Style trend: Track changes

The re­turn of the track­suit

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There’s been a de­fin­i­tive track­suit for ev­ery decade, ever since the zip-up leisure suit was born in the 1960s. From the shiny shell suits of the ’80s to the clingy velour num­bers of the 2000s, tracksuits have been al­ter­nately loved and de­spised across the years. And now we’ve come, in­evitably, to the fash­ion track­suit. Don’t worry if you’ve reached ac­tivewear sat­u­ra­tion – th­ese suits have very lit­tle to do with ac­tual ath­letic wear and in­stead just nod to el­e­ments of clas­sic track­suit styling: zip-through col­lars, draw­string waists and var­sity tip­ping.

Alessan­dro Michele has al­ready worked more than one track­suit into his Gucci col­lec­tions. For Pre-fall, he splashed the Flora print all over a zip-up two piece, stream­lined it with Gucci web­bing, and styled it with a waistcinch­ing bum­bag. Sim­i­larly at Max Mara, the track­suit was cut out of a vi­brant yel­low print and paired with all-white ac­ces­sories: gloves, clutch and su­per sleek pointed pumps. Over at Elie Saab, the de­signer es­chewed all prac­ti­cal­ity and cre­ated a track­suit out of a beaded hoodie and sheer lace bell bottoms.

Ul­ti­mate luxe points go to To­mas Maier at Bot­tega Veneta, who crafted an im­pos­si­bly sharp but soft track­suit, a mauve three-piece with a sub­tle sheen, made up of a cropped crew­neck sweater, slouchy zip-up jacket and wide­legged trousers with pin-sharp creases. Or try Adam Lippes’ navy marle ver­sion, tipped and tied with black rib­bon. Emilio Pucci went with brights: an in­tensely or­ange suit that rum­pled at the heels, and a ver­sion in psy­che­delic swirling pinks and pur­ples.

If you still favour a clas­sic trackie, look to Ver­sus Ver­sace for flecked char­coal cot­ton and 90s-style lo­go­ma­nia. Zips that run the length of the arms and legs al­low you to flash a cheeky bit of an­kle or shoul­der should the need arise; if not, just stick your hands in your pock­ets and revel in the com­fort.

Gucci Elie Saab Adam Lippes Bot­tega Veneta Emilio Pucci

Off White

Max Mara

Ver­sus Ver­sace

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