Sports - Luxe or just Lazy - Luxe ?

By Lucas Spezzacatena

With the Australian open well into full swing (yes, we’ve noticed all that neon – Nadal we’re looking at you!), sporting icons once again take centre stage and so do their get – ups as they simultaneously become icons of sports – luxe style. With a wave of new, young designers offering their take on luxury sportswear, it’s a modern trend that definitely has no intention of disappearing anytime soon. But with the fashion world divided, is sports – luxe really that luxe or just another cheeky excuse for plain lazy dressing? Well, let us take you through it all and ensure you’re not subject to any half – time disqualifications…

 

Up on top

Remember the old school deliberately oversized rugby jumpers you once wore? Well the notion has trickled down into sports luxe with an emphasis on boxy, over – sized style sweaters and jumpers. Let minimalism reign supreme with simple motifs or slogans (flocking is all the rage) stamped onto the front of your sweatshirt, paired back with looser, slouchy pieces. Sports – luxe has also seen a revival of the classic bomber jacket – though ditch your 90’s polyester option and veer towards the new trend of washed satin with contrast coloured cuffs. Perhaps five years ago it was a mandate for hoodies never to be worn outside of the confines of your own house but their reinvention has seen a polished and stylish take on the much loved basic. Hues of rich blue and purple are the colours of choice, slightly more tailored through the body and paired back with fitted trousers and sneakers. When it comes to sports – luxe up on top, just please keep away from that oversized rugby jumper from back in the day – despite all temptations!

 L-R: Frankie Morello, Kenzo, Dsquared2.

L-R; Frankie Morello, Kenzo, Dsquared2.

Givenchy, MSGM. 

 

 Down below

It’s definitely not about your grey marle, hardly washed track pants which once had a functional elastic waistband that is no longer! Instead, look out for the emergence of a modern athletic trouser bearing traits of super-soft, loose fitting (but still cleverly tailored) and elasticised ankles. If you consider yourself a little more daring then take the plunge with a tailored drop crotch style paired back with buckled ankle boots or high top sneakers. When it comes to trousers, it’s all about the finer details, be it a tapered, elasticised ankle cuff, clean cut zippers or fancy pockets. Sports style shorts also see a revival on the runway with slightly more tailored, above the knees styles in thicker jersey cottons and super slick perforated fabrics. Keep them fashion – forward with classic low top sneakers, sans visible socks.

 

 

The Sneaker

Undeniably, the classic sneaker has become the shoe of choice amongst the fashion world, regardless of one’s view towards the sports – luxe fascination. It continually manages to epitomise that casual, understated comfy – cool which defines men’s fashion as of late (particularly Australian gents). Do keep in mind to separate your functional sneakers from your ‘fashion’ sneakers – this is a must lads. The scuffed, worn kicks you take to the gym aren’t the kind you’ll be wearing out on Friday night. The low top is a more conservative and classic option, paired back with both trousers and tailored sports shorts. Sleeker, slimmer styles in luxe European leathers are our recommendation, particularly the Achilles style offered by cult sneaker label Common Projects. High tops are the trend of the moment, particularly those with embellishment as seen by both Givenchy and Buscemi. Pair them back with your athletic style trousers, either tucked into the high top or casually cuffed and sitting on the top edge of the shoe. Whilst canvas sneakers are abundant and usually a slightly less pricey alternative, we stick to our recommendation of all - leather kicks, particularly for sneaker newcomers.

 

Whilst sports – luxe can easily be confused with and mistaken for lazy – luxe, when executed thoughtfully it has all the potential in the world to emulate a modern, nonchalant casual – cool. And knowing the way in which most Australian men approach fashion, we don’t think this trend will be disappearing anytime soon!

 

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