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How To Wear The Elevated Track Pants For Spring

This season, athleisure takes a decidedly upscale spin. Here’s everything you need to know to pull off the new refined twist on the classic sporty style.

Laid-back track pants have been a staple of streetwear labels for a while now—Palm Angels does a provocative pink version, and R13 takes it one step further with its shredded, frayed leopard-print style. But, this season, an increasing number of ready-to-wear labels are reaching into the world of urban fashion to create elevated takes on these street essentials. Designers like Lisa Perry, known for her streamlined, feminine aesthetic, are bringing a refined sensibility to this casual look. Embellished with rainbow colors, sequins, and rich velvet, these brands are producing a hybrid pant that can be dressed up for work hours or pared down for weekend lounging. “This season we are bringing the contort of the track pants to the office,” says Marina Larroudé, Fashion Director at Barneys New York. “The look of it might be sporty, but the fabrication is far from it. It’s athleisure-chic at its best.”

To give this look a professional spin, ditch the sneakers and go with kitten heels or feminine flats, like Christian Louboutin’s Eloise or Balenciaga’s Knife Satin Slingback Pumps. Juxtapose the oversized pants with a feminine, tailored top that plays off the side stripes or adds a contrasting hue. Accessorize with a small structured bag that adds a pop of color and streamlined jewelry that is delicate without being too formal.

Done in plush velvet and embellished with multicolored grosgrain ribbon, this style celebrates the street-to-chic look of the London-based designer.
Easy shapes are elevated to evening status when they are embellished with black sequins. Pair with a feminine chiffon blouse to a complete look.
With track pants this bold, less is more everywhere else. Add white boots, and top off the look with a beige or black shirt. Keep jewelry simple, like a delicate gold chain and pendant.
Slimmer silhouettes pair well with strappy sandals in eye-catching colors and small, structured bags with graphic patterns, and bold hardware.
Masters of subversion, Margiela elevates track pants to astro-extremes with this space-blanket-inspired silver pair, completed with a drawstring waist.
No one does summer whites or all-year color like Lisa Perry. Go white on white with a delicate top, or match your cami to one of the stripes. Finish the look with delicate sandals.
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