One of the unique facets of American style is the way sports influences fashion. If you pay attention to American brands like J.Crew, Gap, Madewell, Ralph Lauren, you’ll notice they pull inspiration from baseball, track, polo, basketball, ballet, tennis, even skiing. If you pay attention to Americans, it’s impossible to miss their team loyalty, often broadcast with logo-heavy clothes, hats, and jerseys. And if you look at kids, they’re usually clad in clothes ready for practice after school or playing in the backyard.
While I love the muted, pretty French girl look, I often add my own sporty spin to tone it down for my everyday life. Here are some of my favorite sporty pieces:
Tretorn Tennis Shoes. I wear these durable, white classics with anything – jeans, shorts, even a pretty dress.
Adidas Sambas. All-leather uppers mean I can wear these during the cooler months, no problem. I love the black shoes with a blue tag worn with jeans, but you could also go for the white version. (p.s. Definitely get your kids a matching pair. They are such great kid shoes.)
Joggers. To really step this up, pair black or grey joggers with a cozy cabled sweater or a striped long sleeve tee. It kind of mixes the sporty with the French girl look, yielding cozy tomboy.
Soccer Pants. Soccer pants are my favorite replacement for the much-mocked “yoga pants” of stay home moms. Throw on soccer pants with a simple white tee, denim jacket, and Tretorns. It’s tomboy cool. note: stick with only black and white on the pants – none of those other color variations.
Baseball Hat. Perfect for bedhead, perfect with almost any outfit.
Raglan Sleeve Sweatshirt. Raglan sleeves, are quintessentially sporty, since the seams allow easier arm movement. Everlane has mastered this with two sweatshirts I own and love wearing – the Women’s crew sweatshirt and the Men’s pullover hoodie sweatshirt (size down). I love that the sweatshirts don’t have a kangaroo pouch or hoodie ties, so they aren’t sloppy at all. Of course, these go easily with jeans, but you could also try them layered with a ponte skirt.
Homage T-shirts. If you want to wear logos, do NOT buy the scratchy tees in the college bookstore or Target aisle. Homage has been a family-favorite brand of ours for years now for their super-soft, vintage quality sportswear. Everyone in our family from my mom to my brothers-in-law own their tees and sweatshirts. If you’re not a loyal team fan, try out Homage’s Classics line, which couldn’t be more sporty and cool. Pair with a floaty skirt or jeans and oxford shoes with a blazer for a very French look.
What do you think of the sporty spin? Which piece would you wear most in your everyday outfits? I’d love to hear!