Defend the Trend

Defend the Trend: Sneakers and Formal Wear

I wanted to begin this post by acknowledging how grateful I am for all that read this column each week. It is fantastic to read your feedback in the comments and even have some tweet at me to talk about trends. Last week my sister-in-law sent me the following text:

Firstly, I was overwhelmed because I had no idea she read any of my posts but I was even more excited that she thought to ask me to write a post on a specific trend. Anyway, here we are this week defending the juxtaposition of sneakers and (in some cases) couture.

My obsession with Leandra Medine (better known as the Man Repeller) is out of control; her wedding dress and accessories made me drool. Leandra’s style is¬†unpredictable, unconventional and otherwise undeniably the most awesome, which is why I am not surprised that she has multiple blog posts of her in sneakers and beautiful dresses.

Image via The Man Repeller

This is a trend that has been seen on runways for the past few seasons but something that is not easily translated to street style. A few weeks ago I was set to attend a Radiohead concert and I wore a maxi skirt with some high-tops. My husband looked at me like I was a lunatic but tried to pay me a compliment anyway (what a nice guy). We are so used to the conventional way of wearing maxi skirts: gladiator sandals or sky-high heels. The same goes for sneakers: boyfriend jeans or any casual outfit. Here I was, however, ready to attend an outdoor concert and I dressed myself down by adding the sneakers and guess what, I liked it!

Celebrities are superfans of the trend as well. Kristen Stewart has been seen wearing Balenciaga and Balmain with ratty looking Converse and she looks amazing doing it. Budding fashionista, Hailee Steinfeld, is another girl who embraces this trend:

Marchesa with Converse to a Vanity Fair party? How chic is she?

To me, fashion has no rules – wear what makes you happy. Not everyone is going to appreciate your style and that’s totally okay. You dress for yourself, not anyone else. There are many days I get to the office and people look at me awkwardly or make ridiculous comments but there is no such thing as bad attention in fashion. I’d much prefer to be the girl that everyone walks by and has something to say rather than the girl (or guy) wearing the plain person uniform* and resenting it.

Yes, I defend this trend: I think it’s super cool and daring. Have you tried this trend, if not, would you?

To my sister-in-law: thank you for suggesting I defend this and I hope I’ve answered your questions.

xo

*There is nothing wrong with wearing the plain person uniform, just don’t make mean comments to someone trying new styles.

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