Chalk it up to this summer's Olympics, and the series of Spandex that Stella McCartney designed for the British team: Fashion has athletic gear on the brain. The spring collections saw samplings of activewear, including bike shorts at Alexander Wang, color-block sweatshirts at Marc Jacobs, and mesh-panel inserts at Altuzarra, to name a few. Sure, dressing like an accomplished athlete isn't cheap, but Isabel Marant striped rugby dresses, See by Chloé wedge sneakers, and Junya Watanabe pullovers are all priced more than half off. As with any sale, sizes are erratic and good merch moves fast. Click ahead for a roundup of the best stuff out there right now.
T by Alexander Wang cuffed cotton track pants, $58, originally $145
Why: Sweatpants can actually be flattering. Pair these with strappy heels and a tank top for that effortlessly pulled-together, off-duty Parisian look. Buy them here.
Marni paneled cotton blend sweater, $202, originally $505
Why: With the semi-sheer panels and knit overlay, the layering has already been done for you. Buy it here.
Stella McCartney hooded striped cotton shirtdress, $348.25, originally $995
Why: This is a great layering piece. Treat it like a pullover jacket on cooler days and when it warms up, let it be a solo act — drag the zipper down a bit and roll up the sleeves. Buy it here.
Y-3 cropped pants, $78, originally $195
Why: It's all about color right now and turquoise is a lot easier to wear than you think. Style these with a dark neutral like navy or something completely counterintuitive such as burgundy. Buy them here.
Victoria's secret Pink baseball tee, $12.99, originally $22.50
Why: For starters, it's practically free! Up the sexy factor by tucking it into a black leather pencil skirt or high-waisted tuxedo pants. Buy it here.
Etoile Isabel Marant cotton shorts, $98, originally approximately $200
Why: Casual shorts should not be a wardrobe afterthought. This pair has all those old-school athletic details — grommet detail, hidden buttons, and a skinny drawstring cord. Buy them here.
See by Chloé Gondola shearling wedge sneaker, $210, originally $350
Why: As trendy as they are, these will definitely carry you through a few more seasons. Wear them loosely laced with short, thin socks and a midi-skirt. Buy them here.
Junya Watanabe hooded cotton pullover jacket, $398.25, originally $885
Why: Kind of like seeing a double rainbow, Junya doesn't show up both on sale and online very often and this is over 50 percent off. Treat it like an anorak and layer it over cropped jeans and moccasins for a preppy, nautical effect. Buy it here.
A.L.C. crepe shorts, $110.25, originally $315
Why: Tailored white shorts can go terribly wrong. A slouchy pair like these have a "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing feel and offset the proportions of a shrunken pullover. Buy them here.
Converse Marimekko polka dot sneakers, $62.99, originally $90
Why: Converse are like an old friend that you can rely on. This pair's graphic print adds instant street cred to any ho-hum outfit. Buy them here.
ASOS nylon mesh backpack, $31.33, originally $44.76
Why: If you can't commit to a sportif ensemble, go for an accessory that slips off easily. Buy it here.
Alexander Wang boxing short with cummerbund, $158, originally $395
Why: Tuxedo and sport can work together effortlessly. Style these with matte white accessories and a sleeveless tailored jacket for a modern, summery take on Le Smoking. Buy it here.
ASOS dude washed canvas high tops, $43.87, originally $62.67
Why: These have that worn-in feel like you've had them forever. Since the high tops slouch down, you can still pull them off with a pair of skinny jeans. Buy them here.
Adidas by Stella McCartney animal-print windbreaker, $155, originally $255
Why: You can wear it to the gym and look chic, or wear it out and about and look sporty. Your call. Buy it here.
Adidas by Stella McCartney cropped-sleeve hoodie, $69, originally $135
Why: It's the perfect antidote to the classic zip-front version. In line with the oversize proportions that are happening for spring — think Phillip Lim and Céline — this hoodie can double as a sweater. Buy it here.
Isabel Marant lace-up dress, $298, originally approximately $550
Why: You know you wanted this when it first came out. Tomboy elements like football-inspired lacing balance out the delicate straps and make it a great loll-around-on-the-weekend dress. Buy it here.
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