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Sports-inspired clothes for more than just workouts

February 01, 2009|Melissa Magsaysay

Don't be surprised to see people break out of the pack this spring by wearing satin shoes in step class or reflective-foil marathon jackets at the mall. Several designers are infusing fashion into clothing and accessories that are meant for the street, but inspired by sport. The result? Multipurpose pieces that make a chic transition from running on the treadmill to running errands and maybe even fill the bill for a casual business meeting.

The lines between lifestyle and active wear have been blurring, and this spring, a number of designers are striking the balance between form and function. Thakoon created jackets for Italian brand Hogan that were inspired by the blinding silver "space blankets" marathon runners wrap around their bodies after a race. And Sergio Rossi -- known mostly for doing a sexy stiletto -- has dropped the heel and made a satin sneaker for Puma in an array of pearly hues. New Balance sneakers have gotten a punch of color and more feminine detail thanks to a collaboration with Nine West.

"It's important to have pieces that you can throw on after [working out] to make you look finished," says Jodi Guber, owner and designer of L.A.-based clothing line Beyond Yoga, which makes pants and matching ponchos in organic cotton.

Pair some black, boot-cut yoga pants with an elegant cashmere sweater and ballet flats and no one will ever know you just got out of the gym.

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melissa.magsaysay@latimes.com

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