• Sports Luxe

for athleticism combined with fuss-free modern style continues to grow in momentum. It was a firm favourite on the fashion catwalks and in the recent Spring/Summer 2016 shows. Designers Alexander Wang, Lacoste and Balenciagia made it evident that the trend that moves effortlessly from the gym to the street is here to stay for a while longer! This women’s active wear trend has filtered down from the high fashion catwalks into the commercial market bringing with it a new found appreciation of lycra, jersey and neoprene.

The trend is further reinforced by the huge popularity of Instagrams fitness influencers and bloggers who have adopted the look with great enthusiasm. This trend is at its peak and women are now wearing gymwear to the supermarket, workout wear to do the school drop off/pick up and yoga leggings dressed up to a cocktail bar!

If you thought that sportswear was just for the yoga studio or gym read further to see just how multifunctional this look can be!

The key to this look is an effortless yet fashionable appearance with modern, comfortable and sporty silhouettes that mix fashion and fitness. Work out gear can be worn head to toe for the true spirit of athleticism starting with a baseball cap and finishing with sneakers or simply with one or two pieces of gymwear that lift the outfit. Think layering, loose fit, oversized paired back with key pieces of gymwear. Heals matched with drop-crotch trackies, a sleek leather skirt paired with baseball style jersey. Loose fit and androgynous, oversized shapes are key to this style.

The combination of neutrals mixed with colour and print works well with this look. Colour can be introduced in many ways. From a highlight of a neon drawstring on a cropped jogging bottom to a bold pop of colour with a primary coloured sports bra. Mixing colours with neutrals works well. The season’s hottest trend the printed legging can be worn as bold as you like by teaming it back with a neutral top to balance out the statement. Camo, monochrome and animal prints also work really well with this trend. Another great way to add a little colour is to use colour blocking.

Texture is also important and can be used in the form of mesh trims and perforated and laser cut fabrics.

Fabric goes beyond jersey for this fashion fitness wear look. From mesh, neoprene through to silk allow this look to be carried through day to evening look.

During the day keep this look stripped back. The quickest route into sports luxe is with some trainers Plain white classic styles are a winner and will go with everything. Key day shapes are loose fit yoga pants or leggings with an oversized t-shirt, sunnies and a holdall.

For a sophisticated evening look heels are a must with a cuffed leg yoga pant in a luxury fabric with a feminine detailed back necklace and small clutch bag.

The good news about Sport Luxe is it is one of the easiest trends to wear this season. It offers a versatility that we have not seen in a while and heck anything that makes trackies look cool has our thumbs up!

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