Thursday, 31 July 2014


Some trends over others last seasons, re-interpreted, shaped and co-ordinated to have a fresh outlook.  The sporting trend is by no means one of these and seems a staple for spring/summer wear.

For 2014, Sports Luxe is more laid back, loose baggy vests layered and mesh basketball tops as over layers as seen at Tommy Hilfiger.  What's key to this look? Bold colours, jackets emblazoned with numbers and sporting brands, plus an outfit would not be without a pair of flashy trainers!

Inspired by my love of trainers and this season's catwalk shows, here are 5 ways to wear trainers this summer!


| Dress - TopShop | Striped Top - Zara | Socks - TopShop | Trainers - Nike | Sunglasses - Primark | Bangles - Misc. | Watch - Casio |

I've been loving shift dresses lately and in particular this denim number from TopShop I bought last summer. Denim is not usually associated with the sports trend but works well in creating a more day-to-day outfit with a sporting feel.  On cooler days, adding a striped top as an under-layer adds a bit of pattern into the outfit, which makes for a more striking ensemble.

The real focus of this outfit was the trainers.  Black trainers aren't usually my favourite look, however once I tried these ones on recently, they seemed a more versatile shoe for styling. This particular style is the Nike Air Relentless, I'd say their a little similar to Nike's Air Max, just a little less chunky. The neon pink and blue in the shoes add more colour to the outfit, with the blue highlighted by the denim dress.

For accessories, thin bangles and brown sunnies tie in the rucksack to the outfit and for a more feminine feel, ruffle socks in black and cream tie in with the striped top.


| Top - TK Maxx | Skirt - River Island | Bag - TopShop | Gold Necklace - Claires | Multi Necklace - TopShop | Bangle - USC | Sunglasses - H&M | Trainers - Nike |

If colour is not really your thing, then sporting a monochrome look can still look effective in the summer time. For this outfit I teamed a loose baseball tee with a leather pencil skirt and my Nike's.  For a slight pop of colour however, I pieced the outfit with a subtle red bag and gold jewelley.  If you wanted a slightly more Urban look, layer up chunky necklaces to make a statement.

Whether for a daytime look or to be worn in the night, the choice of accessories are certainly key for this outfit!


| Jacket - Zara | Shirt - Thrifted | Shorts - Nike | Bangles - Primark | Bag - Thrifted | Shoes - Nike |

Coordinating items are an on trend feature for this summer. For this outfit I attempted to create an informal co-ord piece, with this Zara bomber jacket and matching colour shorts. Sticking to a one colour scheme can also be quite effective, in this case shades of blue, but if one colour seems a bit much, adding in neutral colours like cream and nudes for the shirt can lift the outfit.

The accessories I wanted to be understated, so a few think bangles add some detail to the outfit, yet are not overpowering.  The bag I have used works well if this outfit was to be worn in the evening, so for the daytime I would pair the outfit with a small black rucksack.


| Shirt - New Look | Scarf - Boutique | Cardigan - Thrifted | Shorts - Joules | Shoes - Kitson | Sunglasses - Primark |

This look has a more Parisian style to it and takes the sporting trend in a more feminine form. A scarf can be a great accessory in the summertime as well as in the winter, doubling up as a shawl on cooler evenings, just wear a lighter scarf than those chunky knits!

An alternative to denim shorts and to make shorts seem a more smarter wear, high waist tailored shorts, like the Joules ones above are great for the summer.  They add more shape to the outfit and would be perfect for evenings out or more formal occasions.

5 | 80's THROWBACK

| Top - Mat De Misane | Jeans - TopShop | Bracelet - Laura Ashley | Sunglasses - H&M | Shoes - Converse | Belt - Thrifted | Bag - FatFace |

What would Sport Luxe be without a pair of Converse?  A modern day staple item, this outfit incorporates the much loved Converse in an 80/90's feel, with a classic pair of 'Mom' jeans and striped vest.  Lately, I've been wearing outfits much like this one and on hotter days, I have swapped the jeans for a pair of denim shorts.  This is quite a simple outfit to piece together but still a great casual outfit to spend the day in.

Whether you're going to go head to toe with the Sport Luxe trend or just team an outfit with a pair of trainers, there is a multitude of ways you can make the trend your own.  It's not just limited to the gym!

Kat xxx