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Thursday, April 27, 2017

how to wear sneakers with a dress

while this isn't a new trend for 2017, pairing sneakers with a
dress is somewhat new to me! i have always enjoyed
wearing my beloved white converse with various dresses and skirts.
however, it was not until recently that i felt
comfortable (or perhaps confident enough) wearing
athletic-looking sneakers with anything other than active wear;
in my mind, sneakers were meant to be worn to the gym,
but clearly, i have been missing out! 

of course, sneakers may not be appropriate with all
dresses (or subsequently, in all environments). a cocktail party, for 
example, would require a more formal shoe. additionally, when
attending a meeting with my supervisor, i trade in my sneakers
for a ballet flat or ankle boot.
disclosure: brooks graciously provided us with the sneakers
photographed in this post. all opinions are my own!

a few weekends ago, jenn (fellow blogger and friend from
 hello rigby) and i spent an afternoon in the city and styled our 
sneakers two ways: the first was a casual look (blogged here), and 
today, we are back wearing our brooks heritage
shoes with a dressier outfit in mind. we had fun collaborating!
putting these outfits together, and seeing the way jenn wore
her shoes, provided me with a few ideas on how else
i can style my sneakers -- hello sneakers with rompers, 
floral shorts, etc. etc.
^^^ great minds think alike --
pink sneakers call for matching pink bags! ^^^

when putting together this outfit, i wanted the focus
to be my shoes. thus, i avoided a printed dress (as i thought
it might look too busy and/or distracting), and chose a simple white, 
lace dress. unfortunately, i purchased this dress last season, but i have
seen similar styles in a variety of department stores this year. the dress
is feminine, and the sporty sneakers are a fun addition!

whether you're a new or longtime brooks lover, be
sure to order these ice cream inspired sneakers (or other
heritage style shoes) soon, as they are returning to the vault! this 
line was released to celebrate brooks' 100 year anniversary.
they will be available in store and online until they're sold out.
i am currently lusting after a few different pairs, as they're comfortable,
 affordable, and can seemingly be worn with anything!
 exploring upper queen anne required a stop at
top pot doughnuts for iced coffee, followed by a smoothie date
to emerald city smoothie. peaches and greens (complete with 
peach, spinach, banana, almonds and chia) 
is my go-to drink!

  on megan: 
dress: old navy (last year), denim jacket: asos,
purse: zara (exact here), sneakers: c/o brooks (exact here)

on jenn:
jumpsuit: sears, jacket: autumn olive boutique,
scarf: vintage (thrifted via value village),
purse: kate spade, sunglasses: foster grant via fred meyer,
sneakers: c/o brooks (exact here)

are you a fan of sneakers with dressier clothing items?
don't be afraid to pair your favorite spring dresses,
skirts and rompers with sneakers; it adds a fun pop
to your outfit and will keep you comfortable while enjoying
other springtime activities -- on my ever-growing bucket list
this year? a visit to the tulip festival, attending a
taco truck showdown, and of course, frequent outdoor walks.

how do you typically style your casual shoes?
be sure to stop by jenn's blog to see her full look here.

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