So you want to wear your sports gear to work?

So you want to wear your sports gear to work?

Do you try to fit exercise into your workday? Whether it’s before, during or after the 9-to-5, have you ever wished that you could wear your sports gear all day? You know, the comfortable stretchy activewear versus the stiff corporate workwear which can feel so restrictive when you’re just trying to get your work done?

You may be glad to hear that there are two ways that you could work your activewear into your corporate attire:

  1. Actual activewear items that you try to mix into your work wardrobe.
  2. Items inspired by activewear. Ballet-wrap tops have been around for a while now but more recently designers have taken inspiration from sportier styles like basketball shorts, boxy and striped baseball tees, the pleat of a tennis or netball skirt as well as the technical fabrics themselves. This means sporty silhouettes and design elements incorporated into fashions for the office boxing ring.

Actual Activewear in the workplace

There are some sports items that you can wear in any workplace:

Wear a FitBit or similar exercise monitoring device – have you seen FitBit’s collaboration with American designer Tory Burch? I’m loving the brass takes although reading further on the designer’s website, the original silicone FitBit makes for a more accurate measurement.

FITBIT TORY BURCH

American designer Tory Burch known for her classic and preppy feminine designs has collaborated with FitBit to create some more fashionable ways to wear the popular exercise monitoring device.

Sneakers – however as a walking-to-work shoe. While there are so many stylish varieties at the moment however most of us will still need to change into a traditional “work shoe” once we get to the office.

The thing about Sports Luxe: only creatives (this includes work-from-homers!) and those who work in fashion can really properly wear activewear all day.

The fashion set have been styling activewear as everyday wear for some time now and this was demonstrated fabulously last week when Nike presented a show featuring their pieces styled with Australian designers.

Nike 008

How good is this combination of Matcho Suba top which features orange mesh and shoulder cut-out and quilting against the Nike blue? Credit: Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Photography by Lucas Dawson Photography.

Nike 006

Pop a sporty jacket and sneakers over a fab frock like this number by Neo Dia Credit: Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Photography by Lucas Dawson Photography.

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Livia Arena’s latest collection is influenced by basketball uniforms, styled here with Nike at MSFW. Credit: Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Photography by Lucas Dawson Photography.

Nike 012

Michael Lo Sordo styled with Nike at MSFW. Credit: Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Photography by Lucas Dawson Photography.

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Michael Lo Sordo styled with Nike at MSFW. Credit: Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Photography by Lucas Dawson Photography.

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I’m still trying to ID this designer but how great is the basic Nike logo tee paired with the blazer and flippy skirt? Credit: Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Photography by Lucas Dawson Photography.

 

Here’s a look at how you can work Sports Luxe in the office.

Corporate and Contemporary Business Wear

Those in more formal office environments should seek out sportswear-inspired pieces rather than actual activewear.

Style your corporate suit with a boxy top (as featured last week) in minimalist white or grey to keep your look fresh and don’t forget to accessorise with a sporty accessory like a sportswatch or the accessory du jour, the FitBit!

business casual sports luxe

This top by Dion Lee reminds me of the jackets worn in martial arts – in its V-back cut that is still modest enough to be worn in the office and belt: bangle Tory Burch for FitBitskirt Trenery | blouse Dion Lee | Shoes Florsheim

Smart Casual

Smart Casual Sports Luxe

skirt Maurie & Eve  | tee Country Road | sweatshirt SheInside earrings Tiffany & Co |shoes Senso

Work-from-Home-rs

work from home sports luxe

coated jogger Witchery | Tank Dannii Minogue Petites for Target | longline blazer ASOS | shoes Wittner

Work a sports-inspired look or if you work from home, remember that actual exercise gear is a totally legit style of attire that unlike pyjamas – is more acceptable if you find yourself facing people. Trust me, even if you don’t plan to leave the house, someone will come visit you. Whenever I have a courier at the door I find myself trying to find something to cover up if I’m still in my PJs but if I’m in exercise gear, I happily pull open the door in a way that demonstrates that I have been virtuous and done exercise (even when I haven’t)!

 

Whatever you do, please ensure that you apply some basic principles of hygiene! In fact if you are like me and get rather perspir-y during exercise, it’s preferable to shower and opt for sports-inspired pieces rather than trying to re-work your activewear into your officewear.

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And there you have it, some inspiration for getting Sports Luxe in the office!

If you enjoyed this post, you may like last week’s piece on how to wear boxy tops to work– so chic!

What other trends would you like to wear to work? Drop me a line or stay tuned for next week’s look at gingham.

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