Sporty Style: 10 Ways to Wear Spring’s Athletic Trend

Meghan Blalock
Sporty Style: 10 Ways to Wear Spring’s Athletic Trend
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Of the 12 major trends that lit up the Spring runways last September, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t have a few select favorites. Namely, the array of super-sporty looks. From Rag & Bone’s modern tennis sweaters to Marc Jacobs‘ homage to the baseball bomber jacket, we just love it all.

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The only problem? Sporty clothing could run the risk of looking too masculine, so it’s a challenge to take something like a basketball jersey dress (we’re looking at you, Karen Walker) and make it girly enough to wear in real life.

Luckily, we appreciate a solid challenge, and we took on 10 runways looks to see how they can be translated into everyday wear. Click through the gallery above!

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Layer it up.

If we're being honest, there are few occasions where a jersey dress (like this one from Karen Walker's Spring 2014 collection) is completely called for. But it's a great casual daytime look if you go all-out with the layering: over a white tee, under an open cardigan, with a big chunky hat. The only thing we think might make this look better: a big, chunky necklace.

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Girl-ify it.

The easiest way to style a super-sporty style: pair it with a piece that matches it in femininity. Designer Tracy Reese dressed up this bomber by not only making it pink, but also by layering it over a flowly, flouncy skirt.

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Err on the side of "I meant to look this casual."

This look, from Karen Walker's Spring 2014 show, is giving us more "I'm making a trip to Starbucks" than anything else. But maybe that's okay; there's a clear line between wearing legitimate pajamas out in public and wearing what looks like your boyfriend's college sweatshirt. And only one of them is acceptable.

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Add some glimmer.

Another easy way to a dressed-up athletic look: metallic shimmer. Whether it's in a full-fledged reflective bomber jacket, like this one from Marc by Marc Jacobs' Spring 2014 lineup, or you pair a more subdued bomber with a pair of sequined pants or a skirt—a little shimmer goes a long way to taking the look from über-boyish to runway-ready.

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Opt for exaggerated details.

Another quick way to manipulate the athletic trend in your favor: reach for pieces that have overstated, exaggerated details. When done right (like this look from Rag & Bone's Spring 2014 collection), far from being comical, they add a high-style flare to a look that might otherwise go unnoticed or even err on the side of pedestrian.

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Another great example of exaggerated details from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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Pare down an oversize sweater.

We love how well designer Karen Walker understands that an oversize tennis sweater doesn't have to look bulky or cartoonish; with a couple of simple, understated accessories and a side-swept 'do, you'll look like came fresh from the courts—in a good way.

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Pick up accent colors.

Athletic-inspired pieces run a high risk of looking a bit jumbled and purposeless; by pairing a tennis sweater with a skirt or pair of pants that pick up an accent color in the trim, like this look from Band of Outsiders, you ensure everything looks streamlined without being too matchy-matchy.

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Do matchy-matchy, but do it well.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you want to do matchy-matchy, then do it. Just exercise caution; one wrong accessory or cut, and a short set like this one Marc by Marc Jacobs enters into tragically cheesy territory. If you're going to wear a full athletic set, stick with one piece being a solid color, like these shorts, with little more than an off-setting piping.
 

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