Athletic-inspired fashion was spotted all over Spring 2012 runways from designers like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Isabel Marant. Now celebs are getting their heads in the game in sporty styles like mesh, stripes, nylon, and sneakers. Pulling off the look without looking like you’re going for a jog, though, can be tricky. Don’t have a stylist? Let Kate Bosworth, Anna Faris, and Rebecca Hall show you how to score points in athletic-inspired outfits.
Tip #1: Soften athletic sneakers and sweats with girly styles.
Kate Bosworth’s sporty-girly look as she left a salon in LA was a winner. The stylish star balanced her athletic pieces like a casual crewneck heather gray sweatshirt and awesome Isabel Marant wedge sneakers with undeniably feminine pieces like her breezy pleated maxi with a slit, long necklaces, and metallic clutch. The shoes and sweatshirt would’ve been so much schlubbier with denim. Keeping her look in a soft, pastel palette helped make the long on-trend.
1. Urban Outfitters Tiered Geometric Necklace – $29; 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Peggy Sweatshirt – $168; 3. Akira Pleated Maxi Skirt with Slits – $44.90; 4. Fossil Mason Frame Clutch Handbag – $70; 5. Ash Bea Suede Wedge Trainers – $270
Tip #2: Make workout-wear wonderful with unexpected textures.
Actress Anna Faris mixed up the athletic look by picking sporty pieces in unexpected textures. Her off-the-shoulder sweater had an 80s workout video vibe, but its chunky knit kept the piece updated. Her drawstring skirt looked tennis-inspired but for its high-fashion leather fabrication. Faris gave the look a tough edge with her black biker boots, and showed how wearing statement jewelry—like her beaded earrings—is an easy way to keep an athletic outfit from looking like you’re headed to the gym.
1. Warehouse Drawstring Leather Skirt = $125; 2. Delia’s Mesh Dolman Short-Sleeve Top – $29.50; 3. American Apparel Unisex Sheer Jersey Loose Crew Summer T-Shirt – $22; 4. Topshop Bead Ear Cuff Earring – $20; 5. American Eagle Lace-Up Moto Boot – $49.99
Tip #3: Pick a sporty dress that does the styling for you.
There’s nothing simpler than picking one on-trend sporty dress that does the work of styling for you! At the premiere of The Awakening at the BFI London Film Festival, actress Rebecca Hall did just that. She wore a cocktail dress by Marios Schwab featuring a structured mesh pattern and athletic-inspired racerback-in-the-front halter neckline. Look for sporty details like spandex, zippers, tonal striping, mesh, and racerback necklines. Don’t forget that you can even go athletic with your formal footwear—mesh sandals are trending.
1. Forever 21 Mesh Curves Halter Dress – $24.80; 2. Trouvé Colorblock Scuba Dress – $74; 3. Staple Sporty Midi Dress – $39.14; 4. Miss Selfridge Sporty Peplum Dress – $80; 5. Calvin Klein Lisah Sandal – $98.95