9 Totally Boss Ways to Wear Sneakers to Work
Whether your office dress code is law-firm buttoned-up (suits, pencil skirts, and, well, button ups) or tech-startup laid back (hoodies and ripped jeans accessorized with a cup of free keg beer), you can still work your favorite sneakers into the rotation in a way that’s polished and professional. (Start with casual Fridays, if unconvinced.) Think an off-duty Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, only all day long. Each of the below looks is a slick yet considered way to come across like a #girlboss who’s got this while wearing sneakers on the job.
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1. Skirting Around
Ah, the ole skirt-and-sneaker combo. It’s the classic girly-girl and tomboy yin and yang of the sneakers-at-work playbook, played out here from head to toe: An oversize sweatshirt riffing off a ruffled skirt, fishnet socks riffing off a pair of black Vans Old-Skools. For shorter skirts, trade out the ankle socks for opaque tights.
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2. A Hop, Skip, and Jumper
Generally, jumpsuits and rompers read more alfresco brunch than business-hours attire. But when they’re accessorized with relatively staid staples: a long-sleeve shirt (here black, but a white collared number would work too) and hi-top Chucks, the outfit veers back into the office space.
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3. Business as (Un)Usual
Slacks and a sheer top are workplace staples. Shake up the look by swapping out your heels for a sweet pair of sneakers; something chunky to stand up to the flair of the pants works best. Tweak the silhouette slightly with a calf-skimming A-line skirt for a similarly fresh styling.
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4. The Cool Girl
And by that we mean what’s cooler than raw-edge cropped jeans, fuzzy coat, and checkered Vans? Rhetorical question, answer: nada. But don’t stop there, swap out the jeans for leather pants and it works. Swap out the fuzzy coat for a cropped trench and it works. Because, and this is us letting you in on a little secret, checkerboard Vans work with everything, even a kimono-style coat and diaphanous blue dress.
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6. Party Up Top, Business Down Below
The addition of a pair of old-school sneakers (Reeboks, New Balance, Sauconys) and high-waisted pants keeps a knotted shirt from coming off as office inappropriate. (The sartorial equivalent of your dad telling you to put a sweater on over those spaghetti straps, missy.) A smartly cut jacket offsets the casualness of the sneaks, pulling it all together.
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Pops of lipstick red, partnered with neutral plaid pants, says without saying, “Where do I sign?”
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8. Pleat and Thank You
Brogues? No way. A menswear-inspired ensemble gets a healthy dose of glammy downtown cool with a sheer sparkly top and black Vans. (And dare we say this look is also interview-worthy.)
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There’s no rule that says you and your work-wife can’t coordinate outfits. After all, isn't collaboration the key to success? A pinky-cream suit cuts loose when paired with a band tee and sneaks, while clear glasses and a jacket buttoned over a skirt dress up a pair of pink Vans.
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