Wednesday 2 April 2014

Sports Luxe

Style Theory: Sports Luxe, one of the biggest looks for Spring/Summer 2014, think sports clothing shapes in luxe fabrics worn with heels, or mixed with sharp tailoring. This is not an 80s shell suit look, this is grown up, glamorous sportwear with a luxurious elegant twist.

Here is how the designers introduced Sportsluxe on SS14 catwalk:
Balenciaga SS14
Gucci SS14
Gucci SS14
Marni SS14
Now for some sports luxe streetstyle:

All images above via Pinterest
The rules to follow whilst wearing Sports Luxe clothing are as follows:
Luxe fabrics are key, sporty jogging bottoms look great in silk or crepe fabric.
Wear luxe slouchy jogging bottoms with heels.
Mix up sporty tops with midi skirts and heels.
The key is to not wear the sporty look head to toe.
Wear trainers with pleated skirts and denim shirts.
Keep fabric luxe but simple, plain block colour fabric looks best, I prefer neutral, soft tones worn together for an elegant look.

Now for the best on the high street:

Jigsaw @JL Quilted Bomber Jacket £69
Mint Velvet Georgette Jacket £89
Layer a t-shirt and denim jacket under a bomber jacket for a warm,stylish look. Wear with skinny jeans and metallic sandals or low heeled pointed court shoes. 
Warehouse Silk Cropped Shirt £50
Zara Sweater with Sheer Stripes £45.99
Sheer panels create a sporty look, this Zara top would look great with a lux bomber jacket, distressed boyfriend jeans and pointy flat metallic shoes.

Oasis Burnout T-Shirt £20
Mango Broderie Anglais Top £29.99
H&M Jersey Slub Top with Print Detail £14.99
Topshop LA Patch Sweatshirt £30
Cos Silk and Wool Mix Jumper £49
Grey fine wool jumpers look lovely paired with lux jogging bottoms and heels, a chic and super stylish look.

Cos Pocket Detail Shirt Dress £59
Zara Knee Length Fine Pleat Skirt £45.99
H&M Leather Look Culottes £14.99
H&M Dressed Sweatpants £29.
Topshop Cupro Relaxed Joggers £30
Topshop Leather Peg Leg Trousers now reduced to £100
Topshop Luxe Woven Joggers £38
Topshop Premium Leather Backpack £80
Topshop Clean Pocket Backpack £34
New Look Beige Leather Look Backpack £17.99
River island Leather Look Backpack £30
Sportluxe is easy to wear, all thoughts of 80s tracksuits are banished, instead it is chic and grown up and perfect for every occasion from the schoolrun to an evening out. For the best trainers on the high street have a look at my earlier posts for Skater Shoes or trainers

Last week I was delighted to be asked, as the Fashion Columnist of the Local Guardian and blogger, to open the re-furbished Shapers Gym.

I was really impressed by Shapers gyms, they have an incredibly positive, energetic vibe and are full of caring, attentive staff who are focused on the members enjoying fitness whilst getting incredible results. The fact it is a women's only gym means that the members feel relaxed and comfortable in what can sometimes be a daunting environment. It was a fun morning, meeting lots of fantastic ladies and drinking champagne, admittedly I didn't have sportswear on so couldn't try out the machines...but have signed up so I will be attempting to shape up a little for my holiday!

Shapers have 5 gyms in the South East and prices memberships are about £30 - if you live in the area and fancy some motivation for the summer click here for more info.

Are you into the sports luxe trend or do you think sports clothing should be just for the gym? I have just ordered the Topshop leather trousers above so I will let you know what they are like 'in the flesh'
As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, till next time Frances


  1. Some fabulous finds, I'm absolutely loving the Topshop trousers. I've ordered something similar from zara but they are faux leather, so may have to swap for these. Great pic of you cutting the ribbon in that amazing outfit!

  2. Some great pieces Frances & I love some of the street style pictures you've used. How gorgeous is that camel coat?!!! Can't wait to see how you style the Topshop trousers, which look similar to my Zara ones, although sized down so they didn't look too loose!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

  3. Love it that you are a local celebrity :-)
    So many gorgeous looks here - too many to pick one favourite - off to look again for more inspiration


  4. One of my favorite styles - certainly my comfort zone! Love the photos of the ribbon cutting - you look fab! xx

  5. I live vicariously through Lovely by Lucy's blog, your first Pinterest image, as it's totally not my style. I like seeing her in black, sweatpants, trainers etc. I'm quite girly so really enjoy her blog as the opposite of my style!

  6. Love the sports luxe look....I saw a fab nude silky bomber in Pull & Bear very similar to the Mint Velvet one. I was really taken with it so I shall be nipping back to try it on!! Some fab inspiration photos and great on- trend picks!

    You look brilliant cutting the ribbon....pitched your outfit perfectly xx

  7. This is one of my favourite looks of all Francis. And you look fab cutting the ribbon x

  8. I love it all too! The slim style joggers are just gorgeous & I'd love to add a few more sweatshirts to my wardrobe! You look amazing at the opening! I bet it was a great experience! xx

  9. Ooh I have just been re-pinning some of your' ideas. Thank you xx I love the ribbon cutting pic. xx


  10. It is one of the worst things you could do, who is actually dumb enough to steal a car? Its the biggest thing someone owns next to a house or a business. I'm just surprised that the scrappers Sports clothing


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