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Runway/Real Way: How to pull off athletic jackets Add to ...

Is your sporty sense tingling? It must be all the athletic-inspired looks on the spring runways.



Prada, Alexander Wang and Marni (above) turned to workout wear for inspiration this season, even sending – gasp! – sport sandals paired with tube socks down the catwalk.
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Real way

A better way to incorporate the trend into your workaday wardrobe is an updated take on the varsity jacket, a fresh outerwear alternative to the standard trenches and raincoats.

Athletic jackets usually hit just above the hip but this newer take on the silhouette is longer and shapelier with a nipped-in waist.

Tricky textures like the encrusted finish on Marni’s haute version are awe-inspiring and special-occasion-ready. For everyday wear, a melton-wool jacket with with contrasting sleeves in leather or vinyl is a classic.

If your outerwear is casual and athletic, dress up your clothing and accessories with a structured handbag and polished slacks.

Rachel Rachel Roy coat, $219 at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.com). Pink Tartan trousers, $295 through www.pinktartan.com. Gurhan earrings, $750 at Holt Renfrew (www.holtrenfrew.com). Bag, $275 at Banana Republic (www.bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca). Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, $450 at Davids (www.davidsfootwear.com).

Styling by Odessa Paloma Parker. Hair and makeup by Cody Alain for TRESemmé Hair Care/ M.A.C Cosmetics/P1M.ca. Photographed on location at Bensimon Byrne (www.bensimonbyrne.com).

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