Trending: Sporty Luxe

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
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I haven't lost my infatuation for track pants (sweat pants or jogging bottoms or whatever term the fashion industry bang on these days). Needless to say, I'm ecstatic that track pants are not only considered chic and fashionable again,  they're trending (as the cool people like to say) which of course gives me the perfect excuse to wear them day and night.These days, track pants resemble nothing like the baggy ones that I used to wear in my university days. Who would've thought that it'd be cool to wear lace tops and heels with the rather ordinary track pants?

I mean, what's not to like? They're comfy. Like really really comfortable. There's nothing more torturous and agonizing than having the waistband dig into your tummy especially after a particularly large meal or when you're on a long haul flight. Just discreetly loosen the drawstring and voila, problem solved.  J If you add a few accoutrements on the pants - say, a few zips, pockets, bling, more pockets (now we're talking!), you end up with a pair of really hip sweat pants which do not even look like proper sweats. It's a little like having a no make up make up look.
**Make sure you don't travel in a pair of track pants with tons of metal hardware attaached lest you want to set off the security metal detector. Like moi.


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I've made a number of mistakes and have finally worked out that a low crotch drop ain't going to cut it unless it's the chav or Bieber the Beaver  look that you're channeling. Slim and tapered legs are a must. Pure cotton pants will soften up and the fibers will stretch even more when worn so nothing baggy to start off with or else you'll end up "trending" dear ol' M.C Hammer too. I simply can't wear track pants without a drawstring because the waistband will just stretch and stretch and before you know it, they're sliding down my hips. And if you have young kids who like tugging your pants.............. (be sure you wear nice lace knickers just in case).

So what do you think of the current sporty luxe trend lately? By the way, do you know of any affordable caged/lace up/gladiator mid heels that I don't have to empty out the entire contents of my bank account to buy? 



20 comments:

  1. I've always really liked the whole sporty luxe thing, and it really does allow for versatility of dressing. Lovin' both combos you created. Can't think of any heels off the top of my head, but if something comes to mind, I'll let you know. :)

    xTheresa

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    1. Please do. I'm so desperate for a pair but I haven't found anything that I can actually walk in.

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  2. I absolutely love this trend! Although I haven't actually gotten a pair of actual sweat pants, I have a few pairs of jogger-like pants which will be good for summer here! i can't wait to see you rock this trend. yay for fashionable + comfy outfits!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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    1. They're ridiculously comfortable and resemble nothing like the previous versions of the horrific baggy fleece ones that I used to wear.

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  3. I'm probably the least likely person you would see getting into this trend (although yes, I did succumb to the baseball cap!) - BUT I love those Adidas trackies.. I feel like I could get on board with a pair of those

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    1. Your style is so polished and feminine. I love how you wear skirts and dresses so beautifully.

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  4. I can't do it. I'll just end up looking schlubby, not sporty. Notice the painful high heels those girls are wearing to make the sporty luxe thing work? Can't do it! I'd rather wear a tight jeans and flats. But I do see women who look great in this look, it's just not for me.

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    1. Oh there's NO way I can walk in those heels. I have no idea why designers just churn out more fancy looking mid heels. I'm sure there are many who would buy them.

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  5. i love wearing fancy track pants to work- i look smart enough but as comfy as if i was in my PJ's!
    Really into fedoras too- i got a nice burgundy one online and i'm on the lookout for a black one!

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    1. I've been eying on the burgundy fedora for a while. I bought the grey version which was on my head for the previous fall/winter.

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  6. I'm loving them at the minute too Marlene, have a few pairs on the way from Next, hopefully they'll do the trick. Seen some lovely ones in H&M today too that I might go back for. They look amazing with heels and a slouchy top, perfect sports chic!! X

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    1. I haven't seen the ones from H&M. Off to check them out now.

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  7. Oh I'm liking them! Especially the £19.99 Zara ones. Ideal for a school run but I think they look best with a heeled court/sandal type shoe which isn't so ideal. Still undecided if they could work in my wardrobe although such a comfy alternative to jeans x

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    1. I wanted to get the Zara ones but they're out of stock. Really impressed with the ones from Gap though.

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  8. I love this trend, but s struggling to find a pair in the petite collections...

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    1. Try Gap, S ( http://rstyle.me/~ONRc). They're pretty short even for someone who's only 5'2 like me. I tend to wear mine cuffed anyway. I was seriously blown away by the quality. I had to return my expensive Isabel Marant ones because they developed 6 holes after 4 wears. Not impressed at all.

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  9. I've actually upgraded my H&M boys ones and bought a pair from Next which are petite length and not dissimilar to the pair sported by Hedvig Opshaug in the first pic. So yay - I bought a fashionable pair rather than a purely functional pair.

    And I did try a pair from Gap not so long ago and they were good as well but I wanted them a shade darker than what they had in store at the time. Shame about the Marant pair - hope you complained.

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    1. I've had a good look at the H&M ones. There are so many options these days so I can afford to be picky now. The fabric is made up of more polyester than I'm comfortable with. 20% is ok. More than that, not so. I'll have a look at Next.

      I brought the IM pants to my tailor who told me to bring them back to the store. Harvey Nicks insisted that it was irreparable and chose to refund me instead. It was more of a fabric issue :( I really loved them.

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  10. So glad you posted this -- you just reminded me of the dressy sweatpants languishing in the back of my closet! I've been living in skinny jeans/pants and completely forgot about my alternatives, haha. Mine are from A Wang, Aritzia, and By Zoe which look very similar to the ones that Hedvig is wearing.

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  11. Oh... I love your sets! I'm so glad this 'trend' is still around and hopefully will be for a bit longer. It's nice to have a comfortable and cool option for dressing. Long live the modern (chic) sweatpants!

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