Thursday, January 12, 2012

Question For… Sofia Hedstrom

How do you balance athletic style with lifestyle?


I’m a marathon runner and I always run in dresses. I started running four years ago, and it was important to still be myself– I never wear pants, so I started wearing dresses to work out.


I’ve completed five marathons in dresses and qualified for Boston (will run it in April this year, very excited). I’m happy to ignore rules about what you should wear to be athletic, and inspire others who might not consider themselves traditional athletes.


I write about it on Sweedish Elle’s blog: “Sofia springer” (Sophia runs!)


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  1. IRENE

    January 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    i never have time for sport…
    my sport is rushing from shop to shop :D

  2. comme fraiche

    January 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    we have running shoes so why not dresses to go along with them

  3. FashionUm

    January 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    That’s so cute. This color suits her well…great scenery as well. Great photo, as always…

  4. mrdavidPOP

    January 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    that’s so cool! I would of never thought people run in dresses, love your blog! its a breath of fresh air!

  5. DamoiseauWM

    January 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I love the knot of the dress! And the Shoes? So glam.

  6. Stylosophism

    January 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Red is never been so pretty

  7. Martha

    January 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Interesting point of view. I am not sure I would wear a dress with sneakers. Maybe with a sporty dress ;)

  8. Odd Molly-holic

    January 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    WOW! Love the picture AND the idea of running in a dress.

  9. Elena

    January 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Amazing Red! Love the hairdo!

  10. Name*grizzlesnort

    January 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I had a male friend who liked to compete in dresses in the 80′s–Austin, TX has always been weird. He never won a race but always made a good showing, so to speak.

  11. Bohemian Style

    January 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Finally some cool graffiti backgrounds. Fun!

  12. Kate

    January 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Gorgeous. Just plain ol’ gorgeous.


  13. Aya

    January 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    She’s wonderful and I love her vibrant color. I also love her balance–why can’t you be tough and girly at once!?

    Is that her real surname?! It’s great!

  14. La Perle

    January 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I absolutely love this! She looks so lovely, happy and warm of heart – and she runs in dresses! How quirky!?! I think if I ran in a dress in Paris, the old ladies would actually stop giving me mean stares – what a novel idea!


  15. Grant

    January 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    This is stunningly good, the colours in the graffiti, on the ladder and on the man-lift all balancing against this wonderful outfit. Then top it all off with the gesture and the beautiful smile. GRL rules …

  16. monkeyshines

    January 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm



  17. Marimorena

    January 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    OMG! She runs wearing dresses!
    So amazing!
    I’d never imaging that!

  18. kitchen afternoon

    January 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    What a beauty! Such great energy – the two are inseparable!

  19. dragon fruit

    January 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    omg whaat that’s crazy! i am running my first half this sunday and can’t imagine doing it in a dress, but she’s fabulous!

  20. Danielle

    January 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    This has long been (one of many) my favorite photograph of yours.

  21. Wendy Carlos Williams

    January 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Sart, can you take a photo of her running?

  22. antique engagement rings

    January 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Definitely a different perspective.

  23. Jfelice

    January 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I wonder what the dresses she runs in are like. I checked her blog but didn’t find any pictures of her running. Any chance you would post one?

  24. A fan

    January 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    The dresses she wears while running are like tennis dresses or sometimes she wears an extra long tank tops as a dress. You can get great tennis dresses them from Nike and others (although they we’rent made for running, they’re easy to move in and often quite cute). Whatever she wears, she always makes it her own. She’s just super stylish, with amazing and super creative hair styling. She also styles her marathon outfits by altering the pieces or matching them with unexpected accessories. Sofia is such an inspiration to runners as well as girls in general; beautiful, intelligent and super warm towards her readers.

  25. A fan

    January 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Here are some of her running outfits! (from her blog)

  26. What Is The New Black

    January 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    What an AMAZING look from head to toe! Amazing hairdo, amazing dress, accessories, shoes – wow!

  27. Leira Zetroc

    January 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Mad respect for this woman!

  28. mr. john

    January 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    WOW! What a beautiful woman and picture. Sofia’s NYC marathon time of 3:37:50 is awesome. I would love to train with her but I could not keep her pace! Oh well, it would be pleasant to watch her leaving me in her dust.

  29. liyin

    January 12, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Does she run in heels too?

  30. Falcon

    January 13, 2012 at 12:37 am

    How unique!

