Sunday, 19 June 2011

~ The ASOS diaries ~ (4)

Today I present you with this weeks issue of The ASOS diaries!

If there is one hobby area I am terrible at, it would be sport - I can't run, throw, jog, kick, jump... the best I can do is ice skate! So, as you would expect, I never really invest in sports wear. I'm also not a big fan of the chavy tracksuit look. 

However, this seasons trend called 'Sports Luxe' has caught my eye! Think Flash Dance comfort mixed with sophistication - less sweat more glam. By layering basic shapes with fluid fitting fabrics and and tailored jersey, the simplicity of the Sport Luxe trend can be achieved.
Jumper & Shoes: ASOS
(Underneath) Crop top & Leggings: H&M
Earrings: New Look
Headphones: my flat mate Tom
Hoodys provide comfort and security but they are also a key feature in the Sports Luxe trend. I prefer jersey or zip up jumpers to hoodys because my Mum is always nagging me to show off my figure, and I find hoodys tend to make me look too relaxed - we need the glam in this trend!!! So I have opted for this hooded jersey jumper dress from ASOS; keeps me warm yet still allows me to stay cool by unzipping the front - hoodys tend to make me boil.
Zip Front Dress with Contrast Sleeves
in Grey Marl
As the summer is usually the season that brings sunshine and heat, us fashionistas need to keep cool relaxed, as we defiantly do not want any sweat patches on show! Therefore racer back vests and baggy crop tops will build the foundations of your ensemble.
However, with all this simplicity talk, you might be thinking, where is the excitement in the styling? I like to buy tops with interesting slogans on to keep my outfit interesting. When I saw the above H&M crop top with the words "Running Wild" stamped across its knot tied chest in a Vogue style typography, I just couldn't resist the irony; my medical condition means I have the inability to run. What can I say, dark humor makes me chuckle.

But I digress.
Above are two catwalk pieces from Isabel Marant S/S 2011 collection, which I think represent the Sports Luxe trend to perfection! Another way to bring your outfit alive and give your basic pieces an edge is to find clothing with mesh inserts or sheer panels. If you like above right Isabel Marant beige mesh jumper, there is a good quality replica in New Look - cost friendly and in a variety of colours! 
Canvas Lace Up Bootie
in Pink (I'd say Dusky Pink)
Shoes are very important for this trend! Wearing your old trainers is not going to make the cut. I've noticed that lace up shoes are making a come back on the catwalk, and by lace ups I don't just mean simple converse lace ups. It is now considered a fashion detail to have lace ups without the tongue to protect the feet from the laces rubbing. As you can see below, the removal of the shoe tongue is being showcased in heels and boots by designers Alexander McQueen and Emilio Pucci - I was astonished to find that my own ASOS Lace Up Booties (above) that do not have a shoe tongue, do not hurt my feet at all! In fact it actually keeps my feet quite cool, a good buy for holidays. And I adore the backs which feature a peephole heel!

*Doll Tip* You could try customizing your own smart heels and brogues by removing the original laces and changing them for coloured or patterned trainer laces - can anyone say Sports Luxe?!?
Top Left: Lacoste, Top Right: Emilio Pucci, Bottom: Alexander McQueen
All three are: S/S RTW 2011

Another sub trend of Sports Luxe is combining it with the Underwear as Outerwear look. Take inspiration from the below Acne clothing dress that has merged layered jersey with a boned bandeau bustier dress. Simple, beautiful, and if I had the money I would buy it! Nonetheless, ASOS have provided a do it yourself alternative by selling a basic fitted jersey crop bandeau in six stylish colours - can be worn underneath mesh jumpers and drop armhole racer back vests. 
 Bustier dress

*Doll Tip*: keep accessories to a minimum, and take a break from all the styling tools by having your hair as laid back and relaxed as your look; messy buns, subtle bed head, and tousled salt-sprayed locks are a must!

Are you loving the Sports Luxe trend?
Doll love xXx


  1. This is quite a good idea, because usually exercise clothes are really boring and unflattering. Maybe I'd do more exercise if I thought I looked good when doing it!


  2. By the way, Primark have some good cheap maxi skirts, as do h&m! They're not very expensive either, and go with everything :-).


  3. I love the lux sports trend! You look absolutely amazing, by the way! Great shoes and sweater!!! I just love your blog and now following, of course! Maybe you'll have time to visit my blog:)


  4. thank you for your Dolltastic comments!!

    Sarah, thanks for the maxi skirt tip :) luckily I found one on asos, so yay more asos diaries to come!

    les garcon: aw thank you! I'd prefer to take the photos myself but no one else will model for me haha

    Annabelle Fleur: first of all, I love your name!! aw thank you, I do get abit self conscious about the photos haha so I'm glad you like them. Yay another follower! am gona checkout your blog now!!!


  5. Thanks for the amazing ideas. Always looking for a good relaxed clothes I can wear. You're great.


  6. I hope you blog about the asos maxi that you got! :-). Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, the brogues were from primark, just a heads up, as they have loads of gorgeous brogues in store right now :-).


  7. The shoes are really adorable :] And i love your dark humor on the shirt. Too cute i think. HAve a great week.

  8. The shoes are too cute!! and love all the great ideas of relaxed clothes!!
    Great blog doll maybe you can visit me and we can follow each other.

    <3 Marina

  9. I really love your blog and your amazing style, I follow you :)
    ... maybe if you want, you could visit my blog too ;)
    Kisses from México city!