10 Athletic-Inspired Pieces to Mix Into Your Summer Wardrobe

Mesh top + oxford shirt = cool city uniform.
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Mesh top + oxford shirt = cool city uniform.
Street style outside the New York spring 2015 shows. Photos: Imaxtree

Street style outside the New York spring 2015 shows. Photos: Imaxtree

While retailers have gone nuts rushing to get in on the "athleisure" surge in recent seasons — in other words, designing stylish workout clothing that can be worn outside the gym — the aesthetic has invaded the runway at the same time. There are so many designer examples to name, Alexander Wang being perhaps the most notable, with his spring collection entirely devoted to sneakerheads (see also his H&M collaboration). 

Although the newness of the sports-inspired fashion trend has waned, athletic elements are still popping up on everything from relaxed pants to tennis-style skirts and mesh tops. The key now is to layer these sportier pieces with sleeker ones — such as oxford shirts, tailored blazers or delicate heels — and incorporate textures like mesh and neoprene. The resulting looks are fresh and modern, not to mention comfortable.

Shop ten of our favorite sporty yet stylish pieces below.

Pants

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Left: Toga Pulla pants, $460.72, available at Farfetch
Right: Sandro pants, now $262.50, available at Sandro

Skirts

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Left: Ohne Titel skirt, now $294, available at TheCorner.
Right: Theory skirt, now $234.90, available at Farfetch

Jackets

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Left: Zara men's jacket, $69.90, available at Zara.
Right: Mango letterman jacket, $59.99, available at Mango

Mesh

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Left: Ohne Titel top, $235, available at Farfetch
Right: Gap top, $39.90, available at Gap

Long-Sleeve Tops

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Left: J.Crew rash guard, $78, available at J.Crew.
Right: Sandro jumper, $236, available at Sandro