One of the wonderful things about fashion is that trends can arise from pretty much anywhere. Style is all about experimentation – that’s what makes it quite so versatile. Sometimes, the most unexpected style hybrids end up becoming the most popular – filtering down from designer runways into high street stores.
One such style is the recently coined ‘sports luxe,’ which garnered a fair amount of attention towards the end of 2016. You wouldn’t normally think that activewear would be something you could wear outside of the gym, but this trend proved that all wrong by mixing sport with glamour. Plus, it’s one of the comfiest looks to hit our shopping centres in a long time, which can only be a good thing for the lazy fashionistas among us!
Here are some easy ways you can bring the sports luxe look to your closet.
Think of track bottoms or jogging bottoms, and you probably think of the kind of loose trousers you wear around the house – you probably wouldn’t even dream of actually LEAVING the house in such attire. But thanks to sports luxe, track pants have become an integral part of many women’s wardrobes.
The first thing to do is to choose the right type of pant – opt for anything with a skinny fit, or at least something which tapers at the end. This gives a much more tailored look, which is the vital difference between loungewear style and something you could wear outside of the home. Bonus points if the pants have stripes down the side, as this truly creates a sporty 90’s vibe (think Mel C from the Spice Girls).
No sporty style would be complete without appropriate footwear, and if there was ever a time to wear comfortable shoes, it’s with the sports luxe trend. But just because the shoe is comfortable, doesn’t mean you have to don an old pair of shabby sneakers. The whole point of this look is that there is an air of luxury and sophistication to it – so you should look at getting something like a pair of Gola Classics. Not only do they look great, they will last you forever too.
The sports luxe trend gives you the opportunity to play around with a variety of different shirt options. Remember that the key to nailing this vibe is to take inspiration from gym wear – not actually to wear anything you’d work out in. With that in mind, you can look for anything that looks remotely urban. Try pairing your sports luxe trousers with a black mesh top, or with an edgy slogan sweater.
The key to nailing sports luxe regarding accessories is to keep things minimal. Avoid anything too delicate or feminine, such as pearl earrings or diamonds. Hoop earrings are a workable type of jewellery you can easily mix with a more sporty look, and you could also take advantage of the recent choker trend too. A simple shopper-style bag is both practical and something that compliments the overall look without being too feminine.
What are you sports luxe must-haves?