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Score a style hat trick
6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014 in Lifestyle
The sporting calendar is virtually impossible to avoid this summer. Admit defeat and channel your favourite tournament with this season's sports luxe trend.
You don't have to go all-out sportsperson with your chosen kit. Just a hint of athletic chic is all you need to play ball...
This is a trend that's all about minimalist, clean silhouettes and solid colour. Pick out a fussy piece or loud print and get an immediate red card for flouting the fashion rules.
Time to kick off your sporting summer in style.
Tackle the Rio World Cup head-on with block brights. Picture the 32 national sides in the tournament and you can choose from Brazil brights through to England white.
Be inspired by the football strip ensemble with matching top and short coordinates for a cohesive look.
If you just want a touch of soccer chic, try a top with contrasting sleeves. Always keep the silhouette minimal, avoiding detailing like ruffles or ruching. If you want a more formal look, opt for a plain collar.
When you're working a super-sporty look, avoid trainers. Instead, stand head and shoulders above your work or play squad in bright, towering heels.
Edge ahead of the fashion field in Wimbledon white - the go-to palette cleanser for heatwave season.
Make like Andy Murray by sporting a pair of crisp white shorts. The longer the hemline the better, this season, so opt for knee-length or go even lower with culotte styles. Prefer something more feminine? Try a pleated tennis skirt.
For a sporty cover-up, try a long white sleeveless jacket or waistcoat for a flattering silhouette that will elongate the body. For a shorter style, try a crisp, zip-up bomber jacket and wear slung over your shoulders for the ultimate in post-match cool.
Slip-on sneakers are 'the' comfort shoe of the summer if you want a trainer upgrade. Ditch the dark colours and try super-fresh Daz whites.
Embrace athleticism for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in July. Sprint towards a sculpted take on dressing with scuba-like fabrics that will suck you in.
If you prefer more breathability, try mesh panels or square cut-outs for some instant summer ventilation.
Go faster stripes are the ultimate detail for a Jessica Ennis vibe. Ensure they travel down the body vertically for the illusion of a longer, leaner silhouette.
When it comes to accessories, choose shiny metallics for the fashion finishing line. Choose first place gold or second place silver for neutrals that will go with just about any colour in your sporty kit.
Your sporting prowess can continue poolside. Take on the butterfly stroke with neoprene swimsuits or bikinis in athletic shapes featuring neon piping.
GET THE LOOK
How to work Rio style the glamorous way? Copy Victoria Beckham with a feather hem, like Coast's white Rio Feather Top, £75 (www.coast-stores.com).
BUY IT NOW
Get designer beachwear that won't cut into your sangria and sorbet budget. Jonathan Saunders has teamed up with Thomson to design a limited edition line of bags, £95, and sarongs, £125. Available in various colourways, the beachwear is available from selected Thomson stores across the UK. For more information visit www.thomson.co.uk/blog
:: PRICE OF PACKING
British women must surely take the Best Dressed on the Beach award. They plan to spend £260 on their holiday wardrobe this summer - double what men are prepared to shell out. Most people (84%) will upgrade their holiday wardrobe this year with only 11% not planning to buy anything new to pack, according to the survey by Holiday Hypermarket. With the average cost of a holiday (including accommodation and flights) around £460 per person, a woman's summer wardrobe is adding another 58% to the true cost of a summer getaway.
:: RECESSIONISTA ALERT
No need to splurge on a special occasion dress you'll wear once. Find your dream dress for hire at website Chic by Choice. You'll find designer dresses at a fraction of the retail price, available for four or eight-day rentals, with prices from £50. Visit www.chic-by-choice
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