Very sporting

6 Feb

It’s news to no one that sportswear-inspired fashion is huge right now. As I sit here writing this I’m wearing my jazzy rose-gold Puma sweatshirt – something I never would’ve worn just a couple of years ago – and my trainer wishlist gets longer by the day.

But sportswear isn’t just about Adidas Stan Smiths and Nike Cortez.

I’ve noticed a more refined side to athletic clothing. From cricket jumpers and tennis whites to equestrian chic, these pieces are very English and ever so slightly refined. I’m in!

I love this cricket jumper from Topshop…

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£39, Topshop. It’d be perfect right now with navy trousers or jeans, worn over a crisp white shirt or even a roll neck. Then, come spring, swap your trousers for a trusty denim skirt and bare legs.

And this Asos dress has Wimbledon written all over it…

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£59, Asos. Ok, so you might not see Serena Williams racing around in it, but it’s ideal for a spectator. And while it might look like a spring/summer dress through and through, throw a jumper on over the top and you’ve got yourself a goes-with everything midi skirt!

Riding boots have long been a fashion favourite, but now it looks like jodhpur trousers have left the manege and hit the streets…

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£40, River Island. Such a useful neutral colour. These are just crying out to be worn with a denim shirt or navy cashmere jumper. Then style them up for an evening out with a bang-on-trend camisole top.

The silky bomber jacket is well and truly no longer the preserve of athletes heading to the track…

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£49.99, Zara. Gorgeous silky bombers are undoubtedly the jacket of this spring. They’re already hitting the shops and selling out like hot cakes. The floral and embroidered styles are super pretty, but I like the minimalistic vibe of this silver number. Very Isabel Marant ss16.

Topshop’s got a great range of ballet-inspired pieces…

From £17-34 at Topshop. The waist-cinching styles are pretty, flattering and very versatile. Try them over a sleeveless dress or jumpsuit, or just add a bit of interest to jeans and a white T-shirt.

And no shoe fan can have missed the rise of the ballet-shoe-inspired block-heel courts that are taking over the high street. Started by Celine, this is a trend that just won’t quit…

£59, Topshop. As always, Topshop is front and centre of a trend, selling these Juno pumps in five colours. I’m not normally a fan of red shoes (not sure why, I bloomin’ love Wizard of Oz), but if I succumb to these babies I definitely want the ruby red ones!

And finally, fancy a little high-end Judo styling?

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£190, Joseph at Farfetch. It’s pricey, but it’s a staple, and will be perfect for all those spring weddings on the horizon. All you need is a black belt!

Bethan x

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