2 November 2009

A Little Sportswear

Whilst I love the functionality and comfort of sportswear, I have never really been one to incorporate it into my casual attire to any great visible extent. Indeed I actually have quite the aversion to the idea of bluntly donning a tracksuit for everyday wear. Although I assume that I may not be the only one with that view. It has always struck me as rather inelegant, and indeed in some respects to be the lazy option. That is not to say that sportswear always looks sloppy, on the contrary, when done correctly, it can actually work wonderfully in a casual setting. However it is not a skill that I personally have at my disposal to work.

Personally, I find the concept of sportswear to have a wonderful allure, in that there is an ease and clean cut functionality to it which I admire. However, as I have stated, I would hesitate to work pieces directly into my own looks. As with most concepts, there is the need to translate and adapt, which is, to put it simply, the process of taking small pieces from here and there and incorporating those into one's own style.

With the days quickly becoming darker and stormily accompanied with lashings of rain, there is perhaps a comfort in sportswear to be found, albeit with a little stylish twist.

Isaora
Fall '09 Collection

I recently saw the look book from New York based Isaora, and I must say that the sportswear element really has taken me in. The collection of snowboarding-inspired apparel seems perfect for keeping warm on those casual days of blustery Winter. I feel that sportswear can often come off feeling far too forced, with too much put into making it look 'sporty', that it invariably becomes excessive without reason. Yet with this collection I find the line carefully towed. It looks clean and casual, and yet there is no sense of being overly casual.

I was particularly fascinated by the finish of the garments, for although they happen to be rather basic in design (a good thing for sportswear by my books), they are still interesting to look at. The clean line of the grey hooded sweatshirt, for example, is quite beautiful, and indeed the texture of the piece, helped along by the choice of black and white photography, looks wonderfully appealing. The styling with the fingerless gloves also stands out, for although I personally avoid wearing them in Winter, they really do add to the overall aesthetic. There is a certain nonchalance inherent in fingerless gloves, most probably linked to their functional roots as sported by labourers who required the use of their fingers. And indeed, nonchalance is something that shall always be seen in fashion, for even when wearing a suit, one seeks to look at ease without looking messy.

I loved the nod to tradition with the inclusion of the thermal Henley and long-johns worn with braces. I suppose the classic notion of sportswear shall always appeal to me far more than its modern imaginings, perhaps linked to my incessant nostalgia of generations past. It was therefore interesting to see the fusion between past and present, although only really alluded to through the choice of styling rather than overall garment design.

Whilst I would not necessarily wear an entire look from the look book (although the first is rather tempting), there are certainly garments that I would happily pick to incorporate into playing with my own style. I may not walk out of the house tomorrow in full snowboarding gear, but a little nod to the influence may perhaps be called for.

Currently playing: By The Time ft. Imogen Heap - Mika

xxxx

54 comments:

  1. I feel the same way about sportswear. Not generally drawn to it, and when I wear it I feel like a major poseur. But pieces like these are the best of sportswear for people like us! Clean and elegant, understated and classic.

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  2. I love the first Tee on the model! :-)

    X♥X♥

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  3. i like the styling. i havent been looking lately, but i think kris van assche (for his own line) is good at making sportswear elegant.

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  4. oh plaid plaid plaid, how i love thee. i think sportswear looks better on guys than girls, like guys can wear it but still look put together and such, while for girls, i don't like sportswear unless its in the gym or around the house.

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  5. Oh i always like sporty look....and tom boyish grls looks trendy in such wear....


    Jollieess:-)

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  6. I really like that collection! I have an award on my blog for you!

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  7. I love how comfortable and stylish they all look.

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  8. oh I like, I like very much. It's very alluring.

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  9. I'm such a sucker for a leather jacket layered over a hoodie. Just love that look for some reason...not so much on women but on men it always seems to work. Well, most of the time, LOL.

