Taking it back with VELOUR TRACKSUITS!

Back in college {which was basically 10 years ago whaaaaa} – I was totally that girl.

I was never one to dress up for class. Some people went to the nines, I didn’t. It was a tracksuit all day every day. I worked full-time in college {in the restaurant industry so very long hours & very little sleep}, so comfort took priority over fashion.

In fact, to this day, I will admit, I don’t feel as comfortable in formal professional attire. It’s just not me. Though I enjoy a good blazer, pantsuit & LOVE my breezy button downs, I feel more like “Professional Barbie” in formal work attire vs “Shannon”.

Class was no exception – well, except for one annoying class where we had to wear a suit to – & I owned every single velour or french terry tracksuit there ever was – Juicy, VS Pink, Express… you name it. Though, remember, I was 2007 Shannon, so most of it was Ed Hardy-esque blinged tf out.

The velour tracksuits stayed with me when I moved to Dallas until about 2012. I had a variety of colours {& red for Houston!!} & each one you better believe had the matching hoodie.  If a girlfriend ended up spending the night after a night out, no problem! I usually loaned them one of my velour sweats to go home in.

I ended up parting with the majority of mine during a closet haul. I got rid of any that lost the matching co-ords… not to mention, the fit was a bit dated aka very low-rise pants.

Well, as a blogger, one thing I do constantly is see what’s new in my favourite shops. I could not believe my eyes as I was scrolling through Express’s new arrivals… there we had it, a velour tracksuit that was totally in style!! Think cropped hoodies & a slimmer fit jogger {exactly what I’m wearing! I also got this one too}!

This was right before our Paris trip, so I pressed purchase and was already looking forward to wearing it on the long plane ride! 😉

Not even going to lie, Erik thinks it’s totally ridiculous {I think he’s totally ridiculous}, but I love it. I pair them with my velvet mules and loving the monochromatic look of black velvet!

Now, to make it even more fun, you can totally play around with it! I’ve worn this exact cropped hoodie to work over a white tee, skinny jeans, black leather belt, & loafers. I’ve paired the velour sweats with a white Portofino {half tucked} for a casual yet polished look. Pair them with some Superstars, and you, my friend, got yourself a chic loungey look. Right now, the trench over hoodie look is huge so I love the idea of matching the velour with a structured blazer.

I obviously love it with my velvet mules, but it would also look super rad with some metallic silver mules too!

Either way, I’m so stoked the velvet co-ords is coming back. In fact, Khloe K was just rocking it in her snapchats the other day so expect to see this in a major way at every retailer!

Scroll on to shop this throwback and my favourite velvet co-ords at the moment! 

Let me know what you think! Yay or nay to the velour tracksuit that we all grew up with?! xx S

wearing :: cropped velour hoodie || velour sweats || velvet mules || gold sunglasses {sold out 🙁 similar here & here – love a good side shield}
drinking :: Lagunitas IPA


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