First things first: No one ever said you can't wear sneakers after 29. (That would be crazy.) But as a 30-something who wears sneakers often, I can attest to the fact that my style has matured substantially since turning the big three-oh. For the first time, I find myself asking, Can I still wear this? While the answer to that question is usually yes, it often comes with conditions, e.g., of course denim shorts are fine, as long as the waist is high and the inseam is longer than it was 10 years prior.
When it comes to sneakers, these days I choose to wear them with outfits that are more elevated, as opposed to the jeans-and-a-tee look I used to rely on. I attempt to dress them up more than I did in previous years.
When thinking about how one looks their best in sneakers at any age, I studied the various ways that celebrities and prominent figures of the fashion world wear them outside of the gym. Midi-length hemlines, flares, cropped trousers, and even distressed jeans were paired with sleek separates and streamlined sneakers with über-stylish results. There seemed to be a common theme of effortless simplicity when it came to both the sneakers and the outfits they paired with them. Want to see for yourself?
Head below to view the inspiring ways that these women wear their sneakers, and shop sleek pairs that any age group would love.
Elevate sneakers with wide-leg trousers and a sleek trench.
On Victoria Beckham: Adidas Superstar Sneakers ($80)
Dress them up with a midi-length skirt.
WHO: Eva Chen
Pull off a professional look by pairing them with a blazer.
On Tracee Ellis Ross: Adidas sneakers
A monochrome outfit makes casual pieces (like sneakers) look sophisticated.
On Gwyneth Paltrow: Le Specs sunglasses; Céline sweater and bag; Dries Van Noten trousers; Raf Simons for Adidas sneakers
Cropped flares and colorful accessories look freshest with neutral sneakers.
WHO: Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert
A denim jacket and black dress always look cool and appropriate.
On Diane Kruger: Madewell denim jacket
Menswear-inspired pieces look especially chic with sneakers.
WHO: Sarah Harris
This is the perfect outfit formula for running errands.
On Alessandra Ambrosio: RTA cardigan, top, and jeans; Céline sunglasses; Hermès belt; Tod's bag
Wear a cute top and cropped jeans for polished comfort.
On Reese Witherspoon: Puma sneakers
A sleek, all-black look is a no-brainer with white sneakers.
WHO: Grace Coddington
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.