For those lazy days when you want to look great with minimal effort, the sports luxe trend is for you. Sports-wear needn’t be reserved just for when you’re working out: soft jerseys, preppy jackets, a neutral colour palette and lace-up heels all elevate casual-wear into high-fashion territory, with celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Rihanna championing the trend.
Fashion has always had a close relationship with sports and athletics: from the championship-winning English tennis player who kick-started the Fred Perry brand, to designers such as Stella McCartney putting their name to sportswear brands, there is no doubting the fashion power of fitness-wear.
When it comes to sports-luxe, a luxurious, expensive finish may be the end result but you don’t need the salary of a world-famous athlete to wear the trend. Budget-friendly options are available, and to prove it, we’ve picked our top five favourite key pieces. On your mark, get set…GO!
1. The Sporty But Nice Dress
If you weren’t sure whether love at first sight could be possible, this Cut-Out Shoulder Sports Trim Dress will prove you wrong. Sporty, hip, bold and with just the right amount of sex-appeal (check out those seductive shoulder cut-outs) we’re loving the asymmetric hem and can see this dress teamed with trainer-style wedges for some off-duty Rihanna flavour.
2. Preppy Pullover
For your sports luxe top, choose jersey styles in muted colours: they’ll look great teamed with harem trousers and wedges. A Sports PU Trim Pullover in soft baby blue creates interesting detail with its leather look trim and can also be dressed up with a leather mini-skirt – perfect for an effortless but sexy date look or mid-week drinks with the girls!
3. The Long-Line Top
A Colour Block Sports Top will look great teamed with leggings and peep-toe boots and brings some luxe appeal to your sportswear look with bold paneling including a sumptuous satin-look fabric. Alternatively, dare to wear your long-line top as a dress, and team with casual plimsolls to keep the look laidback.
4. Hi-Tops Special
When it comes to trainers, choose styles with interesting textures and detail like these PVC Trainers in bold monochrome: the high-top, PVC edging and contrast white trim are the perfect finishing touch to your sports luxe outfit.
Bring some preppiness to your look with a varsity style Sports Trim Mesh Jacket that will look great with jeans, a plain jersey maxi dress or even a party dress for an edgy going-out look. This lightweight number is the perfect spring style jacket that you can wear around your waist when it’s warm and throw on when the sun goes in!