A quick scan of my favourite blogs, boutiques, magazines and celebrities, it is clear that the current trend is a relaxed one. Nicole Richie wears it. Vogue writes about it. Bloggers pose in it and designers are selling it. Sport luxe has well and truly crossed over from gym to cocktail bar and seems to be one of the biggest fashion trends in 2014. Tights, joggers, varsity jackets, visors, sweats and action-back singlets are now just as common at a fashion week front row as they are at your local Fitness First.
Despite my personal preference for this gym-gear-sans-the-gym movement, I have to ask: is this statement trendy, or simply lazy?
When my Sunday morning grocery shop rolls around, what look do I turn to? Sport luxe. Early morning coffee with a girlfriend and can’t be bothered to wear make up? Sport luxe. Overslept on a Tuesday? Sport luxe.
Never has it been easier (or more acceptable) to put comfort before fashion. Or has it…
The debate on this controversial Autumn/ Winter trend has the fashion industry divided with many deeming the look ‘hypocritical’. Once upon a time, sneakers at the office were a major fashion faux pas, now, every fashionista worth her Stella McCartney kicks are accessorising designer duds with them.
To clarify, sport luxe doesn’t condone smelly/old/dirty gym clothes you have ACTUALLY worked out in (ew!). No, sport luxe may be comfortable and seemingly effortless but, similar to those ‘bare faced’ beauty looks we all love, this trend requires finesse, commitment and a lot of layering.
Popular website, Style Runner, is the perfect example of on-trend gym gear made for pilates to office to bar outings. Athletic, stylish and high quality, these pieces are designed to work back with your favourite pair of J-Brand jeans or Louboutins (be warned, they require serious saving as well). The silver lining? At least you can wear your $150 sweats and style them up too.
Topshop have also released a line of sport luxe influenced pieces proving the high-street are well and truly backing this trend. Set to hit Aussie stores at the end of March, Topshop has teamed up with Adidas to present an urban range of clothing - and footwear.
The 20-piece collection will feature Adidas’ signature logo and three stripes, and embrace Topshop’s youthful, fashion-forward aesthetic.
Still not convinced? Karl Lagerfeld recently decided that sneakers are more than just for jogging when he sent a Chanel wedding dress down the runway with a pair of glittering, CC emblazoned sandshoes. You can’t argue with that!
I took gym dressing to the streets of Brisbane and quizzed designers, PR gurus, media darlings and bloggers about their sport luxe tendencies.
The verdict? Sport luxe: no sweat!
Claire Campbell, Buyer and Director of Brisbane boutique, Maryon’s Philosophy: "When I'm in Milan or Paris and racing from showroom to showroom I opt for my Tod's suede high-tops and take a sneaky pair of heels in my bag. Keep in mind, they're definitely 'fashion' sneakers in that they're made from gorgeous orange suede with leather laces!”
Elyse Goyen, Director of Felix & Slink: “I absolutely dig it! Nothing I love more than rocking my Nike Frees on 'Sport Luxe Friday' at F&S HQ.”
Stewart Walton, Senior Director of Product at OPSM: “It is important to have a pair of sunglasses for your sports attire, you need something lighter in weight and usually with a darker lens. The good news is these no longer have to be unfashionable, quite the opposite.”
Sukriti Wahi, Editorial Assistant at Moda Creative: “It really depends on where you work. In a casual or creative work environment, it can totally go; in a corporate workplace, it will definitely give the wrong impression!”
Shannon Gunn, Designer for Tom Gunn: “Tom Gunn is about pairing beautiful leather brogues with a gorgeous outfit instead of sneakers. There is a very fine line between Sport Luxe and just lazy.”