Life & Style Weekend - - CONTENTS - WORDS: TAM WRIGLEY

The Chi­nese New Year might be cel­e­brat­ing the Year of the Pig but in fash­ion, we are cel­e­brat­ing the “Year of the Sneaker”.

In the re­cently re­lease sta­tis­tics by Pin­ter­est, the trend that ev­ery­one seems to be pin­ning is the sneaker.

Stolen from a page out of the ’90s era, state­ment sneak­ers con­tinue to make their mark on some of the hottest run­way shows around the world. They are back and our once high-heeled feet couldn’t be hap­pier. It’s not just on the cat­walk of Chanel, Gucci or Ba­len­ci­aga that we are see­ing this trend. It is pop­ping up from Sun­day brunch to work meet­ings and we’re see­ing it em­braced by all age groups.

Now, let me be clear: when I say sneak­ers, I’m not talk­ing about your ba­sic jog­ger or trainer, I am talk­ing about em­bel­lished, be­daz­zled and be­jew­elled sneak­ers, not the type you go for your morn­ing jog in. Sneak­ers are a must-have for the style-minded and of­fer the ul­ti­mate in sports luxe.

Team your sneak­ers with an over­sized tee dress and fun ac­ces­sories for an easy, cool look. For the ul­ti­mate off-duty en­sem­ble: match your skinny jeans with lace-up low tops or slip-on sneak­ers or evoke retro vibes with high-tops teamed with high-waisted shorts and a kitsch tee.

How do you style a white sneaker?

Pair clas­sic white sneak­ers with track pants for a sporty-in­spired look. Off­set the fem­i­nin­ity of a skirt suit with a pair of chunky, throw­back sneak­ers, as spot­ted on Bella Ha­did.

Keep your look ca­sual with a pair of lounge pants, a sim­ple white T-shirt, and a denim jacket paired with white lace-up sneak­ers. Noth­ing looks cooler than team­ing a cuffed, blue-denim jeans with a fresh pair of white kicks.

Sneak­ers are a great ad­di­tion to any out­fit and a must-have in ev­ery wardrobe. If you choose wisely, they’ll never go out of style and of­fer the ul­ti­mate com­bi­na­tion of fash­ion and com­fort.

Still feel­ing un­sure when it comes to styling and dress­ing with­out heels? See be­low for my seven sneaker-friendly out­fit for­mu­las to spark your style in­spi­ra­tion.

Midi dress meets sneaker style: A pair of sneak­ers with a midi dress can look ca­sual cool for any oc­ca­sion. Add pieces and ac­ces­sories such as large sun­nies and a state­ment bag to com­plete the look. Leather pants with sneak­ers: Wait, what? Noth­ing looks more chic and stylish than team­ing leather pants and a win­ter coat with a fresh pair of sneak­ers. Vin­tage tees are still all the rage, so turn your look into ca­sual chic with a denim skirt and lace-up con­verse.

Long dress and sneak­ers. Dress down a sleek maxi or dress up a sun­dress with your favourite pair of kicks.

Amp up a match­ing track­suit with cool kicks for that com­fort­able and cool, co-ord track­suit look. A fresh pair of white sneak­ers works well with this look. Dou­ble denim is still all the rage this sea­son, so why not rock it with a pair of white sneak­ers.

Go all white. El­e­vate an all-white out­fit with a pair of fresh white kicks to look and feel so­phis­ti­cated and stylish.

Sneak­ers of­fer a ca­sual, comfy al­ter­na­tive to more flashy footwear, and are quickly gain­ing a fash­ion fol­low­ing all of their own.

So keep your wardrobe up to date by in­vest­ing in the ul­ti­mate in ready-for-any­thing footwear.

To catch more of Tam Wrigley: Fol­low @tamwrigley_of­fi­cial & @thewi­neo­clock­show on In­sta­gram and Face­book. Watch and sub­scribe to The Wine O'clock Show on the Youtube chan­nel.

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