The Sporty-Chic trend: gold medal in style
Once again this season, the sporty-chic look is at the starting blocks. Here are our tips for surfing the wave and not getting beached.
Colors: Avoid a red card from the fashion ref
The idea is to add a dash of sporty, not to pay homage to that long-dead fluorescent tracksuit that traumatized kids for generations. We’re banking on moderation.
Solid colors have sticking power and are still getting fashionistas to run, but the grand prize goes to black & white.
This dream team’s biggest edge is it uses a top or sweater to dress down outfits, as if to say, “I’m not being trendy on purpose,” or more commonly known as “effortless.”
LOOK TOTALLY UN-PUT TOGETHER
Good news for those of you who put off the knuckling down part every year: consume sporty with moderation. When it comes to the new look, that is.
While the team uniform is gaining traction, the overall feel is about combining sportswear classics with more stylish lines. Don’t go for a total look that will steer you right to a gym. Try to put together pieces with cuts and fabrics from opposite ends of the casual spectrum. Practically speaking, that means a sporty zip-up jacket goes perfectly with a dainty silk blouse or trendy little wedge heel moccasins.
Cuts: perfect timing
If you were the type who usually got excused from gym class, you should know this trend does not excuse you from sophisticated cuts. The goal is to dress up the laid-back style of sporty with classy details. Pleated skirts with their conservative folds, sweaters with angled patterns and asymmetric tops.
FABRICS: DO THE SPLITS
The rule of the game: fashion is all in the fabrics. No point in playing by the rules if you bring back the former glory of sporty by wearing Spandex, Lycra and cotton. Rig the game by dabbling in a touch of culture shock: minimalist wool top or striped silk blouse, zip-up hooded lambskin leather jacket… Sportswear lines are infatuated with more refined materials.
Footwear: put on your sprinting shoes
In the race to the sportswear look, tennis definitely wins the tournament every time. Sporty-chic shoes take the biggest trophy in the winner’s circle. The proof? Even brides in sneakers are riding high! The trend has found its soulmate with designer running shoes that play with black & white, flannel and silver details and patterns that break with tradition.
Riding the sporty-chic trend doesn’t mean working out with your pinkie in the air. Now you have all the info you need to go for it!
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