You’ve probably heard the saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Well, here’s a little secret: it’s just as important to dress for the sneakers that you’re going to wear. If you’re like us, then your shoes are an extension of yourself—and if you’re not wearing the right pair for the occasion, then you can’t be at your best self. So whether we’re going out with friends or heading to work, we want to know what to wear on sneakers and get some advice on how to make sure they look great!
What to Wear on Sneakers
You’ve spent your hard-earned money on a pair of sneakers. They’re your new favorite go-to shoes, and you want to make sure they stay in good condition. The last thing you want is for them to look worn out or get wet because of a rainy day.
This blog is going to give you some tips on how to keep your sneakers looking good for as long as possible.
Shoes are the cornerstone of your outfit. They set the tone for the rest of your look and can make or break the entire ensemble.
But what if you’re not sure what shoes to wear? What if you don’t have enough money to buy a whole new shoe collection? Or what if there are just so many options out there that you don’t even know where to start?
We’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite shoes, along with some tips on how to wear them (and how not to).
How To Wear Sneakers & Look Damn Fine At Every Occasion
Yes, there are rules. This is how to wear sneakers, the right way.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, your sneakers are meant for more than just the gym these days. Though they got their start as flimsy ‘plimsolls’ meant for working-class holidaymakers and purpose-built footwear designed for athletes, sneakers have become a staple in every man’s (and woman’s, for that matter) wardrobe. From lifestyle to the red carpet to sports, nowadays your sneakers can be an expression of yourself. And today we’re showing you how to wear them perfectly.
Buy sneakers that suit your current wardrobe: What good does it do to buy the latest ‘hype’ style if it doesn’t suit your style? Don’t hop on the trend train just because it’s passing through. Choose shoes that complement what you already have, not shoes that require you to repurchase your entire wardrobe. We’re looking at you, Yeezy lovers.
Wear them to the right occasions (don’t go too casual): Sneakers are incredibly versatile, but they’re no substitute for dress shoes. You can get away with wearing sneakers with any off-duty outfit – and perhaps even some casual, unstructured suits – but they’re not meant for every occasion (i.e. weddings). Err on the side of overdressed rather than underdressed.
Keep them clean: It doesn’t matter how cool your sneakers are, the effect will be lost if they’re not spick-and-span. Proper sneaker maintenance includes washing the laces, eliminating odours, brushing the outsoles, and using shoe trees and sneaker shields.
How To Choose Sneakers: Understanding Your Sneakers & Trainer Types
Sneakers come in many shapes and sizes these days. From basic unstructured canvas to the brightest, finest leather; from minimalist looks to metal fastenings and high technology; there are few rules when it comes to trainers. With so many options available, it can be hard knowing exactly what’s what and even harder to know what’s most likely to suit your wardrobe and taste.
Luckily, you have us here to make things easier. We’ve put together a How To Wear Sneakers Style 101 guide that should have you acing your footwear exams in no time.
Basic Sneakers – These are your Converse, Vans, etc., types. Sometimes they come in leather, but they’re typically found in canvas and in basic colours. On the whole they’re generally affordable, easy to wear / clean, and work well with just about anything. They might not be the most comfortable, however.
Refined Luxury Sneakers – They might bear a resemblance to your basic plimsolls, but they’re more expensive and often made from suede or leather by brands like Tom Ford, Lanvin & Saint Laurent. These are not something you’d take to a music festival.
Classic Sports Sneakers – Your Nike Air Max, Reebok Pump, Asics Gel-Lyte and other forms of old school sporting greatness. What was once ready for the track and field is now kept safely in a shoe collection at home.
Modern Sport Sneakers – Again, these are your Nike, Adidas and Puma-tier brands, but with modern styling and shapes. As a rule, it’s harder to pull off modern sports sneakers than it is to pull off classic styles.
Hiking / Trail Sneakers – As the name implies, these shoes were designed with technical activities in mind, but are fast finding a place in mainstream fashion. Think Salomon, La Sportiva or Keen. Not the easiest to style.
High-fashion Sneakers – These are the work of brands like Givenchy, Christian Louboutin, Maison Martin Margiela, Diemme and even Giuseppe Zanotti. They’re loud and designed to be noticed.
Luxury Techwear – This is the category for the likes of Rick Owens, A-COLD-WALL* and other designers who are really pushing the limits of sneaker design. Blending technical sneakers, high fashion as well as their own unique aesthetic, these are real statement pieces.
How To Wear & Style Sneakers
Now that you’ve selected your poison, it’s time to actually pair them with your wardrobe. And no, it’s not a case of wearing your one pair of sneakers with any pair of jeans. There’s a fine art in the craft so pay attention.
The Basic Classics
Lows, Chucks, canvas kicks… whatever you call them, the basic sneaker is the most versatile casual sneaker you can buy. They work well with denim, chinos and shorts of pretty much any colour and shade.
Where we find guys sometimes get a little unstuck with these types of sneakers is when they wear them to smart casual events or to work when a dress shoe is required. The basic sneaker DOES NOT work for every occasion and should be kept solely for casual situations. Your best bet on top is to run with print t-shirts, gingham shirts or even a blazer for the college professor look.
Mix with relaxed, slim & skinny denim and chinos
Keep for casual/street occasions only
Maintain to ensure they stay clean and respectable
Best suited to younger men
How To Wear Luxury Sneakers
Our personal favourite is the luxury take on the basic sneaker. These beautiful specimens have allowed sneakers to jump from street casual to smart casual without looking like they belong on a teenage boy. They can be worn with tailored trousers, slim denim, chinos and in some cases even casual unstructured suiting.
Avoid wearing them with shorts, as these sneakers are quite often bulky in comparison to the basic canvas sneakers. Keep it refined on top to match the shoe. Basic t-shirts, smart shirts and polos are all great options. For a more distinct look, opt for a shirt with a slim or knit tie, a blazer and some slim denim.
Dress up, not down
Start with black, then purchase other colours
Take extra care with suede and don’t wear it too often
Try brighter pairs for summer / European holidays
How To Wear Classic Sports Sneakers
Sneakerheads, unite! These babies started the sneaker revolution that we have today. Jordans, Superstars, 95s – these are your street-going, on-trend kicks that are just popping with colour. The idea with classic sports sneakers is to find a couple that complements your style and purchase a few pairs in different colours.
Slim- and tapered-fit denim, loose t-shirts (with or without prints) and casual outerwear are your essential staples when it comes to dressing these sneakers. Pair them with chino shorts for an easy win in summer. The key is to find the balance between hip-hop artist and everyday citizen. Some guys like to rock a snapback – that’s up to you. Personally, we like to colour match our sneakers with what we’re wearing on top, to give the look a sense of purpose and cohesiveness.
Find a few styles you like and stick to them
Colour match if you can
Pin roll, or rock with khaki chinos when it’s warm
Sell them on eBay if you don’t like them
How To Wear Modern Sport Sneakers
Wearing this style of sneaker can have you looking like Jerry Seinfeld if you’re not careful. On the other hand, you can quite easily look like a ‘houso’ if you pair them with tracksuit pants. As much as possible, stick with sneaker releases that are low profile with a fashionable edge.
Too runnery/sporty and they’ll look bulky and not quite right. Wear these as you would classic sneakers or with gym/running gear on the weekend. Steer clear of denim that’s loose-fitting, as it never seems to work. Instead, choose slim Nudie chinos or elastic cuff variations. On top, keep it sporty and casual with t-shirts only.
Avoid all white pairs running trainers… eeew!
Don’t tuck shirts into denim with these sneakers
Go for a sporty look to complement the shoe
How To Wear Designer Sneakers
Expensive and not for the faint of heart, these top-end sneakers are getting louder and more in-your-face every season. For an example of someone who wears them well consistently, look to Kanye West. A common approach to wearing these sneakers matches them with slim denim that’s often gathered at the bottom and t-shirts with open plaid shirts. There’s also the Parisian style, which includes long and drapey blazers and singlets that add even more edge to the look. Black denim is a must-own item as well as longer, looser fit t-shirts.
Stick with blacks, whites and muted colours
Let the sneakers to the talking
Denim is your best friend
How To Wear High Tech Sneakers
Only a few will dare to wear these sneakers. They’re highly fashion-forward and to me only really work with drapey and long fitting clothing. Stick with black and do as little as possible to draw attention to the shoes – they will do that themselves. Ideally, you want people to think that you’re not trying too hard when you wear these types of kicks, so muted attire is best.
Black, black, and more black
Go for long and draped style of clothing
Be prepared for people’s comments
It’s a Saturday night and you’ve been press-ganged into going to the discotheque. So what do you wear to a nightclub if you’re a guy?
Maybe it’s a young relative’s 21st birthday party you’ve been trying to evade. Or maybe you just can’t let the good times go. Either way, it looks like you’ll need to slide up to the velvet rope and do your best to impress the burly door chap without ending up in a sleeper choke.
As it happens, nightclubs take their wardrobe standards pretty seriously these days and it’s not always easy to walk away from rejection at the door with your pride intact.
This ‘what to wear to a nightclub’ guide should help you get your wardrobe in order so that you can tell your friends that you went to a nightclub like a sophisticated cool cat.
Unless you’re making a serious run at Friday night kick-ons and haven’t had a chance to change, it’s not entirely necessary to deck yourself out in a full suit. It’s easy to destroy one at a club, and they’re dry-cleaning only.
