Athletically inclined clothing was one of the most talked about trends of Spring 2012, with buzz brands like Alexander Wang, Altuzzara, and Rag & Bone outfitting girls in stripes, shine and mesh, editors could not get enough. Let’s not forget those Isabel Marant sneakers: a model staple and the paragon of fashion meets function- you laugh, but there is actually a wait list for these high-heeled sneaker shoes. If models can do it, so can we… right? But with the Olympic games just around the corner, and hard- bodied athletes on the cover of Vogue, it seems perfectly acceptable to be out and about in track pants and windbreakers. However there still remains a fine line between what you wear at the gym and what you will wear on your dinner date after the gym- we haven’t seen anyone in yoga pants and platforms yet, but you never know. With designer collaborations and capsule collections brands like Nike and Adidas have long worked to create more stylish apparel and compete in the high-end luxury market. But now it seems like the fashion world is willing to meet them half-way with sportswear that is actually, well, sporty! If it’s waterproof, breathable, can be worn two ways, and it looks good, you better believe we want to be wearing it-now! If all this sports talk has sparked your competitive drive and you’re ready to run to the nearest Barney’s, don’t worry we’ve done all the leg work for you and enlisted some winning pieces that will have you conquering the summer games in style.
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