”From afar, I had this crew pegged as Italian. Italian men are confident enough to wear pink, and they do quite well. I was pleasantly surprised to discover these dudes are French. Move over Italians, French men wear pink and look TRES BEAU doing so! The French are fiercely committed to neck scarves, even on the running track. And they’re CHIC AF, non?”
…says MICHELLE SMITH, DESIGNER & FOUNDER, MILLY
Happy NYC Marathon Sunday! Today more than 50,000 runners will take over the streets of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx to cover the 5 boroughs and 26.2 miles that make up the New York City Marathon. What makes this one of the greatest sporting events in the world are not the pros — we know they can do it — but the thousands of regular folks like you and I, who decide this is the year they are going to run this unfathomable distance, and put in every ounce of their heart and soul into crossing that finish line.
One of the best pre-Marathon sights are the visiting runners on the roads and trails of Central Park. You can spot them from a mile away. Something about their bright colors and uniform style gives them away… or perhaps it’s the name of their homeland proudly displayed on their running jerseys.
So on a gorgeous fall morning, Style of Sport’s good buddy Michelle Smith, Designer and Founder of Milly, and I went for a stroll around the Central Park Reservoir to check out the running attire for this year’s race. Michelle is known for her popping colors, playful silhouettes, graphic tees – and an inimitable way of expressing her opinion. You’ll have to Google “AF” if you’re not familiar with that term.
Here is her fashion take on the runners of the NYC Marathon, as only she can give you!
“Props to this happy guy for rocking Neon & Camo…Two great tastes that taste great together. Like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.”
“Neon is clearly The New Black in running attire – spotted this crew from a mile away.”
“Yeah, this couple is cute in their matching black and grey tones… but what makes them shine is their shared affinity for Polar fleece head accessories. They know that the couple that wears fleece together stays together.”
“CHE UOMO!!! Check out Mauro, the Italian gentleman to the left — his facial expression tells me he is DETERMINED AF. So of course, I gotta make him a custom MILLY tee that says “DETERMINED AF”.
“This Italian runner had me at “Buon Giorno!” with her dope, cobalt blue glasses and spunky, fun-loving attitude. Che Bella! He is cute, and his Wrist Game is STRONG. Loving the neon bandana wrap. I’ll overlook the fanny pack. Together, they make the cutest couple of the NYC Marathon. #FRESHAF #VIVA ITALIA”
“Team Italia flashin’ deuces in emerald green. Green is the color of life, renewal, nature and energy. Go Green!”
“Team Spirit! I loved the positive energy popping from this family… they are running the marathon together.”
“Nut-hugger shorts are back in a serious way. I’ve been waiting for this moment for 30 years”.
“I love the happy enthusiasm of this group representing Copenhagen! The NYC Marathon brings together diverse runners of all ages and nationalities, and their camaraderie, happiness and positive energy is so special. It’s something everyone should experience.”
“Claudia, despite the considerable competition from Italy and France, YOU take the prize for most fashionable athlete on the track. Don’t think your perfectly tapered, subtly slouched sweatpants went unnoticed by Yours Truly. And that slim Adidas hoodie you’re rockin? SUBLIME, BABE! Sooooo STYLE OF SPORT”
AWW… THANKS MILLY!
“Check out this fly girl in the MILLY “SLAY ALL DAY” tank and neon NB’s at the finish line… Oh wait that’s me!”