How to Make Sneakers Feel Fancy Just Like These It-Girls
Last month, It-girl Hailey Baldwin was spotted sporting a groundbreaking #OOTD at a pal’s wedding, and we haven’t been able to get her outfit out of our heads since. Sneakers, people — the girl rocked sneakers — breaking the mold and setting a whole new standard for “I do” occasions. The idea is genius — swanky events often involve a lot of standing (or let’s be real — dancing) and any opportunity to ditch the heels in favor of a pair of comfy shoes must be seized. The secret to pulling it off? Make sure the rest of your ensemble brings the polish in a big way (think: sculptural earrings, fancy finishes — bring on the sequins! — and sophisticated silhouettes).
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And there’s one more thing: Leave the beat-up Converse at home. Just because you’re breaking with tradition doesn’t mean you can let your sartorial guard down. Opt for elevated styles a la Baldwin’s ballerina-inspired steppers, or look for kicks with unique details such as metallic finishes, glitzy embellishments, or pearl accents.
Do like your girl Hailey and put a pair of sleek sneakers at the center of your “I do” fashion. Equal parts feminine and urban-cool, they offer an easy way to stay true to your athleisure aesthetic while scoring serious style points. To put on a sophisticated twist on your sporty chic steppers, pair with a glam slip dress, statement earrings, and a metallic box clutch. Best dressed? You’ve got this in the bag.
Zara Lace-Up Sneakers ($50) + Mango Ruffle Long Dress ($120), CAM “Bad B” Choker ($45), BaubleBar Fatima Drops ($38), Menbur Glitter Box Clutch ($156), Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Nahz Fur Atoo ($20)
Swanky suits and sneakers are a recipe for success, as far as elevated occasions go. Opt for satin styles in dramatic jewel tones to firmly ground the getup in after-dark territory and metallic-trimmed kicks that bring the polish. Layer over a lace-trimmed silk cami for a touch of come-hither appeal, then round out the look with a bold bib necklace and bronze eyeliner FTW.
Topshop Tangle White Trainer ($40) + H&M Tuxedo Jacket & Satin Pants ($35), BaubleBar Morgause Warrior Bib ($68), Topshop Ocean Floral Crossbody Bag ($68), Kosås Stardust ($24), MAKE Cream Gel Liner in Bronze ($23)
Metallics allow these slip-ons to put on a fancy front, meaning you can totally rock sneakers without breaking dress code. For a dinner date with bae or an upcoming charity event, pop these puppies on with a runway-ready jumpsuit, statement belt, and chandelier earrings. Fashion-forward and fuss-free — just the way we like it.
ASOS Dialogue Loafer Sneakers ($31) + Mango Printed Wrap Jumpsuit ($80), BCBG Stone Waist Belt ($88), Ben-Amun Gold-Pleated Bead Earrings ($105), Clare V. Black Double Dutch Pouch ($235), Sonix Melrose ($98), Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Limelight ($58)
Channeling Chanel, these embellished tweed sneakers can do no wrong. For a look that toes the line between flirty and fierce, take a note out of TSwift’s style book and style them alongside a flared midi skirt and shimmery crop top jam-packed with glitz and glamour. Keep the accessories sleek to maintain a modern aesthetic, with a quicksilver clutch, sculptural cocktail ring, and an Instababe-approved choker. Now go ahead and assume your role as life of the party.
Zara Fabric Plimsolls ($70) + Iris & Ink Cressida Asymmetric Stretch Milano-Knit Skirt ($115), H&M Beaded Top ($99), Kenneth Jay Lane Silver-Tone Crystal Choker ($93), ASOS Metallic Box Clutch Bag ($43), Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Red Smile ($35), Kendra Scott Rosemary Stone Ring ($70)
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