How did tracksuits, those mid-aughts staples popularized by the likes of Paris Hilton that were usually made of velour and emblazoned with a Juicy Couture logo across the butt, begin their comeback? It might have had something to do with that Vetements x Juicy Couture collaboration that got trendsetters like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna wearing the look again. Or maybe it was just inevitable, regardless of Vetements’ involvement, as the street style around fashion shows has moved toward increasingly streetwear-inspired casual-ness. Either way, one thing’s clear: The tracksuit is back.
But as with any returning trend, it’s the subtle updates that keep things interesting. Yara Shahidi showed what this looks like in action by stepping out at the launch of Fossil Firsts at The Wing on Wednesday morning in a red tracksuit by industry darling Alessandro Michele. The Gucci look’s ruffled sleeves, graphic stripes and embroidered detailing anchored it in today even as the style alluded to yesteryear. Add to that funky heels and a slim-fitting cut, and this tracksuit feels anything but schlubby. Baggy terry cloth bottoms, step aside.
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