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?