Black, White & Denim: Nike, Hollister & Helmut Lang

Nike tee leather jacket Helmut Lant denim shorts

Denim shorts Nike tee

Nike tee and denim shorts styleonthecouchThe weather in England is pretty amazing right now, Blog Reader.  Fully expecting to be back in my wellies and winter coat when I returned from Georgia, here I am instead in my denim shorts this weekend!

The first weeks after a wedding are kinda weird. You are still filled with the glow of happiness but the return to reality sets in – I’ve had a really busy first week back at work and the jet lag hasn’t helped!  This weekend I finally felt I could press the reset button. I stocked up on nice food (with some recommendations from my fitness and nutrition guru Charli Cohen, more on her on the blog next month) and my usual favourite treats (champagne and macarons, what else?!) and hit the gym hard. I clearly don’t want summer to end, so thank you English weather for playing along.

Lots of new stuff coming on the blog over the next few weeks, Blog Reader! I have some accessories and style posts, including the second dress I wore at my wedding, from DKNY.  New designer features too.  You may have noticed Friday Lingerie Lust returned this week and will be continuing with new collections from innovative lingerie and boudoir accessories brands. I’m also beginning a new fitness thread on StyleOnTheCouch as my gym wear is becoming as important as my day-to-day style lately.  For me the right workout gear gets me moving every time. Try it – I have some great fitness recommendations for you coming up in October.

Wearing: Nike tee, Dick’s Sporting Goods (somewhat of a mecca for me in the States for work out gear!); denim shorts, Hollister (I am too old to shop in this place but I have to say these shorts fit me perfectly); holding Helmut Lang leather jacket.

The Sporting Life.

Image above via StylePhile / Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images

Somewhere in between trying on the Rag & Bone jeans I’ve been coveting for ages and purchasing a visor from ASOS, I realised I was leaning heavily towards modern sport style clothing.  My Wardrobe defined this trend as “sometimes techy, always functional and   unquestionably chic, it works 24/7 Monday to Sunday“.  Not long after seeing the My Wardrobe feature, which brought together a collection of brands under this theme, I read a nice blog post on Style Positively about sports luxe styling.  I asked Chelsie if she would adapt the post for StyleOnTheCouch; she said yes (thanks Chelsie!) and so here it is…

Sport Luxe won’t see you go unnoticed this spring with contrasting colors, geometric shapes, mesh fabrics and form fitting shapes.  Alexander Wang captured this trend perfectly with his spring ready to wear collection that was inspired by sports such as motorcross and BMX.  His side-striped designs on tops and pants not only gave them a bold, edgier look but they also helped create a leaner silhouette which added a very feminine chicness to the overall style:

What I like about this trend is that it’s somewhat of a challenge in that is different from what you normally see during the springtime. Everyone’s personal style can adapt to the sport trend, whether your look is edgy or sophisticated.  It allows you to keep true to your style but with a more sporty casual chic flair which is perfect for weekend wear. Plus, you won’t have to sacrifice your beloved heels for sneakers! Nicole Miller, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang paired their sporty looks with a great pair of high heels:So, if you’re going for a (seemingly contradictory) soft and edgy look the garments from the Alexander Wang collection will suit you perfectly. For a more sophisticated style try items like this relaxed Markus Lupfer Sweater from ASOS that has the added detail of contrasting colors in the pleated hem and these ASOS fitted straight leg pants with piping down the side.Even though these items are fantastic for the present spring season they are also perfect to carry into fall.  J Crew and Kelly Wearstler both paired vibrant sweaters with flowy skirts and fitted pants in their fall 2012 ready to wear collections:Runway photos from Style.com.

Be Stylish. Stay Positive. Style Positively ~ Chelsie xo

Race you to the shops, Blog Reader (sorry, couldn’t resist).