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Polos! Sambas! Tenniscore! Fashion Is in Its Sportswear Era

I’ve always been allured by sports but have never been game enough to play. I walked the mile in high school. I attempted to play volleyball, but a hit to the face quickly changed that. I even tried to take up running, but I fainted and was quickly told by the doctors to stay away from high-intensity workouts. In other words, I’m no Kendall Jenner, who shared in her on-screen Kardashian confessional that she’s “literally built like an athlete.” Athletics just wasn’t in the cards for me. Years later, I never thought fashion and sports would eventually be interconnected the way they are in 2024. The significance of clothing has always been impactful to athletes, but there’s no doubt that fashion is currently in its biggest sporty era. And when it comes to this game, I’m not just cheering on from the sidelines—I’m committed to playing.

After all, how can one not currently fall for sports by way of fashion? Especially during a time when you have Caitlin Clark wearing head-to-toe Prada to the WNBA draft, Zendaya becoming viral with every “tenniscore” look worn while promoting Challengers, or Lewis Hamilton, well, being Lewis Hamilton. Luxury brands have also followed suit, with labels like Dries Van Noten also putting its spin on classic pieces like rugby shirts, elongating their hemlines or producing the silhouette in a sumptuous satin. Grace Wales Bonner has always seamlessly blended sportswear with redefined luxury, but her brand’s collab with Adidas took the look to new heights. Miu Miu is known to be the brand that Miuccia Prada likes to have the most fun with, and it certainly appeared so when the brand’s recent collections featured low-waist pleated tennis skirts, feather-adorned polo tops, or color-blocked drawstring shorts that looked straight out of an episode of The O.C.