Every time the Olympics roll around, it gets me thinking about sports and fashion. More than ever, function has become a large part of our fashion vocabulary. Not only do designers want to create beautiful pieces with innovative fabrics and silhouettes, but they’re also taking into consideration practicality and ease of movement. Corsets are out; comfort is in.
This season, a subtle mix of sport and luxury is popping up all over the place in new and refreshing ways. Some designers are showcasing pieces that clearly take their cue from athletic wear, like Isabel Marant‘s baseball tee, Alexander Wang‘s track pant and Rag & Bone‘s varsity jacket. Meanwhile, on the street I’ve been seeing people inject straightforward sports accessories stylishly into an outfit. Backpacks, sneakers and baseball caps are all practical at their core, but when paired with fashion-forward looks, they take on a whole new dimension. I once spotted Carla Sozanni, founder of 10 Corso Como, in an Alaïa dress with Nike sneakers. She looked both effortlessly cool and elegant—not to mention comfortable. It’s a look I won’t forget. Below I’ve compiled a few pieces to help get you started on your own sports-inspired ensembles.
— The Inspiration —
— Get The Look —
1) Luminox Navy Seal colormark watch; 2) Balenciaga Resille low trainer sneaker; 3) Jil Sander Navy collar shift dress; 4) Oliver Peoples limited edition Balmain 1 sunglasses; 5) Jas MB bomber W backpack; 6) Jonathan Simkhai geometric triangle print track pant; 7) VPL convexity breaker tank; 8) T by Alexander Wang stripe sweat short; 9) Lisa Marie Fernandez Lisa Marie swimsuit; 10) A.L.C. mini striped tee; 11) Rag & Bone legging; 12) Nike pre Montreal racer sneaker; 13) A.L.C. short full skirt; 14) Mr. Kim Tucker baseball cap; 15) Giuseppe Zanotti high top zip sneaker; 16) Barney’s New York CO-OP v-neck baseball tee