#HowToWearIt: The City Sneaker
In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent Dana Avidan-Cohn shares tips and tricks on how to tackle the latest trends. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday and be sure to try out the trend yourself and tweet your look using #HowToWearIt.
Reserved for the weekends and perhaps a summer Friday, the city sneaker has officially gone from the gym to the streets.
Karl Lagerfeld sealed the deal when he sent every model down the runway in sneakers for the spring/summer 2014 Chanel couture show in Paris. Now, you're sure to find a sneaker trolling every coveted e-commerce site and fashionable Instagram feed.
The slips-ons and lifestyle kicks (à la Superga and Converse) have been around a bit longer and are easier to style. The newest to the batch is a much more active-looking track shoe. Up until recently, a running shoe and RTW would have been an absolute no-no (think: the dreaded white commuter sneaker with a skirt-suit).
So, why the sudden switch? For one, designers have taken on creating a much sleeker (not as bulky) version in more appealing and sophisticated color ways. In London, I loved seeing all of the models running between shows in perfectly styled kicks. The look was as cool as it was efficient!
"The city sneaker has officially gone from the gym to the streets. The look is as cool as it is efficient!"
The secret to putting together this look is playing opposites with your other accessories. A chic structured bag or tote, sunglasses, a metal watch, and tailored clothing play off the casual nature of a sneaker.
A no-fail look would be a lightweight, modern-cut coat, skinny crop denim in a clean wash (or a tailored cropped trouser) paired with a white shirt, and lightweight cashmere in a pastel color. The end result is sporty, tailored, and of-the-moment.