Vintage Sportswear: Why You Need It And Where To Get It

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Last week I wrote a post about comeback fashion trends from the 80s and 90s and how we should be wearing this time round in 2017. I’ve also been known to rant and rave, wear and wonder at the ever persistent sports luxe trend here on the blog. Last weekend saw the resurgence of my love for Urban Outfitters closely followed by the devastating moment of comparing price tags with my rapidly decreasing bank balance. Back on the shelf the Fila dress went. The weekend brought my obsession with checking Belfast’s own Octopus’s Garden’s instastories for updates of new product drops. Then came the lightbulb moment. I’m maybe, probably, definitely obsessing over vintage sportswear.

Trust me, it’s come as a surprise to me as much to anyone else that Sporty Spice has suddenly become my fashion muse. I have no idea how or when this happened but for now I’m going to go with it and the upcoming fashion calendar thinks you should too.

The problem is, us 90s babies forgot the one very important thing when we offloaded our ‘tacky’ sportswear to our little sisters; fashion is cyclical and even the most unexpected items come back around to taunt us from wardrobes that are no longer ours. We played ourselves on this one.

Here’s the thing. I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is I’m here to tell you where to get it all back.

The bad news – your bank balance may take a (worthy) hit in the process.

Frankie Collective

Firstly, where have you been all my life?

Secondly, kind of wish I’d never found you.

Upon first entering the online store you’re greeted with one of those irritating little “subscribe to our newsletter” pop ups and upon first impressions I did think could you maybe go away, thanks. That was until I spotted the sneaky little discount offer of 20% off your first order when you sign up. The logical side of my brain was screaming ‘NOOOOOOO’ while the marketer’s dream within me did the typing and before I knew it my first email as a subscriber was in my inbox. What have I done?

Annoyingly, they are based in Canada like most of the best things in life but with international shipping, brands that Sporty Spice wannabes can usually only dream about and exclusive products that will have all 90s fashion heroes drooling, how could you say no? Sometimes girls, you just gotta do what you gotta do to reach best dressed status.

If nothing else, I recommend you give them a follow on instagram for the best of the best vintage sportswear outfit inspiration.

ASOS Marketplace


Good ol’ ASOS Marketplace, an online shopping destination far to frequently (and completely unfairly) forgotten about.

They have an entire shopping edit with pages upon pages dedicated to vintage sportswear. They’ve got Champion, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, adidas, ellesse and Lacoste. Not to mention a blog filled with styling solutions and if that’s not enough to feed your sportswear addiction a) I don’t know what will and b) maybe you should lower your standards a little.


Urban Outfitters


There’s no place I love more for sportswear outfit inspiration than Urban Outfitters. Sometimes the window displays are enough to get the cogs moving but then of course walking past without having a look inside and mentally adding every item to my wishlist would be a complete sin.

Walking into Urban Outfitters feels like walking into a time machine sometimes, which isn’t something I’m complaining about given my current love for vintage.

It all started subtly for the brand through introduction of Tommy Hilfiger sports bras and underwear sets to rival the famous #MyCalvins social media campaign, Next came the Tommy Hilfiger vintage clothing and before we knew it, we were surrounded by vintage sportswear stock that now boasts a collection of items from brands such as Fila, Umbro, Champion and Reebok along with so many more.


As owners of renowned vintage store, Rokit said “Why by new when you can invest in the real thing? Vintage did it first so carry on the tradition and add authenticity to your daywear.”

Shop Vintage Sportswear

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1 Comment

  1. August 31, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I’m all about that athleisure life these days, so I’m happy any time it makes an appearance in fashion styles.

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