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Friday, 13 May 2016

ATHLEISURE - CURRENT STREET STYLE?

"Athleisure" is currently a very popular word in the fashion dictionary, meaning sportswear that can be worn outside sporting activities. Sporty pieces like hoodies, sweatshirts and sports leggings have become part of streetstyle. In fact, right now it often seems that Athleisure is streetstyle! 

Even, celebrities like Kanye West (Yeezy) and Beyonc√© (Ivy Park) have launched sportswear collections and designer Alexander Wang has presented sport inspired collections.

How did this happen?  The emphasis now on healthy lifestyle and exercise created an increased interest in sportswear. Brands like Adidas collaborated with leading designers and produced clothes that became chic fashion pieces that we wanted to wear all day.  Meanwhile, important changes in the workplace (flexible working from home or in coffee shops and a more relaxed attitude to dress code in the office) meant that many of us could now dress casually for work. It's so much easier and more comfortable to throw on a sweatshirt and leggings in the morning and get up and go! Anyway, sportswear gives out a message that makes it ideal for work - energy and action!

Here are three logo-less sports pieces that I've bought this Spring, which are good basics to add to my wardrobe:


BLACK UNIQLO SWEATSHIRT

The cropped shape of this black sweatshirt from Uniqlo makes it ideal for a petite person like myself. I like the slightly wider neckline and it has pockets too.


BLACK UNIQLO SHORT SLEEVE PIQUE POLO SHIRT  

This little black stretch pique polo shirt is also from Uniqlo. The curved collar and slightly puffy sleeves add femininity to an otherwise masculine style.

BLACK H&M  SPORTS LEGGINGS

These black leggings from the H&M sports range in a 92% polyester/8% elastane fabric fit really well.  Wide ribbing holds in and shapes the waist and there's a small, concealed pocket.  



Perhaps trainers have been the real phenomenon. Now they seem to be worn with everything - even couture dresses on the catwalk - but undoubtedly, for comfort and speed, they are unbeatable.



BLACK & WHITE CONVERSE ALL STARS
Fresh from the box, my new pair of iconic CONVERSE Chuck Taylor All Stars, in black canvas, are ready to take me from Spring to Summer.

Latest exciting news:
Olivier Rousteing, artistic director of Balmain is collaborating with NIKE!