From being the finishing touch on off-duty athleisure looks, to topping off bright tailoring for those boardroom to bar days, trainers are a wardrobe staple for the summer months. As we start to move away from all day loungewear, our desire for comfort remains paramount. Trainers are a contemporary way to give a comfortable, and practical, edge to everything from sundresses to wide leg denim. No longer reserved only for the gym, trainers imagined in an array of premium materials, sumptuous shades and elegant designs allow us to combine smart style with reliable comfort. We take a look at some of our favourite trainer picks from the Jones SS21 collection and some possible styling options for the upcoming warmer months.
With White Trousers
Much like their black trouser counterparts in the Winter months, white trousers are an endlessly versatile go-to style for Spring and Summer. With floaty palazzo and wide leg trousers giving a breezy silhouette, cropped, fitted or ‘cargo’ style white trousers can give a smart-casual finish, perfect for pairing with a pair of streamlined, slip-on trainers. Ideal for being dressed up with a metallic camisole or styled casually with a Breton t-shirt or button-down blouse, white trousers are an easily adaptable addition to any wardrobe. Sleek, minimal slip-on trainers and a pair of crisp white trousers can create a classic and flattering base for an outfit, with the option to dress it up or down with the addition of bright coloured or more muted pieces.
With a Midi Dress
Give your wardrobe a shake up and make your summer midi dress work harder! No longer reserved only for sandals or evening shoes, a midi dress is the perfect accompaniment to a pair of trainers. Opt for a lace-up style, such as Adrianna, to create a snug silhouette which hugs around the ankle to create a more flattering look, in contrast to the wide hem of the midi dress. To create a put together look, try combining the midi dress with a pair of trainers in a shade which features within the print of the dress, and a handbag in another featuring shade. When it comes to the style of dress, there really are no limits! Go bold with balloon sleeves and bright graphic abstract prints, or try a classic cotton dress imagined in a muted gingham print. You can completely change the look of a dress with the addition of accessories, such as trainers, a leather or denim jacket, and an oversized tote bag for a casual look. Perfect for making dresses which were previously reserved for evening wear, afternoon ready for those upcoming picnics in the park.
With a Bright Suit
A bright suit is an on-trend choice for Spring and Summer, with sharp tailoring in cornflower blues, dreamy lilacs and punchy lime greens being seen all across the SS21 catwalks. If your running between meetings on a busy day in the office, a chic trainer can be a fashionable and practical option over a traditional heeled court shoe. A bright suit creates endless styling versatility; pair the trousers with a crisp white shirt and white trainers for a warm day at the desk, or throw the blazer over a t-shirt and jeans for a smart take on casual Friday. If you are still conscious of airing on the smart side of smart casual, opt for a pair crafted from quality materials such as leather or suede for a premium finish, and a ‘flatform’ pair such as Arielle can give a boost of height, and confidence.
With a Monochromatic Look
Monochromatic looks no longer just means black or white. Instead, dressing head-to-toe in one colour, monochromatic style, can create a super chic and flattering look. Start with your favourite piece of the outfit, be it a dress, trainers or a blazer, in a shade which you love. Then, build the outfit around that piece, choosing pieces and accessories which complement in silhouette and match tonally in colour. This creates an elegant look, giving off luxe, put together style. By finishing the look with trainers and a tote bag, the ‘fit is instantly ready for a chic day in the city, whether for retail therapy or running errands.
With Bare Legs
Thanks to months in lockdowns, stilettos, wedges and block heels have taken a back seat in our day to day stylings. So, as we start to venture out and about again, it’s only natural that we would like to continue in the relaxing comfort of trainers as we start to explore the outside world once more. But can you style trainers for an evening out? Absolutely! Bare legs and trainers are a great way to add a touch of glamour to casual footwear, or add a casual touch to a glamorous dress. Perfect for showing off fun detailing, try playing around with textures, embellishment or detailing with trainers set against a bare ankle. Opt for a minimal, streamlined base for a flattering outline, such as Alessandra, finished with a sport-inspired zip and tassel feature for a touch of on-trend detailing.
With Casual Chinos
Chinos and trainers are a match made in heaven for all-day dressing. Smarter than jeans yet more casual than sharp tailoring, chinos are a look which work for a whole host of different settings. Pair with a fine-knit polo shirt for a contemporary and smart finish, or pair with a vintage, washed out band t-shirt for a chilled out Sunday look. Give your chinos a smart finish with the addition of trainers in a tonal shade which creates a sense of continuity within the look. For extra style points, opt for a pair crafted nearly entirely from the same shade, such as Sacramento, where the premium suede uppers, outsoles and laces are all tonally cohesive.
With Cropped Denim
Jeans and trainers are a fail safe option for casual days. Whether your go-to style is straight leg or skinny leg, a pair of blue jeans and low-cut trainers is a classic and versatile look. When it comes to straight leg denim, roll up your hems in the warmer months for a casual off-duty look, and to show off those trainers, of course! Or if skinny jeans are your jean of choice, pair them with a trainer in a similar shade for a smart finish, such as pairing some mid-wash blue jeans with navy suede lace-up trainers, like Shirke. Finding the perfect denim fit isn't always easy, but finding a pair of contemporary Jones trainers to pair with them, is.