While sneakers are now more popular than ever because of “hype” designs and collaborations, they’ve long been some of the most versatile types of footwear. You can wear them with practically anything and use them in any place without a strict black tie dress code.
The problem is that sometimes, this extreme versatility can put you in a bit of a conundrum. How exactly do you style a pair of sneakers, considering all the options you have? If you’re looking for some advice for fashionable and fool-proof sneaker-outfit pairings, here are a few ideas:
A Long Shirt or Sweater and Leggings
Leggings are the perfect balance of comfortable and stylish. What’s more, when you buy leggings, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Aside from a wide array of colors, you can also pick from a variety of lengths and materials. If you want, you can also get “jeggings,” which are essentially jeans but with the kind of fit and comfort level offered by leggings.
What makes leggings great with sneakers is that both of them are quite flexible, which means you can go as relaxed or as styled as you want. For something more straightforward and casual, go for a plain long shirt of a matching or complementary color with your sneakers. On the other hand, if you want to be a little dressier, you can pair your leggings and sneakers with a mini dress or even an oversized sweater. The latter is the perfect choice during the colder months of the year.
An Oversized Sweater Paired With a Skirt
Speaking of an oversized sweater, you can also pair it with a skirt to create another fashionable look with sneakers. One of the best skirts to wear with an oversized sweater is a mini, to offset the bagginess of the top. That being said, if you’re all for the uber-relaxed look, you can always go for a flowy maxi skirt to go with your sweater and sneakers. This is a super fun and comfy style that you can take anywhere—even on a date!
A Dress… Any Dress
If your closet is full of all kinds of dresses, you can pair up your sneakers with literally any of them. Whether it’s an ultra-feminine pale pink lace dress or a darker-hued plaid shirt dress or anything else in between, you can bet it will go well with sneakers. For a more coordinated look, however, you may want to pair dainty dresses with less bulky sneakers and vice versa with bigger, more voluminous dresses.
A Crisp White T-Shirt and Jeans
For a truly classic style that looks good on everyone, you can always go for the white shirt and jeans combo with your sneakers. What’s great about this look is that you can use it as an opportunity to showcase your best kicks. Because a white shirt and jeans create a simple (but no less stylish) look, your sneakers have more room to shine!
For something a little more sophisticated, you can switch the white T-shirt with a button-up or put on a blazer over your ensemble.
A Bright Blouse With Denim Shorts
For a summery look that’s extra comfortable but doesn’t compromise on style, you can pair your sneakers with a bright blouse and denim shorts. This ensemble is great for your casual strolls in the mall or the park, or perhaps a picnic. It’s also a great outfit for open-air music festivals.
If you want something a little more flirty, you can do one of two things. You can either replace the blouse with a flowy or frilly top, or replace the shorts with a fun, twirly circle skirt.
Ultimately, sneakers fall under the category of casual footwear. While some places of business might allow them and fashion rules can definitely be broken, sneakers are decidedly not formal wear. This simply means that one of the best things to pair with your sneakers is your choice of loungewear. Many prefer the simplicity of joggers or sweatpants, paired with a cami or crop top. However, you can also go for lounge shorts, paired with a nice sweater or a shirt-and-cardigan combo.
Co-ord loungewear (aka a two-piece loungewear set) is also quite stylish, especially if you want to go with a polished, monochrome look. You can also opt for a stark contrast, say a pale blue set with a pair of bright orange sneakers.
When it comes to fashion, sneakers are definitely among the most versatile. There are a whole LOT of things that go well with them, which is why you can rest assured that any combination you come up with will look great. If you need a bit of advice or some help deciding on some outfits, this list has some great options you can start with. From here, you can work on mixing and matching your options until you achieve a style that matches your unique fashion sense and personality!