Now that the Olympics have invaded London, it comes as no surprise that this month’s fashion scene is in praise of the athletic style. Fashion designers are well aware that you can’t show up to the games in a fancy outfit or a cheap tracksuit. Even though we are not personally competing in the games, our participation still requires us to fit in with the athletes.

The main piece of advice to follow in adopting the athletic look is to simply think like a sportswoman. As such, the keywords are practicality and simplicity. Athletes are not interested in decorating their outfits with beads, excessive jewellery or frills. Instead, they opt for block colours, padded sweaters, racing stripes and skin-tight jumpsuits. To a large extent, when observing the athletic designs, I am reminded of a Piet Mondrian painting. Colours stand in contrast to one another in classic, stylish patterns.

If you’re looking to accessorise your outfit, which as a woman, I’m sure you are, then opt for a clutch in a plain colour. You’ll also have less room to unnecessary items in your handbag, which always end up weighing you down. However, if you are planning to stand for long hours in the sun or find yourself stuck in a downpour, you can also opt for a simple backpack, which will complement your sporty style. As for jewellery, this marks the rare occasion when I would advise you to leave it at home.

Also, if you absolutely must wear high heel shoes, opt for a classic beige or a colour that does not clash with that of your outfit. Otherwise, I would advise you to stick to ballet flats or tennis shoes. After all, you’re attending the Olympics - walking is a given.

I will end by wishing you all good luck in matching your outfits with your accessories. Enjoy the games and don’t let yourselves get crushed by the crowd!

By Aurelia Clavien - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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