The sports luxe trend has been hitting the ball out of the fashion park relentlessly for more than a couple of seasons now. Adored by street style stars and celebrities alike, the red-hot dominant trend of the 2010s isn’t about to rest, having been increasingly seen everywhere as the new ‘casual uniform’.
Sports luxe can be deemed as an entirely new category of dressing style - it’s a ‘hybrid’ of sorts between business casual and athletic wear. Typically ‘work-appropriate’ numbers such as blazers, tailored trousers and sleek high heels are teamed with more sports-inspired clothing made from materials like spandex, lycra, and jersey.
There’s nothing not to love about the sports luxe trend; it offers a relaxed and casual vibe to our normally rigid tailored office wear, adding variety with a tinge of excitement to workplace styling. Incorporate the style into your office wardrobe with our picks of the most chic and stylish pieces that’ll turn your style game up a notch.
Dion Lee wide leg pants, $205.46; Peter Pilotto pants, $1,165; No Ka’Oi pants, $398
Comfortable with a chic elevated look, track pants have the comfort of sweats and the dressy appeal of trousers. They are understated, yet can look super cool when paired with a cropped jersey long sleeved tee, a sweater or even a polished blazer. The key to nailing the sports luxe trend is to create an overall streamlined silhouette as you won’t want to end up looking too sloppy with too many baggy, loose-fitting items. If you’re wearing a chunky sweater or an oversized jacket, opt for slim tapered track pants like Peter Pilott’s orange striped satin joggers. For fitted tops and slim t-shirts, balance your look with Dion Lee’s high-waisted wide leg track pants or Na Ka’Oi’s drop-crotch pants.
Sporty crop tops
Paco Rabanne crop top, $250; No Ka’Oi sports jacket, $356; Versace crop top, $220
Dive into the athleisure trend with crop tops boasting of sporty details such as perforated textures, colourful stripes and recognisable logos. For a sophisticated look, team the crop top with a high-rise bottoms such as high-waisted pencil skirts or trousers and finish the look with a pair of high heels.
Acne Studios shoes, $555; Prada sneakers, $925.01; Chloe trainers, $705
The first thing to achieving a winning sports luxe look is perfecting your trainer selection. You can either opt for classic white sneakers or ‘90s style chunky trainers for a trendy retro look. Trainers evoke a strong sporty element, so it’s key to anchor the look with more polished and structured pieces such as an A-line midi dress or a tailored blazer to strike a good balance between ‘sports’ and ‘luxe’.
Tibi jacket, $270; Off-White jacket, $584; Koche jacket, $565
The track jacket is pretty essential to any athleisure closet. Whether colourblocked, in luxe materials like satin or velour, or kept minimal, track jackets offer an effortless aesthetic vibe. Team it with a pair of skinny jeans and nude pointed-toe pumps or dress it up even more with a LBD, sleek high heels and a red lip.
Balmain sweater, $688.94; Burberry sweater, $745; Fendi sweater, $1,340
A logo sweater is a sporty must-have that can be worn with semi-formal and casual pieces. Hot on the tracks of the ‘90s logomania trend, sweatshirts appliqued with varsity-style stripe panels and designer logos will look great tucked into a pair of white boyfriend jeans, A-line mini skirts and ankle boots.