Firstly, let’s start with The Sneaker…
My name is Alex and I am a sneaker head, I admit I have an obsession! I believe sneakers say a lot about who we are. I wear them with all outfits and to all occasions, and yes I wear them to work too. I cannot remember the last time I wore a pair of pumps to the office, or heels on a night out (I know I am a bad excuse for a girl). One of the most favourite and fun parts of being obsessed with sneakers is choosing (out of my insane collection) what pair I am going to wear every morning. Some people start with their clothes to form their “outfit”, me, I start with my shoes (sneakers). However I do have a select few pairs, placed by the front door that I can slip into quickly and head out in when I am running late.
I’m devoted to my sneakers, I pair them with everything from a standard jeans and jumper combo to skirts and dresses. It all comes down to owning your look, and being confident in what you are wearing. Just last month Victoria Beckham told Vogue that “The shoes will turn into trainers and the dresses will turn into baggy trousers,” speaking specifically about her New York Fashion Week wardrobe. And she still looked totally glam!
I work in a creative industry where wearing sneakers is the norm, and if I was to walk in wearing my heeled boots (that I rarely wear), I think my team would ask if I was feeling ok? Ha!
‘It all comes down to owning your look, and being confident in what you are wearing.’
With high fashion ditching the towering heels and embracing a sporty finish, there is little reason why your 9 to 5 wardrobe shouldn’t too. A favourite office look of mine is “trainers and tailoring” a match made in heaven. Here’s a fun fact; the Chanel SS14 Couture Show had Karl Lagerfeld introduce the casual element by adding their signature tweed sneakers into every runway look. And if Chanel can do it, so can you!
Working girls, you totally can wear sneaks to the office, not just because the workplace has changed, but because dress codes have moved and are constantly changing in all industries.
Has anyone ever seen the section of the rule book that says “you must wear heels to be successful at work”? – No, I didn’t think so.
I am sure Phoebe Philo and Stella McCartney would agree too! These two extremely successful and influential working women are often spotted sporting the latest sneakers and with Phoebe Philo OBE of Céline being named by Time Magazine amongst one of the world’s 100 most influential people in the World, and Stella McCartney OBE leading the way with green luxury fashion, there really is no reason why you can’t be the next woman to take over the world in sneakers!
What I think we must remember though is that the workplace is different to what gets appreciated on Instagram… Don’t be walking into the office wearing your battered (yet awesome and probably your favourite) festival going Converse. Make sure they’re in a presentable condition.
‘Working girls, you totally can wear sneaks to the office, not just because the workplace has changed, but because dress codes have moved and are constantly changing in all industries.’
Be sure to separate your gym sneakers to your office sneakers, you wouldn’t go to a meeting with the CEO wearing your lycra sports leggings and bra, therefore the same rule applies for footwear.
A few top tips for the shoe to sneaker transition… Go smart on top, a smart shirt and bold colour up top will hold your boss’s attention and show the choice of footwear was intentional. Use some luxe fabrics, no one can say you haven’t made an effort if you choose a fancy pair of sneakers and soup-up the whole look with faux fur, sequins or even metallic finishes.
Be daring, be bold and most of all be brave!