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If you'll never run more than a just a few miles at a time, and if you won't be facing any severe weather, you probably don't need to buy any special running clothing. However, even if this does describe you, you'll still be more comfortable wearing clothes designed specifically for running.
Most running clothing is made from hi-tech fabrics and designed with the specific needs of runners in mind. Street clothes – even “gym clothes” – simply can't match the fit and function of clothing made especially for runners.