Oh, the Olympics.

Ever since I was a little girl I've loved the pageantry of this glorious event. In my spare time I even watch epic old clips from years past. Nerd.

And now, because of the Olympics, we'll probably be seeing athleisure (sportwear-inspired pieces worn in an everyday manner), on a more regular basis. Contrary to popular belief, your are not supposed to wear actual sportswear from the gym to dinner. Because sweat. So, unless you are Chuck Norris, please don't.

We've all seen it (especially in Cape Town), people clad in full-on activewear sipping a flat white over Saturday morning brunch. "Did they really exercise?" I often wonder.

Or people who try to exercise in their athleisure wear - pieces that have clearly been inspired by actual activewear, but that simply won't give you proper support whilst exercising. Say, for example, you can't jog in your MR P Light-Up Sneakers. Your feet will hate you.

So, confusing these worlds have not done my eyes nor your feet any favours. Trust me.

Athleisure worn as everyday items are cool, and have become acceptable when married with denim, jewellery, and even faux fur. But wearing your actual gym sweats and tekkies to lunch at Babylonstoren? Not so much.

You have to choose your activity and dress accordingly. Don't try to do both. Imagine wearing your Stella McCartney tights to the gym for a year and then suddenly out to dinner at a chic eatery like Mulberry & Prince? Ew.

At the moment we are loving...

Nike International Windrunner Women's Jacket, R 1,499.95

adidas Stella Sport Padded bomber jacket, R 1599

Mr P Project Metallic Bomber Jacket, R329.99

Nike International Women's Short-Sleeve Top, R 999.95

adidas WOW DNA tights, R 1299

adidas by Stella McCartney Run Longtight, R 1399

RT statement bodysuit, R79.99

adidas Superstar 80s Shoes, R 1899

Nike Classic Cortez Unisex Shoe (Men's Sizing), R 1,299.95

MrP Project Light-up sneaker, R399.99

This shoe fits like a (foot) glove. Luckily, it's a million times prettier than Skele-Toes. Because all shoes are. This sleek, form fitting running shoe features a full length BOOST midsole - thousands of BOOST capsules come together to generate positive energy, with a distinctive floating arch that hugs the contours of your foot to deliver a personalised fit and completely unique look that supports your every step. Whatever your form, whatever your shape, it moulds to your foot.

adidas PureBOOST X will be available on the adidas site, Own Retail, Total Sports, Sportsman Warehouse and Cross Trainer stores from 10 August, at a retail price of R1799.


Rihanna's #FENTYxPUMA Fur Slides launch in SA on 19 August and we MUST have them. R700, at 137 Bree Street, Cape Town or 81 Juta Street, Braamfontein