It’s A Trend-Off: Sports Luxe vs Rose Quartz
It’s trend overload at the moment, between the various Fashion Weeks and trend analyses being proclaimed every other day, where does that leave you and I? What should I experiment with; what will last and what will see another season? Do I even like some of these trends?
Such is my current state of mind. So amid this state of questioning, I decided to take a trend that has been around for a season or two and a trend that is new to this season, and create looks appropriate to the Autumn Winter period we are moving into here in South Africa. What trends are these I hear you say, well let me share with you. I decided to go with the Sports Luxe trend (“old” timer) and the use of one half of the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz trend (“newbie”).
Sports Luxe is a high fashion take on sportswear. Also termed “Athleisure” which is one of those made up words that makes no sense yet are wonderfully descriptive. This trend sees clothes that fit a somewhat broad category of being appropriate for either athletic or leisure pursuits, or both. Let’s see what I put together.
In keeping with the Sports Luxe trend, I have taken a standard sports look but added key pieces to give it that luxe edge. Adding a dark blue sports coat and exotic crocodile leather backpack, make this outfit versatile in its everyday application. Woke up feeling like a dressed down look? Not that keen to compromise on style? This is definitely a trend you need to consider.
Essential to this look is getting the details right. In addition to luxe-ing up your look, another key element in Sports Luxe is your accessories. Rounding this look off is my Lacoste black silicone strap watch with green detail. It adds a great touch to my outfit and is suitable for daily wear.
The year 2016 saw two colours jointly take the Pantone Colour of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. In a recent interview I did with Justine August of Augustine, she shared her thoughts on these two colours. “I think the world is in such a state of chaos that people are actually seeking colours that bring a sense of ‘serenity’ to their wardrobe!”. I decided to work with this trend by using Rose Quartz as inspiration in my outfit, but warming it up for our soon to be cooler climate. Let’s see what I put together.
Autumn Winter is a time to play with textures in your outfit choices, adding interest and rich depth to your overall look. It’s also a time for impromptu long weekends; enter the weekend travel bag. I fell in love with this Nguni hide bag the minute I saw it. In itself, it is reason enough to pack some of your best pieces and take time out.
You will recall from my recent Autumn-Proof your Face post, I recommended that you change up your fragrance as the days get cooler. In putting together this outfit, I opted for the exhilarating cocktail of spicy and aromatic essences embodied in Bentley For Men. With enhanced leather notes and natural rum essence, this fragrance will make a great addition to the winter collection of the cosmopolitan, self-confident gentleman.
The cherry on the top to complete this look, lies in my watch selection.
What I’m Wearing
Sports Luxe look
- White golf tee from Edgars
- Green tee from Le Coq Sportif
- Black trainers from Le Coq Sportif
- White sneakers from Le Coq Sportif
- Dark blue sports coat from Jigsaw
- Crocodile leather backpack from Via La Moda
- Lacoste black silicone strap watch with green detail
Rose Quartz look
- Rose quartz inspired top from River Island
- Off white trousers from Country Road Woolworths
- Brown leather shoes from Woolworths
- Olive green leather jacket from River Island
- Nguni hide weekend bag from Via La Moda
- Hugo Boss Rose Gold Chronograph Aeroliner watch
- Bentley For Men, available at selected Foschini, Truworths
and Stuttafords stores.
Who’s up to winning a watch?
Thought this might grab your attention! I’m giving away, to one lucky winner, one of the watches I’m wearing in these two looks. All you need to do is leave a comment in the space below telling me which of the two looks you like best, and why. Bingo, you’re in line to win that watch.
Want another chance? Sure thing. I will be posting the Sports Luxe look on Wednesday and the Rose Quartz look on Thursday this week to my Facebook page. To stand a chance through Facebook, head on over to the It’s About Time Facebook page, give them a follow, then comment on the post on my Facebook page for the look you like best telling me why. Done deal.
Ok, I really want you to win one of these awesome watches, so for a third chance to win, watch my Twitter account on Wednesday and Thursday this week when I post the two looks. Retweet the look that you like best and you’re in.
The nitty gritty
Please note that the giveaway is only open to South African readers living anywhere in South Africa. The giveaway closes on Friday 8 April 2016 at 16h00. The winner will be announced on Monday 11 April 2016 here on the blog.
And the Winner is…
Well done to The Real Chiz @Chizboy_SA on Twitter, who voted for the Sports Luxe look I put together. You have won the Lacoste black silicone strap watch with green detail. Be sure to tag me in shots of you with your new watch on Twitter!
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