What do you think of when I mention the rules of fashion?
…Don’t wear white after Labor Day. Don’t mix prints. Make sure your shoes match your bag. Don’t mix metals…
And it goes without saying: of course, one should never wear sneakers with a dress, much less a lace dress!
While those rules might have been set in stone in the past, times have changed. Fashion rules are now guidelines at best. Rules are meant to be broken!
We’ve seen this sneaker and dress combination on the runway and on the streets for several seasons now. In fact, after Karl Lagerfeld first sent sneakers down the Chanel runway, he was asked why. His response? “If you want to look really ridiculous, you go in stilettos to a supermarket.”
He’s right… Not only are sneakers with a dress the perfect casual-chic combination, but the look is wonderfully practical! I wore this as I was running errands this weekend. Sneakers just make sense sometimes. Yes, practicality wins out once in a while – even with me. 😉
The single most important key to making this look work is to make sure all of the other outfit elements have a casual, laid-back vibe to them. That’s why I incorporated a denim jacket, aviator sunglasses, a canvas pouch, and a wrap bracelet.
This look can be easily replicated at any budget – or better yet, with pieces already in your closet. Here are my exact pieces, along with some other options. There are so many fun sneaker options available!
Shop the Look:
DKNY pink lace dress (here – reasonably priced; other reasonably priced options here, here, here, and here; inexpensive options here and here) | Gap denim jacket (very old; similar here – inexpensive; reasonably priced options here and here; other inexpensive options here and here) | New Balance sneakers (here – reasonably priced; designer option here; other reasonably priced options here, here, here, here, and here); inexpensive options here, here, and here) | Samudra pouch (here – inexpensive; other inexpensive Samudra options here, here, here, here, and here – I love these! Perfect for running errands, the beach, etc.)| Ray Ban aviators (here) | Valentino rockstud wrap bracelet (here – reasonably priced; inexpensive option here) | Judith Ripka ring (here)| Dior lipstick (here) | OPI nail polish (here)
Side note: In an effort to provide more affordable ways to get my look, I’ll be providing more alternatives to the exact items I’m wearing. (In this case, though, my exact look is very reasonable!) Of course, price and budget are such a relative thing. But for now, I’ll be using these relative terms to indicate these price ranges: “reasonably priced” = less than $500, “inexpensive” = less than $100. I hope this will be helpful as you seek to look chic on your personal budget!
Might this be a look you would try this summer? I’d love to hear your thoughts! And let me know if you have any questions…
All the best,