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Step Up To The Sports Luxe Trend

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Do you have an allergic reaction at the very mention of a workout? Then chuck that gym bag into the nearest skip and sprint to the High Street to go sporty chic - no sweat required.

The ‘sports luxe’ trend does what it says on the tin, luxurious sportswear that’s destined for anywhere except the gym.

Think traditional sportswear after a serious shake-up on a Power Plate machine.

Jogging bottoms are teamed with sky-high heels, lycra and velour exchanged for high-shine parachute silks, and rucksacks shrugged off for Eighties-style bumbags.

Yep, the Eighties revival is ready for a workout again but this time around on the fashion treadmill the full on fluro brights have been toned down. Instead, look for a muted colour palette, punctuated with flashes of neon green, yellow or orange.

The spin on sportswear was evident on the spring / summer catwalks at Bottega Veneta who showcased techno fabrics, Ashish re-worked sporty logos like Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ into bling-tastic sequins, and Alexander Wang set the get-fit fashion tone with grey marl jersey and hooded jackets.

So put some muscle power into this surprisingly wearable trend. You don’t need gym membership to sign up to the sporty style club.

Leisurely jog

Keep your jogging bottoms for Sunday best. The uber-relaxed staple has shaken off its ‘chav’ image for a trend-setting makeover.

The key turnaround is your footwear - kick off the trainers for towering heels and you’ll be looking model-like minus the treadmill action. Wear low slung with tapered ankles to look
catwalk hot.

Try: Ashish for Topshop track pants, £75, Mint Velvet silver sateen sports pants, £59; ASOS cross front skinny fleece joggers, £18; American Apparel Chambray track pants, £36.

High jump

No Olympic talent is required to make tracks with sporty jumpsuits and shorts in high-tech fabrics like parachute silk or draped jersey.

Keep the trend wearable with muted shades like dove grey, caramel and beige to keep the mood fresh and light for spring.

If you want a souped-up way to work shorts or joggers, be cheerleader-inspired and go for all out glam with metallic sequins.

Try: Fuse by Preen zip detail grey jumpsuit, £65 at Very; Yogo Ego blue strapless jumpsuit, £32; Ashish gold sequin gym shorts, £270 at Selfridges.

No-sweat tops

You don’t have to wear go-faster stripes or a sports bra to work a gym-inspired top with panache.

A scuba-diving holiday in Egypt was the inspiration behind Julien Macdonald’s athletic cut-out vests, as sported by Cheryl Cole during her X Factor performance.

Subtle neon detail will also add a hint of sporty chic without the Fame wannabe vibe.

Try: Marisota animal print zip jacket, £35; Oonagh by Nanette Lepore Sid neon top, £85; Pineapple grey
Monster hoodie dress, £22 at ASOS.

Sports luxe kit

Sporty-style accessories are the easiest way to give your wardrobe a workout and transform into a ‘gym bunny-meets-lady who lunches’.

Trainers have been given stylish elevation with rubber heels or wedges - think Victoria Beckham circa 2007 making her mark at an LA Dodgers baseball game in high-heeled sneakers.

Or display some fitness pretence by throwing a sporty luxe gym bag on your shoulder - filled with anything but workout gear naturally!

Try: Office Lap It Up heeled trainers, £70; Ash multi buckle wedge suede trainers, £125 at ASOS; Oasis white bumbag,£28 Nike gold luxe club bag, £50 at Debenhams.

Get the look

Leopard print coats have practically become a celebrity staple. Go wild like Myleene Klass in Motel’s Husky coat, £110

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