FAQs

What is Team Sparkle?

With Sparkle Athletic, you’re not just buying a skirt. You’re joining our team: Team Sparkle, a group of women who know what it means to truly shine. At Team Sparkle, we want you to shine too. So we’re spreading the power of sparkle one skirt at a time.

You will get compliments. You will get stares. Your friends and family will spot you a mile away. But most of all, you’ll be motivated and inspired by knowing that Team Sparkle is with you every step of the way. We want to cheer you on as you work to achieve your goals. When you see another woman in a Sparkle Athletic Skirt, you know you have a sister out there on the course.

We’re friends. We’re running buddies. We’re teammates. We run as one. We don’t sweat, we sparkle.

We want to see you sparkle! Use the hashtag #teamsparkle on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so we can share in your training and accomplishments.

How do I pick the right size skirt?

Use our size chart HERE. When it comes to sparkle skirt fit, our waists are more forgiving than our hips. So use your hip measurement as your main fit guide. Shakira was so right. Hips don’t lie.

Our skirts are super sparkly and our waistbands are super stretchy. They’ll fit a range of waist sizes.

If you are between sizes, might we suggest ordering the smaller size? And if you really can’t decide, order BOTH! Simply return the skirt that doesn’t fit. We won’t charge you a re-stocking fee. We really want you to feel as sparkly as you look! Just drop us a note saying that you were debating sizes and are returning the one that doesn’t fit.

Can you make me a longer skirt?
Each skirt size is approximately 1/2″ longer than the size below. So the larger the size, the longer the skirt. If you’d like a longer skirt than we offer, we suggest buying a larger size, or wearing it lower on your hips rather than closer to your waist.
Like the song says, “Low rider is a real goer.”
Can I return or exchange my purchase?

If you want to exchange an item, please email us to request a Return Authorization Number. We know that sounds really scary, but it’s not. Once you’ve received a RA# (get it??) ship the item(s) via your preferred method within 30 days of purchase to Sparkle Athletic following the email instructions that came with your RA#. We will gladly ship your next item to you FREE via USPS standard shipping once we have received the item(s) you want to exchange. If you’d like to upgrade to priority shipping, just drop us a line.

If you want to return an item, please email us for a Return Authorization Number. There’s that RA# again! Ship the item to Sparkle Athletic via your preferred method within 15 days of purchase. We’ll gladly refund your money less shipping costs once we’ve received your item.

* Sparkle Athletic does not pay your shipping cost to return the order to us.
* We highly recommend that you send your return via UPS, FedEX, or insured US Mail with tracking information. Items sent but not received by Sparkle Athletic will NOT receive credit for the return.
* Sadly, we can’t exchange or return sale items.

How fast will my skirt ship?

Faster than you can cheer “Gimme an S!” “S!” “Gimme a P!” “Gimme an A!” “A!” “Gimme an …” well, you get the idea. In stock orders are shipped the following business day. Orders received by midnight PST on Sunday will ship Monday. Orders received by midnight PST on Tuesday will ship Wednesday. Orders received by midnight PST on Thursday will ship Friday. And orders received by midnight PST on Saturday will ship Monday. Got it? “What’s that spell?” “Sparkle!” “Louder!” “Sparkle!” “Who’s gonna ship it?” “Sparkle!”

All Sparkle Athletic orders $50+ ship FREE within the U.S. from Orange County, CA via USPS First Class. Shipping takes approximately 3-7 days depending on your location in the U.S. All orders under $50 ship at a flat rate of $5, regardless of the quantity.

All International orders are shipped from Orange County, CA via USPS First Class, which generally takes approximately 7 – 15 business days depending on your location outside of the U.S.

And if you really have to have it sooner, we offer Priority & USPS Express Mail shipping for an additional fee. “Yay!!!”

Will you ship to an APO address?

Sure thing!

Can you ship my skirt faster?

Do our skirts make you look fast? Yes and yes! During checkout, simply select Priority or USPS Express Mail. Priority Mail usually arrives within 2-3 days, but is not guaranteed.
USPS Express Mail usually arrives overnight, but is guaranteed within 2 business days.

Packages will still be shipped the NEXT business day after you place your order. In a super, fast, crazy speedster hurry? Just drop us an e-mail.

If I wear my skirt in a mud run, will it ever come clean?

Of course, we can’t guarantee that your skirt will be good as new following a mud run. There are always so many obstacles that we can’t account for, but we know many skirts—including ours—that have lived to tell the tale and sparkle on another day.

Can you really run in wings?

You bet! Not only can you run in our Racing Wings, you can fly. You can even PR in wings. It’s been done. The key is to follow our “Running with Wings” tips HERE. You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!

Will this skirt make my butt look fast?

Hell yes.

Will you help me with running costume ideas for my next race?

