Trend to Try: Sportswear


On the Spring 2012 catwalks, designers like MaxMara, Marc by Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Victoria Beckham were inspired to embrace their inner Olympian with sportswear emerging as a top theme for their collections.

High-end fashion designers are designing Olympic uniforms: Stella McCartney for Britain, Ralph Lauren for America, and Giorgio Armani for Italy.

When we are talking about sportswear, we mean luxe-like light-as-air fabrics, sleek silhouettes and pops of color. Sportswear is meant to be something you wear to showcase an active lifestyle not what you wear to play sports.

When searching for a sporty garment, you want to look for asymmetrical straps on tanks, exposed zippers, sheer, mesh, leather, hoods, racer backs and utility buckles. You can find these details on trendy clothing like maxi dresses or cropped tops. Also, you can match sporty pieces with different types of things you have in your closet.

Some easy ways to try the sportswear trend is to invest in silk drawstring track pants or form fitting dress with color blocking stripes.

Get inspired by sportswear collections like Ruffian and Alexander Wang. Mr. Wang’s collection featured streamlined jackets, leggings with sexy mesh panels, and leather bandannas. Ruffian featured a more girly take on sportswear with silky pants paired with strappy sandals and preppy inspired jersey tank tops.

Sporty clothes are a stylish way to be comfy, bold, and versatile. To score a winning look, avoid sporty brights at night and stick to a clean monochrome palette for day. Functional and minimalistic sportswear is a must-have for the warm season this year.

Will you try some sportswear in your wardrobe?