How to get the sports luxe look without wearing actual gym gear

If, like us, the term ‘athleisure’ is causing you to look questioningly at the gym kit you haven’t used in months, fret not, your leggings can stay where they are. This trend is all about luxe sports wear that will never venture near a treadmill, but sit in harmony with the rest of your wardrobe. Here are five subtle and considered ways to show your active side…

Show your stripes

Look for narrow lines down the edge of trousers for that race-ready look normally associated with tracksuits. Not only do the vertical lines elongate the leg area, they don’t look out of place when paired with smarter accoutrements up top. Serious sports fans should look for bold, contrasting coloured stripes that can be matched to accessories.

Join the cult

Fashion insider brand Vetements has taken the AW16 fashion week circuit by storm with its sports basics.  Its hoodies riff on athletic brand Champion’s logo and have found themselves on editors who normally stick to sharp suiting. If you can’t quite picture yourself donning the teenage boy’s favourite, swap hoodies for a crew-neck sport tee with subtle branding.

Find your trainer tribe

Still wavering on the brink of trainer territory? Take the leap! As Victoria Beckham and countless fashion editors have shown, the sports shoe is now deemed smart enough for the front row. While there are countless styles to stock up on, we recommend picking a plain white pair with minimal branding. Keep them squeaky clean and wonder why you hadn’t bought them sooner…

Tracksuits? They’re the new cardigans

Blame Stella McCartney and Claire Waight Keller at Chloé for the return of the tracksuit. The SS16 catwalks might have styled the zip-up tops with maxi skirts – how contrary! – but we recommend using as a layering tool. Why not let the high-neck peep out from under blazers or coats? Keep trousers slick and tapered, so the whole ensemble looks put-together and less like a Nineties-throwback.

Sock it to them

The styling flourish that won’t break the bank: stock up on socks with bold stripes and wear with everything. White and black ones (think adidas, Nike) sing ‘sporty’ but stripes in feminine colourways still nod to the trend.