When Style Meets Sport

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There was a time when designers, It-Girls, and the fashionable set were vocal about their qualms with women donning gym clothes at the grocery store or on college campuses across the nation. With the launch of Net-a-Porter’s new activewear section, aptly called Net-a-Sporter, it is clear that activewear outside the gym has become the new normal. If you ask me, it’s about time the industry cashes in on the fact that women everywhere are sporting yoga pants and sneakers outside the gym. I, too, was hesitant about the idea and still am to some extent. You won’t see me wearing yoga pants on the street anytime soon, but there are plenty of other ways to pull off this practical, yet somehow chic look. So, in honor of Net-a-Sporter, here are some ideas:

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Pair a tennis skirt with a simple t-shirt, denim jacket, and a pair of flats. Step it up a bit with a statement necklace and sunglasses. Skirt: Boast | Tee: J.Crew | Jacket: J.Crew | Flats: French Sole | Necklace: BaubleBar | Sunglasses: J.Crew

 

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Dress up athletic basics with lace-up sandals, a bejeweled wrist, cross-body bag and ear cuff. Tee: J.Crew | Bag: Kate Spade | Sandals: Enzo Angiolini |Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry | Bracelet: BaubleBar | Skirt: Adidas (sold out, but similar styles can be found at J.Crew or Uniqlo)

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Throw a cuff-sleeved blazer over a jersey dress, then pair with your favorite trainers and sleek accessories. Dress: L’Etoile Sport | Blazer: J.Crew | Shoes: New Balance | Watch: MARC by Marc Jacobs | Sunglasses: Saint Laurent | Bracelet: Saint Laurent

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For the perfect warm weather outfit, try a pair of satin-jersey running shorts with a loose blouson, minimalist jewelry, printed sneakers and one of these adorable hairbands from L. Erickson. Shorts: Splendid | Top: Joie | Shoes: Tretorn | Necklace: Rachel Zoe | Bracelet: Vince Camuto | Hairband: L. Erickson

 

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For a effortless apres-jog look, pair one of J.Crew’s silk-back tank tops with a stretch pencil skirt, white Converse, and a classic gym bag in which you can toss your cute armband. Tank: J.Crew | Skirt: J.Crew | Shoes: Converse | Sunglasses: J.Crew | Pearls: Brooks Brothers | Bag: Steele for J.Crew | Arm Band: Free People

 

For classic athletic wear, I recommend Patagonia, Athleta, Lululemon, and Nike.

 

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