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Ask CF: How Do I Style a Loud Pair of Sneakers?


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Welcome to the latest edition of Ask CF! Every few weeks, we select a reader fashion question and answer it here on the site. Do you have a specific fashion question for us? Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how to send it our way!

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Dear CF,

Last Christmas, I received a pair of sneakers as gift. They are green Vans look-alikes (think highlighter green and you’ll be very close). Anyway, I decided to consider them a fashion challenge, but I’m getting stuck. How do you make an extremely loud pair of sneakers work with a cute outfit?



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Dear Inspirationless,

Luckily for you (and all of our  feet!) bright, bold sneakers have been making a huge resurgence in the fashion world lately thanks to their popularity among off-duty models and street-style enthusiasts. Thanks to their recent popularity, there are tons of examples of how to style these shoes on the net right now.

In order to make this post adaptable to many different types of sneakers, I’ve created three different looks with three different types of sneakers. The first is inspired by your particular pair while the other two incorporate trainers and high-top kicks. Even though each of these looks features different sneaker styles, I tried to create looks that could work equally well with your pair – just switch up the color palette as needed.

I hope this inspires you to wear those fab shoes with confidence. Let us know how it goes!



Outfit #1

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Product Information: Watch, Tee, Jacket, Beanie, Shoes, Leggings

One of the most popular – and easy – ways to work bright sneakers is to pair them with a monochrome look. For this look, I chose an all-black palette using a pair of faux leather leggings, an oversized black tee, and an oversized jacket. Finish the look with a neon beanie that matches the color found at your feet.

Outfit #2

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Product Information: Earrings, Sweatshirt, Pants, Sunglasses, Shoes

This look incorporates a pair of neon trainers. These types of shoes are very on-trend and are great for a busy day running around. I continued the athletic wear look with a pair of striped jogging pants. Next, I added on a pullover sweatshirt with trendy faux leather sleeves. Add a touch of glam with some bright drop earrings (remove ‘em if you do hit the gym) and finish with oversized sunnies.

Outfit #3

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Product Information: Jacket, Dress, Backpack, Bracelet, Rings, Necklace, Shoes

For this last look, I chose to use a pair of high-top kicks and I thought this gold pair was the perfect pick. Although it might seem contradictory, a pair of sneakers can work with items like dresses and skirts; in this example, a tee-shirt-style maxi dress acts as a nice, neutral base to the look. But don’t think that means you can’t substitute other, more feminine styles of dresses and skirts – this look is totally open to interpretation. Next, add on a camo topper. Finish the look with gold accessories and a stylish backpack.

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What do you think?

Do you have a pair of crazy sneakers? What do you think of this trend? How would you wear this trend? Do you like these looks? Which one is your favorite? Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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9 Responses to “Ask CF: How Do I Style a Loud Pair of Sneakers?”

  1. 1
    February 24th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Love this!! Especially look 3!

  2. 2
    February 24th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I have a pair of berry-coloured Converse All-Star lights ( a slimmer, girlier version of the classic) and I love them with tights and full-skirted, feminine dresses. It adds such a twist of spunk and casual-ness. Never thought I’d ever wear sneakers outside the gym, but consider me converted. This new trend has bitten me, for sure!

  3. 3
    February 24th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Very cute look! I love the first and last ones the most!

  4. 4
    February 24th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I’ve always loved to contrast bright tennies with a black base outfit!

  5. 5
    February 25th, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Outfit 1 is pretty nice for this spring

  6. 6
    February 25th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Love all outfits they’re more my style, and i dont like to wear sandals to school bc my feet get cold lol

  7. 7
    February 25th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I’m absolutely loving neon right now. I say don’t be afraid to use other colors with it. I have a grey shirt that has a neon green collar and I pair it with a high-waisted, orange skirt, grey boots and military jacket. It’s a fun combo of boyish and girly.

  8. 8
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Awesome combinations!!

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