How to Style Sneakers: A Guide for Women
It’s time to get your outfit for the day together. You’ve got your gorgeous pantsuit and a pair of… heels. You understand that heels equal professionalism, but dang if they aren’t uncomfortable!
You would rather eat your own foot than go through another day with stabbing pain. What if we told you that sneakers pair pretty well with a pantsuit?
This is only one outfit that you can wear with your favorite pair of athletic shoes. We can tell you how to style sneakers with anything you’ve got in your wardrobe.
Keep reading for fashion advice that will change how you wear your dresses and pantsuits for the rest of your life.
Types of Sneakers
Did you know that not all sneakers are created equal? Certain styles look better than others, depending on what outfit you’re wearing.
Classic sneakers are the one shoe that everyone should have in their closet because of how versatile they are. A nice Nike Dunk shoe pairs perfectly with the whole jeans and t-shirt getup.
They can also turn a casual jumpsuit into gorgeous streetwear. When you’re going on a morning run, they can provide the support that will stave off painful foot injuries.
If you buy a pair that’s made with a mesh material, it will allow your toes to breathe a little during the summer, which will keep odors and infections away.
Low-tops don’t provide quite as much injury protection because they don’t cover much ankle, but they make up for this setback in other ways.
They allow for more foot movement, so you’ll have more control. They also pair great with dresses and skirts if you can believe it. Low-tops aren’t a bad choice to wear with your favorite jeans either.
If you’re a runner, high-tops are going to be your bread and butter. They lock your ankle in place, so you’ll be less likely to hurt yourself. You also won’t have to worry about buying another pair for a while because they’re pretty durable.
As far as fashion goes, they give off a laid-back look. They’ll match well with almost any casual outfit that you have in your closet.
How to Style Sneakers
Now that you’re familiar with your basic shoe options we can talk about how you go about styling sneakers. As you’ve most likely gathered by now, there’s an option for everything.
Jeans and a T-Shirt
For an outing to the store or a day out on the town, jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers make a classic combo. There’s no limit on what kind of jeans you can wear. Sneakers will work no matter if you prefer skinny, ripped, or bootcut pants.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few rules that you’ll have to adhere to if you want to be fashion-forward. Skinny jeans with an oversized shirt pair well with sneakers as long as you buy a shirt that states on the tag that it’s oversized. If you simply buy a shirt that’s a few sizes too big, you’ll look bulky.
Graphic tees aren’t a bad choice, but since you’re going to be wearing a pattern already, you don’t want to go with a loud shoe. Pick something that’s a little more neutral.
Skirt and Graphic T-Shirt
Take the advice that we gave you above and apply it to a skirt and graphic tee. Many women feel like wearing sneakers with something that’s so long and flowy is a no-go, but it actually doesn’t look too bad.
Sneakers work for a maxi skirt that drops down to right above your ankles. Putting on a graphic tee pulls the entire casual look together. It’s also super comfortable!
For a fun summer look, you can trade the graphic tee out for a crop top.
Athleisure wear is athletic wear that’s acceptable for everyday street use. It usually involves wearing running tights with a performance shirt or crop top.
Pretty much the only shoe that ties this look together is a pair of sneakers. Both low-tops and high-tops are a good choice for this type of outfit.
Oversized Tee and Leggings
Leggings have become an acceptable part of an everyday outfit. It’s to the point where every woman should have at least one pair of black leggings in their closet.
Many women pair them with an oversized t-shirt or long jacket. As far as shoes go, a clunky pair of high-tops will pull the entire look together.
Again, most women avoid pairing sneakers with anything feminine and flowy. Sneakers and a sundress is a winning summer combo, though.
It takes a dress that you would normally only wear to a dinner party and makes it casual enough for everyday streetwear. Classic sneakers work better for dresses than high-tops or low-tops.
A nice pair of pumps makes anyone wearing a jumpsuit look like a professional. The problem is wearing those high pumps gets old after a while.
You may not want to go into the office rocking a pair of sneakers with your jumpsuit, but it’s perfectly acceptable for everyday streetwear.
Sneaker Fashion Tips That Will Leave You Looking Amazing
As you can see, knowing how to style sneakers isn’t too hard. They pair well enough with almost every outfit that you can make them work. This makes them one of the most versatile pieces of footwear that you can buy.
They’re the perfect way to turn formal wear into casual streetwear. They also look good with the classic jeans and t-shirt getup. You shouldn’t underestimate them.
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