Freckles in April: Sporty and Pulled Together

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sporty and Pulled Together

A couple weeks ago I ran into an old friend from high school, Shana, at a barbecue. As it occasionally does, the fact that I have a fashion blog came up and she asked me how to look pulled together but still kind of sporty. She's always been really athletic and usually rocked the t-shirt and basketball shorts look in high school. She's come a long way since then but is still looking for inspiration.

I've been thinking about that conversation ever since and decided to see what I could put together.

I think shoes really count here. No matter what you're wearing, a cheap pair of flip flops or disintegrating tennis shoes can sink your outfit, but that's what more athletic types tend to reach for. A cool, functional pair of kicks will keep an athletic ensemble from looking sloppy. Bonus points for fun colors and details.

Top row, from L to R
1. Puma Imani Fade
2. Onitsuka Tiger Serrano
3. Privo Polar Lake

Second row, from L to R
4. Lacoste Marthe
5. Hipthong Two Sandal by Chaco
6. Zinnia Sandal by Merrell

Third row from L to R
7. J-41 Genesis
8. Rocket Dog Keeper Club
9. Toms (you know I had to throw these in there)

Add some jeans or a pair of denim shorts. But make sure they fit. Baggy is not a fit. You are encouraged to roll them if you're feelin' it.

I love the way she cuffed these.

Throw in some cool tees. And the ones you got for running that 5k don't count. Those are for house painting, not going out in public places. Plain tees are a good base (those super cheap Hanes vnecks are always good! And wonderfully disposable for moms who get covered in shmootz) but branching out to stripes and other patterns and prints is always good too!


And, of course, accessories. I think a chunky watch is the perfect finishing touch for a sporty outfit. It's functional, stylish, and easy.

This is the one I've got. It was $10 at Target and I wear it everywhere these days. Also, a simple, silver chain necklace looks classy and adds a little sparkle.

And, I feel this needs to be said: athletic does not mean you are excused from hair and makeup. A little goes a long way toward looking and feeling put together. Mascara and a swipe of lipcolor that is also chapstick (I have the coral and anemone shades. Loooove) takes like 3 seconds. It's worth it.

Ok, my lovely blog readers, what can you add?


  1. I love love love CoverGirl's lip stick/chap stick products--I'm never without my trusty Lip Slicks in Cutie--they're so perfect for moms-on-the-go. I'll have to branch out and try the Gloss Balm.

    Also, I need those teal sneaks, stat. Cute shoe picks!

  2. Great post. Also, throwing a blazer on over a cool t-shirt, properly fitting jeans, and nice sneakers takes the look to a whole new level. You can roll the sleeves up to look a bit more casual, but blazers work wonders!

  3. I have that lip balm in Peony, I love it. It's the perfect amount of color not to have to worry about. I love some of those shoes, but sadly they are all out of my budget.

  4. AnonymousJune 13, 2011

    I love the shoes you rounded up - especially those Lacoste ones!

  5. I love this post! I am the kind of girl that every now and then puts on sporty clothes without looking sporty, and the kind of girl who wears free shirts only around the house (my husband tells me I have a ton of clothes because I have a ton of those shirts, but he just doesn't understand that going out on those shirts is pretty much a fashion crime). Anyway... yes, I agree with and do all you say! :)


    Ana Paula

    Pretty in Polka Dots

  6. hi :] i just found you randomly by searching through some blogs! but i love your blog & i love this post. it's crazy me & some of my friends were just talking the other day about how we wish we knew how to rock a sporty look-but still looked stylish! thanks for the post! :] -- Ashlyn

  7. Love the sporty tees you threw in there. VERY cute. Love your style.

  8. I totally agree with everything!! And I love the shoes --especially those Onitsuka Tiger Serrano kicks. I am partial to Chucks, only because they are cute, functional, and inexpensive. But I should branch out.

    Also - make sure your hair is did. Whether that be intentionally bed-headed or done nice.

  9. Ha, as much as I love most of the things you posted in this one, I'm going to go ahead and confess. Unless I have some sort of fancy event to attend, I never wear makeup. Nope, not even colorful chapstick. And I don't feel like I NEED to have an excuse. Makeup makes me feel like an impostor. I like my face how it is.

    There, I said it.

  10. I lurve the sandals in the middle of that picture, but I don't think I love them $75 I'm going to be on the hunt for something like that at Goodwill though...

    And I love the plain-tshirt/jeans/blazer idea from Stella. That and a pair of quick-change black flats is my favorite air-travel outfit. I have the slip-on-slip-off shoes for security, don't have to worry about wrinkles in my packed blazer and then I have something to keep me warm if the plane/airport (ATL, I'm talking about you) is too cold.


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