As the London Olympic Games approach, it’s no surprise that the fashion world (always one step ahead) have embraced the event with a fresh take on sports chic. A trend which has been evolving over the past few years, the sports style has come into its own this season with the return of bold colours and simple modern silhouettes dominating the high street. Taking on a more minimalist approach, sportswear for 2012 is sleek and more functional than previous generations, providing racks of wardrobe inspiration and adding an air of athleticism to our everyday wear. Plus size clothes retailer Curvissa take a look at the top trends to emerge from this movement, including everything from colour block plus size dresses to luxury jogging bottoms.
Figure hugging dresses
Structured form fitting dresses provide a contemporary silhouette and are a great canvas for working additional sport-esque features into your look. Cutaway detailing, hoods, and racer backs are great for livening up dresses and breathing new life into the trend for 2012 without creating an outfit straight from the playing field. The clean lines of a figure hugging dress are not only perfect for embracing sports chic but also celebrate and flatter the female form.
With fashion having a major fitness moment, there’s no better time to take advantage of the comfort that can be garnered from the trend. Jogging bottoms are one of the key pieces to emerge from this season’s slant on sportswear, but before you make a beeline for those old baggy sweat pants, your joggers will need a slight makeover to bring them up to date with the trend. Instead of the usual jersey, opt for bottoms in the jogger style made from luxe fabrics such as leather or silk and team with killer heels and a sleek top for a fashion forward look.
Show your support for team GB and look super stylish in patriotic shades of red, white and blue. It’s not easy to pull of all the three in the same outfit so opt for one or two in art deco inspired prints for a chic sporty infusion. Stripes have had their day and the trend has now moved into more directional shapes with colourful geometric prints taking centre stage. Other shades making waves are bright yellows and greens, perfect for welcoming in springtime.
High top sneakers
The revival of the high top sneaker has seen the sports shoe race to the fashion front line with everyone from Lana Del Rey to the boss of Jimmy Choo embracing the retro trend. Opt either for androgynous flat trainers teamed with slim cut jeans or shorts in the summer months, or go for this season’s ‘love it or hate it’ shoe and wear your high tops with a wedge heel and your favourite dress for a feminine take on the trend.