Taking Inspiration – The London Marathon

Taking Inspiration – The London Marathon

The London Marathon was held recently, with many thousands donning their sportswear, stretching their legs in preparation for the 26.2 mile run. Although it’s not an event I have ever considered taking part in myself, as I watched the masses from my comfortable lounge position on the sofa, I started to think about stylish sportswear.

Luxe sportswear has been a key trend for a few seasons, but you can’t wear that neoprene skater dress and wedge trainers to the gym or an active day out at the park. Luckily there are many high street retailers that have some super stylish active wear that would turn the treadmill into a catwalk. Or if like me you are less active, you would like to give the illusion you hit the gym, when really you just want to dress comfortably, yet stylishly.


Topshop is one of the high street’s most fashion forward brands, so you can be sure that you are going get some super stylish sportswear. The high street innovator has recently teamed up with sportswear juggernaut Adidas to create an amazing capsule collection of vibrant separates that say ‘look at me, hot gym guy’. Their spring/summer collection also has a great range of running shorts and tank tops that are perfect for gm bunnies and gym loathers.


Sporty Style from Topshop: 1) Printed Hoodie By Topshop X Adidas Originals; 2) Printed Tracksuit Bottoms By Topshop X Adidas Originals; 3) Printed Vest By Topshop X Adidas Originals; 4) Washed Blue Runner Shorts; 5) Strappy Seam Bralet; 6) Tile Print Runner Shorts; 7) Kooper Slip Ons; 8) Scoop Back Jersey Maxi Dress.


Mango is one of those classic brands that produces timeless collections, season after season. Although not well known for their sports wear, they do have a small capsule line of sporty pieces that when mixed with their casual basics can create a great relaxed look that’s fun, flirty and perfect for the warmer months.


Sporty Style from Mango: 1) Yoga Relaxed Sweatshirt; 2) Yoga Shorts; 3) Printed Slip On Sneakers; 4) Squared Frame Sunglasses; 5) Drawstring Strped Dress; 6) College T-Shirt; 7) Flowy Skirt; 8) Leopard Slip On Sneakers; 9) Chest Pocket Long Dress.


You may not know this, but Primark has it’s own line of gym wear, that is perfectly adequate for all of your work out needs. The high street giant also has a great range of sporty separates, from relaxed midi skirts and maxi dresses, baseball inspired tops and stylish sweats. As you can’t currently shop online with Primark, you will have to rush to your nearest store before your favourite piece sells out.


Sporty Style from Primark: 1) Trapeze Stripe Maxi; 2) New York Floral Baseball Tee; 3) Crepe Shorts; 4) White Eva Sandal; 5) Blue Contrast Raglan; 6) Lemon Crepe Midi Skirt; 7) Bright Floral Bomber Jacket; 8) Pink Cropped Sweat Top.


It has just been announced that Alexander Wang will be the next high end designer to collaborate with the high street brand. It sure is exciting news, but if you can’t wait until the 7th of November when the collection launches, why not tide yourself over, with some super cool sportswear from the Swedish brand. They really know how to make sportswear, not only fashionable but sexy too and their comfortable jersey pieces come in a huge range of prints and styles, perfect to pass those lzy summer days in style.


Sporty Style from H&M: 1) Outdoor Jacket; 2) Double-Layer Top; 3) Sports Shorts; 4) Sneakers; 5) Patterned Hairband; 6) Polo Shirt Dress; 7) Sneakers; 8) Push-up Sports Bra; 9) Sports Tights.


Matalan is one of those stores many of us fail to consider when thinking about making new purchases, but it is a store that over the past few seasons has just got better and better. Their range of organza insert skirts and prom dresses that are currently in store are quite divine. But onto their sporty style; they have a great line of gym wear for those serious about exercise and some great separates for comfortable chic style that has all the sporty edge with the gym exertions.


Sporty Style from Matalan: 1) Boucle Textured Sweat; 2) ¾ Length Clipper Shorts; 3) Chunky Canvas Lace Up Pumps; 4) Number Print T-Shirt; 5) Jersey Stripe Maxi Skirt; 6) Polo Shirt; 7) Pull On Jersey Pencil Skirt; 8) Two Tone Sunglasses; 9) Sweat Dress.

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