Fashion

Active Fashion: The Final Editorial – Part IV

The final editorial is here, and I’ve saved one of my favorites for last: active trends as evening wear. You’re probably thinking, WTF? …but just trust me. It can be absolutely magical.

New York Fashion Week this year was full of technical fabrics mixed with traditional evening fashion trends. I’m not talking about rocking your fave sneaks with a gown (which I DO, and that’s totally okay too), I am talking about playing with the feel of the fabrics you choose to pair together. There was a lot of neoprene, mesh, and metallic spandex details at Gypsy Sport, Rack Addik, Alexander Wang, and Black Rat, and I was so excited to see these trends stay in the limelight.

One of my favorite designers, Alexander Wang, does this flawlessly. I wear A LOT of Wang when it comes to fancy events, because it’s comfortable, transitional, and adds a pop of my personal style of active fashion. This crew neck scuba sweatshirt was a piece I was lucky enough to snag from the H&M Alexander Wang capsule that launched last year, and I wear it EVERYWHERE. The zipper detailing in the back gives it that sporty chic feel, and the straps in the front add some dimension to it’s all black coloring. I wore it in New York for Fashion Week to several shows and a blogger event. It pairs SO well with statement skirts, as it’s clean, form fitting, and gives a fancy feel for a night out. This amazing skirt from Forever21 (omg I know right??) is so fun to pair with just about anything, but it really pops against super fitted or regimented pieces like this sweatshirt.

If you want to dress down the look, I like to pair a clean set of sneakers with it (especially if you add in a pair of palazzo pants or harem pants like my favorite Philip Lim ones), and you’re good to go. For a more dressy look like I put together for Fashion Week, I traded the sneaks for my Stuart Weitzman Gigi Booties. I love the bootie look, but this look also slays with a pair of super strappy stilettos!

Thank you SO much again for all the love you’ve shared with me on this editorial journey, I am super excited to continue my editorial projects in the future as active fashion continues to mature. Is there a look you’re struggling with when it comes to active fashion? Something you’re not too sold on yet? Share it with me! I’d love to take on a challenge and answer your inquiries and get you excited about the looks you’re trying to achieve.

xoxo- M

Outfit Details

Sweatshirt: Crew Neck Scuba Sweatshirt, Alexander Wang for H&M (SOLD OUT) similar here

Skirt: Kikiriki Tulle Mini Skirt, Forever21 in Blush

Shoes: Superstar Rose Gold, Adidas

Sunglasses: Aviator Sunglasses, Ray Ban in Black/Blue

Earrings: Lashed Out Ear Jackets, Baublebar in Silver

Makeup Details

Foundation: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Dark

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Highlighter: Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow, in Brown

Eyes: Pastel Goth Palette, Kat Von D

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, in Black

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Burn

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Active Fashion – The Editorial Part III

The casual active fashion realm can also take a more structured form, outside of the traditional incorporation of leggings. One of my favorite way to style sportier trends are hybrids: traditional clothing types reformatted in a sporty way, or with technical fabrics. These include items like dresses, blazers, skirts, etc.

I had so much fun styling this Nike dress, courtesy of Rent The Runway. Active inspired dresses are some of the best ways to take your look to the next level. This particular dress was a statement all it’s own; it’s structured lines and material made it sleek, yet eye catching. For a fun and sporty day look, I added in my favorite leather and pom hat, perfect for a sunny day walking around the city.

The beauty of a style so simple means you can add other pieces in to add a playful or more dramatic tone to the ensemble. This style can also be blurred back to a more dressy casual feel, trading your sneakers for a sleek pair of wedges or strappy heeled sandals, and a statement necklace. I wore this dress in black during New York Fashion Week at the beginning of the year, styled with statement tights and over-the-knee boots, and it was a total hit.

I dressed up this look by adding this BB Dakota draped leather jacket via Rent The Runway, and one of my favorite velvet chokers for a more happy hour and evening feel. You can switch up your handbag too to add another element of glam to your look.

Outfit Details

Dress: Grey Nike Fleece Dress, via Rent The Runway (under $35 rental!)

Jacket: BB Dakota Faux Fur Draped Leather Jacket, Rent the Runway (under $35 rental!)

Shoes: Superstar Rose Gold, Adidas

Handbag: Large Le Pilage Neo, Longchamp

Sunglasses: So Real 48mm Sunglasses, Dior, in Palladium/Crystal

Choker: ASOS Choker in Black, ASOS

Makeup Details

Foundation: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Dark

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Highlighter: Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow, in Brown

Eyes: Pastel Goth Palette, Kat Von D

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, in Black

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Burn

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

 

Active Fashion: The Editorial – Part II

The beauty of today’s activewear trends is their transitional qualities, made possible by the amazing array of technical fabrics that mimic fabrics of our daily casual and formal wardrobes. I spend most of my free time in some sort of activewear, especially if I am out running errands, hanging out at home, and even sometimes out for happy hour.

