‘Sports Luxe’ is one of those hideous trends that crops up every summer. Models sashay down catwalks wearing silk tracksuit bottoms and Louboutin heels. Magazines feature an abundance of perspex and airtex and spandex. And eventually, that girl at work wears her running leggings with Primark neon wedges and thinks she’s all that. Sigh.
The catwalk version of Sports Luxe is impossible to pull off if you’re not a 6ft model whose only task is to walk in a straight line. But luckily for you, I’m here with a real-life guide to wearing the trend. Y’know, for if you plan to go to work or get public transport or do a supermarket shop.
If, like me, wearing tracksuit bottoms with heels in public sounds more like a scene from a sartorial nightmare than a style statement, then your sports luxe look should focus on fabrics, colours and accessories. Look for laidback jersey and lightweight cotton basics in grey, white and black, and team with flashes of neon or hot pink. The fash mags were right with perspex, but patent leather works well too. And if airtex only serves to remind you of spare school PE kits (repressed memories coming back to me…), go for canvas instead. Finish it all off with a slick of pink lipstick (I LOVE Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable range which has just launched in Boots) and if you can get your hair into a swingy ponytail, work it. I’m jealous.
What do you think of the Sports Luxe look? Would you give it a go?