I am loving all these different perspectives about sporty! Definitely some variability in how we define it and what elements speak to us about sporty and how we incorporate it!
Suntiger ... I never could understand polo shirts as standard uniform, either. Perhaps a dated holdover from assumptions that men were doing the job? Both my husband and my female running partner look fantastic in one, though. But for me, a hard no.
Kellygirl ... it looks like we think similarly about this. Sleek, minimal, ease of movement, practical.
Runcarla ... we definitely have enough interest for a club. And definitely bring snacks. With my training, I am always hungry! I hear you on being tagged sporty in outfits that I wouldn't consider sporty. Neither of us wear gear. I wonder if there's an element about how we move in the outfit rather than the outfit itself? The choice in fabrics for movement? Unlike you, my footwear is the least sporty aspect of my style ... but I am revisiting it.
Angie ... Thank you! I am with you on needing pretty and refined and practical! I definitely see your Sporty Luxe component. I hadn't thought I had that component, but it looks like I draw from it in other ways than footwear. Beautiful sneakers. I think I need to experiment with low contrast sneakers or slip on shoes as a starting point. I tend to live in sandals from May through September, though, with our heat and my dislike of socks!
Chris, I think you nailed it on how I might consider bringing in sneakers into my style.
Sal, love the idea of sneakers with a sheen or soft color! Great thoughts on what constitute sporty to you. I might add hoodies and zipper sweater jackets (though I don't wear either).
Katerina, I love how you incorporate sneakers into your dramatic and dressy work wear as a juxtaposition. It works so well for you.
Christina, stripes definitely give a sporty vibe! Love your finds, especially those bronze sneakers!!! I have one low contrast striped top (purple and navy) and I definitely feel more sporty in it.
Angie, Gretchen, Christina, you all rock stripes!
Gretchen, I love your color-block v-neck and floral sneakers.
Sterling, I can see how Athlete pants and stripes work for you. I commented above to Runcarla, that I wonder sometimes if it's less about the clothes but more about how we move? I didn't think my clothing changes that much with my weight loss and active life and wouldn't have considered my choices sporty. Or may be it's because I am dressing more casually for work, rather than the blazer and dress pant or pencil skirt combo that was my go-to?
Rachylou, interesting thoughts. I agree that my outfit has a bit of an outdoorsy vibe (minus the 2.5" heels), especially with the colors. It doesn't read sporty to me, which is why I started this conversation. Yet, on reflection, there's definitely a sporty vibe. Come back and share your additional reflections!
Suntiger, thanks for coming back and adding additional thoughts. Regarding the dress, we both love simple sheaths. May be it's the simplicity and no-nonsense practicality of it. Many of my sandals are also cognac, camel and dark tan -- not surprising, since we share a similar color palette.
L'Abeille ... interesting addition of nautical to the sporty mix. Definitely fits, though I don't think I've incorporated any nautical elements other than a single Breton striped top.
Whew ... lots of amazing insights here. Thank you!