My school PE kit was where fashion went to die. Polyester tees, oversized itchy blue gym knickers, blister-causing Dunlop green plimsolls, a tracksuit that was better at absorbing moisture than it was at keeping you warm… Sportswear that was barely even functional, let alone stylish. Over the years I’ve turned my nose up at anything vaguely even resembling sportswear, for the fear of looking (or feeling) like I’m back in that school PE kit of the late 90’s. I’ll never be one of those women who put on their coordinating gym gear to undertake the day’s errands, or wear leggings as a genuine alternative to jeans; my gym kit is for the gym and gym alone, because I’d far rather pop on a shirt dress than walk around in lycra.
So when the sports luxe trend became big news, I wasn’t interested. Trainers with dresses I’m here for (even if just because it’s a comfortable solution to walking around London all day,) but anything else wouldn’t have felt authentically me… Until I was kindly sent this Yoek skirt and top combo that totally got me in the mood for something a little more sporty.
Sports Luxe doesn’t have to come in the form of jogging bottoms adorned with diamantes, or a tuxedo with stripes running along the seams – there’s a whole spectrum of wearable fashion and relaxed looks that I love, and I’m a little bit annoyed with myself for not realising it sooner. Take this outfit: without the sparkly sporty trim it’s just a black pleated skirt and v-neck top, but with that extra detailing it instantly becomes fresh, relaxed, more interesting and very much on-trend. Add in a pair of white kicks, a fun headband and a cross-over bag (covered in glitter to match the shimmering trim) and you’ve got a look that ticks all my boxes: comfortable, makes me feel good, looks cracking.
Sometimes you just have to push your boundaries and try something new in order to update your wardrobe or rekindle your love of fashion again, and sports luxe could be just the ticket. It’s the look that transcends age, shape and athletic ability – because you don’t have to be any good at running the 100 meters to look hot in sportswear.
SHOP THE LOOK
Yoek Dolce Skirt** | £112.00 | LINK*
Yoek Dolce Top** | £107.00 | LINK*
Anya Hindmarsh Gold Smiley Cross-Over Bag | £550.00 | LINK*
Adidas White Trainers | £65.00 | LINK*
Accessorize Plaited Khaki Headband | £9.00 | LINK*
**gifted for part of a paid Instagram campaign; *ad – affiliate links