We thought you’d never ask. We pioneered the art of the running costume, we love running in costume, and we love seeing Sparkle Athletic skirts inspire running costumes at races everywhere. We have TONS of costume ideas on our blog HERE.

Are the skirts itchy?

No, not at all. You won’t even notice your wearing it. They’re incredibly lightweight by design and maximized for comfort. We’re runners and triathletes. We won’t run in skirts that chafe and we wouldn’t ask you to either.

Why do so many people PR in your skirts?

Because sparkle equals speed? Because there’s power in sparkle? Because it’s hard to slow down when you know everyone’s watching the girl in the sparkly skirt? Honestly, we don’t know. But there is definitely a little magic involved. Once you slip on a Sparkle Athletic skirt, you feel unstoppable. When everyone is cheering for you, it’s hard not to be motivated & run your best! “Go sparkle!” and “I love your sparkle!” and “You’re a sparkly running princess!” are all cheers we’ve actually heard. It puts a little pep in your step, not to mention a smile on your face.

Do you offer group discounts?

But of course! We love it when friends sparkle together. We offer “buy 5, get 1 free” for most of our products. Team Sparkle power! All six products need to be the same style (all skirts, all race legs, all visors, etc) but do not need to be the same color/print/pattern.  Go HERE for more information and the group discount code.

How do I wash my Sparkle Athletic Skirt?

With care. Wash on gentle or hand wash cold and lay flat to dry. Do not use bleach, do not tumble dry and do not iron or you’ll be very sorry. We wouldn’t want you to do anything to dull your sparkle!

What expos will Sparkle Athletic be attending?

We wish we could attend every expo. We love meeting all the members of Team Sparkle and helping you get your sparkle on. But with 9 little kids at home between the 3 of us, we’ve realized we have to pick & choose. So check our schedule to see where we’ll be next HERE.

Are the Race Legs compression socks?

Nope. Our Race Legs are more like leg warmers. If you lived through the ‘80s you remember leg warmers: they keep your legs comfortable & stylish. But technically, they provide no compression or support other than a warm hug for your gams.

Are Sparkle Sleeves compression?

Nope. Our Sparkle Sleeves are more like arm warmers. They’ll keep your arms cozy and bright. Technically, they provide no compression or support other than a warm, silky hug for your guns.

Will the skirt ride up when I run?

Nope. As long as you wear the skirt on your hips, you’re golden. Anything worn on your waist will ride up naturally. But if you wear your skirt on your hips, it’ll stay snug as a bug in a rug all race long.

Why don’t Sparkle Athletic skirts have shorts underneath?

We know what it’s like to have a favorite pair of running shorts, compression shorts, or leggings. So we designed our skirts to be worn over whatever you already love to run in. We want you to be comfortable. And sparkly! Why sacrifice one when you can have both?

Do Sparkle Athletic skirts have a pocket?

Nope. We don’t want to weigh down our super lightweight skirts with a pocket or the heavy things you might put in a pocket. It just wouldn’t do for our delicate, light-as-air fabric. Plus, we realize that most running shorts or leggings already have pockets, so you can always pair your sparkle skirt accordingly.

It don’t think I can wear a Sparkle Athletic skirt. It’s so short!

Nah. It’s not as short as it seems or even looks. We promise! You’ll have shorts or leggings on underneath and you can control the length to a certain degree depending on how low on your hips you wear the skirt. How low can you go?

Do you make plus sizes?

Our XL is the largest size skirt we make. But don’t be sad. The XL skirt fits most plus sized ladies!

The hip measurement is really the most important fit factor because of the ruffle on the skirt. We designed the waistbands to be as super stretchy as our skirts are super sparkly. So the waist will fit a large range of sizes. Check out our skirt sizing chart HERE.

Can you make a custom skirt?

So sorry. We cannot make custom sizes, lengths or fabrics even if you say, “Pretty please with a cherry on top.”

Do you have kids sizes?

What little girl doesn’t like to sparkle? Our Junior sparkle skirt generally fits girls size 4-10. You can find them HERE.

Where are you located?

Orange County, California, baby!

Where is Sparkle Athletic apparel made?

Our Sparkle Running Skirts, Sparkle Sleeves, Race Legs, and Power Bands are made right here in the USA. Our shirts are also screen printed in the USA. Our racing wings & visors are not manufactured by Sparkle Athletic. So they are made elsewhere, once upon a time in a land far, far away…

Who are your models?

Who us? Models? Go on now. Why, our models aren’t models at all! They are real women, real runners. They are you. They are me. They are the women that make up Team Sparkle!

How do I contact Sparkle Athletic?

The possibilities are almost endless:

Send us a message HERE
E-mail: thegirls@sparkleathletic.com
On Twitter: @SparkleAthletic
On Instagram: @SparkleAthletic
On Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SparkleAthletic
On Snapchat: sparkleathletic

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