when I go shirtless in the sun, I get a horrible sunburn.

  20. This reminds me that a friend of my daughter is going to be in a wedding. (BJU Grad) The Brides maid dresses were ordered from (I believe it was Modestclothing.com, Burkas-r-Us or some outfit like that) so you can imagine the style we are talking about here… when they came in, the Bride-to-be decided they needed to be altered for the wedding. *wait for it*

    So they added material to make them more “modest”. Not taking any chances that anything will get out of place and cause an outbreak of raging hormones at her wedding! No sirrie Bob, there will be none of that going on there. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜†

    1. if you read the above before I can either get it removed or corrected I apologize. I did not mean to send it with that spelling. That is over the line even for me. I have asked our Benevolent Dictator to either correct it for me or remove the reply entirely. (sometime’s I’m too stupid by half)

    2. It is incredible to think that they need to make them MORE modest! I had friends, though, who let me know in no uncertain terms that my wedding gown was a disgrace, even though Jack Hyles married us and told me I was lovely. (Yes, I DO know he says that to every bride; my point is, he did not look scandalized, and neither did Wendell Evans, nor any other HACers.) Huh. One never knows. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

      1. I totally agree about this over-the-top modesty stuff…but I must admit that I get tired of all the half-nekkid wedding pix in the Sunday paper. Especially for church weddings. Not only would I feel self-conscious with bare shoulders and cleavage, I would also be freezing my butt off. As always, I think, the happy medium rules. “Moderation in all things.”

      1. Which is why I picked out a semi-formal gown for my attendants instead of a “bridesmaid dress.” If my friends are shelling out beaucoup bucks for a dress, it may as well be something they can actually use more than once!

    1. One time I was riding a bicycle in a skirt, and two college guys saw me, and one of them started whistling that music. I’m pretty sure I should have been offended, but I just couldn’t manage it. ๐Ÿ˜†

  21. “The EXERSKIRTยฎ makes a great gift so get a gift certificate for any woman you know who would love to look fashionable and modest while exercising!”

    Dar-El, it’s cruel of you to give us this idea right AFTER Valentine’s Day! Now I’ll have to wait until my wife’s birthday to give her one. Maybe that’s better, though, as it will give me time first to get some bullet-proof clothing for myself.

    1. I cannot BELIEVE you posted that! ๐Ÿ˜† One of my sons LOVES Under Armour, and has, since high school football some years ago. We think these look like Under Armour gone horribly wrong! ๐Ÿ˜†

  22. I a pretty sure this is aimed at Jewish women, as their rules of dress (at least in some groups) necessitate covering to the elbows with shorts and the knees with skirts (and the woman in the picture has on an elbow-length shirt). I don’t think they wear pants. I’m sure fundies could get in on this too, though.

    1. As C.S. Lewis wisely observed, what’s considered modest varies widely from culture to culture.

      Right after my husband and I married, a fellow grad student, a young Hindu woman from Delhi, came to live in our Boston-area apartment. (Long story — but, briefly, she’d been living in her cousin’s apartment, but he and his roomies kept the heat turned down too low — this was the Carter era — and her little Indian bones were freezing. So she came to live with us. For six months. It was fun. Really.)

      She was absolutely gorgeous — she looked like a Bollywood actress — and her suitors were constantly calling. (Semi-arranged via her parents.) We felt like a dating service. But I digress….

      Anyway, to cut a long story down to a short-short, Renu was a nice Hindu girl. When she wasn’t wearing saris, she wore jeans, which are considered OK, apparently, in middle-class Hindu culture. (Google “kurta” and “salwa.” Pants outfits for women are actually considered attractive and feminine in India.)

      Anyway, Renu’s idea of risque’ was — you guessed it — Western-style skirts and dresses. When she wanted to live really dangerously, she borrowed one of my skirts. (The style at the time was knee-skimming or just-below-knee.)

      Before she went back to India, after she’d earned her degree, she went through a phase of constantly wearing my skirts and “frocks” (as she called them). That was because she would not be allowed to wear skirts and dresses once she was back in India. She wanted to get as much frock-wearing out of her system as she could.

      Apparently, belly-baring saris and tight jeans are modest. Knee-length wool skirts aren’t. I guess it all depends on cultural perspective. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Oops, I misspoke. Not the Carter era. It was early ’80s — we married in 1982 — but energy-saving austerity still prevailed in frigid New England. Man, I am getting ollllld; can’t even get my nostalgic anecdotes right!

      2. I totally agree with your point. When I was in Ghana, we had to wear skirts bc pants were immodest, but women (who had birthed children) went around with no tops on. Modesty goes only as far as the culture you are in. I finally realized that wearing fundy modestclothes brought more attention to myself and I was less likely to get checked out in public if I was wearing jeans and a Tagore and blended in

  23. Some of this so-called modesty can have profound religious meaning, and some of it is just plain stupid. In Erie, PA we have a large contingent of Orthodox Old Believers. Women come to church in long, black dresses with head scarves, and men come with long-sleeved embroidered shirts. On Holy Saturday, church begins at 10:00, and the Church sings the lamentations. Just before midnight, the women go downstairs to change into white for the midnight Easter proclamation and for a procession around the block as the church bells chime out. Before going out to eat, the people return home to dress in regular apparel. This is sort of a nice tradition. However, wearing such ugly things to the gym to look modest???? The Amish even have a lot more class–except I can’t figure how the women manufacture those stove-pipe black bonnets they wear.

