To the girls that constantly teach us the power and diversity in what it means to be labelled ‘sporty’ or ‘outdoorsy’, and continually reinvent the term ‘active’ to wear with pride- we salute you. Not only because you find ways keep fit year-round, but also because you play a massive part in influencing the summer fashion for all girls- even the ones not so experienced on a surfboard. Like us. In fact, the only board we own is a chopping board, which isn't exactly glamorous. But our closets? Fresh as a well-dressed daisy - and ready for another sporting update.
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Swim, Cycle, Surf: The New Athleisure Trends Taking Over For Summer
Whether you're actually planning to hit the beach or hop on a bike, or just want to look that way, Urban Outfitters have got all your sports style essentials covered this season.
With the aid of authentic Malibu chicks, surfer style has made a huge impression on contemporary style, from casual streetwear to wetsuits on runways. And when aided by the polarising likes of the Kardashians to the Tour de France, two cultrual phenomenons respectively, cycle shorts and bike gear have been added to the roster of looks influenced by sporty outdoors style. Even sunglasses have veered towards a visor style that emanates scuba goggle vibes. So if you’re keen on channelling active outdoorsy style certified to be the uniform of all cool girls this summer, you only need to look as far as Urban Outfitters who have this new athleisure vibe down to a tee.
From surfer inspired tie-dye to biker co-ords and go-faster stripes, Urban Outfitters have added their unique brand of laidback cool to the most motivational of sportswear styles. So you can look fresh-out-of-the-water even when sipping cocktails on the side lines.
Swimwear on the Cement
We love when our clothes deliver a sense of duality. That’s why you should exercise your right to versatile style by wearing your one-piece swimming costume as a bodysuit. There’s no reason why you can’t blur the lines between a bikini and a bralette, especially when it’s far too cute to just be seen at the beach. Pair your bikini top with a pair of linen mom shorts, a denim jacket and mules to elevate your look from casual swim to elegant street. If you want to keep your best bits for the pool, just look for pieces with neoprene fabrics, racer-cuts and the lowest scoop backs.
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Lazy Oaf Floral Bandeau Bikini Top - assorted UK 8 at...
Finally emerging into mainstream, these form-fitting, unexpected pieces have taken the fashion world by storm, and we’re not opposed to it. Bike shorts offer our outfits another layer of transition, making them great to wear with a crop top bralette, but also with that oversized shirt that you can’t quite wear as a dress but would make you lose shape with a pair of trousers. Just throw on a pair of cycling shorts and add a belt at the waist to cinch you in.
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UO Christy Floral Cycling Shorts - white S at Urban...
Whether your water habits are casual wading or seriously riding waves- it doesn’t matter, because these wetsuits we’ll be wearing on dry land. Go for scuba-style with a rash guard crop top paired with a denim skirt, visor sunglasses and Teva sandals for a seriously unique, shark-infested waters meets uptown city look.