While there’s no doubt that white sneakers are a wardrobe staple given the fact they go with virtually everything, they’re also quite ubiquitous so it’s only understandable to want something different to mix up your look from time to time. Lucky for you there are now a plethora of sneaker options available in a rainbow of colours and striking patterns. Pink! Blue! Leopard! It’s all here for your comfortable footwear pleasure.
One of the best (and comfiest!) trends to come out of late is that of sneakers being elevated from something you’d wear on a full day running errands to bonafide fashion staple. Classic styles such as Adidas’ Stan Smith and Converse’s Chuck Taylors have all become street style staples with high end designers now joining in the fun. Everyone from Saint Laurent to Jil Sander have now released their own versions of the humble sneaker and it’s a breath of fresh air after seasons of tottering around in impossibly high heels. The great thing about sneakers is that they’re so versatile —you can equally dress it up or down with bold jewellery or a chic, streamlined bag (as above) or opt for a plain colour or splash out on a fun print. In case you haven’t yet jumped aboard this trend here are some cheap steals and designer splurges to consider.
Luxe for less
White sneakers are without a doubt having a moment and there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Whether you want a slightly tougher edge like these options by Adidas, Converse or Le coq sportif or something a bit daintier and more feminine such as this pair by Fred Perry or this pair by Superga, sneakers in a neutral hue are guaranteed to get a solid workout in your wardrobe.
If you’re in the market for a splurge there’s no shortage of great designer sneaker options. Make a statement with a pair of animal print trainers such as this pair by Charlotte Olympia or one in a sweet pastel shade like this pair from Saint Laurent. If you’re after a more classic pair try these sneakers by Jil Sander or Michael Kors or if you want something slightly more unique a textured pair a la these Helmut Lang sneakers is one way to get noticed.
If there’s one thing I’m loving at the moment it’s the fact sneakers have evolved from footwear for the gym to bonafide fashion staple. High end designers have given the trend their stamp of approval with labels such as Chanel and Valentino releasing their very own interpretation of this most practical of footwear. Here’s how to nail the trend.
Casual vs Dressy
Yes, there is such a thing as a casual sneaker and a dressy sneaker. I find the classic white leather Adidas Superstars or Stan Smiths are a little smarter and can work with dresses, playsuits and skirts for a more polished look while a sports shoe such as a black pair of Nikes work well with denim pieces such as shorts and jeans. You could opt for something slightly more classic and go for a canvas sneaker such as those by Superga which would work with a sweet sundress or a classic pair of denim shorts and a white tee a la Alexa Chung.
Clean sneakers regularly
If you’re going with white sneakers be sure to keep them clean so they don’t look like you’ve just pulled them out of your gym bag! Having pristine, crisp white sneakers is all part of the polished effect. If you opt for leather sneakers they can easily be wiped down and the laces can be put in the washing machine.
Keep it cropped
If you’re planning to wear your sneakers with pants make sure they’re fitted (skinny jeans are perfect) and cropped so you can see a flash of ankle. This is more flattering when you’re wearing a chunkier shoe as it draws the eye to the narrowest part of your leg.
Add feminine touches
Sneakers have quite a utilitarian look so it’s good to soften the look by teaming them with more feminine garments. Think pieces like a black slip dress or an A-line skirt. It’s all about maintaining balance with your outfit.
Go for streamlined
If a pair of sneakers looks like something you could run a marathon in then they’re probably best left for doing just that! Casual sneakers should be quite simple (think neutral colours like white or black) and looks more sleek and streamlined as opposed to the kind of style you would have worn to PE back in the day.
You can’t go past a footwear trend that’s equally versatile and comfortable. Whether you’re wearing old school Adidas, modern Nikes, classic Supergas or trusty Converse sneakers, there’s no doubt that you can wear white sneakers in so many different ways. They’re ideal to wear for a busy weekend spent out and about or a casual lunch with the girls, the only issue is deciding which style to wear! If you’re going to jump on board this trend, here are 6 ways to make it work with your wardrobe.
This is a great look while the weather is still slightly cool and we head into the warmer months. White sneakers worn back with a classic look such as a jumper and skirt in neutral colours is casual chic at its best. Love the slight 70s feel to this outfit.
A simple dress is an easy outfit option when you’re having a wardrobe dilemma. A knitted dress works well with a pair of perfectly white sneakers and has a relaxed elegance about it.
The great thing about white sneakers? They’re a neutral colour so they go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe and that includes all the colours of the denim rainbow.
While coloured jeans are great, you can’t beat a pair of classic blue jeans. This look works best with jeans that are fitted slightly cropped at the ankle.
I love an all white outfit; it looks so fresh and modern. A long midi skirt can be quite dressy but worn with sneakers it can easily become a great casual look. Midriff-baring optional!
If you want to mix up your usual summer dress and sandals combination, swap out your sandals for a pair of white sneakers instead. It gives a dress a slightly more modern edge.
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