Trend to Try: Sporty-chic Style

3 Ways to update your style with sports-inspired accents

sporty-chic style

Words: Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | Photography: Steve Marais | Styling: Akim Jardine

Sporty-chic style has been making major waves on the catwalk and pavements alike and by the indication of every reliable source out there, the fashion girl memo says to either do a full-on sporty look or a sprinkle of detail here and there. And you know what? That’s an idea we can work with; not only is sporty-chic style a practical way to dress for the purposes of comfort and movement, the detail updates allow you to breathe new life to the looks you love. So, by that token, we are alllll the way here for adding a little sporty detail to everyday style, and these are our top three suggestions…

side stripe

Side-stripe taping has been a huge standout trend with trousers, jackets, sweats: everything, of late, which makes it the easiest sporty twist to bring into your style, right now. Reminiscent of college phys-ed joggers, it’s a look that quickly picked up steam after Gucci’s SS16 collection, it is now time for you to also get your hands on it. 


A residual from the strong streetwear moment that Virgil Abloh ushered in, the bumbag is a fashion moment, within a street culture moment and an absolute must-have. Taken from cycling and other outdoor sports, the bumbag got Chanel official in SS17 and got tweed and quilted leather fabrication updates that make it an accessory that’s office appropos.


A breathable, lightweight fabrication that regulates temperature, mesh is great great for summer. Adopted from athletic motifs, mesh bombers came through in Calvin Klein and Stellar McCartney’s recent collections, they are an unobtrusive way to introduce activewear into your wardrobe.

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