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With close ties to hip-hop, skate cul­ture and foot­ball, it’s lit­tle won­der street wear r is tra­di­tion­ally a bit of a boys’ club.

Still, “ath­leisure” has per­me­ated women’s fash­ion for the past few sea­sons, bring­ing a sporty in­flu­ence to ev­ery­day wear (bombers, fancy hood­ies, leg­gings and rib­bing as a trim on al­most ev­ery­thing).

This au­tumn, the in­ter­pre­ta­tion is more lit­eral. Track pants are com­mon­place among de­signer col­lec­tions, while hood­ies, sweats and sneakers aren’t far be­hind.

Women who en­joy a ca­sual ap­proach to dress­ing can re­joice – and the rest of us can join them.

The trend has con­verged with the on­go­ing fas­ci­na­tion for any­thing from the early 90s. Think body­suits, stir­rup pants, and ath­letic-look­ing, high-cut legs of Bay­watch pro­por­tions on un­der­wear and togs.

If you pre­fer to look more pol­ished, some brands take the same in­flu­ences, but dress them up a bit. Com­pany y of Strangers’ wo­ven pants, for ex­am­ple, shift the tra­di­tional nal rac­ing stripe (one of the sea­son’s most pop­u­lar de­tails) ) to front and cen­tre.

De­spite their track-wor­thy ex­te­ri­ors, the pieces pic­tured are mainly in­tended for the sport of re­lax­ing, or get­ting stuff done. 1/ Bonds Orig­i­nals racer crop top, $28 2/ Bonds Orig­i­nals briefs, $18 3/ Kow­tow build­ing block tall T-shirt, $99 4/ Nom*D we make you sweat­shirt, $425 5/ Sylvester track­ies, $179 from Kate Sylvester 6/ Sala­sai ai body, $175 7/ Hu­man Pre­mium Lucky sneakers, $100 from Shoe Con­nec­tion 8/ Lonely black cat T-shirt, $110 9/ Marle Bi­dois hood, $260 10/ In­grid Starnes Vinko sweat­shirt, $229 11/ Com­pany of Strangers Tuxedo trackie, $370 12/ C&M blake stir­rup pant, $204 13/ Marle james track, ck, $240 14/ Cot­ton On Clas­sic Track Jog­ger, $35 15/ Adi­das das Pro­phere 2, $200 from Loaded, Area 51 and adi­das. co.nz nz

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