6 Ways to be a sporty siren

Hit the ball out of the park with Ahmed Da­jee of Ate­lier Da­jee’s high­end up­dates on the sports luxe look.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents - By de­signer Ahmed Da­jee

1 Don’t leave out the ‘luxe’

If you want to ace this trend, it’s im­por­tant not to fo­cus fully on the sports and for­get about the luxe as­pect. At Ate­lier Da­jee we use sports luxe el­e­ments to add fresh­ness to high-end fash­ion. This bal­ance be­tween laid­back and so­phis­ti­cated keeps your look on point.

In­stead of wear­ing head-to-toe sports luxe, pair sporty track pants with a for­mal blouse, or a ba­sic black T-shirt with a glam­orous ful­l­length skirt.

2 In­vest in a great sweater

It’s a great piece to start with when ven­tur­ing into the trend. And when it comes to colours, keep it clas­sic in dark hues like black and shades of grey. But if you pre­fer a bold print, be wary of your ac­ces­sory choices. Go for sim­ple jew­ellery in black, gold or sil­ver.

3 Re­think your sporty pieces

This win­ter, gem hues like emer­ald and ruby are strong colours that draw at­ten­tion.

In terms of tex­tiles, don’t shy away from ap­pliqué or em­broi­dery. And don’t be afraid of mix­ing up nat­u­ral fab­rics, like silk and cot­ton, with syn­thet­ics, like neo­prene, span­dex and polyester.

I’m also lov­ing pe­tite faux leather back­packs. You can wear them with any­thing and they keep your look fuss-free.

4 Up­date your sneak­ers

White sneak­ers are the go-to footwear choice, but for some­thing a lit­tle bit more in­ter­est­ing, try sneak­ers in tan or navy. Other op­tions to think about: thick-soled shoes or block heels.

5 Con­sider com­fort

The best part of the sports luxe trend is the com­fort fac­tor. It en­ables you to do all of your tasks, while still look­ing good for day or night.

The trend in­cor­po­rates items that work hard to get you through the day and al­low you to look ef­fort­lessly chic well into the evening.

6 Don’t fear sheer

Suit­able even for a shy dresser, sheer and del­i­cate lay­ers adds a sul­try edge to your look. You don’t have to go for the ul­tra-sheer flesh-tone style for this to work.

In­stead of opt­ing for all-out ex­po­sure, in­cor­po­rate both the sport luxe and sheer trends by pair­ing loose-fit trousers and hip-length shirts with sheer pan­els that show just a hint of skin.

Sheer el­e­ments are also a great way of fol­low­ing the body’s sil­hou­ette while still mak­ing the clothes, and not your form, do all the work.

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