chic sneaks

Karl Lagerfeld can do no wrong in my eyes (or the majority of the fashion world for that matter.) However, when he paired sneakers with his entire Chanel Couture Spring/Summer 2014 show, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

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While ‘chic sneaks,’ as I have been calling them, have been a growing trend in the last 6-9 months, the look can be intimidating to pull off. While I applaud the move towards comfortable, wearable fashion, I still shudder recalling images of bad 90s power suits paired with white Nikes charging down Madison Avenue.

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For me, nailing the look can be broken down into 3 elements:

  • shape of the bottom: flowy skirt or cropped pants are a must- pencil skirts are not going to work
  • interesting details in the outfit: layers, tailored darts, interesting fabrics
  • a certain level of casual meets put-together: i.e. the look is only appropriate for somewhere you might actually need to be running around

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While Karl can, of course, put his girls in evening gowns and new balances (pretty sure he could put a girl in a black and white trashbag and i would still swoon) – I reserve this look for brunches/lunches, errands, birthday parties and casual drinks with friends- definitely no sneaker donning black tie galas in my future.) Regardless of where you debut this special look, the juxtaposition of girlie pastels, laces, and floral with sporty sneakers is beyonddddd. Like on. another. planet.

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Meanwhile, here on planet earth, I will be interpreting this look through something a tad more budget friendly like this:

  • a lacy, frilly mint green tent dress by Free People
  • this ladylike Tory tweed blazer by (more minty pastel embellished perfection)
  • a basic white pair of jack purcells or classic tretorns (available on jcrew but sold out in practically every size)

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Another easy option I’m dying to wear is a monochromatic blush plate (side note- both myself and my girl RZ H-A-T-E pink (although Karl’s work above makes me reconsider)- blush, however, is in an entirely separate color family)

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tres cool + tres comfortable = a winner in my book. what do yall think about this snazzy sneaker trend??

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