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Topshop have been phasing in more sporty items since 2012, calling the trend ‘Sporty Luxe’. In 2014 Cara Delevingne strutted down their London Fashion Week catwalk in a stylish sports-luxe dress and carrying a duffel bag for that added ‘sporty look’ (however unnecessary it is).
It isn’t really stuff designed for the gym though, rather just looking athletic in your everyday life. If you’re wanting to dress for this trend look for neoprene, jersey or laser cut items with androgynous shapes. It’s easily do-able by combining any outfit with classic white trainers. Maybe high-street brands like Topshop are trying to jump on the health and fitness bandwagon that with it has brought the rise of juice detoxes and cross fit classes? At any rate, they have just teamed up with Adidas for a seven-piece capsule collection of classic Adidas pieces with an exclusive Topshop twist, that sees the classic Superstar trainers covered in a cracked metallic finish straight from the 80s. The cheapest item is a plain white tee sporting the Adidas logo for £30.00. The rest of the collection ranges from £55-£175 so even with your student discount it’s definitely an investment item.
Overall I’d have to say I’m all good with the sports-luxe trend, I think some of Topshop’s pieces are comfy, casual and great for summer, but in regards to this collection with Adidas I’d have to say it just isn’t my cup of tea. It’s overpriced in my opinion, the number motifs and the simplistic red, white and black colour blocking means it’s neither ultra-summery nor feminine. Great if you can pull off an oversized sweatshirts or trackpants but personally they are items I wear around the house on no-make-up days that I can just as easily get from Primark without breaking the bank. I think this collection is for the brand-conscious among us who will stretch our budgets that bit further to have the limited edition and the logo that set this collection apart from the standard Adidas or Topshop sporty clothing. I’ll be sticking to Topshop’s normal collection, and am far more eager to see what they put out in their upcoming capsule collection with the two most famous teens on the planet right now, Kendall and Kylie Jenner.