We Tried On All The Sports Luxe At River Island So You Don’t Have To

Spring has sprung so we want to be wearing sporty stuff


by Charlie Byrne |
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It’s the first Changing Room Selfies of March, actual MARCH, which almost sounds like a month that doesn’t belong to winter. Thank God. We actually might have made it through the shit part of the year, and can now start looking forward to the good stuff - it still being light after work, not having to constantly wear seven layers, and the thought of shoes that aren’t boots. I hear there are these things called sandals. But they might be a myth. I’ll let you know.

All this energy for spring has got us in the mood for a bit of sports luxe - it’s the ideal trans-seasonal vibe because you can still wear some layers, while not being too bundled up, and the loose shapes let the breeze in and blow away your metaphorical winter cobwebs. We headed to River Island to check out the best of their sportsy stuff, so you don't have to spend hours in the changing room yourself.

The Sheer Bomber


Trousers, £38, top, £30, trainers, £32, sheer bomber jacket, £60

This sheer bomber is part of the Jean-Pierre Braganza collab that River did during London Fashion Week, and it looks a million times more expensive than it actually is. It’s a good cover up because it adds a layer over your arms while it’s still nippy, but you can wear it in strong sunshine too - come festival time, you will be thanking me.

The Slogan Sweater


Sweatshirt, £25, shirt, £26, jeans, £40, trainers, £28

OK, so I had no idea that when I tried on this 'Uh-Oh' sweater I would be presenting myself to hundreds of thousands of you with a sweatshirt that looks like it reads 'Ho-Hu'. That aside, its cute little window pane logo feels different to the tonnes of other sweaters on the high street right now. And check out these trainers that remind me a little of Stan Smiths, but they have a slick flash of gold to the heels.

**The Tube Skirt **


Tube skirt, £25, trainers, £28, blazer, £60, top, £28, cami, £8

I'm a big champion of the tube skirt, they’re so enjoyable to wear because they stretch all over your body like a cosy, easy to pull on body condom. OK, so I realise that might not sound enticing, but trust me, it is. Plus you don’t have to confine it to your weekend wardrobe, throw on a blazer, and something smarter like this organza checked top, and you can totally rock the tube skirt to work.

The Sci-Fi Knit


Top, £32, trousers, £42, trainers, £32

I totally feel like I could be in Star Trek with this outfit. The trousers are tailored, so you can wear them to work without the trainers, and the top has that clever sucky-in effect you get from bandage knitwear. Pair it with a kilt (FYI, you’re all going to want a kilt, they’re the next cult item) and you’ve got a sassy outfit for a night out.

The Luxe T-shirt


Track trousers, £38, T shirt, £40, Trainers,

This kingfisher print cropped top is another JPB creation for River, and it’s ridiculously slinky and soft. I’ve worn it over a vest and some black track pants to show you how you can dress it down, but really this baby should be worn over a silky cami dress with heeled shoe boots and a big hobo handbag. Try it - you’ll get a killer outfit for a date where you want to seem in control, like you’re that untouchable girl with her own style that everyone wants to be or be with. Promise.

The Culottes


Top, £25, culottes, £32, shoes, £50

Sports luxe can still be super smart - a roll neck should be your go-to layer underneath sportier silhouettes like this bronze twist-back cover up. A special shout-out goes to the shoes, which feel a bit Miu Miu-inspired, and are the most comfortable heels I’ve worn in a long time. And yep, those are my toes - all out, and ready for Spring.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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