is this the end of ath­leisure?

It’s time to pack away the sneak­ers and em­brace your fem­i­nin­ity

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After sea­sons of sneak­ers and sweats, it’s time to get your glam on.

Some things in fash­ion are a given: Karl Lager­feld’s sea­son­ally clever rein­ven­tion of the Chanel bouclé jacket, Olivier Rouste­ing’s em­bel­lished Bal­main minidresses and Clare Waight Keller’s col­lec­tions full of flirty dresses for Chloé. So when Waight Keller de­parted the French fash­ion house ear­lier this year for Givenchy, we lamented the loss of our go-to de­signer for all things pretty. And we should. Be­cause after sea­sons of ath­leisure ado­ra­tion, those Chloé women in their ruf­fled frocks and T-bar san­dals are ev­ery­thing we want to be now: care­free, op­ti­mistic and, yes, fem­i­nine.

For her fi­nal col­lec­tion, Waight Keller did what she does best – pussy-bow blouses, printed mi­nis and lace col­umn dresses. The look was un­de­ni­ably

dressed, al­beit with a bo­hemian twist. But there was a strength among the froth and frill, which didn’t need to be un­der­lined with sport­ing lo­gos or racer stripes. Waight Keller’s a fem­i­nist to be sure, but she knows the mes­sage doesn’t al­ways need to pack­aged up in man­nish shapes and uni­sex styles. It’s about own­ing the power on our own terms, es­pe­cially when wear­ing a fab­u­lous heel.

So does this mean we’re go­ing to fi­nally em­brace dressing up again? Not ex­actly. We’ve worked too hard to get com­fort listed in the style lex­i­con to step back into toe­crush­ing courts on a round-the-clock ba­sis. But while it’s un­likely ath­leisure will ever be re­placed com­pletely, it’s now once again ac­cept­able to get your glam on. Don a race day-ready look for a late-night ra­men run, a swishy skirt for drinks with that new “friend” from fi­nance, metal­lic for a mid­day meet­ing. Just make sure the look is belted and teamed with an el­e­gant pump (we rec­om­mend you start with a mid-heel, lest you twist an an­kle on the first run).

Don’t just take our word for it. See Chris­tian Dior, where Maria Grazia Chi­uri’s el­e­gant, mainly navy pal­ette was made mod­ern with the ad­di­tion of fish­net stock­ings and gui­tar-strap cross-body bags for the re­bel­lious femme. JW An­der­son melded nipped-waist so­phis­ti­ca­tion with bold geo­met­ric prints. And rel­ish­ing in his first col­lec­tion at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, the epit­ome of Amer­i­can sportswear, Raf Si­mons ex­per­i­mented with trans­par­ent plas­tic tu­nics en­cas­ing fem­i­nine flo­ral pen­cil skirts for a past-meets-fu­tur­is­tic feel.

Then there’s Mi­uc­cia Prada, who wants us to em­brace the “mad­ness of glam­our”. Her Miu Miu glossy san­dals with glitzy buck­les, crys­tal-ac­cented belts and be­jew­elled neck­laces make you want to charleston your way down to the speak-easy, or su­per­mar­ket. In fact, it’s the fin­ish­ing touches that count: slightly worn-in stained lip, curled lashes and lu­mi­nous skin. Plus a top-han­dle bag and retro frames.

For those still seek­ing a sportier aes­thetic, con­sid­er­ing even Waight Keller sent ’90s-era para­chute pants down the run­way, it’s safe to say that at least track­pants are here to stay... just pair them with a heel.

Dress, $710, Anna Quan, an­naquan.com

Sun­glasses, $420, Chris­tian Roth, chris­tian­roth.com Sun­glasses, $340, Max Mara, maxmara.com

Dress, $429, Rebecca Val­lance, re­bec­ca­v­al­lance.com

Ear­rings, $129, Mimco, mimco.com.au

Bag, $4,290, Loewe, (03) 8614 1190

Heels, $685, Max Mara, maxmara.com

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