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Repurposing Athletic Wear

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La Mode: Fashion Club at UW had their annual clothing swap this past quarter, and, as an officer, I helped gather the remainder of the clothes which didn’t get picked up so we could donate them to Goodwill. Fortunately, one little white pleated tennis skirt happened to catch my eye.

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It naturally got picked over because it was seemingly just a piece of a long-lost tennis uniform, so I decided to work it into an outfit that sought to detach the skirt from its relation to tennis. What really drew me to the skirt was the rigidity of its pleated structure. I paired it with some touches of tough (faux) leather, dainty sheer tights, and the like in order to break down the athletic-wear vibe it had.

Sports luxe has been a hot style as of late, and this outfit is like the baby step towards this style. I’ve noticed that more and more people have been taking athletic pieces like tennis skirts, jerseys, and baseball caps and incorporating them into chic street-wear. All in all, I just really love how playful and innovative repurposing athletic wear into everyday fashion can be. I mean, if you’re telling me I can bring back my old sneaker collection again then by all means! Anyone who sees me on a regular basis can definitely tell you that I’m all about the boots, bout the boots, no treble (okay I had to!), so it’s undoubtedly refreshing to step into a pair of sneakers again. If you’re interested in learning more about the sports luxe trend, Net-A-Porter has an awesome, holy grail style guide issue on sports luxe. Without a doubt, this trend is one that has truly piqued my interest, and I am surely going to be exploring more sports luxe in the future!