Get the look: Sports styling

Jenessa Williams 21 July 2022

Jenessa Williams offers some essential fashion tips, taking inspiration from the various sporting events that have taken over this summer

Between Wimbledon, the World Athletics Championships and the Women’s Euros 2022, July has been a fantastic month for sport. With so many brands on show, it’s also been a great month for fashion, demonstrating the array of garment technology innovations that have allowed our athletes to perform at their best while looking great to boot.

"There are many ways to embody the spirit of the summer sporting season in a fashion-forward way"

If sport isn’t really your thing, you can still be a part of the team. With some subtle tweaks to the average gym kit, there are many ways to embody the spirit of the summer sporting season in a fashion-forward way.    

Spectator chic

Spectator chic

H&M Blazer, Charles & Keith Bag, ASOS T-Shirt, R Collection Socks, Anya Hindmarch Custom Tennis Balls, Levis Visor Hat, Kikina Shorts, Converse Trainers

Heading to the stands to cheer on a bit of tennis? Lean into British eccentricity with lots of colour and layers, ideal for changeable weather. The oversized tee/legging shorts combination has been a favourite for decades (think off-duty princess Diana in the 1990s), but the lightweight oversized blazer adds a more modern spin, great for covering up shoulders in the sunlight.  

While you can never go wrong with a crisp white pair of Converse, whimsical accessories add a touch of fun. Charles & Keith’s strawberry bag pays homage to the iconic Wimbledon snack, while personalised balls and a handy visor-hat will be a hit on your local court.

Sports day-to-night

Sports day to night

PUMA X Liberty Sweatshirt, Veja Trainers, Tommy Hilfiger Skirt, Ganni Collar, Ilia Beauty Lipstick, Calvin Klein Bag, Caroline Gardner Hairband  

With more of us working out daily than ever before, trackwear has experienced a serious crossover into the fashion realm, a low-key dresscode favoured by modern office workers as a comfortable way to transition between the gym and the desk.

"Trackwear has experienced a serious crossover into the fashion realm"

If you’re not quite ready to hit the starting line in your best spandex, a slouchy track top or sweatshirt might be the answer. Keep the sporty trainers for comfort, but instead of shorts or joggers, add in pleated skirt and even a detachable collar; the formality will help to balance out and brighten up the sweatshirt, creating a day-to-night feel. Finish with a hairband and a slick of red lipstick, and you’ll be more than ready for your post-race press conference.

Exotic away kit

Fabrix Appeal glasses, Nalgene Bottle, Lavish Alice Shorts, Etre Cecile Top, Kat Maconie Sandals, Thomas Sabo glasses chain, Season Football Magazine 

With summer holidays in mind, it’s time to rethink the soccer jersey as a fashion item that is as stylish as it is practical. Perfect for a beachy holiday, the open-necked polo of Etre Cecile’s football-style top is good for ventilation in a warm climate, and the ice-cream shades offer a playful edge to the boxy silhouette, draping nicely over a high-waisted, well tailored short to balance out the hips. Grab a cool drink of water and a copy of Season, a zine dedicated exclusively to women’s football; the only touchline you’ll be worried about is the where the ocean meets the shore.

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