For many people, being stylish is only secondary to their comfort. While it may look chicer to wear a dress and high heels, a simple shirt, jeans, and flats would be more appropriate if you had to move around a lot. This is why trainers are a popular choice for women looking for comfortable shoes. The rubber soles provide great support if you’re constantly on your feet, and the adjustable laces ensure that your shoes stay on even if you have to run around.
If trainers are the cornerstone on which you build the rest of your outfit, you’ll be glad to know that you can come up with a lot of creative and stylish looks with them. Pairing your functional and practical footwear with other things besides shirts and jeans allows you to have some fun without sacrificing comfort. Whether you have everyday canvas trainers or a sporty pair in trendy colours, here are some outfit ideas that you should consider trying.
Wear Trainers with Tights
Typically, trainers are worn with ankle or crew socks, but you can shake things up by pairing them with opaque tights instead. Choose contrasting colours, like black tights with white sneakers, to create a more powerful visual. The tights serve a function, too. When paired with shorts or a mini skirt, tights provide coverage for your legs if you want to minimise skin exposure. They also help you stay warm when the weather starts to get chilly.
Tights come in a wide range of styles and colours, so you’re certain to find a pair that suits your preferences. Bright tones and fun prints can breathe new life into your old outfits. If you’re not sure about where to start, a basic black pair is a safe choice.
Show Off High-Cut Trainers with Cropped Pants
High-cut trainers that reach above your ankles are a popular style among the fashion-forward. With the additional height, this style of shoe also serves the practical function of supporting your ankles and protecting you from injuries. Since these trainers are higher on your legs than regular styles, you need to pair them with clothes that have a shorter hem. If you want to wear them with pants, however, choose cropped pants or trousers that hit just above the ankle. This way, everyone can have a complete view of your beautiful trainers.
Highlight Fancy Trainer Styles with Neutral Clothes
Like your choice of clothes, the shoes you wear are also another way to express your personal style. If you enjoy wearing a pair with eye-catching prints, vibrant hues, or both, it’s a good idea to make them the highlight of your outfit. Wear clothes in neutral tones like white, black, beige, grey, or blue so your trainers stand out against a neutral background.
Alternatively, you can choose monochromatic pieces or wear clothes in just one colour. Doing this will draw attention to the star of your outfit, which is your flashy trainers.
Pair Trainers with Mini Skirts and Dresses
Mini skirts and dresses are commonly paired with heels to achieve a high-fashion effect. However, wearing these pieces with trainers is a great way to make them look more casual and on-trend. The combination also works very well for both daytime and nighttime occasions. A denim mini skirt, sweater, and white canvas trainers create a modern preppy look that’s perfect for a casual day at school or work. On the other hand, a short dress worn under a blazer and paired with black trainers can be a great date outfit. I chose to wear converse trainers with a mid-length dress on my wedding day and my best friend is planning for all of us bridesmaids to wear blinged-up trainers at her wedding next year.
Choose Baggy Pants
Trainers and jeans are a classic combo, and almost everyone has worn something similar. But you can elevate this casual combination with a few alterations. For example, you can wear your baggy pants with a cropped shirt instead of a loose top. Choosing a more fitted shirt allows you to create a more balanced body proportion as it offsets the shapeless jeans. Then, complete your outfit with colourful leather trainers for a trendy look.
Keep It Casual With Leggings
Another outfit idea that you must try with your trainers is to pair them with black leggings. These garments are wardrobe staples for a lot of women because they’re very comfortable and work well for many different outfits. For example, wearing a white shirt with leggings and sneakers is an easy outfit for relaxed days, while swapping the shirt with a cosy knit sweater makes for a chic look. Apart from being a more fashionable choice, wearing sneakers with your leggings is a cosier alternative to booties and ballet flats.
Put Together an Athleisure Outfit
There is a difference between looking like you’re about to work out and pulling off an athleisure outfit. Although both looks might feature a pair of sweatpants and trainers, athleisure shows a more elevated style by incorporating pieces you wouldn’t normally wear to the gym. To get this look, wear a tracksuit with thick white socks and a pair of your comfiest trainers. Add a structured coat or jacket, some jewellery, and a pair of sunnies to give your outfit more polish. Use this as a chic airport attire or as a low-key outfit for wintertime errands.
If you want to be truly in vogue, invest in a tracksuit made from premium materials. To help break up the colour scheme of a matching tracksuit, you can wear a plaid-printed jacket or coat in a contrasting colour. The extra layer also helps provide you with additional warmth.
Dress Down with Trainers
Do you want to make the most of the dressier pieces in your closet? If so, forego the usual look of pairing formal and glamorous clothes with heels. Instead, dress down your pant suits and sparkly cocktail dresses by wearing them with your sneakers. The footwear will give these outfits a more casual vibe and make them easier to wear on less formal occasions. Match them with chunky and brightly-coloured platform trainers or low-rise classic white ones.
When it comes to fashion, you can set your own rules, including swapping a painful pair of stilettos for comfy trainers. Gone are the days when trainers were relegated to just gym wear and jeans, so have fun wearing them with other clothes and experimenting with different outfit styles. Though comfort is still your ultimate goal when dressing up, you should also feel good about what you’re wearing.