MOTORSPORT-INSPIRED ATHLEISURE SHIFTS INTO HIGH GEAR THIS SPRING
BY MICHELLE DALTON TYREE
And we’ve got the perfect picks to help you rev up your style
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Motorsport-inspired athleisure is having a serious fashion moment this spring and it’s mirroring a massive resurgence in racing interest in North America that has catapulted it to one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Excitement was first ignited when Netflix launched its Formula One docuseries Drive to Survive in 2019 and it has only been further fueled (pardon the pun) this season by the recent debut on The CW of 100 Days to Indy, the IndyCar docuseries which chronicles IndyCar drivers as they prepare for the Indianapolis 500 on May 28. And to add to the excitement, Formula One has added to its calendar a street race in Las Vegas this November.
What this means for fashion — and your feeds — is that racing influences, from track to motocross, have trickled down to your favorite designers and athleisure brands, which have showcased everything from sporty racing stripes, bold red hues, motocross detailing and jumpsuits, numbered jackets, bombers track suits and more. And what we love about this trend is that it’s more than just a quick fashion pit stop: Racing-style has become an enduring classic — from vintage finds to contemporary pieces.
So whether you’re a racing enthusiast, just a fashion lover or both, we’ve put together a high-octane mix of winning pieces to slip into your spring/summer lineup and ensure a fashionable finish.
START YOUR ENGINES …
We’ve flagged a few of our checkered faves to get you inspired.
Palm Angels Damier Track Miniskirt
We’re all for a literal take on the racing theme.
The easiest way to nod to racing style? Track pants and sharp stripe details.
Adidas Track Pants
The OG of track pants.
A|X Armani Exchange
Racing striped leggings and matching tank top
When in doubt, always go for the matching set.
Windproof Zip-Hem Trackpants
Wear it with sneaks for a casual look or edge it up with a crop top and heels for a night out.
Zip-Up Sweatshirt with Monogram Print and Monogram-Print Tracksuit Bottoms with Signature-Stripe Tape
A little retro and a whole lotta cool.
Backpack with Stripe
Accessories are a great way to nod to the trend.
RED HOT RACING HUES…
The of-the-moment color for spring is always a hit — in and out of the winner’s circle.
Arctic Adjustable Cap
A classic cap with an adjustable leather strap.
Gotham Cat Sunglasses in Red
These sleek sunnies are chic on or off the track.
Very Vivier Strass Buckle Sneakers in Leather
A perfect balance of luxe and sporty styling.
Technical Jersey Basketball Shorts
Two crisp colors in one ultra cool, relaxed short.
Biker Boot in Red
A sporty boot for racing around town.
Punctuate your look with vintage-inspired jackets.
Teddy Jacket in Crepe Satin
This retro chic bomber jacket is a wardrobe winner.
Weekend Max Mara
This bomber jacket in hand-sewn double-faced wool has just the right touch of Rydell High style in it.
Martini Racing® Collection
Women’s windbreaker, navy quilted Men’s jacket and knitted hat.