Anyone who ever lugged a gym-bag full of shapeless sports gear to school all those centuries ago might wonder how and why such stuff could ever become fashionable by any stretch of the imagination. But it has. Times have changed and "sports luxe" is really trendy this season. That's because modern sports-inspired clothes can be flexible, fashionable and, most important of all, comfy.
Alexander Wang largely started the current trend with his second show for Balanciaga, pairing minimal structured crop-tops with short tennis skirts and long boxers.
Look out for florals, digital prints, colour-block and slogans. There's so much out there. For instance...
SPORTS CHIC is epitomised with a baseball cap and matching boucle two-piece. Wear together to score a fashion home-run and finish off with slick multi-coloured trainers.
NEON TRAINERS will add to any sports luxe outfit. Pick out each shade and echo them in your outfit. A sporty pencil skirt will complete the picture.
RACING STRIPES in baseball jackets, varsity sweaters and team T-shirts should be carried through the outfit, and finished off nicely with sleek ankle-boots.
OVERSIZED COOL. Go back to school by teaming a sporty grey sweater with cute sandals and socks. Bold baseball initials are cropping up on everything from bombers to clutches. Update DIY style with iron-on initials.
SOPHISTICATED SWEATS. Forget everything you thought you knew about jogging gear. Matching sweatshirt and trousers look great with elegant heels and a classy bag.
If you literally want to shine, then follow the stars and splash out on a satin dress. Until recently a forgotten fabric, satin is suddenly back in a big way with A-list celebs like Paris Hilton and Beyonce Knowles making the headlines in skin-tight full-length satin gowns.
The slinky fabric is perfect for parties, but no cheap imitations, please!
Charlize Theron was one of the first A-list celebs to become a satin doll... she looked smashing in a pale green satin gown at a recent premiere.
Another satin stunner was Anna Friel in a midnight-blue off-the-shoulder number teamed with a cute clutch bag and shoes.
Boring beige? Not any more!
Top couturiers have finally taken the dun-coloured disaster in hand by matching it with bright and quirky colours and making it one of the most sought-after fashions of the season.
Once the hall-mark of so-sensible dressing — remember auntie's ancient camel-coat? — Beige has suddenly taken on a new lease of life now that designers have realised it has an awful lot to offer. For instance, it's warmer and more flattering than grey, looks just as good on creamy blondes as it does on olive skins, and is great with unexpected stripes of orange, red or even green and yellow.
Latest trends dictate that you shouldn't wear beige head to toe without some contrast — beige, red and
even aubergine looked fabulous at the recent round of fashion shows. May sound a bit alarming, but just try it. You could be in for a nice surprise.
What could be more simple than fastening just the top buttons of a working boyish shirt? Try a graphic printed shirt for a bold take. You can always put a T-shirt underneath if your nerve fails.
• While brights are the current rage there's a new shade in town - dusty lavender usually found on granny's twinsets. Now thanks to Burberry, Christopher Kane and Prabal Gurung, it's the very latest thing for tops, frocks, cover-ups and accessories.
• Those faraway 'fifties' are the era to aim for this summer, from Prada's quirky car prints to Jil Sander's glamorous gingham. Prim pencil skirts and kitsch accessories all nail the look.
• Burberry has brought back batik and Donna Karan serves up Aztec art. Clash zigzags and graphic prints to be really on trend and don't forget to top it all off with trinket-style jewellery.
• There's a new skirt length ...Somewhere in between knee and full-length, the 1950s-inspired mid-calf length is back — thanks to Marc Jacobs, who sent his models down the catwalk during his recent show in what the pundits were calling "mum skirts."