6 Easy Outfits Londoners Will Be Wearing With Trainers This Year

The time has come to start pinning down those key 2024 buys. As the weather gets chillier and the prospect of a new, fresh 12 months comes to the fore, our wardrobes are preparing to undergo an equivalent transformation. There's plenty to consider as you build a refreshed outfit repertoire, but today, we're focusing on one item that's already leading the footwear brigade: trainers.

A purely sporty shoe no more, low-top kicks are regularly sighted alongside ankle-grazing dresses, luxury tailoring and simple jeans-and-jumper looks. Is there a shoe more versatile than the humble trainer? We think not.


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No one knows this to be true like the London fashion set. Mere days into 2024, we've already been treated to a parade of enviable ensembles from our most trusted London influencers. Showcasing both fresh trends and perennial classics, the capital's style-savvy coterie is committed to grounding their outfits with Adidas Sambas and the like. Lug-soled loafers and cowboy boots get a look-in, too, but there's no denying that trainers are widely considered a modern-day must-have. 

Of all the outfits on show, we've pulled out six that feel just right for the season ahead. Check them out below, along with the items you'll need to re-create your favourites.

1. Neutral Knitted Dress + Bright Trainers


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Style Notes: Knitted dress season is upon us. Hallelujah! This easy all-in-one outfit goes with everything from chunky loafers to sleek ankle boots, but colourful trainers give it a casual spin.

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2. Blazer + Blue Jeans + White Trainers


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Style Notes: A black blazer is a non-negotiable once we enter the autumn months. On dry days, juxtapose this smart staple with bright white sneakers and blue denim. The perfect throw-on transitional look.

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3. Cardigan + Denim Midi Skirt + Sambas


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Style Notes: Take the first sign of browning leaves as your cue to pull out your cosiest knitwear. This cardigan-and-midi-skirt pairing is exactly the kind of outfit you can rely on day-to-day—if you can get your hands on these Sambas before they sell out again.

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4. Ribbed Top + Wide-Leg Trousers + Chunky Trainers


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Style Notes: Often we associate colder weather with darker hues, but this cream ensemble feels fresh and sophisticated. When the temperature dips, simply toss on a biker jacket.

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5. Trench Coat + Check-Print Dress + Red Trainers


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Style Notes: We're all for finding ways to take your summer essentials into autumn—thanks to Liv, we now know a trench coat and trainers is all we need to make our gingham dresses cold-weather-ready.

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6. Relaxed Jumper + Straight-Leg Jeans + Retro Trainers


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Style Notes: Hopefully this is a look you can re-create using pieces you already own. A jumper and jeans form the basis of a reliable autumn uniform; add in some retro-style sneakers and the result is effortlessly cool.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.