Stars in their track­ies

It’s back (again) – the look that just won’t lie down and die

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - CONTENT - Guy Kelly

PEO­PLE CAN SAY what they like about the hum­ble track­suit, but no­body could deny its sheer blood­y­mind­ed­ness. Like the sar­to­rial equiv­a­lent of Bar­bara Wind­sor, it is com­fort­able, tacky and, some­how, seems to swing in and out of fash­ion ev­ery few decades, with­out any warn­ing. A brief his­tory: it is said that the pop­u­lar­ity of Bruce Lee’s films re­sulted in track­suits be­ing worn ca­su­ally in the 1970s, be­fore velour made them a lit­tle less chaf­ing and a lit­tle more stylish. A lull fol­lowed, then the ny­lon and neon 1980s hap­pened, spik­ing sales. Grunge then saw them packed away again in the early ’90s, un­til the street cul­ture of Jay-z and Jen­nifer Lopez had them back out be­fore the mil­len­nium. Af­ter that, Juicy Cou­ture had a mo­ment, you’ll re­call, be­fore Paris Hil­ton killed it; then

Lit­tle Bri­tain made ev­ery­thing ‘chav’, and track­suits looked dead. And now, like clock­work, the ath­leisure trend has brought them back. Su­per­mod­els wear them, Stella Mccart­ney de­signs them, and even Vogue en­dorses them. Truly, you can­not keep a good elas­ti­cated waist­band down. —

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