Lily Allen was probably the first person I remember making me love the trainers and dress combo. For her Smile video, she was pictured in an array of prom-style dresses paired with chunky white sneakers. For what it's worth, the pink strappy dress layered with gold necklaces and finished off with gold hoops is still a look I love today, 14 years on. The impact of that look, I'd argue, is still felt today—with the frock and sneakers outfit remaining popular. Of course, it wouldn't be fashion without looking at the newest way the fashion crowd is wearing said trend.
Firstly, you have to consider the dress. From puffed-sleeves to oversized as well as polka dot looks, there are plenty of styles that are very current. Secondly, it's worth considering your accessories—do you opt for the same King Midas-levels of gold as Allen or keep it more simple? And how about a bag? Finally, and most importantly, what kind of sneakers do you want to wear with your dress? Helpfully, I've answered all the above questions, with the six outfits I've detailed below. Keep scrolling to find out more.
Style Notes: New Balance's vintage running sneakers have been making a comeback in 2020 and much like hyped-up trainers from previous years (Balenciaga, Sam Smiths), they're all over Instagram. Ellie Delphine of Slip into Style wears her New Balance with a pair of running socks and a puff-sleeved dress.
Style Notes: The beauty about more simple canvas trainers means that you can wear them with anything in your wardrobe. I'm not just saying that—wear them with suits, jeans, shorts, midi skirts. They're the white shirt of shoes.
Style Notes: There's no denying the pull of iconic sneakers such as the Nike Cortez. Pair with any frock you like but I think to really ensure the shoes get shown off, you want to keep it simple with a classic shirt dress.