    1. Yes, when I started paying attention to the local fundamentalists, I soon realized how I could tell them from the Orthodox Christians: The Orthodox actually have a neat and well-dressed appearance. See somebody disheveled and tired looking with shapeless rag-bag clothing, or uncomfortable in a badly cut shirt and ill-chosen tie: that’s a fundy.

  24. I am Jewish, and yes, this is an Orthodox Jewish site. Personally, I don’t find anything wrong with this. If this pushes people to feel good while working out, then so be it! It may look odd to you, but if it get people out and being active, then isn’t that the positive point? And yes, I do have something similar to this. I don’t really get any odd looks.

    1. Well, tbh, $52 is a fair price, given the fact that it is probably made of wicking materials (which are pricey) and hand sewn. I used handmade cloth diapers on my kids, which could easily run $20 to $25 a piece.

      I’ve seen a lot of Pentecostal women around my area working out in skirts, and I’ve also seen women wear leggings under their skirts. There are short/skirt combos out now for women who want to look cute while working out. This is kind of a longer version of that. Not my cuppa tea, but then again, ahem, I don’t really, ahem, work out. lol. If I did, I’d just wear yoga pants. I rarely wear skirts — I have ginormous legs thanks to a very athletic youth. *sigh. They must be hidden by any means necessary. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Hand-sewing would certainly drive up the price, but wicking — not necessarily. Depends on the technology. If it’s just a surface treatment, it’s not that big a deal, and it doesn’t add a lot to the cost. If it’s more complicated, with the wicking inherent in the fibers and construction, then yes, it’s pricier. The really serious performance garments tend to have the more sophisticated wicking technology, designed for quick evaporation and drying.

        OK, I will shut up. It’s bad enough being a pedant, but a pedant about performance wear? ACCCK!

  25. I am Jewish, and yes, this is an Orthodox Jewish site. Personally, I don’t find anything wrong with this. If this pushes people to feel good while working out, then so be it! It may look odd to you, but if it get people out and being active, then isn’t that the positive point? And yes, I do have something similar to this. I don’t really get any odd looks. ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. It just looks awkward to wear. If I wanted to adhere to the dress code, could I just find a pair of yoga pants and a very long tunic (think salwar kameez) and wear that?

    2. But JewishAmanda, do you really wear your short/skirt combo while running? I have a hard time imagining that, because I wore knee-length & longer skirts for all of my schooling. They made running very difficult.

      Also, it seems the general public is more accepting of, say, Orthodox Jewish, Muslim, or Amish versions of modest dress than the typical Christian Fundamentalist attire. Probably because the Fundy version of modesty = frumpy. ๐Ÿ˜•

  26. Unfortunately, their target market (which includes a lot of families on ministries salaries) couldn’t afford to spend $52 on a single skirt/pair of shorts, so I don’t see this silly thing selling.

  27. I could actually see myself wearing something like this if it came in any other color except prison gray. On the rare, rare occassion I wear a skirt, I usually wear shorts or something underneath.

  28. doesn’t look quite warm enough for those grounds crew girls raking leaves or shoveling snow in the the South Carolina winter.. denim culottes wins again (over soccer shorts or course)

  29. Ugh.

    I’ve seen skirts for Muslim women that were way more flattering than this. In fact, I have a few skirts that are specifically made for Muslims..and I’m not even religious.

    It’s not enough that these fundies make women dress modestly but the clothes have to be ugly, as well?

  30. Okaaay, I’ve seen running and biking skirts I thought were cute and would get if they weren’t so pricey. (50, 60 dollar range). Same idea, built in shorts under skirts. Pricey due to the wicking fabric and the brand names. The differences? The cute skirts I saw were bright floral patterns and short enough to exercise in. Also the outer skirt was lightweight and kinda flared for freedom of movement.

  31. I think I would would work out in that. I have worn running skirts before but they were all so short that shorts part felt so embarraced by its lack of size as to constantly try to hide in my butt crack. Not so comfortable and practical.

    1. I’ve always wondered the same thing.

      If you go back to the Hebrew scriptures or the Quran, they don’t say that women need to be more modest than men. They say that both women and men should dress modestly.

      To me, modesty, like other matters of faith, is more on the inside than the outside. I’m in favor of people wearing whatever they want to, which could be long skirts, shorts, or even nothing.

    2. That’s also not to mention the fact that there are some guys who should wear shirts to the beach. I don’t know of any person who wants to see some guy’s manboobs or back hair! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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