We spotted more than our fair share of athletic influences on Spring's runways — designers made sure to work mesh details, hoodies, anoraks, and neoprene surf pieces in with their separates — and with the Olympic Games well under way, it's even more tempting to get in on this year's ultrachic sportif trend. Sporty looks took on many different versions, from Isabel Marant's cool, colorful layers to Alexander Wang's perennial sporty-girl swagger. Narciso Rodriguez and Helmut Lang both incorporated sleek black and white color palettes into track pants and sports bras, while Phillip Lim's pretty pastel collection gave way to tailored pants, clean-cut tanks, and vinyl rain slickers. Even the normally coquettish designs of Victoria Beckham gave a nod to sophisticated activewear — her minimalist silhouettes, exposed zippers, and strong colorblocking really brought the trend home. In an effort to show off our sartorial prowess (as well as our Olympic pride), we've rounded up 21 of the chic sportif pieces that you need now — click through to shop them all.
Inspired by Lartigue's 1920s work, we're embracing the clean, sportif style — bold women in wide-leg pants and tanks, crisp one-piece swimsuits — that filled his photographs. It's like minimalism interpreted for the beach. How do you wear it this season? By finding clean silhouettes, natural textures, and minimal sailor details that relay beachy ease in the crispest way. Click our slideshow to shop these simple, impactful basics that you'll wear all Spring and Summer long.
If one of your new year's resolutions is to get your bod in shape, aspiring to be Sporty Spice might help. Stripes, anoraks, shorts, cardigans, polos and visors — gotta love it at Michael Kors (pictured) — make for chic on-the-go looks that would make Coco proud. Even if you're not heading to the courts or going for a jog, you can have fun this Spring with the free spirit of athleticism.
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If these inspiring sportif looks don't convince you right now to get off your bum and get physical, maybe come Spring they will. Looks ready for the tennis court, a game of croquet or even just a dog walk around the neighborhood are considered high fashion, so put your most stylish sneaker forward and go sportif!
(L-R: Carmen Marc Valvo, Milly, Lyn Devon, Cynthia Steffe, Abaete)
See this grey melange coat? Already on my Spring wish list! Rebecca Taylor aims high to please the girlie girl and her Spring collection was spot on.
Taylor lightly touched on some of the trends - art, high waists, sequins, sportif, embellishments - while retaining what she is all about: beautiful, wearable clothes. From slip dresses and skirts sprinkled with pedal-like pretties, to patent leather Marni-esque belts and sexy nighttime colors, I can see unalike actresses Emmy Rossum and Carmen Electra - both in the front row - donning these goods. Did I mention the interesting attention to backs? Another theme I've been seeing, Taylor's backs were bold with color blocked outside zippers and fabric paneling. Taylor mixed things up and that coat = love!
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