7 Cool Ways to Wear Sneakers Now



Look, we'd never tell you to give up on leggings and sneakers as an outfit combination. But fall has arrived and with it, we're ready to endorse a new way to wear our favorite comfortable footwear. As it turns out, so are some of our favorite trendsetters, who are turning to more sophisticated staples paired with cool sneakers.

Instead of athleisure staples, we're spotting sneakers worn with plaid coats, smart suiting, and polished dresses. The dressed-up sneaker outfits come as we leave the easy, breezy summer behind for a more sophisticated season, but they also mirror so much of the structured business dressing we've seen on the runways the past few weeks. As trends swing toward power dressing, even sneakers are getting the polished spin. So if you're looking to give this new take a try, we're here to offer a little inspiration (along with shopping, of course).

Read on for seven ways to tackle sneaker dressing for fall, and shop our favorite styles to help you pull it all off!

Suki Waterhouse wearing sneakers in NYC


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On Suki Waterhouse: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand sneakers

Instead of skinny jeans or fitted leggings, try wide-leg trousers for a dressed-up option.

Rita Ora plaid coat street style in Paris


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On Rita Ora: Fay Prince of Wales coat; Chanel fanny pack

Bright white sneakers help dress down a sophisticated, structured coat.

Kendall Jenner denim jacket plaid pants street style


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On Kendall Jenner: Balenciaga Cross-Over Front Denim Jacket ($1150); R13 Skinny Kick Flare Trousers ($795); Prada belt bag

Plaid is the print of the season, so try balancing it out with sporty sneakers.

Selena Gomez new york street style


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On Selena Gomez: Zoë Jordan coat; Marc Jacobs Corduroy Mini Skirt ($275); Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Superstar Leather & Metallic Sneakers ($655)

For a look that feels dressed up but not overly fussy, try styling sneakers with a corduroy skirt or classic leather.

zendaya suit street style

On Zendaya: Seen Users pinstripe suit; Adidas sneakers

Suiting feels instantly cooler when paired with relaxed sneakers.

karlie kloss street style


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On Karlie Kloss: HVN Maria Crêpe de Chine Dress ($625); Valentino Garavini Fly Crew Suede Sneakers ($675); Saint Laurent Blogger Bag ($995); Garret Leight sunglasses

For a daytime dress look, swap out heels for comfier shoes. 

jourdann dunn street style


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On Jourdan Dunn: Giuseppe Zanotti clutch

When styled with more structured pieces, sneakers work for nighttime just as well as during the day.

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These pants are an easy choice for the office.

Pair these classic white sneakers with bold fall hues.

For an extra-chill ensemble, try these slip-ons.

A blazer makes any outfit feel instantly more polished.

This dress is perfect for a day when you're headed from the office to drinks.

Don't be afraid of sneakers that make a statement.

An extra-long coat adds a dose of elegance.

An unexpected twist on the work shirt.