If you’ve been perusing the style boards on Pinterest or paging through your favorite fashion magazines lately, you’ve probably noticed the trend in sneakers. Running shoes, track shoes, gym shoes, sneakers…whatever you like to call them, they aren’t just for running anymore. Now they can be a stylish and hip part of your look!
I wasn’t sure I could pull off the sneaker trend – what I like to call “Sneaker Chic” – without looking like a guy, a tourist or a commuter. But I gave it a go anyway since I was in the market for some new running shoes. Besides, I am always looking for ways to be stylish and comfortable at the same time.
There are loads of cool and colorful sneakers to choose from these days. New Balance, Nike, Adidas, Puma and many other athletic shoe names have all taken advantage of the trend by offering a wide range of colors and styles.
I chose these Nikes in a dark gray color with a neon orange swoosh and laces. I wasn’t going to be shy when trying out Sneaker Chic!
Dark gray is such an easy color to work with. It pairs well with everything. Here, I wore them with a gray slouchy tee by Everlane, a $6.00 thrifted Pendleton navy blazer, Gap skinny jeans and a blue lizard print clutch from Banana Republic.
I made sure to add a few small feminine touches, something I think is essential to pulling off a Sneaker Chic look, especially at my age. I wore my hair soft and wavy, cuffed my jeans, and added some gold-toned jewelry.
If running sneakers aren’t your thing, you may like a lower profile sneaker. I find they are easier to style and just as comfortable and chic. I love these classic Superga sneakers I bought a couple of years ago.
I wore them with distressed boyfriend jeans and white oxford, both by Gap, and a khaki trench from Banana Republic (similar). I carried a Sylvia Steininger tote – the Vienna style – which added color and interest to my look.
|Photo and tote bag by Sylvia Steininger|
So simple, comfortable and unfussy. I could wear this outfit everyday!
|Photo by Steinbauer Photography|
On colder California days when it manages to get below 60, I wear my sneakers with a heavier weight camel coat and Old Navy cable knit sweater.
|Photo by Sylvia Steininger|
A bad hair day is an easy fix with a simple baseball cap and just adds to the sporty vibe.
|Photo by Sylvia Steininger|
A few ideas for achieving your ideal Sneaker Chic look:
~ Buy a sneaker in a versatile color. I prefer dark grey but black and navy are great, too. I avoid white because it draws too much attention to my feet.
~ A mostly neutral sneaker is going to be your best bet but it’s fun to choose one with colorful details. A neon swoosh or vibrant stripes can really up the style factor.
~ Wear classics with your sneakers. Blazers, solid neutrals, jeans, timeless sweaters, trenches and wool coats all work well with sneakers. A classic moto jacket would be great, too.
~ Add a small touch of femininity to your Sneaker Chic look. Feminine hair, classic handbag, a couple of chunky bracelets or red lipstick all help soften the Sneaker Chic look without being too contradictory.
~ Don’t be afraid to try dresses and skirts with your sneakers. I have seen it done but I haven’t tried it yet myself. It’s on my list though!
~ This might just be me, but I think the Sneaker Chic look is best without socks.
~ Can’t bear not wearing a heel? Try a wedge sneaker like this Dunk Sky Hi wedge from Nike.
~ Enhance your Sneaker Chic look with sporty accessories like a baseball hat, chunky watch, fitness tracker or unisex sunglasses such as aviators or wayfarers.
Have you tried the Sneaker Chic trend?
Stylish, modern, easy to put together and so very comfortable….why not give it a go?