Can you actually wear sneakers to work without winding up with a call from human resources? Depending on the dress code in your office and the outfit you put together, the answer is yes — but it definitely requires some strategic planning. Read on to find out how you can master the look.
There’s no denying the fact that the sneaker is totally the shoe of the season, and while the effortless style seems to be everywhere, there’s one place in particular where you may raise eyebrows in your cool kicks — and that’s at the office. So, how can you pull off the trend without looking like Melanie Griffith in Working Girl?
For starters, it’s important to address the dress code in your office. If you work in a super corporate environment where you’re expected to wear a suit every day, sneakers are probably a no-no — in that case, sacrifice your style and save yourself a trip to human resources. The next time you have a casual Friday or a casual work outfit, feel free to slip into your favorite pair of kicks.
If you are in an office where you can rock sneakers, it’s important to think about the type of sneaker you wear. Just because you can wear them doesn’t mean you should throw on a dirty pair of Converses or your reflective running sneakers. It is work, after all. Our advice? Opt for cassic approach — leave the high-tops at home.
Just because you’re wearing sneakers doesn’t mean it’s a chance to completely dress down — if anything, even more planning might go into putting together the perfect look. I’m 5’2″ so unless I’m heading to the gym, you usually won’t catch me in sneakers, (especially during the week), however, I recently did wear them to work for the very first time and it felt — interesting. The night before I wore an amazing pair of shoes that left my feet feeling anything but the next day, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to sport the trend. I was definitely self-conscious about the situation at first because I’m on the shorter side, but they were so comfortable that I couldn’t believe I never wore them to work before. I balanced out my Kate Spade Keds with a short striped shirt-dress from Storets and topped off the look with a Soia and Kyo trench. Playing with the draping and proportion was key to mastering the look.
The whole key to pulling off the perfect outfit is by balancing out sneakers with a more office-appropriate look. For example, a pair of trousers and sneakers can totally work — just pay attention to proportions. Cropped or ankle trousers are definitely the way to go. If you do want to wear them with jeans, a pair of black ankle jeans balanced out with a blazer is the perfect look. We also especially love the cool vibe they can add to a striped pencil skirt — again, the sneakers should make the outfit, it shouldn’t look like you just threw them on for the evening commute.
Sneakers look amazing with everything from midi skirts to shirt-dresses and minis — and layering helps you achieve that effortless look. Unsure if your outfit works? A good way to fake a polished look is by throwing on a trench or duster coat — it’ll instantly make your look seem way more polished, work-appropriate, and dressed up.
So, what do you think of the sneaker craze? Would you wear them to work?