Style trend: Track changes
The return of the tracksuit
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