8th Grade Gym Class Styles Are Making a Comeback Sophia Elias

It’s no secret – sportswear and springtime have had a longstanding relationship, but this time, they’re taking it to the next level. Let me just preface this by saying that I get a little apprehensive writing about trends because they’re fleeting in nature, but I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw some 6th grade inspired sportswear coming back. Slip-on athletic sandals, basketball inspired shorts, track pants and perforated bags are everywhere and personally, I’m loving it. Even if you’re not as thrilled as I am, you may still manage to find a bit of inspiration for your springtime wardrobe. I’ve included four of my favorite sportswear inspired pieces for your consideration.

Item #1 – Basketball-Inspired Shorts

Yara Flinn via Mode Pure

Yara Flinn via Mode Pure

How’s that for a silhouette? I love that this look transcends the typical springtime skirt and gives us a little something more unexpected. Depending on your personal style and preference, you can take this trend quite literally, or go a more traditional route…and by traditional route, I mean culottes. I know (culottes, really?), but don’t dismiss them just yet. What was once [and perhaps still] associated with ill-fitted school uniforms and general lameness is turning out to be quite sophisticated and comfortable. If culottes are simply not in the cards for you, longer shorts and midi-length skirts are great alternatives. Whatever you decide, do what’s best for you and your body!

Left: Club Monaco Justine Short  Right:

Left: Club Monaco Justine Short
Right: Topshop Diamond Spot Culottes

Item #2 – Jogger Pants

via GabriFresh

Gabi via her blog, GabriFresh

Aah, the effortlessness. If you’re looking for a versatile piece that can seamlessly transition from day to night, track pants might be your ticket. Whether you throw on some flats or whip out your heels, these pants keep you looking relaxed and sophisticated. They can also serve as an interesting alternative to shorts; I’m all for keeping yourself cool with some comfy, lightweight fabric.

Left: ASOS CURVE Trouser With Elastic Cuff Right: Splendid Track Pant

Left: ASOS CURVE Trouser With Elastic Cuff
Right: Splendid Soft Woven Track Pant

Item #3 – Flatbed Slides

It seems that ever since Céline released their iconic [and highly divisive] “Furkenstocks,” sport-inspired sandals have been on the come-up. I’m not ashamed to admit that I sought out a pair of Adidas slides at the first sign of spring. Other than the obvious comfort factor, they didn’t exceed $30. If you don’t want such in-your-face sportswear, there are more demure options on the market at every price point imaginable.

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Left: Adidas Originals Adilette
Right: Zara Sandals With Straps

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  1. Enjoyed reading!

  2. All these clothes are ugly. Except for the Adidas sandals. I still rock mine.

    • Hey – it’s about whatever makes you happy. Glad you still like the Adidas. Thanks for reading.

      Sophia Elias | 4/24/2014 05:04 pm
  3. Phoebe Lettice does this so well.

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