Spring 2012 Delivers Super Chic Sportswear

Sportswear for Spring 2012 at Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Ruffian during New York Fashion Week.
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Even if you're not really athletic, the sportswear trend that emerged from the Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week runways has you covered. And no, we're not talking the battered sneakers or faded college sorority T-shirts you still wear to the gym. We're talking luxe sportswear, light-as-air fabrics, sleek silhouettes, and lively bursts of color. We're talking Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Ruffian, who all displayed chic, sporty ensembles that you'd never actually wear to play sports, but would wear to convey your active, on-the-go lifestyle.

Though we once thought of motocross as the rough sport where guys rode around on dirt bikes in rubbery, uncomfortable-looking gear, Alexander Wang's take—streamlined jackets and leggings, sexy mesh panels, leather bandannas—has us reconsidering motorcycles (and coming up with all sorts of reasons why we NEED something from the collection). Marc by Marc Jacobs delivers for the girl who plays tennis with a boxy sweater, orange skirt, and multicolored high-tops (can't you just imagine those models breathing a sigh of relief after a week of strutting in heels?). And while we've never aspired to become a jockey (except for that one week after we saw Seabiscuit), Ruffian's unfussy outfits cast a whole new light on the profession. Paired with silky trousers and strappy electric blue sandals, a preppy, jersey-inspired tank top seems like a breath of fresh air for spring.


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