Monday, 11 July 2016

On Trend Now - Tracksuits

Ok so i'm not talking about Paris Hilton circa 2004 wearing a pink velour Juicy Couture tracksuit, but more so the recent revival of this laid back 2-piece which was seen on the S/S 16 catwalk. Reworked and paired with feminine chiffon blouses and halterneck tops, the negative connotations associated with the humble tracksuit have been pushed aside. As a further move on from the huge athleisure trend of the past few seasons, tracksuits are moving into luxe territory with  floral prints and adorned with embroidered motifs. There is no denying the nostalgic element to this trend. Many of us will remember rocking a tracksuit back in the 90's, albeit with less grace than we would now. Mel C in her Sporty Spice days, Damon Albarn in his Kappa tracksuit, Gwen Stefani in No Doubt... there are so many references to mention. The most coveted tracksuit as seen on the runway was the Vetements green 2-piece with oversized sleeves, which sold out as soon as it hit stores. Whilst Gucci's embroidered tracksuit has graced the cover of countless magazines and has been worn by the likes of Rihanna.
When it comes to making this trend work for 2016, it's all about new silhouettes and clever styling. Do not dig out your old school PE kit and try to make it work for the present day, this trend is not about 'vintage' but rather it's about tailoring and luxe fabrics. Tapered bottoms and stripe detailing bring this look up to date. Whilst drawstring waists are in, your outfit still needs to look 'put together' and not slouchy. This trend is all about a new wave of cool street style - tracksuits teamed with Celine fur slides, or glammed up with heels will elevate your look to high fashion stakes. Here is a selection of the best designer and high street tracksuit pants...
For styling, take reference from the likes of Lily Aldridge, Elle Fanning and Chiara Ferragni. Note how effortless their looks are, with few accessories and no over complicated layering.

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