That means an errant glass of red wine will become a costly mistake if you’re not lucky enough to avoid a drunken spill. Stick to separates instead. A blazer with a button-down and smart fitted chinos or dark denim is hard to beat. Just lose the tie, and avoid a pocket square as drunk people seem to enjoy using them as a tissue.
However, for drinking establishments that are less club and more bar, a suit might be the difference between an extortionate entry free and breezing through the front door with a nod from the bouncer.
What colour suit? If it’s a swanky bar a grey, black or navy suit will do just fine – as are separates using these colours. Also make sure your dress shoes are in decent condition – no tatty shoes from your first day on the job. We’re talking about a nice pair of Oxfords, double monks or leather loafers should the weather permit.
If you need help in this department, check out our guide to the best men’s dress shoes for those who know nothing about dress shoes.
Wearing Black & White In The Club
Monochromatic outfits are cool, but looking like one of the floor staff is not. Although black conceals sweat and other defects it’s not terribly adventurous and can look sombre in such a social atmosphere.
Add a white tee to the black jeans, and a navy or khaki bomber jacket instead of the black jacket. Or find a button-up shirt that has a fine monochromatic pattern to give your look a bit more depth like Harry above.
It’s also important to note that you should stick to a darker colour palette in clubs. A white blazer or light pair of chinos will get totally annihilated in a darkly-lit rave cave where you can’t tiptoe around every unfortunate stain in front of you. Save the lighter garment colours for the summer parties.
The easiest combination? Light coloured shirt up top, black for bottoms. The look can be polished off with either white sneakers or leather shoes or boots depending on the venue.
Wearing A Shirt In The Club
Clubs get bloody hot. They’re poorly ventilated as it is and there’s usually a press of sweaty bodies in the way. And no one wants to wiggle their way out of six layers.
The answer is to keep things cool, light and simple. The threads you’ll want are pieces like denim shirts, linen shirts, fitted crew neck tees and anything that is a single layer.
Patterns and colours are entirely up to your individual taste but if there are two things we’d recommend, it’s to stay away from polyester shirts and always go for a fitted look. Tees are already casual enough so if you go too big you’ll look like an extra for a rap video.
Wearing Expensive Brands In The Club
Put simply, don’t do it. Clubs equal lots of drunken bodies fighting over empty space in booths and at the bar. They’re dark, noisy, and people can lose grasp of situational awareness quick smart once the cheap shots get underway.
The Seamaster, Gucci bomber, and Loro Piana super150 wool-silk-linen blazer are all likely casualties in this setting. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by wearing your best gear only to witness it being wrecked in a drunken accident. Plus, it’s dark as hell and no one can really see you.
Our advice is to keep your personal style but pare it down with cheaper options. Instead of rocking your John Elliott jeans, go for a cheaper pair of Nudies which can look just as good but won’t hurt as much if they get stained.
Your plain white tees also don’t need to be A.P.C branded. And definitely leave the Burberry trench (or any trench for that matter) hanging safely in your closet.
Wearing Button Shirts With Trousers In The Club
In most cases, a crisp button-down with dark trousers will get you past the selective dress codes on the door. A plain oxford shirt can’t go wrong, but feel free to experiment with modest patterns to give you some point of difference from the masses.
Tucking the shirt in is generally mandatory. Some brands offer shorter cuts that are designed to be worn untucked, so just double check the proportions in the mirror before leaving the house.
A short-sleeve button-down should be untucked, and they’re usually designed with this in mind. If you wear denim, make sure it’s a darker shade. Unfortunately, some venues still disallow jeans. In that case, smart wool trousers are a solid option.
These are the most formal pant you can wear, but again, they are the most likely to become a casualty if it’s a messy night.
Wearing Leather Boots In The Club
Shoes are serious business after dark. First up, closed shoes are a must. Loafers can be hit and miss, depending on the whims of the folks on the door and whatever standards the venue demands, so be sure to check in advance. Additionally, your suede shoes weren’t made for busting a move to the Bee Gees.
They’re an absolute monster to clean and they will get filthy after a night of stepping through chewing gum, puke and spilled margaritas. Let us persuade (heh) you against it. Your best bet? Polished brogues or Chelsea boots.
They’re not too corporate, nor too quirky, sitting in the middle of the spectrum of formality. You can dress them up or down with denim or smart chinos, and all it takes the morning after is a quick brush and some conditioner to set them straight again.
Wearing Sneakers In the Club
Everybody likes a pair of luxe sneakers, but that, unfortunately, doesn’t translate into universal acceptability on the nightlife circuit. R&B or hip hop venues aren’t as strict in this regard, but if you’re planning on hitting the sauce at a few establishments then you should probably give the sneakers some time off.
