The Bolder Difference

To understand The Bolder Difference, you have to understand where it comes from, you have to know our story, how we got from SparkleSkirts® to Bolder Athletic Wear™.

SparkleSkirts® began in 2008 when Leah Powell made some sparkly cover skirts for her running group to wear at the inaugural Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. In that race—and every race since—people have asked “Where did you get those skirts?” 

Within a year, SparkleSkirts® evolved from simple cover skirts to “technical” skirts with built-in undershorts. Leah knew that if she was having trouble finding running skirts with undershorts that did not ride up, plenty of other people certainly were facing the same frustration. She developed skirts based on what is now a patented design that prevents ride-up. This line of athletic wear also grew into collections of shorts, capris and technical shorts for men.

After ten years in business, Leah and her staff at SparkleSkirts® recognized that the fitness industry had seen tremendous changes, and people involved with sports, fitness and leisure activities needed broader choices. From that knowledge, Bolder Athletic Wear™ was created.

The Bolder Difference:

  • The patented undershorts are guaranteed to stay in place. No ride-up!
  • (57) ABSTRACT
    The present invention provides a new and useful athletic shorts garment apparatus with improved inter femoral gusset and surrounding modesty panel. This invention is believed to be useful by offering an apparatus which stays in place when in use, does not ride-up the legs, prevents chafing, provides a flared modesty panel that is flattering, accommodates all hip sizes and hides the body shape and contours of the user, has readily accessible large pockets for carrying items, has a double gusset located between the legs to prevent splitting that can occur from a single seam, allows for the addition of a drawstring, and is reversible. The aforementioned existing apparatus in the field is indicated to be used by athletes, most commonly women who are runners, walkers, tennis players and the like.

  • Wicking, anti-microbial undershorts fabrics help prevent chafing and overheating.

  • Every technical garment features at least three spacious pockets. 



  • Adult sizes range from 3XS to 3XL (4XL upon request). Youth sizes are S, M, L.


  • Dozens of styles to choose from.



  • Great customer service provided, including 9 to 5 Monday through Saturday phone and email assistance plus alterations and repairs for Bolder Athletic Wear™ products.



  • All Bolder Athletic Wear™ garments are American made.




  • Bolder Athletic Wear™ believes in giving back through various charitable programs.

  • Bolder Athletic Wear is committed to these goals to each and every one of our customers, so that you can Live Your Life Bolder!