I don’t know about you, but I’m struggling to embrace the trend for luxury sportswear. It’s my curves again: my hips get in the way of a pair of clingy, jersey harem pants; my ample rack takes an oversize, silk racer-back vest, effortlessly thrown over a very visible black lace bra, from athletic chic to nasty-put-some-clothes-on; and my butt makes a mockery of a cute, white tennis skirt because the fabric won’t stretch so far as to protect my modesty. Luxury sportswear on me? The fashion pack might as well airbrush me onto page 3 and be done with it.
Then I saw this dress by Pringle of Scotland from their SS10 collection. It’s loose, but not so much that my curves drown and disappear. It’s short enough to show off tanned (and therefore slimmer?!) legs, but not so short that my rear end hogs the length. The racer-front design adds that so-hot-for-now element of sportswear while revealing shoulders instead of cleavage, and the colour is bright like reflective safety gear, but it’s subtle and therefore très chic for summer. And those nude sandals with elastic straps? The very sweet icing on a very healthy looking cake.
image: Pringle of Scotland Spring / Summer 2010, courtesy of Pringle of Scotland