I have spent very little on my running gear so far. All I've got really is the shoes and some double-layer socks. I also have a little belt for my phone and keys, and also running bras which I'm still not 100% sold on but that's another story. But apart from that I still run in the same clothes I started c25k in. My main kit is just some ordinary track suit trousers and a few long-sleeve t-shirts and vests which I set aside as my 'running tops' (mainly because they were getting too shabby for normal daywear!). The trousers are okay for now, being more comfortable now that they've got looser, but the tops are now way too big, and also they aren't the right fabric, meaning I come home looking much more sweaty than I probably need to (I'm also concerned that running in non-breathable tops has probably not helped my running technique that much, esp when we had the hotter weather). I'm now in the market for new running tops, but the problem is I'm just so uninformed. Can you guys help?
I'm after long sleeve tops, as we're approaching winter, and I'm fairly ambivalent about colour. The key words I've been looking at so far have been 'wicking' and 'dri fit' to try and solve the sweating issue. But this often turns up things that are £30+ which is a very large outlay for my low income, and would certainly mean I could only get one top. It would be good to be able to get at least two. In the past people on here have advised looking in Lidl, Aldi, Sports Direct, even charity shops for cheaper running gear, but I think I need a bit more of an idea of what I'm looking for so I find something that's the best for what I can afford, rather than buying cheap and getting cheap as the saying goes.
Basically what I'm asking is would just any running top be a massive improvement compared to my current non-breathable tops, or should I be looking for specific things like 'wicking' and 'dri fit'? Please advise and also feel free to point out where I'm going wrong