Retro Sportswear: Clothes The ELLE Team Regrets Getting Rid Of

​With the return of popper tracksuit bottoms and Vanilla Ice-inspired puffer jackets, ​the ELLE team reveals the sportswear they wish they'd kept from their youth

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Were you one of those kids in the 80s/90s that sported a Casio G-Shock watch, Kappa arm-lined track jackets, Kangol bucket hats and Ellesse trainers?

Then you'll rue the day you let your mum take them in a bin bag to the second-hand shop, because retro sportswear is officially on-trend. 

As a result, we've rounded up the ELLE team to find out which items they wish they'd kept for the sportswear revival:

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Fern Ross, Associate Editor 

'I think I still have my original Nike Air Max at home, but I wish I'd not fallen off my bike and shredded my beloved Adidas popper trousers.'

Lorraine Candy, Editor in Chief

'My Speedo leotard. I tried to get into the school gymnastics squad for five years but severe clumsiness prevented me so I just started wearing the Speedo as a body.'

Bibby Sowray, Digital News and Features Editor

'I had a Minnie Mouse T-shirt that changed colour in hot weather – I really wish I had kept it now that Disney is having a fashion moment.'

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Elizabeth Cooney, Senior Designer

'I was obsessed with Adidas track jackets. My best friend had a white with gold stripes and I had a black with white stripes so we'd swap and share.'

Sophie Beresiner, Beauty Director

'I had a strong collection of DASH stripy leggings and logo sweatshirts. '80s children will understand.'

Hannah Nathanson, Commisioning Editor

'My Ellesse jumper or my baby G watch because I loved all the buttons.'

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Lena De Casparis, Culture and Special Projects Director

'The neon blue Helly Hanson puffer I rocked over my school uniform circa 1999 was basically a replica of the Balenciaga one that EVERYONE wants this season. Plus it was reversible so I could make it bright yellow for some days. Take notes Demna…'

Lara Ferros, Picture Editor

'Anything to do with old Vision street wear skateboarding clothes (from the '80s though). The trousers, t-shirts and oh yes – the fanny packs.'

Inspired by the 90’s. #VisionStreetWear now available at @forever21. #F21xVision

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Katie O'Malley, Digital Writer 

'With an obsession for all things Spice Girls as a child, you'd rarely see me without my red Adidas track jacket, Strobe ERS Reebok pumps and Tommy Hilfiger crop tops (just call me Gigi). If only my five-year-old self could see me now...' 

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