The sportswear-aesthetic goes by the monikers ‘sporty chic’ and ‘sports luxe’, neither of which satisfies my own perception of the look.
The terms ‘luxe’ and ‘chic’ define the aesthetic as something innately inelegant, valid as pleasing only through being dressed up. That could be, and often is the case when pairing high end pieces with sports jerseys or baseball caps, but for me, the look is so much more than that. It’s tennis skirts and the imagery of baseball bats. Sweet, but always decidedly tough. It’s undefined by gender–neither innately feminine, nor trying to be masculine, and exists as the definitive marrying of casual comfort with effortlessly structured minimalism. And as with all inspired looks, I think it’s so much less about all the individual pieces, and more about the mood evokes. So, converse and a sundress? A mix of sporty and non-sporty, yes, but not necessarily a sportswear inspired aesthetic.
Staples of the look: mesh, stripes, tennis skirts, bomber jackets, varsity type, fitted caps, sneakers, relaxed fit, ribbed socks, iconic sports brand logos, sweats, running shorts.
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