How to do Sporty Chic.

Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.

Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and it’s not something I tend to celebrate, other than throwing on a piece of red clothing, because who doesn’t love a red item! And then I got to thinking, what do I most love doing on a date with my husband…and it’s always something active and fun. Finished off with a bottle of wine and some good food, of course! So it only seemed natural to opt for a sporty chic outfit.

Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.

The athleisure trend has been around for quite some time now, whereby it become ‘socially acceptable’ to wear gym gear to brunch, and match sneakers with skirts. Now we’re seeing an injection of sweatshirts, crop tops, and track pants on the street style scene. But how do you successfully match these pieces without looking like a complete idiot?

Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.

For me, I like to start off with one piece of loveliness (such as the red skirt in this post), then add the top by matching the colours to suit. I haven’t actually owned a piece of Calvin Klein sportiness in quite some time, but when I saw the colours on this crop….I had to have it. There’s something about the primary colours, red and blue, that screams ‘Sports Day!’ Then I added some classic white Nike kicks to match the logo, and threw over a denim jacket, as it’s my go-to item.

Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.

Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.

Another method when planning a sporty chic look is to choose one theme and then build the outfit from there. I’ve spoken about how I have matched colours, but you can also try matching materials such as neoprene, mesh, and other technical fabrics. Or you could opt to match all the trimmings such as zips, translucent features, reflective features or buttons. It makes for a more efficient and focused method, rather than picking up random pieces from your wardrobe in the hope that they will match.

Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.

But prior to outfit planning, it’s important to understand your own personal style by assessing your likes/dislikes, lifestyle, budget and body type. There are many trends that I love, that just wouldn’t suit me based on the above criteria. I know what works well for me, as well as what I’m willing to invest in from a purchasing standpoint. And when all fails…wear a bunch of basic items that fit perfectly and add accessories such as caps, sunglasses, shoes, belts and jewellery.

 

The best part of the sporty chic look is that it’s so bloody comfortable. And when you’re comfortable, you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good. The perfect recipe for a Valentine’s Day outfit!

Alexander McQueen red skirt, Calvin Klein crop top, GRLFRND denim jacket, Nike white sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses.

Thanks for stopping by!

Katrina – Leather & Soie

What I’m wearing:

Crop top –Β Calvin Klein

Skirt – Alexander McQueen viaΒ The Real Real

Denim jacket – GRLFRND via Β Revolve

Sneakers – Nike viaΒ Mode Sportif