Last week’s focus was on the business casual realm, and this week’s focus is one step down, into casual. More specifically, how to style a layered casual look. I love playing with different lengths when it comes to mixing in active trends. If you stick to structured and fitted outer layers, it tends to give you that “fresh out of the studio” look, instead of the active inspired look you’re probably aiming for.

I love playing with different lengths and fits when it comes to mixing in active trends. If you stick to fitted pieces from head to toe, it tends to look a little less casual and more studio ready. Adding in a bra or tank with technical details under a loose or low cut top adds an element of depth and gives it that transitional feel you’re aiming for. Additionally, I am always searching for sweatshirts and pullovers with a special or edgy touch that will give me a boost of glam to an otherwise super casual piece.

This sweatshirt from Storets immediately captured my heart with the bow details! I am a sucker for pretty much anything with a bow, given my obvious obsession with all things Hello Kitty. It’s a piece that can really be taken anywhere: tuck it into a wool pencil skirt, my high waisted skinny jeans, and over a long t-shirt and leggings.

So, what’s the secret to mastering the casual athleisure look? These are the two most important tips:

  1. Layers. Hints of technical fabrics among more street friendly styles give it a polished feel. I like to keep the majority of my technical fabrics on the inner layers unless it’s a super structured or statement piece of outerwear (think scuba material!). My favorite pieces to layer under jackets, t-shirts, or tuck into skirts are the Alo Wanderer Long Sleeve, Carbon38xJonathan Simkhai Lodola Tank, Michi Bionic Bra. Some great statement pieces for outerwear are this amazing Fenty-esque bomber from Forever21, and the Sophisticated Draped Jacket by Alala. I love layering my leather jackets over crop tops and high waisted leggings, and this BB Dakota one from Rent the Runway was the perfect addition to my weekend wardrobe from the gym to drinks with friends!
  2. When you’re adding leggings into the mix, make sure your tops are a little longer to add more dimension and keep it from looking like you just got back from the studio. Additionally, exciting details like asymmetrical hemlines and luxe fabrics make your leggings look even sleeker! Some of my most paired tops are this H&M flouncy top, this H&M Trumpet Sleeve V-Neck, Forever21 Plunging Strappy Tee (only $15 right now!), and this showstopper Mesh Dress With Frill Hem, from ASOS.

Outfit Details

Sweatshirt: Zeo Ring Belt Cuff Sweatshirt, Storets

Top: One Eleven Scoop Neck London Tee, Express

Jacket: BB Dakota Faux Fur Draped Leather Jacket, Rent the Runway (under $35 rental!)

Leggings: Psyloque Legging, Michi

Shoes: Faux Fur Loafers, Milanoo

Sunglasses: Original Aviator, Ray-Ban in Black

Makeup Details

Foundation: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Dark

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Glossier Cloud Paint, in

Highlighter: Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow, in Brown

Eyes: Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, in Black

Lips: Glossier Generation G, in Like

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Active Fashion: The Editorial – Part I

Today’s trends are yielding an element of carefully calculated casual, and it’s opened a new (couture) door that has been seized by athletic brands and sport-inspired styles. When the luxury activewear trend started to materialize a few years ago, I was thrilled! It was what moved me to bring Haute Sweat to life.

I dislike the stigma that activewear and sport-inspired trends sometimes receive and that it’s often a dismissive afterthought in the world of fashion. Just like formal and style fashion, activewear is worthy of its own realm of beauty and relevance. If you think about it: what truly defines each tier of dress? Is it design, textile type, or simply how the wearer carries themselves? I personally believe it’s the latter.

This editorial is designed to explore the many shapes and influences activewear can span, and how you can appreciate them in your own right. I’ve decided to begin right in the middle, and move laterally across the dress codes, showing that lines can be blurred forward and backward, making it relatable to nearly every person’s style of choice.

First up: the world’s middle ground, business casual. Defined, business casual is “relating to or denoting a style of clothing that is less formal than traditional business wear, but is still intended to give a professional and businesslike impression.” It’s one of the most “up to interpretation” styles in the world, and trust me I’ve seen it all first hand, especially here in the Bay Area. Ensembles of my fellow co-workers at Google range from collared shirts all the way to sweats. Seriously. Sweats. Not even the fashionable kind.

