Just as gym gear needn’t always be saved for the gym, staying stylish and on trend doesn’t always mean discomfort!
Photos: Jenelle Witty at Inspiring Wit
Thanks to the advent of the sport luxe trend, and the ever growing ‘health and fitness’ culture in Australia, we have been able to say goodbye to the days of ‘daggy greys’ at the gym, and ‘Seinfeld-esque’ jogger and sneaker combos. I had always owned a pair Vans or Cons, some plimsoles even, but I had never really thought too much about sneakers – according to my teenage and young-adult self, they were for the sporty type only. There was once a time where I would never be caught dead in runners/kicks (around about 2005-2013) unless I was going to the gym or going scoop netting for crabs. And never, ever did I think I would be wearing sneakers with jeans, let alone a pretty jumpsuit. Just taking a little walk around Claremont Quarter’s level 2 shopping precinct was enough to confirm that the ‘fit fad’ is in in a big way! All of your usual sport suspects are there – Rebel Sport, Lorna Jane and Mountain Designs – but there are definitely some new players in the field. Heck, even Quicksilver now has their own ‘active wear’ range, and Sportsgirl, Hype DC and General Pants have more sporty style options and bigger sneaker ranges than ever.
These days, sneaker options are endless and, to be honest, the vast majority are not made for engaging in heavy physical activity in. This means no boofy, grey mesh uppers, fluoro orange highlights or reflective strips. The ‘fashion’ sneaker is clean, sleek, modern and comes in almost any colour, print or pattern you can think of. At the forefront of the sneaker revolution is the Nike Roshe. Take a peek into the wardrobe of any of the major fashion bloggers or icons around the world and voila, there will be a pair of Roshe’s in there (next to the Adidas Stan Smith’s and a pair of white low cut Converse). Not only are the Roshes a hot ticket fashion item at the moment – the sneaker wall at Nike says it all! – they are a sensible and comfortable footwear choice for almost any occasion.
– Choose a simple sneaker
The Roshe now comes in every single colour under the sun. My very first pair was a hot pink and purple ombre pair (going back a year or so now!) and I can’t wear them with anything in my wardrobe but my neutral coloured sports wear. I could attempt them with jeans and a white top, but my options are really quite limited. While there are so many gorgeous multicoloured options out there, sticking with neutrals like the all white Roshes, or the popular black and white combo, gives you more room to play and experiment with different looks.
– Contrast your sneaker
Give a pretty outfit a bit of an edge with a sleek pair of sporty sneakers. If you opt for Roshes in a simple colour palette (like my white ones below), your outfit options really are limitless – not even the prettiest of floral dresses you have in your wardrobe is safe. As a rule of thumb, if you would wear a pair of low cut Cons with it, you should try your Roshe’s with it. Being slim cut, the Roshe is a more elegant alternative to kicks, making them a heck of a lot easier to wear with more feminine styles than something like the New Balance 574’s (which I do love in their own right!).
– Show some ankle
From a teeny tiny little shortie (me), to you (my readers), showing a sliver of ankle is one of the most flattering things you can do for your legs. This tip is most relevant when pairing the Roshe with jeans or other full length pants, but please do apply it in as many instances as needed! The little bit of space left between jean and sneaker elongates the leg and adds a touch of class to the look – so that means little invisible socks are a must! Visible ankle also adds shape to the leg, feminising a somewhat masculine jean and sneaker look.
For more inspiration on styling a sneaker, check out some of these ladies – they are experts in the field!
Jenelle at Inspiring Wit
Chiara Ferragni at The Blonde Salad
Ally Hayward at Sbstnc Blog
P.S. Head to Claremont Quarter to shop for the perfect pair of Nike Roshe Runs from the newly opened Nike store (just next to the newly opened General Pants store) on Level 2!
Roxy puffer vest | Roxy pop surf halter crop bikini top | Nike drink bottle from Rebel Sport | Nike pants | Nike Roshe Runs | Sportsgirl bucket back pack | Under Armour tank (hanging from bag) from Rebel Sport
The Fifth Label ‘Golden Hour’ playsuit from General Pants | Neon Hart ‘Pati’ striped shirt from General Pants | Sportsgirl croc handheld clutch | Nike Roshe Run