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July 9, 2014

The Athletic Trend: Sleek Style for a Night Out

As we talked about yesterday, athletic influences have certainly made their way in to all facets of our wardrobes. For after 5, this becomes more of a sleek, cool look…think sport-inspired silhouettes in elevated fabrics. It’s utterly perfect for a date night or drinks at your favorite bar with friends. The influence can be subtle – perhaps a jacket with ribbed cuffs and waist detail, inspired by a varsity jacket. Or they can be more direct, as in a ridiculously comfortable pair of slouchy trousers with an elasticized hem that makes you wonder why you ever bothered wearing sweatpants when you can look this good. This is one of our favorite trends that we are delighted to see continuing through the fall, so an investment here won’t be wasted.
Tomorrow, we’re talking about casual options. It may seem obvious, but we think you’ll be as excited as we are by some of our favorites.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-silk-charmeuse-drawstring-ankle-pants/3745977
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-silk-charmeuse-drawstring-ankle-pants/3745977
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Eileen Fisher - Silk Charmeuse Drawstring Ankle Pants
Silk Charmeuse Drawstring Ankle Pants
Eileen Fisher
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Easy comfort with evening elegance…what else could we ask for when we’re getting ready for a night out? Oh, we know – a beautiful color. Eileen Fisher delivers. This soft grey is a wonderful alternative to black in the summer months, and is easy to wear any silky blouse with it, from black or white to any pop color.
http://www.lafayette148ny.com/italian-cashmere-silk-dolman-tunic.html Lafayette 148 New York - Italian Cashmere Silk Dolman Tunic
Lafayette 148 New York - Italian Cashmere Silk Dolman Tunic
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Lafayette 148 New York - Italian Cashmere Silk Dolman Tunic
Italian Cashmere Silk Dolman Tunic
Lafayette 148 New York
Sold by: Lafayette 148 New York

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Sophisticated and so beautiful in this soft blush pink, this tunic is absolute elegance. In a large array of sizes, this modern fitting piece steals the show by taking athletic inspiration in a raglan sleeve and completely revamping the idea, using a combination of silk and fine cashmere. This tunic will work beautifully with cream, navy or black trousers for a smart evening look. To further dress it up, pair it with these salmon pants.
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/magaschoni-silk-color-block-shift-dress?ID=1055100 Magaschoni - Silk Color Block Shift Dress
Magaschoni - Silk Color Block Shift Dress
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Magaschoni - Silk Color Block Shift Dress
Silk Color Block Shift Dress
Magaschoni
Sold by: Bloomingdale's

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Magaschoni’s well-designed interpretation of color blocking creates a dress perfect for an evening out or even a day affair, like a shower. They have strategically placed the black panels on the sides and back for the most minimizing effect. Effortless with a black or nude pump.
http://www.shopbop.com/sarina-bomber-club-monaco/vp/v=1/1560448221.htm Club Monaco - Sarina Bomber Jacket
Club Monaco - Sarina Bomber Jacket
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Club Monaco - Sarina Bomber Jacket
Sarina Bomber Jacket
Club Monaco
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As this piece perfectly illustrates, athletic inspiration can certainly be feminine. We love the melding of soft floral cottons and silks with the tougher silhouette of a bomber jacket. The soft colors make this a beautiful piece for a summer night out, to add to your outfit once it gets cooler. Since the pattern uses black, grey, and white, you can easily wear a shirt and pants or skirt in these colors with it. It will also dress up a pair of jeans, when worn with a pair of heels.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Satin-Jersey-Loose-Top/prod167730067_cat12110761__/p.prod Vince - Satin/Jersey Loose Top
Vince - Satin/Jersey Loose Top
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Vince - Satin/Jersey Loose Top
Satin/Jersey Loose Top
Vince
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What could’ve been an ordinary blouse becomes extraordinary when Vince adds sheer shoulder panels, and a bit of loose athletic-inspired banding on the sleeves, to this striking hunter green silk satin top. The picture doesn’t do it justice. And while you can certainly complete the look with a great pair of shorts and heels, as shown, we prefer a more sophisticated pairing, like these khaki trousers, these off-white ones or a classic cream pencil skirt and nude pumps.
http://www.rebeccaminkoff.com/shop/clothing/lloyd-dress-navy.html Rebecca Minkoff - Lloyd Dress
Rebecca Minkoff - Lloyd Dress
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Rebecca Minkoff - Lloyd Dress
Lloyd Dress
Rebecca Minkoff
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Take a closer look at this easy dress by clicking through the “shop it” button. You’ll see the lined fabric is actually perforated and there are 2 solid stripes, taking inspiration from a basketball jersey. And that is certainly where the comparison to athletic gear ends. This dress is ideal for a night out – keep it casual with flats sandals or dress it up with a sexy strappy one. It’s such a perfect summer dress – you will look great and stylish, while still having the comfort of a drawstring waist.
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/magaschoni-color-block-sweater-dress?ID=1055085 Magaschoni - Color Block Sweater Dress
Magaschoni - Color Block Sweater Dress
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Magaschoni - Color Block Sweater Dress
Color Block Sweater Dress
Magaschoni
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We couldn’t help but throw in one more color block dress from Magaschoni, since they’ve done such a beautiful job with them this season. This version is a little sportier, more casual, and form fitting…and we love it. Pair it with strappy sandals or easy flats.
https://www.jcrew.com/browse/single_product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441840286 J.Crew - Geo Print Drawstring Pants
J.Crew - Geo Print Drawstring Pants
The silky fabrication of these printed pants easily step up the dressy factor on a summer night. We love the idea of a simple print in a loose fitting pant like this – it’s very flattering, not clinging, and provides a lot of eye interest. Great with a simple ivory or navy top.
http://www.shopbop.com/satin-piped-wrap-seam-pant/vp/v=1/1553679240.htm Vince - Satin Piped Wrap Seam Pants
Vince - Satin Piped Wrap Seam Pants
These pants take athletic details, like piping and an elastic waist and interpret them into a stylish, updated version of a tuxedo pant. How modern. The piping is sateen to add some pop, and the pants are made of a luxe crepe. There are so many ways to wear these easy fitting pants. For a tougher edge, pair them with a simple white tank top and strappy heeled sandals for a perfect date night outfit. But you can also pair it with a sophisticated blouse, even add a tuxedo-styled blazer and you have a dressier night option.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446700079& Tadashi Shoji - Illusion-Inset Jersey Dress
Tadashi Shoji - Illusion-Inset Jersey Dress
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Tadashi Shoji - Illusion-Inset Jersey Dress
Illusion-Inset Jersey Dress
Tadashi Shoji
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Sporty stripes take on the highest level of sophistication in this Tadashi Shoji dress. It has a pintucking detail at the waist that flatters and forgives. Perfect for most dressier occasions, but if you need something truly formal, go with the long version.
 

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