How to Wear Sneakers to Work

We’d never suggest a bosslady completely give up on heels; they’re too powerful to do away with completely. However, there’s a lot to be said for the increased ease, comfort, and style gained from thoughtfully complimenting your favorite work pieces with the right pair of sneakers. When done right, the look is understated and cool, while still being completely professional.

Read on for a quick lesson on how to wear sneakers to work using wardrobe staples and some luxe work basics for rent from Armoire. This subtle fashion experiment can take your style repetoire to new heights — all from the comfort of your cushy, sporty shoes.

With a midi skirt:

Skirt: Eliza J
Sweater: Brass
Skirt: Nicole Miller
Sweater: Brass
Skirt: Nanette Lepore
Sweater: Joie

Paired with a midi skirt (the hem of which falls about halfway between your knee and your ankle) and a thin, transitional sweater, sneakers make an otherwise straight-laced outfit feel whimsical and chicly urban.  

Stylist Tip: With this relatively lengthy skirt, opt for a sleek, streamlined shoe with a low profile, versus a boxy or high-top version.

With trousers:

Pants: Ted Baker
Shirt: A.Oei
Pants: Cupcakes and Cashmere
Jacket: French Connection

Lace up bright trainers to wear with your favorite work trousers and a bold blouse. Opt for narrow and cropped or slightly wide-legged styles; these will pair best with athleisure shoes.

Stylist Tip: Since you’re obscuring a portion of your sneakers, feel free to have some fun with your kicks’ color; just make sure your sneakers and top colors don’t clash (complementary or contrasting tones work best).

With a dress:

Dress: CeCe by Cynthia Steffe
Dress: Derek Lam 10 Crosby
Dress: French Connection

Whether your frock is minimalist or boho, playing it off a pair of utilitarian, athletic shoes gives your ensemble an unexpected and modern twist that is very high fashion (Celine designer Phoebe Philo always wears sneakers). Take your sneaker cue from the color and length of your dress and go for balance—the wilder the cut or print of your dress, the subtler your sneaker should be.

Stylist Tip: A slip on version in leather or canvas is a great choice, especially in black, and can fashionably anchor any dress.


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