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  10. Now that is what I call sportwear! :D

    I think the second outfit with the beanie would suit you very well! ;)

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  11. That plaid jacket is so yummy. That could really perk up the hubs' jeans and tee uniform. Ah ha

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  12. Hi dear,

    I promise I still read your blog, I've just been really bad at commenting lately!!!
    These looks would fit YOU perfectly..I love the jacket at the bottom picture.

    Xxx

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  13. I am usually weary of sportswear because it is usually the go to outfit to every d-bag here :P

    But I have to admit I absolutely love the styling in these and could see them working perfectly :)

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  14. I feel the same way about sportswear, but this particular type of clothing has been an engine driving innovation, i.e. textiles, cuts, etc. Did you see the sportswear exhibit at the V&A? It was on when I went to London last fall and I loved it. Very interesting to see how sportswear has influenced other arenas of fashion in terms of technology and innovation.

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  15. My early resistance to sportswear stemmed from it always looking either very lazy and sloppy or uninspired, but there are so many designers who are dressing up sportswear in a way that the fit is great and the pieces are comfortable. Y-3, Alexander McQueen and Commes de Garcons are a few off the top of my head.

    I love the Isaora henley and the jackets are great as well. Maybe dressing down is the new dressing up...although I sincerely doubt it.

    Paz
    Diego
    Freefall Blog
    http://freefallblog.blogspot.com

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  16. this is certainly stylish sportswear! I can totally see you in these looks!

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  17. I love that grey hoodie jacket. I'm constantly on the hunt for a replacement hoodie for my Mr., who tends to layer them with jackets, etc. I need to find a way to work in new pieces, because he tends to wear them literally to death! xx D

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  18. I love that first jacket. <3
    And the fact that you're listening to Mika :)

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  19. Very stylish take on sportswear, indeed!

    xoxox,
    CC

    P.S. Must get that Mika song on iTunes stat!

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  20. When I used to live in upstate NY it was normal to wear your thermals for leggins with a skirt and boots. Not sure if its the norm everywhere. But I always felt it gave it a bit of a "northern exposure" feel..and well..you had to be prepaired for the elements.

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  21. I absolutely love the first black jacket. It is fab. Hope you have a great week. :)

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  22. I think people often write off sportswear as not being fashion, but more so than perhaps other genres, sportswear is a true mix of function and form. This collection is a great twist on sportswear and reminds me more of urban skater clothes than athletic wear. Love those fingerless gloves!

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  23. its all about how you wear something..

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  24. I think sports wear is much easier for men to pull off - they are far less likely to cross the border and transform into a vicky pollard. Hope you had a lovely spooky weekend! :)

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  25. No one breaks down the virtues of an outfit the way you do, DK. I think they owe you a little something!

    Have a great week, Sweetheart! ♥

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  26. forget the clothes i'll have one of him!!!

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  27. Adore the styling of this photo shoot !

    I'm not super drawn to sportswear but I do like it,esp. those comfy sweat pants!

    But the photos here are just stunning :)

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  28. I can't take anything fancy either in a design for sportswear. these are great, keeping it simple with small details changed.

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  29. i think men will look good in sportwears . not too sure about women . love these pics ! they all look great in sportwears . thanks for sharing ! x)

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  30. I agree with you on wearing regular sportswear (when I'm not actually doing sports). There's something about just wearing a tracksuit that irks me a little. But I do think adding sportswear elements to an otherwise stylish 'normal' outfit can add a wonderful touch. Stuff like a hood or pockets in a dress etc. do add a somewhat casual yet cool touch and give it a slight edge. I love Balenciaga's SS10 interpretation of sportswear and integration of these elements into otherwise sleek looks.

    This lookbook is very cool (although I would think twice about that net t-shirt ;-) The hooded jackets are not as sporty as some of the others I"ve seen.

    Hope you're having a great week so far!

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  31. a little bit of sports wear goes a long way. I guess..but its cool.

