Must Have Piece: Casual Sneakers

Wardrobe Essentials: Casual Sneakers

We’re continuing our Wardrobe Essentials feature with the Nike Cortez. These are the sneaker to have now and in the coming spring season if you care about stuff like that. I’ve never been the type to need the “it” piece of the time. But now and then I find something I love, only to discover that it’s completely sold out, or just not available in my size. That’s why it took so long for me to get a new pair of Sorel boots. They have become crazy popular and trendy, but they’re also the best boot to keep your feet warm and dry. It took me months to find the style I wanted in a size ten. My new pair arrived the day after the blizzard.

Lesson learned.

These are not the sneakers to wear to the gym. I wear ASICS to the gym, and they are awesome, but they don’t go with casual outfits. That’s where these come in. Despite the frigid temperatures, spring is right around the corner – at least, that’s what I am telling myself – and with spring comes lots of activities. In the spring, my weekend is filled with the kids tennis and softball practice, dozens of birthday parties and casual nights hanging out with neighbors. It’s ideal to get dressed and be ready for the day. If you’d like a casual and sporty outfit, that doesn’t make you look like you just came from the gym, pick these up. Here’s how I would wear them:

Wardrobe EssentialsJeans: Boden Straightleg Jeans, $55(on sale); Must Have Piece: Nike Roshe Cortez, $130; Sweater: Leith Slouchy Cotton Sweater, $52; Scarf: Nordstrom Wool & Cashmere Wrap, $98; Hat: American Needle Washed Canvas Baseball Hat, $24; Sunglasses: Ray Ban ‘Original Aviator’, $150; Mug: “But First” Travel Coffee Mug, $14

When it comes to your wardrobe essentials, practicality is key.   We all don’t need the same essentials, keep that in mind.  If, you’re life could use a go to pair of sneakers that look cute and can get you through your day, these could be great for you.  A few things to remember if you want to work this into your wardrobe.

I went with the olive colored sneaker because it’s a neutral that will go with almost anything. It’s a compromise between a crisp and easily to scuff white and the severity of black. To balance the look, I picked an olive colored baseball hat. I live in baseball hats on early weekend mornings. I still wear my Tommy Bahama “Relax” hat, that I bought on my honeymoon almost 13 years ago. It’s seen better days for sure, but I love it. The olive hat feels more purposeful. When your pieces have purpose you look like you are wearing an outfit as opposed to looking like you just threw on some clothes.

Avoid boot cut or wide leg jeans with sneakers. You’ll look like a kid and sloppy. Instead go with a pair of skinnies if they work for your body type, or straight leg jean. I like these straight legs by Boden, but the seem to teeter on skinny more than straight. KUT does a nice straight leg that is also under $100. You know I love a good distressed jean and would absolutely wear them with this, too.

This white sweatshirt is everything. I love, love, love a sweatshirt you can wear in public. I own a few Leith pieces and live in them. Like, they don’t make it back to the drawer when they come out of the wash. Right to my body.

Finally, pale pink and olive is such a pretty combination. A soft pink scarf adds a touch of femininity to a relatively utilitarian outfit. Finish with a pair of thin rimmed glasses and my never without it travel mug and I’m ready to sit for hours at the tennis courts.

Hope you found Wardrobe Essentials: Casual Sneakers helpful!  Please leave your thoughts and questions below in the comments! 

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. The timing of this post couldn’t have been better. I head to Palm Beach for a long weekend next week and the casual sneaker has always evaded me. So I just ordered these for Tuesday delivery! THANK YOU!

  2. Megan, I always feel like sneakers look awkward and bulky with skinny jeans, even less “bulky” sneakers like converse. Is that just me? Can you post a pic of yourself in a similar outfit since I know how much you love to post pics of yourself? 😉 Thanks!

    1. Instead of skinny jeans, go with a straight leg. You’ll get a more modern look without emphasizing the bulk of the sneaker. The combination of bootcut or wide leg with sneakers takes me right back to college and Dave Matthews concerts. It was cute then, but now it’s dated. Also, take a look at Pinterest for some more inspiration on how to wear this look.

      If you knew the drama that was involved in having my husband take a photo of me, you’d understand why I post so few pictures of myself. 🙂

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