How to Style The White Trainer

If they haven’t already taken over your on and off-duty footwear arsenal, trainers are set to become entrenched in your wardrobe in 2018. But with myriad designs, colours, materials and trends on offer, where to start? For trainer purists – and those just getting their heads around the idea that trainers are #NotForTheGym – it has to be with a pair of lo-fi white sneakers.

If they haven’t already taken over your on and off-duty footwear arsenal, trainers are set to become entrenched in your wardrobe in 2018. But with myriad designs, colours, materials and trends on offer, where to start? For trainer purists – and those just getting their heads around the idea that trainers are #NotForTheGym – it has to be with a pair of lo-fi white sneakers.



The supply of sartorially-blessed white trainer advocates is plentiful; blogger Laura Fantacci wears Kurt Geiger’s 'Ludo' white trainers with blue skinnies, a Breton and leopard print coat, while Doctor Who’s Pearl Mackie styles them with camo cropped trousers and a pink crop top in true 90s revival style. Fashion week FROW’ers at the recent shows paired their crisp white kicks with sharp suiting and Stanger Things’ Millie Bobbie Brown rocked white lace-ups with Calvin Klein sequins at the SAG Awards. Basically, they’ll prove to be the perfect partner for everything in your wardrobe, and we’ve got all the styling inspiration you need…



White sneakers that err on the minimal side are great for pairing with tailoring. A checked suit will give Kurt Geiger’s ultra-pared back 'Lane' trainers a smart but cool spin that will work for the office and weekends. Off-duty, a playful cross-body bag will up the relaxed vibe. Elevating the white trainer with a sleek snake print finish, wear Carvela 'Jaguar' with cropped culottes and a crisp shirt or blouse – statement sleeves are a hot tip for 2018 – then add a structured tote bag.



From denim to khaki and baby pink, the boiler suit is big news this season. Pair it with white trainers and you’re looking at one effortlessly cool outfit that requires minimum effort, and what’s not to love about that? Work the look with the streamlined Kurt Geiger 'Leif' sneaker. The hidden wedge insole makes them equal parts comfortable and cool, while the signature K motif comes in glitter, metallic silver or perforated edges.



You can blame Victoria Beckham – among others – for the sudden influx of midi skirts this season. The designer sent endless fluid, calf-hitting hemlines down her SS18 catwalk, and they provide the perfect foil to sporty sneakers, especially those of the ‘dad’ and ‘tech’ variety. The former chunky-soled and 90s in style, the latter a souped-up sports luxe number with mixed tech materials. Look for skirts with front or side splits to balance out the geekiness of the sneaks, and pair with slogan t-shirts or sporty zip up tops.

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