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  32. These are great. I wear sportswear mostly around the house or even to work (you definitely don't dress up at the type of job I have). Hope your week has started off well. Cheers!

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  33. Really digging these looks, esp. the mesh tank under the flannel... a little exposure under a cozy layer is always a little unexpected surprise. And I just wore my green cashmere fingerless gloves for the first time on Halloween- bought them last year and cut off the tags to help keep me warm- will be posting pics! Hope you're having a fabulous week!

    x ws x

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  34. i always think men's sportswear is so much more stylish than women's

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  35. i like this sporty look too, it's pretty dressed up in a way.

    great choice of tune too!

    xx.

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  36. I know exactly what you mean about sportswear, I often find it too relaxed, but I do love the idea of sportswear - something I think Stella McCartney has conquered well within her collections. Have a great week darling!

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  37. It is so manly. Thanks for the note!

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  38. I love Imogen Heap :) Hope your week is going well.

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  39. I completely agree. I've never been one for sports wear but I think the hoody is the easiest thing to wear, especially come winter time when they're great layered under coats...

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  40. A tracksuit as everyday wear? Shudder. We call them bogans here in Aus :)

    But this is different. I cannot even fathom to call it sportswear. Its so much more. Thank you for sharing, I was completely clueless and am now enamoured. Love too that it looks fairly unisex so I could (and would love to) buy a few pieces from the collection.

    Isaora, onto it. Like an alcoholic is onto a warm beer. Wait, bad reference? ;)

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  41. A tracksuit as everyday wear? Shudder. We call them bogans here in Aus :)

    But this is different. I cannot even fathom to call it sportswear. Its so much more. Thank you for sharing, I was completely clueless and am now enamoured. Love too that it looks fairly unisex so I could (and would love to) buy a few pieces from the collection.

    Isaora, onto it. Like an alcoholic is onto a warm beer. Wait, bad reference? ;)

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  42. I love sportswear, especially the outfits in the photos you posted. It looks so comfortable and yet it is so incredibly sexy. And I love fingerless gloves on a guy. Very chic. :)

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  43. I absolutely love, love, love these items of sportswear. They look comfortable without have a team's logo splashed all over it, or be big and baggy. I'm all for comfort, but over here, comfort and sloppiness seem to go hand in hand.
    These are lovely, darling! =)

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  44. fantastic menswear.. love all the looks!

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  45. When I was younger I would have loved kitting out in sporty gear, Mens shirts are more casual now and can be sporty, I love this take on sportswear!

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  46. mmm, yes, i'm a fan of the thermals as well.

    did you dress up for halloween? i have to ask (:

    oh! and have you sent off the around the world journal yet? just curious!

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  47. 6 is my fav...have a great Friday! ^.^
    kisses

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  48. I love your pictures, very nice blog

    http://www.mydarlingbubu.com/

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  49. This is the best-looking "sportswear" I've seen in a long, long time. It has so much feel and style and mood. Much of the stuff I see locally is so bog-standard, giant tracksuit pants, naff loud tracksuit tops, giant team jerseys, goofy cockeyed caps, if it weren't so laughably cartoonish, it'd be a big yawner.

    In fact, for that reason, I resist tracksuits. I strive to find pieces that are sold as streetwear, and I force them to masquerade as sportswear.

    This line is the perfect mixture of streetwear/sportswear for men. If only somebody would do similar favors for women's clothing.

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  50. i don't love the look myself but i think it'll be huge this spring.

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  51. Very nice indeed! That mesh top is rather daring but I think the model pulls it off well! Hope you had a good week!

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  52. Those photos are hot, and in my opinion a glaring example of how sportswear should be worn by men. I agree with you on the whole tracksuit front... I myself have never worn a tracksuit ever in my life, but I wouldn't say no to a little bit of sportswear incorporation. I think a little bit of sophistication with a little bit of dressed down sportswear works wonders, and this look book definitely seems to agree with that :)

    -Anna xxx

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