Fashion and fitness didn’t always go hand in hand. But in recent years fitness has received a fashion kick. It really started when Stella McCartney designed a sports collection for Adidas and now all manner of celebrities, athletes and designers are jumping on the fitness meets fashion bandwagon. This year Stella has given sporting fashion a new lease of life; she has designed the kit for the British athletes at this year’s Olympic Games in London.
Perhaps because of this great sporting event the fashion industry has taken sporty fashion to a whole new level for summer 2012. Spring/summer 2012 catwalks were filled with luxury sportswear collections inspired by tennis, basketball and gymnastics with a rich, opulent edge. So think silk camis with running shorts, pleated chiffon tennis skirts with American football t-shirts and skinny cargo pants with sheer blouses. This is a fun and easy trend to work into both your daywear and your gym kit.
You can add a sporty touch to your daytime chic with a pair of hightop shoes. Already adopted by fashion-forward celebrities, these hightop trainers have hidden wedge heels to help lengthen legs without looking dressy. Next has a couple of pairs of these shoes to choose from in two colour choices: white and navy and white and tan. Both pairs cost £45 each. Check out this gallery from The Telegraph of models and celebrities in wedge high top shoes.
To add a luxury sport aspect to your gym wear, ditch your boyfriend t-shirts and swap them for high-tech sports camisoles in a silky, Lycra material. Leave your leggings at home for the summer and swap to running shorts and add some colour to your outfit: fuchsia, lime green and plenty of neon. Next has a pair of Sports Trainers for £45 in white with multi colour stripes on either side (pictured) that are perfect for giving your gym wear a trendy summer makeover.
If you can’t ditch the heels get sporty with tennis dresses and tennis skirts. Look for pleated skirts – preferably in white – and match with racer back camisoles and high-vis jogging jackets or hoodies.
You can get a sporty fix even more easily: sweatbands, headbands, visors and high ponytails can make any look a sporty look.