I love how sneakers have evolved over the years, becoming such an important part of our wardrobes today. When getting dressed, I always strive to look chic, but comfort is a huge factor too. I typically rely on sneakers not only to be comfortable but to dress down an outfit, add an edgier vibe, or for practical reasons like when I’m traveling. Lately, I really can’t get enough of them – I’ve quickly built up a versatile collection in the span of two years (you can read about my favorite sneakers here). They’re seriously the perfect flats for easy but chic every day style. Whether your outfits lean minimal and edgy or feminine and classy, I’ll be sharing 10 ways you can wear sneakers this year.
Balmain Blazer (wearing an FR34, better for budget here) | ASTR The Label Black Cutout Turtleneck (wearing an XS) | Blank Denim Faux Leather Pants (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Nike Cortez Sneakers (run TTS) | New Era NY Hat | Quay Sunglasses | Prada Cahier Bag
1. With workwear neutrals
If your workplace allows it, sneakers are a great footwear alternative for your business casual ensembles – even if you have to adhere to just rocking them on Casual Fridays. For hustling and bustling to your meetings, I prefer to stick with minimal, clean looking tennis shoes that will complement things like simple button down tops, blazers, and trousers.
Reebok Club C 85 Sneakers (run TTS) | Revolve Bodysuit (wearing an XS – on sale now!) | BlankNYC Jacket (wearing an XS) | Levi’s Denim (wearing a 23 – size down) | Chloe Faye Bag | Quay Sunglasses (on sale now!)
2. With a moto jacket & jeans
A little bit of leather goes a long way in stepping up a more basic look. That touch of texture really adds the right amount of glam, making it the perfect match for your go-to pair of sneakers. You can layer it over a cut-out top and jeans for a great on-the-fly look!
Pretty Little Thing Camel Coat | Monrow Black Tee | Asos Black Denim (wearing a 25 – size up) | Golden Goose Leopard Sneakers | Givenchy Sunglasses | New Era NY Hat | Gucci Marmont Bag (sold out, similar here)
3. With head-to-toe-black
A black monochrome outfit is universally flattering and appears more elevated. The sleek, dark foundation is great to accent with your favorite sneakers. Opt for sneakers with a pop of color or pattern to make your outfit stand out more.
Burberry Mega Check Scarf (similar here, better for budget here) | Burberry Sandringham Trench Coat (wearing a US 0, better for budget here) | ASTR Black Turtleneck Sweater (wearing an XS) | Blank Denim Vegan Leather Leggings (under $100! run TTS) | Gucci Sneakers (size down by 1/2, better for budget here and here) | Saint Laurent Red Bag (better for budget here) | Givenchy Sunglasses (better for budget here)
4. With a classic trench coat & contrasting bag
You don’t necessarily have to overthink your outfit combos when it comes to sneakers. I find that it’s the classic pieces that tend to look more contemporary with clean, casual kicks. For instance, a trench coat – you can easily wear this with leather pants and a bold handbag for a look that’ll never go out of style.
5. With a chunky sweater
During the winter, sneakers will never look boring with a chunky sweater. To keep the look fresh, opt for knitwear with fun details like cut outs, pom poms, billowy sleeves, or a bold color. Add on unexpected accessories like a baseball cap and iconic designer handbag to switch up your look.
Veronica Beard Blazer (wearing a 0 – runs TTS, better for budget here) | Intermix Basic Tee (wearing an S) | Golden Goose Sneakers (run TTS) | Similar Jeans (wearing a 24 – runs TTS) | Saint Laurent Sunset Bag | Quay Aviator Sunglasses
6. With a bold jacket
Winter and even the transition to spring is all about outerwear. I absolutely adore a good statement jacket that can be the forefront of an entire outfit. Something bold like a bright-colored blazer adds a lot of depth and interest. A more simple pair of sneakers is an ideal match so you can really let the jacket do the talking.
Max Mara Teddy Bear Coat (wearing an S, better for budget here and here) | Celine Sunglasses (better for budget here) | H&M Hoodie | Topshop Black Denim | Nike Sneakers | Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM | Louis Vuitton Horion Suitcase | Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack
7. With a hoodie & teddy coat
I am the type of person to continually revert back to color stories that I know work – black and camel is a no-brainer. One of my favorite outfit combinations within this theme consists of my trusty teddy bear coat, an oversized hoodie, dark skinnies and high-top sneakers! This minimal, urban ensemble is something I have been wearing quite often lately, especially when I’m traveling!
8. With athletic wear
Sneakers with your typical workout gear is not anything groundbreaking. However, there are ways you can make it look appropriate beyond the gym! Just throw on a pair of leather leggings, a basic long sleeve tee, and a cute puffer vest. You’ll be all set to run errands or grab brunch.
9. With joggers & a crop top
All things 90’s are everywhere right now, and one of my favorite trends are sneakers with baggy pants. Pairing joggers and high-top sneakers are actually a great way to wear the trend in a modern way. To keep the look a bit more feminine, I’ll wear this look with a cropped top. I love how the sneakers add a cute, sporty flair.
Gucci Sneakers (size down by 1/2) | Similar Levi’s Denim Shorts (wearing a 24 – run TTS) | Gucci Tee (wearing an XXS) | Zara Cream Tweed Blazer (sold out, similar here) | Saks Off Fifth Hat (similar here) | Celine Luggage Tote
10. With denim cutoffs
Sneakers are amazing because they’re really easy to wear with different proportions and silhouettes. Once spring approaches, I’ll throw on sneakers with my denim cutoffs. I love styling this duo with designer accessories and a tailored jacket for a casual chic vibe.