Collegiate stripes have been a motif in sport and leisure wear since varsity jackets and tracksuits were invented. But while the classic version of the trend is an ever-present theme in active fashion, the off-kilter iteration introduced over the past few seasons feels fresh and new. It’s a trend that’s holding strong for spring 2019, as seen at shows like Loewe, Oscar de la Renta, and Prabal Gurung, as well as in new clothes just hitting stores. Here’s how to wear them to and from your workouts and beyond.
Horizontal varsity stripes make this top feel modern and more special than your average sweatshirt. Because of its cropped waistline, it pairs flatteringly with high-waisted jeans, silky pencil skirts, and leggings of any kind.
Most track styles feature a stripe along the side, but these stripes encircle one leg, adding an unexpected hit of edge to the typical warm-up pants. Elastic cuffs around the ankles create a tapered silhouette that means these can be worn to the gym, but also to a low-key bar or restaurant.
This lightweight workout top is pre-knotted for those who prefer to cinch their waists in active gear. A geometric stripe pattern frames your shape to create definition, even though the shirt’s silhouette is loose.
This waterproof layer marries high style and performance. Layer it over your exercise gear in spring weather, or wear it on a night out for a heritage vibe—with a current twist.
Substantial straps and a thick, supportive band make this bra feel secure enough for HIIT, but the bright single stripe across the front also allows you to wear it under a sheer blouse for a dressier look.
Stripes that go along the inseam of these leggings make them a slightly offbeat but approachable option. Their close-to-body cut is ideal for activities like running, weightlifting, and cycling.
Take the back of this skirt as proof of this trend’s ready-to-wear inclusion. A cool mixed stripe offsets the sweet-feeling floral print. It can be worn with sporty basics like t-shirts and longline sports bras.