The next time you’re slipping on a breezy jersey tee, thank Coco Chanel.
You might think Alexander Wang kicked off the whole sportswear-as-daywear trend. Nope. Mrs Chanel was a pioneer in sportswear. She challenged the status quo—Gasp! Jersey is for sailors and fishermen, not a lady!—and led the charge in designing more comfortable and practical clothing for women.
Subsequent designers such as Geoffrey Beene and Bill Blass took up the cause, making sportswear—with its relaxed silhouettes and breathable fabrics—an integral part of every modern girl’s wardrobe.
Today’s sportswear sub-categories (après ski, athleisure) have become the norm. Sneakers are as interchangeable as stilettos. Letterman jackets are made in silk. Slouchy drawstring pants are runway-worthy, in fabrications like python and lamé.
The sportswear evolution is why we love blogs like Sportsanista. Marija Krosnjar’s sporty-cool esthetic infuses high-fashion silhouettes with down-to-earth practicality. Among Krosnjar’s everyday looks: hip-hugging pencil skirts worn with slip-on sneakers, flippy tennis skirts styled with knotted button-ups, and nylon anoraks layered over tulle maxi skirts. Jockeying between off-court gear and trend-right ready-to-wear, the Chicago blogger’s style is both inspiring and refreshingly approachable.
We caught up with Krosnjar to learn more about her hometown and her best fashion plays.
Tell us about your blog.
I started Sportsanista around three years ago to serve as a creative outlet for myself and women who work in sports. It’s slowly evolved into a site that features everyday style with a mix of game-day fashion. The name stems from my love of sports, the industry I work in, and my love of fashion. I was toying with a few names and this one captured the fusion between both worlds.
Who are your style icons?
Mira Duma and Olivia Palermo. They carry themselves in such a way that is just mesmerizing. They have such confidence, which plays a big role in their personal style. They are constantly evolving, yet they stay consistent! I drool over every look and just want to play in their closets.
Does living in Chicago influence your style choices?
Certainly! The city gives off such an energy and edgy vibe that influences and inspires you.
What are your top five style tips?
1. Accessorize with bright statement pieces.
2. When it works, buy it in multiples. If I find a dress that fits my shape and is appropriate for work, I buy it in every color or pattern that it comes in.
3. Layer your necklaces. It’s a fun way to play with your accessories and give them new life.
4. Go nude. Spend the money on a good pair of tan pumps or sandals. They will help elongate your legs, and suit any season.
5. Mix and match. Get more use out of the items in your closet by mixing patterns with prints, etc.
What’s on your Chicago must-see list?
There are so many “must-sees” in Chicago it’s hard to limit them! Here is my short list: The Bean at Millennium Park, the Sky Deck in the Willis Tower, Field Museum, Navy Pier, and you have to do a tour of the city’s architecture by boat!
So, when we’re next in town, where should we grab a bite?
Antique Taco is absolutely my staple!
Fast & Furious Fashion Quiz
Bikini or one-piece?
Neutral or red lip?
Beach or pool?
Red or white?
Body-con or boyfriend?
Skinnies or flares?
Night out or in?
Sweet or savory?
Instagram or Snapchat?
Why did you choose the Vince Camuto Lorenza Bootie?
This is the perfect bootie to take me from summer to fall and even winter. I’m looking forward to pairing it with a leather mini and a chunky sweater or distressed denim and a casual sports tee, which can have a place in fashion outside of the stadium! I enjoy the challenge of thinking creatively about how I can pair a game-day top with pieces that are currently trending.