The dream of the ‘90s is alive and well in women’s fashion this spring. Athletic gear—once popularized by girl groups like TLC whose trademark baggy track pants launched a thousand knock-offs—is having a moment on the 2014 runways. Seventeen years after “Sporty Spice” became a fashion icon for young women everywhere, modern influencers like model Cara Delevigne are bringing sporty streetwear to the heights of high fashion.
It started with Chanel sneakers, then Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci dropped a collaboration with Nike. This week, posh London-based retailer Topshop is giving Adidas Originals a stylish update with their 20 piece collection. The line pushes streetwear in a more feminine direction, with clean silhouettes and frilly prints.
While last century’s street chic trend was unapologetically masculine, luxe athletic gear in 2014 is much more ladylike. Topshop x Adidas Originals uses Adidas’ sporty colors and branding, but with high-fashion tailoring.
If you still associate track pants with 7th grade mall trips and oversized Tweety Bird T-shirts, you’re in for a pleasant surprise with this year’s updated athletic wear trend. Gone are the baggy jeans and slouchy tees of the late ‘90s; enter the fitted tank tops and delicate track jackets of streetwear’s elegant re-emergence. Topshop is paving the way for sporty spring styles to flatter and even look pretty, while still maintaining the inherent coolness (and relatively low prices) of street clothes.
The collection will be sold in US Topshop stores beginning March 20, and online at topshop.com. Prices range from $35 for a tank top to $135 for sneakers.
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