STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Varsity Blues

Style Advice of the Week

One of the greatest arguments made to justify a lack of fashion exploration and the absence of a love for all things style-related (a love I am sure we all share) is the value of comfort. Many of those unenthused by style preach a personal affinity for feeling comfortable and a willingness to sacrifice succumbing to style trends in order to achieve this snug contentment. On the opposite side of the spectrum are those so passionate about the world of fashion that they do not even bat a mascara-coated lash after a long day in beautiful, yet blister-inducing heels.

The term “pain is beauty” is a bit old-fashioned and yet the famous phrase still, unfortunately, often rings true for Fashionistas trying to conquer the mean streets with style and grace. All that being said, I have some exciting news for both fashion lovers and comfort seekers alike; let us rejoice and rest our tortured toes as we dive into one of fashion’s top new trends: athletic wear. This trend makes for a surprisingly sophisticated and streamlined look that will have you moving through your day comfortably and looking like a seasoned style pro. Adding sportswear elements to your everyday look constructs a cool and effortless ensemble that both borrows from the past and also manages to look incredibly fashion-forward.

Take a look at this Fashionista in her casual cute outfit. She made her look comfortable, yet cool by throwing on some colorful sneakers. It was this Fashionista’s shoes, a perfect pop of color, that first caught my eye. In the past, trainers, sneakers, running shoes or whatever name you choose to give them, have had a very negative connotation in fashion. However, when big collections including Tommy Hilfiger, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Prada took on an athletic aesthetic, the style mavens of the world changed their tune and made tennis shoes cool again, far from a fashion faux pas. Pop princesses Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are a couple famous fans of this sporty style — donning athletic pieces on the streets and on stage.

So whether you have avoided fashion for fear of discomfort or you are a style-savvy Fashionista currently smiling through aches and pains, my advice to you is to rock some sportswear this season. Give your poor feet a break, pass on the stilettos and pull on some stylish sneakers — as you sail through the day without pain, you will be very glad that you did.

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