Some venues just don’t allow it, even if the bar where you started the night didn’t make an issue out of them. More to the point, your pristine white sneakers will become various shades of grey and green once you start getting down to your favourite Ed Sheeran disco remix.
Save them for Sunday afternoons at the local, or trendy hole-in-the-wall bars that employ cleaners who take pride in their work.
Wearing Hats In The Club
Unless you’re a bus driver or a copper you have no business wearing a hat to town. The upscale, trendy nightspots usually have standing prohibitions against hats, and spending your time salvaging hat hair after the bouncer has told you to remove your headwear isn’t much of a fun way to spend a night. As for beanies – just don’t do it. Wearing a beanie to a club will make you look like you smell bad.
Men’s Night Club Outfits FAQ
What pants should I wear to a club?
You can either choose jeans, chinos or trousers, depending on where you are going. Jeans are ideal for clubs with a more casual style, while trousers are best for formal settings. If unsure of what to wear, chinos are always a safe choice.
What accessories are appropriate for clubbing?
Keep your accessories minimal. Select a great watch to add interest to your outfit. If you plan on tucking in your shirt, choose a nice belt.
What should I avoid wearing at a club?
Clubs have dress codes so make sure you follow them before heading out. Wearing flip-flops or singlets are usual no-nos, but it still depends on the venue. If do not know what to wear, play it safe with a semi-formal outfit.
What to Wear on Sleeveless Dress
Sleeveless dresses are a great way to beat the summer heat, but they can present some challenges. For example, how do you stay cool while still looking stylish? How can you ensure that your dress won’t slip off your shoulders? And what if it’s windy out?
We’ve got answers for all of these questions and more! Here’s everything you need to know about wearing sleeveless dresses in style and comfort.
When you don’t have sleeves, your outfit has to be just right.
You can’t just throw on any old thing—you have to be strategic about what you wear, and make sure that it looks good while also keeping you cool.
Be sure to pin this image above as this guide works not only for Summer styling but as a general guide of how to style sleeveless clothing if you are looking to cover up your arms or just add a bit of extra warmth.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to styling a sleeveless dress, so whether you pair it with your favorite denim jacket or mix it up with an on trend sheer button down, the options are endless.
Check out all of the cute summer outfit ideas below that will keep you cool and stylish this summer even without long sleeves.
SLEEVELESS DRESS STYLING TIPS:
1 – Opt for sheer fabrics! The summer months are always so warm, and sheer fabrics will be your best friend! They give you the added layer without the heat and look ultra stylish
2 – Drape over your shoulders! For an effortless effect and stylish feel, drape your layer over your shoulders to allow breeze to flow around you as you walk.
This also makes it really easy to remove the layer so you don’t have to fully commit or create an outfit around the layer if you really want the dress to shine throughout the day/night
3 Layer underneath! We all know we can add layers on top of our sleeveless dress, but don’t forget you can also layer underneath!
Adding a basic tee or even a button down underneath a sleeveless dress gives it a totally new look and transforms it into a dress with sleeves if that is the style you’re looking for
These tips are great for sleeveless tops as well, all these tips will help cover up the upper arms. Even on hot days when I like to wear sleeveless pieces, sometimes I still don’t want to show too much skin, so these are all great ideas to pair with your sleeveless maxi dresses or even just anything with shorter sleeves!
THE BEST TOPS AND LAYERS TO WEAR WITH A SLEEVELESS DRESS IN SUMMER
DENIM JACKET / JEAN JACKET
Most of us have a favorite jean jacket in our closet already. It is a go-to layer pretty much year round and the easiest way to toss over any outfit.
It’s the perfect option for the summer months as it pairs perfectly summery dresses and tank tops, plus it isn’t too hot!
It’s so easy and a fun look for kids too!
Mommy and me striped maxi dresses
This is exactly how I would style this type of look for daytime, and for night you could swap the sneakers for wedges or flat sandals and you are ready for date night!
You can even get denim in different colors like a light wash and dark wash to mix it up!
I recently did this look with my new favorite sleeveless jumpsuit and it was perfect for date night!
Shop this look here
A sheer top is a genius layer for the summer as it’s not hot at all but still gives you the added sleeve length and is such a stylish way to layer with.
This feels so feminine and dainty and it adds that element to any dress you pair it with. From short sleeve to long sleeve, any sheer top you find can seamlessly be added over a sleeveless dress to create a new outfit for the hot weather.
Style Tip You could also pair a sheer top/bodysuit underneath a sleeveless dress for a stylish look.
LEATHER JACKET / BLACK MOTO JACKET
A faux leather jacket or moto jacket may not be in the forefront of your mind for Summer dressing, but the contrast of a flowy summer dress with a leather jacket at night is a combo I am absolutely obsessed with!
shop leopard dress and leather coat here
The two pair together effortlessly and the jacket adds a bit of edge to a more feminine style dress.