“It’s a really nice alternative if you’re looking for a slightly more sporty and versatile look,” explains Bel, who has lent her cool-girl aesthetic to putting together seriously covetable outfits for everyone from Rashida Jones to Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Even better, she says, you can wear all of your favorite summer staples (cut-offs, maxi dresses, and breezy wide-leg culottes included) with sneakers. The key to not looking like you just came from the gym? It's all about being conscious of proportions. Need help getting off on the right, ahem, foot? Here are Bel's top 5 picks for the perfect sneaker-fashion combos this summer.
1. Denim cut-offs with classic kicks. Because they show off so much leg, cut-off shorts look good with any sneaker. That being said, Bel does have her favorites for taking the look to it-girl levels: opt for something with major throwback vibes. “I love a high-top converse, Adidas Superstars, or low-top Vans with my cut-offs,” she shares.
2. A '90s slip dress with low tops. No need to save your slip dress for fancy nights out—when paired with sneakers, it lends the look instant daytime (and cool girl) vibes. Bel’s advice? Keep proportions in mind (particularly where the hem hits), with low tops being the most flattering option. “It's best not to cut off your ankle with a mid-length slip dress in a high top,” the stylist explains.
3. Palazzo pants with slim sneakers. Cropped, wide-leg pants are one of this summer's super-trending styles—and good news, they can definitely be styled with sneakers. To balance out the volume and shorter hem of these breezy bottoms, Bel suggests opting for low tops that aren't too clunky. “Palazzos are great with a slim shoe,” she says.
4. Maxis with clean-white treads. A simple white sneaker is a summer staple all its own—and if you're donning a full-length skirt or dress, it's ideal. As for height, here's Bel's advice: “If the [hem] is a bit on the shorter side, I usually pair it with a low top so your leg doesn't get shortened by a high top. But if your maxi grazes the floor, you can go with either high or low."
5. Track pants with chunky trainers. The fashion-forward track pant goes perfectly with a crisp white tee or form-fitting tank—but what about for your feet? “A baggier pant with a chunkier shoe works really well,” Bel says. She suggests pairing them with Nike Vapormax sneaks to keep the look streamlined (instead of frumpy).
This story was originally published on June 11, 2017; it was updated on August 14, 2018.
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