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Trainers – they’re comfy, they’re on trend and they go with almost everything in your wardrobe. But are you styling them to their full potential? With a whole host of colours, styles and brands available, you can create a current and versatile look, whatever your aesthetic. Whether you prefer to rock a clean, polished outfit or would rather opt for a casual and cool nineties look, we’ve got you sorted. Here are four trainer and outfit combinations to try, based around recent street style pictures and upcoming trends.
Sporty is one of those words that most people quickly associate with trainers, but you don’t have to be an Olympic-standard athlete to pull off the sportswear and trainers look. By pairing these Asics Gel-Lyte III trainers with casual but high-quality pieces, you can sport (do you get it?) an outfit suitable for any informal occasion, without looking like you’ve just finished a session in the gym. We recommend wearing the trainers with this Schott down jacket and these Champion sweat pants.
In contrast to the sportswear and trainer outfit seen with the last look, the formal trainer look is more appropriate for those fancier occasions. You might want to rock this look at the office, or out for dinner, where you will be able to strike a nice balance between looking smart but also effortless. Team this suit jacket with a pair of these Publish Mars Joggers and some Vans SK8-Hi trainers to hit this trend now. The combination generally works better with muted colours, but it’s a great idea to throw on a bright t-shirt or polo underneath your jacket to add a fresh, alternative element to the look.
Are you a big fan of vintage-style pieces and accesories with a nineties vibe? Then retro is your look when it comes to styling your trainers. Whether you’re heading to a festival or over to Ibiza this year, you’re gonna want to look the part. Bright colours and patterns are key with this trend, so keep that in mind when you’re putting your retro outfit together. We reckon this red bomber jacket looks pretty good with these Vans SK8-Hi Trainers, and you could break up the colour blocking with a white or patterned t-shirt and a pair of shorts. Finish the look off with accessories like this Herschel cap, which if you’re feeling really retro, you could wear backwards – you might as well if you’re cool enough.
This is the look for blokes who want a trainer-outfit combination to rock anywhere at any time. It shouts casual but also looks crisp and classic. Keep the black and white look simple with a pair of these Nudie Steady Eddie black jeans and this cool Idle Man Leather Bomber Jacket – nothing is more timeless than a leather jacket teamed with dark, straight leg jeans. Complete the look with this white pair of Jack Purcell Converse, which will provide the smart contrast to your otherwise dark outfit. A plain white t-shirt would look stylish teamed with these pieces, but if you really want to add a splash of colour to the monochrome look, add a logo or patterned t-shirt.
And On That Note
This guide to styling trainers with different outfit looks proves that trainers are both versatile and on trend. Not only are these four looks all different to one another and eye-catching, but wearable and accessible. Even if you don’t usually rock the retro look, you can experiment with it by combining the monochrome aesthetic with a pair of bright Asics – these four looks are certainly interchangeable. A pair of good trainers really can finish off your look, so whatever your style go ahead and put together one of these looks. You’re sure be one step ahead of the crowd.