Your Guide To Making Sneakers Work With Your Favorite Dresses

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When it comes to being stylish, the days when you can pull off effortlessly chic without throwing heels on are the biggest successes. There's nothing like wearing a dress-and-sneakers look that gives off a trendy aesthetic and the vibe of a girl who knows her shoes. Also, what is better than wearing a dress that breathes and shoes that don't hurt?

If you're a sneakerhead, then you know the vastness of sneaker culture and the deep dive it can take. Since the release of Air Jordans in 1985, sneakers have created a lane for themselves in the fashion world, with luxury brands developing their own sporty shoe looks to mimic the classics (via Sneaker News). The sneaker girl aesthetic has quickly become one of most identifiable in the influencer age, with models flaunting their massive sneaker closets and unreleased pairs — and they're not just wearing their kicks with sweats. Here are five looks that pair laced-up footwear with your favorite dresses.

The romantic white dress

It's an easy choice to pick strappy sandals to go with a draped white dress. Choose sneakers and socks instead that will dress down the garment and enhance its playfulness. Remember the schoolyard days when you could run around for hours in your dress and shoes? Why not carry it into adulthood? New Balance's gray-toned and suede-covered Made in US 990 V5 shoes are a classic pairing for white or neutral-colored floral dresses. To play up nude colors that you see in romantic cottage core looks, try Asics cream and champagne-colored GEL-1130 sneakers.

The Y2k grunge dress

To channel that 90s and 2000s defiant model look, grab your old pair of Converse or a beat-up pair of Adidas. When it comes to grunge, the more beat up, the better, so there's no need to buy a new pair. Dark and black body-con dresses give daytime rebel energy when paired with sporty high-tops or striped training shoes. British brand The Bekk has perfected the Y2K grunge aesthetic for those wanting to channel their inner rager. Dresses like their Ember Graphic Halter Midi Dress are perfect for days when you'd rather trade platform sandals for worn-in lace-ups.

The color-blocking slip dress

The satin midi slip dress has become the go-to date dress of 2022. It's form-fitting, sexy, and comes in just about every color. If it's your first date and your Hinge match hasn't revealed his height, why not test the waters with sneakers? Experiment with color and pick a fun shade like orange or magenta that says you're friendly and adventurous. Nike and Japanese brand Sacai collaborated to create some of the most sought-after shoes to ever come out of the sneaker industry. Released in 2019, their coveted capsule collection is still available and a perfect match with the date night slip dress.

The babydoll dress

Perfect for garden parties, family events, and picnics, even the babydoll dress of your dreams can take on a tennis shoe. For these dresses that tend to come in pastels and whites, choose sleek and clean footwear to highlight the light and airy aesthetic. French brand Veja has nailed the white tennis shoe with their sustainable shoe made from traded materials and natural rubber. Its various shades of white and minimalistic design will enhance rather than steal the spotlight from the classic babydoll dress.

The sporty blazer dress

To the sporty girls that don't want to wear heels to the meeting — this look is for you. Wearing a dress doesn't always have to mean long, elegant, and flowy. It can also be sharp, edgy, and fitted. A blazer dress offers the sleekness of a co-ord with a more feminine appeal. Balance it out further with some basketball dunks sneakerheads would go crazy over. Try pairing classics like the Air Jordan 1 Mid SE with a black blazer to bring more comfort and style to your boss-girl meetings.