Playing the field with fashion

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Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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With a Chanel ‘gym’ just opened in swanky New York department store Bergdorf Goodman (sort of – you can’t actually workout there) and Alexander Wang’s collection touching down in H&M this month, it’s official: sport has never been more stylish.

American fashion wunderkind Wang has always infused his designs with track and field touches, and his high street collaboration is no exception. Because he’s so on trend, a stampede and lightening-fast sell-out is expected when the collection, with accessories starting from £7.99 for key rings and crop tops at £29.99, hits stores on November 6. But you can already score plenty of winning athletics-inspired pieces in the shops right now.

Hit your personal best in these sport luxe separates…

JACKET IN

Traditionally awarded to US college sport stars, letterman jackets (usually wool with leather sleeves) have more than made it into the mainstream. Also called bomber or varsity jackets, they’re a cool alternative to a biker during this not-quite-winter-yet weather.

Not just for the outdoors, take a leaf out of Mary Berry’s book and wear a fitted silk or lace bomber as you would a blazer. A bright hue really pops when layered over a fine rollneck in dove grey or camel.

By night, take it up a notch in a sequin or brocade jacket, paired with black tapered trousers and stilettos.

:: Leather Bomber Jacket, £149.99; Cropped Sweater, £29.99; Rolled-up Hem Trousers, £29.99; Penny Loafers, £44.99, all Mango (www.mango.com)

:: Preen Edition Dark Orange Lace Bomber Jacket, £80, Debenhams (www.debenhams.com)

JOGGERS ON

Having graduated from the lazy-day loungewear category, jogging bottoms have had an upmarket makeover in recent seasons.

Like varsity jackets, opt for trackpants in satin or silk fabrics, even pinstripe, for day, and make sure they’re cuffed at the hems. In fact, steer clear of sweatshirt fabric and you can get away with wearing them to work – gold zip detailing or tuxedo stripes will help too.

For an all-out sport luxe homage, matching sequinned bomber jacket and trackpant ‘coordinates’ make a supremely fashion-forward evening pairing.

:: Jamice Camouflage Sequin Jacket, £299; Tissa Scalloped Edge Cami, £35; Nibia Sequin Jogger, £169; Sackina Ankle Tie Heel, £120, all Ted Baker (www.tedbaker.com)

:: H&M Joggers, £29.99 (www.hm.com)

DON’T FORGET YOUR KIT BAG

Whether you’re kitted out in sporty separates or not, a sleek kit bag is a chic goes-with-almost-everything accessory for autumn, especially in minimalist shapes and monochrome.

Discover the joy of hands-free with a backpack. Cast aside any school bag associations by choosing soft leather with luxe metal hardware finishes.

:: Whistles Verity Large Rucksack, £220, John Lewis (www.johnlewis.com)

:: Autograph Leather Across Body Duffle Bag, £79, Marks and Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)

GET A SWEAT ON

Another gym kit regular-turned-fashion favourite, the sweatshirt is the comfy-cool way to join the sports luxe squad.

A classic grey marl sweatshirt, worn with jeans and flats remains a weekend winner, but souped-up sweaters take it to the next level – still comfortable, but dressy enough for the office. Look for sequin or paillette embellishments in graphic shapes, the ideal accompaniment for trackpants, and stick to fluid fabrics if you’re worried that the boxy shape will add bulk.

:: Collection Blue Sequin Neck Top, £39.50, and Navy And Black Cuffed Trousers, £29.50, Evans (www.evans.co.uk)

:: Biba Sequin Front Sweater, £69, House of Fraser (www.houseoffraser.co.uk)

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Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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