I personally love this realm of fashion styling. You can truly be fluid, taking inspiration from every level of dress. Working concurrently in technology and fitness, it’s important for my outfits to be transitional, yet polished. I love to pair polished, comfortable shoes with richer fabrics, playing with different textures. Adding a softer and more elegant piece like this light and airy dress from H&M to my favorite rose gold Superstars allows me to be comfortable yet pulled together in an office setting while being able to effortlessly transition to training my personal training clients without the added bulk in my bag.

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate a splash of active fashion into your work wardrobe, try some of these simple tricks:

  1. Choose one or two pieces maximum. Sporty shoes add a playful element to business casual and pair well with skinny slacks and blazers. My go-to work shoes consist of sleek wedges for an extra element of glamour, like the Aldo Bladow High Top Wedge, Wanted Stowe Wedge Sneaker. If you’re a flat lover, my go-to’s are the Adidas Superstar and the Steve Madden Bryanne Puffball Platform Sneaker.
  2. If you’re a legging lover like myself, play with your technical fabric textures for a more polished look. My personal faves and weekly go-to’s are my Alo Moto Leggings, High Waisted Moto Leggings, and Aday Brakes On Leggings. I usually pair longer silk blouses or sweaters with them so they have a more office and happy hour friendly look.

 

Outfit Details

Dress: Satin Dress With Ruffles, H&M

Shoes: Superstar Rose Gold, Adidas

Rings: Ice Lateral Ring, Baublebar

Makeup Details

Foundation: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Dark

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Highlighter: Glossier Haloscope, in Quartz

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow, in Brown

Eyes: Pastel Goth Palette, Kat Von D

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, in Black

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Burn

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Active Fashion: Why It’s A Worthy Sector Of Style Now

It’s no secret that active fashion has slowly started to infiltrate the world of fashion and everyday street style. It even has its own terminology nowadays, confirmed by Merriam-Webster: athleisure. It’s a thing, and it’s is having more than just a moment. It’s no longer an afterthought on the runway or seen as a sloppy alternative to business casual.

We have seen all levels of fashion accept the movement: Alexander Wang’s nylon and mesh details, the collaboration of Stella McCartney and Adidas, Versace’s spandex details, and of course, my personal fave, Rihanna’s collaboration with Puma, Fenty.

As the first fashion blogger in this niche of fashion, it’s a topic that is near and dear to me. Mixing sporty notes into my daily style was the inspiration for this blog, and I’m proud to see the efforts of my fellow sportswear enthusiasts, from designers to friends, finally getting their voice heard.

I was inspired by the visions of designers I witnessed at New York Fashion Week this February, and want to further that voice. This month, I am working on a project to celebrate brands and trends that share this voice in a robust style edit, taking active fashion from the studio, street, and into the space of formal and couture eveningwear.

This photoshoot was one of my favorites of the trip, blurring the lines of evening wear and athleisure. The best part of blending these styles? The diverse textures. There’s something refreshing about pairing tulle or silk with scuba or spandex. As a rebel, it’s kind of exhilarating. This Lululemon top is one of my favorite transitional pieces this season, especially being a crop. It’s fun to pair with high waisted jeans, skirts, and of all my loose tanks which add an extra level of dimension to the look. Nab one while you can, they’re on MEGA sale right now and almost gone!

Lululemon, please make more crop tops like this.

Additionally, experimenting with colorful makeup is another way to dress up your street style. I had so much fun playing with different shades from my Pastel Goth Pallette by Kat Von D. It looks super bright and pigmented, and it is, however it can be downplayed for a soft wash of color as well if you’re not ready to be super bold just yet! It’s easy to use and adds a new dimension to your look.

Outfit Details

Top: Hill and Valley Mock Neck Crop, Lululemon

Pants: Ripped Warrior Legging, Alo Yoga

Skirt: Asymmetrical Mesh Layer Skirt, Forever 21

Sunglasses: Aviator, Ray-Ban, Black

Scarf: Urban Code Faux Fur Lepel Detail Scarf (SOLD OUT), ASOS, similar here

Shoes: Superstar Original, Adidas

Earrings: Pave Crystal Line Earring, Bauble Bar

Makeup Details

Foundation: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, Dark

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Brows: Glossier Boy Brow, in Brown

Eyes: Pastel Goth Palette, Kat Von D

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, in Black

Lips: Le Marc Lip Creme, in Slow Burn

Photo by Lauren from Lauren Bloom Photography

NYFW Day 3: Gypsy Sport

I’ll start off by saying that Gypsy Sport has been a long time favorite of mine.

Unapologetically bold and genderless, it speaks to my eclectic sense of style that shifts between polished and feminine to boyish and sporty. I was honored to attend the show this season. It was by far the most moving show of the week, taking a beautifully unconventional approach to presenting fashion, and it was breathtaking.

