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How to Wear Trainers With Dresses

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Solely wearing high heels or flats with dresses and skirts is a thing of the past, with trainers having entered women’s fashion and helping us feel comfortable on both the runway and the street. 

Once viewed as something solely for exercising or sports and a streetwear staple usually worn only with jeans, wearing trainers is now an everyday staple for women of all ages and for any outfit, whether they’re worn with a dress or skirt. And we love how every woman can create different and stylish outfits with these commonplace shoes and bring it from retro to romantic.

Pairing trainers with a dress is not very new in this decade, but there are definitely a ton of different ways you can mix and match your pieces together to create a whole outfit. If you’re looking for more or better ways to style your favourite dresses together with your best trainers, here are some tips on how to do just that.

What Sneakers Look Good With Dresses?

The best part about the trend of wearing sneakers with dresses is that pretty much anything goes together. However, we definitely think it’s wise to choose trainers that match your style and that feel comfortable for you to make the perfect outfit every time. 

Particularly, white kicks look great with anything you pair with them and make a great contrast against both fun colourful and subdued monochrome outfits.

We also love the look of canvas sneakers like Converse or Keds when paired with dresses, as they bring a much more casual and laidback element to a dress that could otherwise look a little too dressed up for the weekend. 

Chunky trainers also perfectly offset a more formal or nighttime dress and make it much more appropriate for a summer afternoon. However, no matter what type of sneakers you decide to wear, you’re sure that they’ll be comfortable all throughout the day.

What Clothes Go With Trainers?

Our team loves pairing trainers with pretty much everything, as they look good with any ensemble we come up with. Whether you’re headed to the office in a blazer or the grocer’s in a skirt, trainers are a cool yet functional option that can be dressed up or down.

When it comes to a dress and trainers combo, we think any length and style of dress works, which is what makes this trend so much fun to play around with. When wearing a satin slip dress, for example, you can opt for a pair of chunky sneakers instead of heels to make it a little more day-appropriate while still retaining that classic and dreamy feel overall. 

A colourful maxi dress or floral dress would look great with white sneakers as they complement and bring attention to the colour and patterns, while canvas sneakers look good with pretty much any length of dress, whether it’s a midi dress or a mini dress.

How Do You Style Trainers With Dresses?

Another great thing when you wear sneakers with dresses is that the style looks good all year round and an ensemble can be easily styled in any and every season, from summer to spring. 

On sunny days, you have an array of summer dresses and sneaker options available to you, so you can pair your favourite trainers with a shorter slip dress to show off your legs or with a longer flowy dress accessorised with a basket bag for a functional cottage core-inspired look.

When the cool season like spring comes around, accessories and layers can definitely be played to your advantage when it comes to a trainer and dress look. A denim jacket keeps things casual, while a blazer and structured bag will instantly make your outfit sexy yet smart. 

From a 90s-inspired look of platform trainers ala Victoria Beckham and the Spice Girls to canvas shoes paired with flowy dresses like today’s it girls, you can wear trainers with anything you want and look good doing it.

Final Note

We love to wear dresses with trainers as it’s easy, cute, and super practical every day. While it can be said that some trends really aren’t for everyone, we adore this trend because of its ease and effortlessness and the fact that it can be rocked by absolutely anyone, no matter height, body type, or style.

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Lucy Coleman

Lucy Coleman is a freelance writer and fashion enthusiast hailing from Edinburgh. She discovered her knack for both style and writing while studying at university and decided to pursue her passions thereafter. When she’s not going through racks of clothing at different shops in her spare time, Lucy enjoys listening to music, writing stories at cafés, and catching up to her favourite shows on Netflix.

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