If you follow on me on Instagram (@spotted.chic), you already know that I had a major hair cut and I dyed my hair to something that’s not super natural, so this is my last post with my “old” hair. Before I got my hair revamped, I went to Berkeley to hang out with my friend and we had a pamper day. I wanted to keep my look casual and comfortable, so keep reading if you want to see my go-to comfy, but still presentable outfit. Continue Reading
I’m not particularly good at tennis.
In theory, I should be more talented than my current state – I took tennis lessons from when I was eight to when I was seventeen. Perhaps it was my resistance to move my feet and run to the ball that prevented me from fully reaching my potential.
I may not be a good tennis player, but what I am good at is simple and quite unimpressive: dressing the part. Or should I say, pulling the details from the part, in this case, my tennis shoes, and making it seem so my own that bystanders are forced to believe that I am an off-duty tennis player.
I know that when I started wearing my Lacoste sneakers it was because of how seamlessly they paired with any outfit. They were stark white except for the 4 multi-colored velcro straps – an adult shoe reminiscent of my days in preschool when I couldn’t tie my shoes. Through each wear, the leather got more scuffed up and worn in. Through years of wear, my sneakers no longer resembled their former pristine glory, but the ghost identity of being tennis shoes lingered on. The retirement of those sneakers (my mom “lost” them while we were remodeling our house) prompted me to find my next favorite pair of tennis shoes.
Since my last beloved sneakers were from Lacoste, it seemed self-explanatory that the preppy tennis brand was the place to start. I was not disappointed with these purple hi-top trainers. Next on the list also seemed like a no-brainer – Nike. Through searching high and low, I finally came across these Vintage Hi- Top Blazers which I think would go with anything and everything. Adidas is making a comeback with their Original Stan Smith Shoes – adding a pop of color to a classic white sneaker and quickly sneaking back into my heart. (See what I did there?) If you want the perfect “dirty” look, just type Superga into Google. Their classic canvas creations break in really quickly and magically develop the “dirty, but not super dirty” appearance. With tennis shoes in every color and material, you are will not be able to leave the website without purchasing something. My final stop may be a shock because they resemble those of what nurses wear, but New Balance has been coming out with shoes with color combinations that piqued my interest to continue exploring the brand.
With brands, new and old, reinventing the look of tennis sneakers, why not jump on the bandwagon and give your bunions a break!
Over the years, I have developed a stigma towards sneakers – specifically, athletic shoes (running shoes, hiking shoes, etc.). They were solely meant to be worn during physical activities. My negative attitude towards athletic shoes stems from growing up in San Francisco.
Fact: There are too many people in SF who wear running shoes with boot-cut jeans and a North face fleece jacket.
Recently, however, sneakers are having a fashion moment. The transformation started by getting rid of all add-ons that supposedly “absorbed the shock from running” so your knees don’t get messed up -remember Nike Shocks? Running is hard enough, but wearing shoes that weigh 5 pounds, that’s pushing it. The shock absorbers might help my knees but the sheer weight of the shoes kind of negate that fact. Now that sneakers have become more lightweight and colorful, they can be used to give any outfit a more casual look.
Sweater: Dex / Jeans: Rag & Bone / Jacket: Zara / Shoes: Nike / Sunglasses: J. Crew / Purse: Zara / Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Lipstick: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Turn On / Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
A foolproof way to wear sneakers is to pair them with casual fabrics – no silk blouses or dress pants. I love pairing them with boyfriend jeans because they are a tad bit baggy and distressed. Rolling them up a little makes the outfit look effortless and a little bit edgy. A loose patterned sweater will add some texture and if it’s cold, a tweed/leather contrast jacket that hits mid-thigh will give the outfit a more polished look. This outfit is perfect if you are just going out to run errands or going to school. Since the whole idea behind wearing sneakers is to look casual, I would keep the makeup light and natural with a matte muted pink blush and a rosy lip.
Bright sneakers are all the rage right now, so use that to your advantage and make it the focus of your outfit. Since these Nike Frees are very slim-fitting and hit below the ankle, they actually elongate your legs so if you want to show off your gams, pair it with a short dress. Layering a tweed moto jacket not only gives dimension to the outfit, but it also dresses up the entire outfit. Again, I would keep the makeup simple with a tinted lip balm and a coral blush to match the vibrancy of the shoes.
What’s your favorite ways to wear sneakers?
CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF ME?
Gotta get Chic on Friday. I think I’m funny…
Friday was here (and is gone), so I had to incorporate my favorite color, mint, into my outfit. If you live in a place that climatically resembles the amazon like I do, it is key to wear clothes that are breathable, or else you will be quite miserable.
These bright, pastel shorts are a perfect base. They can easily stand alone against any number of tops, so I picked an equally bright coral top. This combination is comfortable and breezy enough for hanging outside with your friends.
The simplicity of the outfit allowed me to be creative with my shoes, so why not break out some flashy Nike Dunks? These high tops are are comfortable and surprisingly versatile. They add an edge to what would be an otherwise plain but cute outfit. And besides, they make you feel like a BAMF.
Whatchu looking at?
Blouse: Boutique in England
Shorts: J. Crew
Shoes: Flight Club
End with a BANG!
Wedge-heeled sneakers. Sounds like a weird, quirky combination, right? Well, ready or not, these retro sneakers are making quite the scene. Wearing these shoes is like having a party on your feet, but at the end of the day, your feet aren’t crying. Now, these shoes can be hard to spot because at first glance, they look like normal high-top sneakers, but once you try them on, lo and behold, they have a built-in wedge! This is just living proof that women secretly wish they were taller – we want to reach the top shelf too, ya know!
Now, before you brush these shoes off as just another trend or psych yourself out, saying, “I can’t rock these,” just look at the options- these shoes don’t discriminate. You can find ones that are sportier than Sporty Spice or ones that have more color than the rainbow. No matter which pair your choose, you will leave people with their mouths on the floor (in a good way, of course).
Give your booties a break and slip on some “pumped up kicks” that will not only make your feet happy, but also give people the impression that you grew a couple of inches over the summer. It’s a win-win situation!
If you aren’t a heels person have no fear, because designers are revamping the classic sneaker with studs and cool designs–check out the sneakers with a bright pink heel.
Will you be rocking a pair of these in the fall?
Starting Monday, I will be starting my “Back to School” Series, so stay tuned!