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Dresses with Sneakers – The TFS Way

Posted: Apr 19 2017

Who has jumped on board this latest ‘dress fresh’ trend – dresses + sneakers? Have you? A number of celebrities, including super stylish Gigi Hadid, Blake Lively, Rihanna and Kendall Jenna – to name a few – have been spotted rocking their trusty kicks with floaty maxi dresses and summer play dresses.

We are loving this playful and casual tweak to feminine dressing! So let’s delve into the details and take a look at where this trend can take you. You may be wondering – which dress suits this look? Where can I wear it?  What are the ‘go to’ sneakers for this combo? Join us as we explore the possibilities and share our TFS tips and faves.

We've been busy updating our dress style guide too, so if you're looking for other styles make sure you check it out for even more wardrobe inspo!

Which Dress?

You’ll love this news!  We say ANY dress!  We seriously cannot think of one dress where this look won’t cut it – we’ve even seen it work with a wedding dress for the offbeat bride!

Think wrap maxi dresses, shirt dresses, simple jersey dresses, silk slip dresses and whimsical mini dresses – the list, literally, could go on and on.  Play around with a myriad of looks by choosing different dress styles, prints and hues.  Feminine and vibrant floral prints are paired back and balanced with the humble sneaker, giving you an effortless, cool and casual style.  The classic stripe pattern, that is having its own trend resurgence, teams perfectly with your fave pair of converse; just add a big slouchy jute bag and you’ve got the ideal weekend get up.   Muted hues such as terracotta combined with a pair of kicks offers you a beautiful contradiction as a standout yet understated ensemble. 

Auguste Lily Silk Slip Dress
Take the Auguste Lily Silk Slip Dress to new heights – team with a pair of luxe Pumas!

Where to wear it?

The options here are also bountiful!  Wearing sneakers with a dress not only look stylish – this pairing combines function with beauty, giving an outfit a sense of freedom, confidence and practicality. 

OFFICE:

With this in mind we think you could get away with this look for the office and corporate world.  Take a simple, tailored mini dress and finish with a pair of chucks!  Now you are set for a cool and comfy day at the office – be prepared to inspire!

Delilah Frill Wrap Mini Dress Pair back this playful Auguste Delilah Frill Wrap Mini with a pair of Adidas Superstars.

FESTIVAL:

A definite for all day festival-goers, again combining functionality with style.  Pair back the tassels, frills, ruffles and bohemian embellishments of your festival dresses with the simplicity of the sneaker and not only dance the day and night away with wild abandon, freedom and comfort but nail the ‘effortlessly sexy’ look while you’re at it.

SHOPPING:

Take a leaf out of Rose Huntington-Whiteleys book and unite a celestial maxi dress with your comfy sneakers for your next shopping expedition – look stunning yet casual whilst staying super comfortable.  There is a grace and elegance that comes with comfortable/practical dressing if you get it right. 

WEEKEND WEAR:

You will absolutely love this look for your weekends and getaways!  Imagine how easy packing would be – dresses and a pair of sneakers, done!  Think coffee dates, picnics, rainforest walks, lunches, concerts, adventures and more.  We envisage a floral mini dress as the shining star for this outfit.  Finish off with a straw hat and your sunny Sunday outfit is complete.   

Lilya Rosie Dress For ideal weekend styling, pair the Lilya Rosie Dress in tan stripe with a pair of Vans.

Which sneakers?

Much of this comes down to personal preference and many of us have our trusty favourites. But, if you are new to the world of sneakers and trainers we’d recommend taking a look at these tried and trusted brands – Converse, Adidas, Vans, Nike and Puma.  You will see, in this selection, that there is a wide choice from simple hues and minimalist features to the statement sneaker crafted with unique embellishments.  The choice is ultimately yours and depends on whether you want the sneaker or the dress to be the hero.

Our top 5 favourite styles are:

The classics – these 3 are simple and stylish, and whilst they make a statement, they are understated enough to allow the dress to shine.

1. The Chuck Taylor All Stars by Converse – high or low tops!

2. The Old Skool by Vans

3. The Superstar by Adidas

The luxe – these 2 offer a little bling and glamour thus letting the sneaker sparkle a little more. 

4. The Mishka Rose by Human Premium

5. The Cortez Leather Lux Sneaker by Nike

Now we’ve laid the foundation, may you feel inspired and confident to begin pairing to your hearts content – seeing all your dresses as candidates to unite with the humble sneaker.  A match made in heaven we think!

White Raven Midnight Dress Take Rosie Huntington-Whiteleys cue and team The White Raven Midnight Dress with a pair of white chucks for a picture perfect, heavenly match!

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