The last time I was in Los Angeles, I begged my boyfriend to take me to the NikeTown store in Beverly Hills. I figured that was the perfect place to jump-start my “I’m a cool, carefree West Coast Gal who makes sportswear look like couture” lifestyle. There, I went a little crazy and seriously splurged on a pair of leggings (pictured above) that I was certain would make all of my dreams come true.
Months later, and I’ve worn them maybe twice. I’ve put them on a couple times, admired the rear-view in the mirror, and then taken them off after realizing I have no idea how to wear these into the world.
“Wear them with a sports bra and cut up t-shirt and feel the burn, fool!” Yeah, yeah. I didn’t incur credit card debt to buy something I was going to sweat in.
Perhaps you’re in the same position? Did you go overboard with the rainbow yoga pants at Lululemon and now they are gathering dust? Or perhaps you indulged in Stella McCartney for Adidas and your world is crumbling before you? Come, sit down my legging-clad babes–let’s solve this problem once and for all.
Silky camisoles are almost always a foolproof solution to any outfit needs. The collarbone exposure is universally flattering, but the wispy fabric keeps your outfit from being too clingy and restricting. Choose a pattern or print in accordance with your respective ridiculous leggings. Or, if you’re feeling particularly Coachella that day, try something trendy like a crochet cami.
Consider going full-on Assassin’s Creed with a badass variation on the concept of “tunic.” Also particularly handy for when you don’t care enough that day to figure out what’s going on with your Visible Pantyline (VPL) situation.
Peasant blouses and anything with a cropped, box-cut style is going to flatter your socks off. They’re so floaty and romantic and will keep you from venturing too deeply into Health Goth territory.
If you’ve already spent your paycheck on a pair of spandex leg-casings, don’t go overboard with the footwear. Heels, dainty flats, and any variation of booties need not apply. Keep it simple with Teva-esque sandals, sneakers, or slip-ons.
Ahh yes, I can see it now: we are all blossoming into perfect little polyester flowers. At the end of the day, we all just need to ask ourselves the same question: WWSSD?
What would Sporty Spice do?