Fashion is always evolving; sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, and in some cases, it circles back around. One of the more modern looks in fashion is wearing sneakers with a sport coat or suit. I’ll admit, I was repulsed by the initial thought of this pairing, but with the right shoe and outfit, the look is beginning to grow on me.
When attempting this look, there are a series of questions to consider. The first few, where are you going? Who are you meeting? The purpose of this pairing is so that you are able to dress down your outfit, while still maintaining a clean appearance. Nonetheless, sneakers are definitely not as formal, so use your discretion if you think your boss would allow them in the office. If not, no worries—slip on a pair before happy hour and skip having to go home to change. If you are the boss, dress like one and give this look a go.
The next question that you need to run by yourself would be what type of sneaker can be paired with more formal pieces? I’ll give you a hint; it’s not going to be a fresh white pair of New Balance’s 624 (not throwing shade, just not my recommendation). We are referencing sneakers, but not the type you’d feel comfortable running a marathon in. Many dress shoe companies, such as Magnanni, Cole Haan, Trask, etc. are getting with the times and creating quality, good looking, dress sneakers. However, no matter how killer the sneaker is, you won’t do your look justice if your pants are covering them.
This brings me to my final questions you need to ask yourself prior to stepping out in public with this look. Are your pants properly tapered? Is there a break in your slacks to show a little sock? If not, just get rid of the pants—seriously. Throw them out; especially if you’re even considering wearing them with sneakers! No break in your slacks provides the best look for wearing sneakers. You can potentially wear slacks with a half-break, but no more than that without looking homely.
As long as you follow these few simple rules you can add another clean look to your wardrobe for casual outings and relaxed events.