The show was dedicated to people of all walks of life, and in particular, those who do not have access to editorial fashion, or really any level of it. The auditorium was dark, and bare, albeit a few large camping tents, and several buckets. Rio Uribe, the creative force behind the label, did not shame politics, but rather, called us to uplift the people of our cities towards unity and respect in response to the country’s current turmoil. He urged us really look at and take action to the injustices some face in today’s society.

Gypsy Sport’s show was recently ranked by Vogue as one of the top eight of the season, here. It is also the subject of my very first “vlog” on YouTube as well, check it out for a quick synopsis of the show below.

The clothes were a tribute to raw, real street style, and it was moving. I expect to see lots of avant-garde sweats, sport inspired velvet designs and more in the ready to wear this fall, and couldn’t be more excited.

The footwear for the show was provided by NEKEDI, another moving label that is pioneering the fashion world out of the limits of formal labeling, and acknowledging sporty street style as a worthy sector of beauty and luxury:

“For too long ‘high fashion’ has been defined by formal attire, with its casual counterparts being hailed as nothing more than an afterthought… NEKEDI has a plan to disrupt the saturated market with a range that speaks to the innovative dressers that are transforming the face of fashion as we know it.” -Yannick Brown, Creative Director

I adore the concept completely. The footwear couldn’t have been more of a perfect fit for Gypsy Sport, while also being a fit for my own personal aesthetic and spirit behind this blog.

I chose my outfit in a very similar take to Gypsy Sport’s aesthetic, sporty notes blended with ragged and softer pieces, and also incorporated my new Pastel Goth Palette by Kat Von D into my makeup for the day.

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This dress is quite literally one of the most versatile pieces I own, and one of my favorite. I wore it styled this way, as well as with my Michi bodysuit under it for a night out on the town later in the week. You can pair it with a concert tee and a pair of cutoff jeans too!

Outfit Details

Dress: Mesh Dress With Frill Hem, The Ragged Priest via ASOS

Top: Crossback Bra in Liquid Silver (SOLD OUT), Alala (different color here)

Pants: Ripped Warrior Legging, Alo Yoga

Shoes: Nike Sky Hi Wedge (Special Edition Nike Women’s Marathon – OLD), similar ON SALE here

Jacket: Down Jacket, Zara (OLD) similar here

Sunglasses: So Real 48mm Sunglasses, Dior, in Palladium/Crystal

Makeup Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Natural Beige

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, in Granite

Eyes: Pastel Goth Palette, Kat Von D

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, in Black

Lips: Lips: ROUGE PUR COUTURE Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent in Fuchsia Fétiche

Photos by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund

NYFW Day 2: Fashion Gallery – The Shows

Day 2 was my busiest day of all: I attended a series of shows hosted by Fashion Gallery, showcasing the following designers throughout the day:

Kepaza by Pernille Fristad

Layana Aguilar (Project Runway)

Taryn Winters

Flesh

Black Rat

I adored all the different textures and moods of each, from the light and free spirited movement of the Kepaza line, to the fur details of Layana Aguilar and Taryn Winters, and the raw and bold designs of Flesh and Black Rat. You’ll definitely be seeing some Black Rat pieces flow into Haute Sweat in the coming months as spring progresses!

In true athlesiure fashion, I took a bold step in pairing my athletic wear with some street pieces, to create a polished athleisure look that was runway ready. That of course, included my pieces from the first designer & fitness collaboration from Carbon38: Jonathan Simkhai.

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My Zara down jacket was a perfect addition to the look as well, being both practical yet edgy with its shiny material and faux fur details. These oversized puffers have been all over the fashion scene this season, on the like of Kendall and other millennial supermodels.

As for the outfit itself, it’s sometimes a risk to take two statement pieces and pair them together, but the Tommaso Pants and Fuller Top played perfectly together! I tucked one side to give it that polished look, easing the athletic lining details a bit.

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Shop the look below, there’s still some Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38 pieces left! It’s limited edition so grab it while you can. It’s seriously functional across all dress codes, and holds up while working out.

Outfit Details

Top: Fuller Top, c/o Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38

Pants: Tommaso Pant, c/o Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38

Shoes: Classic Superstar, Adidas in Rose Gold

Jacket: Down Jacket, Zara (OLD) similar ON SALE here

Makeup Details

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Natural Beige

Primer: Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer, in Luminous Light

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, in Lines and Last Night

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, in Granite

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette, Cool Palette

Lashes: Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, in Black

Lips: Lips: ROUGE PUR COUTURE Lipstick, Yves Saint Laurent in Fuchsia Fétiche

Photos by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund