Tie up your laces and pull back that ponytail because this season women’s sportswear is accepting a more literal definition. Athletic-inspired clothing works well on and off the courts when matched up with girly and grounding accents. If you were looking for an opportunity to wear your brother's curiously flattering cropped pinny without looking like a lax bro or wondering when those classic '90's side stripe leggings would ever make a comeback, well, the time is now. Get your head in the game with cool sporty silhouettes and bright team colors to take classes on with style.
My inspiration for this fresh spring style idea is from a passing Fashionista whose outfit seemed to shout "Team USA," but, like, in a feminine, nonchalant, totally cool manner. Her loose, mesh navy tank, layered over a gray beater and tucked into red denim running-shaped shorts were the perfect foundation for this look. She played up the trend with a white terry cloth sweatband and crossed over into girly territory with a whistle-like pearl and tassel necklace. Her cool, tortoise sunglasses and sleek, neutral Céline-inspired sandals with low metallic heels ad just the right touch of modern and chic accessorizing to avoid looking half-dressed for the gym and are great staples to accent almost any outfit this season. I couldn't help thinking back to two of my favorite media examples incorporating sportswear into fashion. First, check out one of my favorite movies, The Royal Tenenbaums. Chas and his sons in their identical red tracksuits and Richie in his tennis-prep crisp look at all times were such ironic and interesting ways of using athletics to influence style. On a slightly different end of the spectrum is one of my favorite Vogue Italia fashion spreads from June 2006 shot by the illustrious Steven Meisel. The scantily clad supermodels gettin' physical with bright, 1970's-inspired bikinis, crazy sneakers, and peppy male models are my personal icons for what I wish I looked like in a pair of sneakers. Talk about motivation.