  31. Monika

    January 13, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I really like her attitude towards the way she dresses. She doesn’t follow the rules and she remains herself.

  32. The life after

    January 13, 2012 at 3:07 am

    What a great attitude!!!

    The Life After

  33. Helen

    January 13, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Go Sophie! I’m proud that you can run in your own personal style? Curious about how you train during the cold winter? still in a skirt?

  34. Charlotte Wilder

    January 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Hahah how amazing! She runs in dresses…I love it. More power to you, Sofia.

  35. Charikleia

    January 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

    She looks so happy and warm! The miu mius are awsome! I looked for them everywhere but they were not available in my size…

    A big kiss from Greece!

  36. Mica

    January 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Love the red and blue – such a nice dress and perfect outfit! :)

  37. PeninsulaDetail

    January 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

    What an amazing, bright outfit. And running in dresses? Never though to do that, but certainly a way to maintain your personal style.

  38. Mike @TheIronYou

    January 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I like that TheSartorialist is talking also about health and fitness!
    Exercising with style: you should do a section on this…

  39. SON

    January 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    GiRL power!

  40. Claire

    January 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I have always thought of this as one of your most iconic shots and every time i balance on the back of my heels i remember it – what a girl – what a shot! x

  41. Nicole Blumeyer

    January 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I absolutely adore her shoes! Her sense of style and desire to be true to herself is refreshing as well as empowering.

  42. melissa

    January 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    That is so wonderful, I hike with dresses sometimes and people think you are crazy…
    Why not?


  43. Bonnie McCarthy

    January 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Ha! What a fabulous girl! Maybe that’s my problem -I need to run in dresses!

  44. Audrey

    January 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Absolutely love this!!! And her outfit-perfection!

  45. Ría

    January 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

  46. S

    January 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Show us some pics of Sofia running in her dresses! Love it!

  47. Carolyn

    January 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I’m curious what type of dresses you can run in? Are they made from special wicking material?

  48. Ruba Sidani

    January 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I’m also curious to see pictures of her running in dresses..
    She looks as bright as morning sunshine! Seems to me like her black glasses and brown leather bag root down her colorful outfit, which makes her look stylish rather than just a bundle of color. I especially like her hair..

  49. P

    January 14, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Cool. And awesome picture with the GRL (Girl…) in the background.

  50. The parisienne

    January 14, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Lovely smile! and look’s too!


  51. melissa

    January 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Omg I love you! I’m devoted to style/fashon and I run marathons and half-marathons. On New Year’s Eve I ran the Central Park Midnight Run in a black lace cocktail dress. It was sooooo much fun! Perhaps I will continue merging my two passions…

  52. Stephen Plaster

    January 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Her heels really complete the look! Loving the overall colour scheme. G.R.L (in this context) is the logo of the ‘Graffiti Research Lab’ – it’s an underground group that experiment with digital technology for art installations. Pretty cool projection art too.

  53. Mafalda Castro

    January 15, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I love it! the dress is so cute and she looks so natural

  54. Stylefootprints

    January 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Oh love the red with the blue…and such cute shoes!!

  55. Roseanne

    January 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Its so cool being different.I am inspired.x

  56. jennifer defrancisco

    January 16, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I would love to see that….

  57. Jasmine

    January 16, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I always love to see athletics align with style! I’d love to see you get a shot of her running in a dress!

  58. vintage engagement rings

    January 16, 2012 at 7:34 am

    So fresh and natural!

  59. Anatomy Vintage

    January 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

    STUNNING! I can just picture this lovely gazelle running in this bright red dress. Watching that must be like watching a Christo installation. *swoon*

  60. Kara Crotchie

    January 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I can barely stand in a dress… let alone run!

  61. Roderick Nodd

    January 29, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I don’t normally comment but I gotta admit thankyou for the post on this great one : D.

  62. Cristiana

    June 7, 2012 at 2:28 am

    I LOVE your red dress . I LOVE marathon. I have your age. I start to run 4 years ago like you and I love your idea to run with a smart (red)dress!!!

  63. tmz

    August 1, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Cool dress!

  64. Gretta GoGo

    April 30, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    In LUST with this look!

  65. lesley

    May 7, 2014 at 3:11 am

    like ur red dress and shoes alot

  66. Sarah Brian

    July 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Interesting point of view. I am not sure I would wear a dress with sneakers. Maybe with a sporty dress ;)

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