If we’re being honest with ourselves, we have been living in sweatpants and athleisure gear for about two years now, thanks to lockdown and the pandemic. But as we go back into a world run by the “new normal” narrative and enter the transitional season – we need to start thinking about dressing up past leggings and loungewear. Thankfully, adidas Originals has the perfect fix with the launch of the inaugural, premium Blue Version Collection, an autumn/winter 2021 offering that is an elegant mix of elevated wardrobe staples and iconic sportswear.
Blue Version features elevated takes on archival sportswear looks, such as the iconic Beckenbauer Tracksuit, stylishly reimagined for tomorrow. Playing host to a suite of key pieces from the archive, synonymous with the brand’s sporting history, the collection reinterprets adidas’ aesthetic in unexpected new ways – infusing timeless silhouettes and luxurious materials with contemporary details and unconventional cuts. Giving us a real kick of nostalgia in amongst a serious dose of fashion, the collection’s statement blue hue that runs throughout all the pieces is a nod to adidas’s iconic bluebird colour and offers a platform through which the brand reinterprets the possibilities of sportswear.
We, at Wanted, love a well-curated wardrobe of basics and investment pieces that can last for seasons and strike the balance between comfort and style. The Blue Version collection has all that, with a collection of pieces that work well together and can take you through summer, winter and back again in a pinch.
If there is one item to get from this collection, it has to be the new iterations of the classic trench coat. With both a men’s and women’s version, these are true investment pieces for dressing up during the transitional season. Distinctively blending sportswear with classic tailoring, each trench features bold cuts, blue overlays, and archival soccer jersey sponsor logo-inspired typographic prints. The neutral colour way of the men’s beige coat with navy blue tracksuit detailing, makes it gender neutral and a great oversized option for women too. Honestly, hold on tight to your trench coat as it’s bound to be an item borrowed by your partner time and time again.
Lounge about or run errands in style with the bluebird loungewear pieces, such as the Blue Version Essentials Hoodie or Essentials Batwing Crew Sweatshirt that have comfort down to an art and feel ultra-cosy to the touch, thanks to its premium 97% cotton make up. The collection also boasts three all-black looks that are ideal for those who enjoy a more minimalist, polished approach to sportswear. The women’s woven Adibreak Pants, made of premium cotton-twill fabric and with satin 3-stripes detailing, is the perfect trouser-track pants hybrid that offers comfortable functionality, yet looks good paired with a classic tee or dressed up with a tailored blazer. The men’s pieces take classic sportswear nostalgia and give it a modern update with the quintessential windbreaker and even the Seefeld Track Top and Track Pant that was first created for the elite winter athletes of the seventies.
The adidas Originals Blue Version collection is available at adidas.co.za, Sandton City Flagship store, Canal Walk and limited stock at Gateway, Mall of Africa and Eastgate stores.
Blue Version Women’s Trench Coat, R6 999
Blue Version Woven Adibreak Track Pants, R1 899
Blue Version Men’s Shirt, R2 499
Blue Version Essentials Hoodie, R1 999