Two Teens And Their Mama: Sneakers and A Dress

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sneakers and A Dress


I wore this outfit to my younger son's piano recital on Sunday (don't worry, it was casual).   
This is a trend I've been a little worried about wearing as an over 40 mama.  I make a conscious effort to look cute and stylish, but also age appropriate.  However, when Karl Lagerfeld paired every runway look in his Spring 2014 Couture show with Chanel sneakers, I knew I had the blessing of the fashion world.  When Karl speaks, I listen! Besides, if I can do white jeans and leopard, why not sneakers and a dress?

My outfit was so comfortable, and it was a fun way to wear this summer dress from Old Navy.   I've had the denim jacket for years, and I picked up the Converse sneakers during the Nordstrom sale.

Overall I think this was a success, but here are a few pointers if you want to give this look a try:
  • Match the style of your dress with your shoes.  In this case, my eyelet summer dress was perfect with the canvas shoes.  A heavier fall style might call for leather sneakers.
  • This look is more appropriate for casual, low key events - think concerts or a picnic. Anything more formal probably needs sandals.
  • Watch your proportions.  Higher sneakers can make your legs look chopped off.  Don't go too short on the dress, or you risk looking like a kindergartner on picture day.
  • Go ahead and balance the feminine and masculine with this look, but don't get too extreme.  No dress looks good with athletic shoes, unless you're running errands on your lunch hour in NYC!


By the way, the recital was a success.  T played Beethoven's Fur Elise, a piece he worked very hard on for several months.  We were so proud of him!



Don't forget, the Summer Style Me Challenge is about to begin, with the first outfit released this weekend!  There is still time to sign up - it's going to be so much fun.


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36 comments:

  1. Love this no-fuss outfit! I´m sure it was very comfortable and hey, I think we have the same pair of Converse! Congrats on your son´s recital, Fur Elise is one of my favorite classical melody. :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm loving my new Converse. I appreciate you stopping by.

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  2. I love that idea, it's a great casual look. Congratulations to your son on his recital! I'm sure that was hard work.

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    1. Thank you! He worked really hard on that piece - now on to the next one!

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  3. I love this look, Lana! I have a jean jacket, but rarely wear it. Yours looks really cute with the light colored dress!

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    1. Thanks Susan. I've had this jacket forever, but I'm finding new ways to wear it lately.

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  4. This is super cute, it totally works!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/

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    1. Thank you - I appreciate the feedback!

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  5. Cute outfit! I hate wearing heels, so I'm all about the sneakers.

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    1. I agree - you will very rarely see me in heels - here or anywhere else!

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  6. My sneakers are so beaten up I want to get new ones because I think looks like this are so cute! It's so perfect for looking good and staying comfortable! I love the blue color of yours!

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    1. Thank you! I really debated between the white and the blue, but since my son got me a pair of white Tom's for my birthday, I thought I would go with the blue.

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  7. You can really rock those sneakers, Lana. Over 40..or not! I can't make them work for me..they look ridiculous on my legs...but great on you!

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    1. Thanks so much Susan! You have great style, so I appreciate the compliment!

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  8. I think this came together great! So cool about your sons recital too!

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  9. You look awesome in that outfit!!!!! I may have to copy it...

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    1. Copying me is a great compliment from you - I love everything you wear! Thank you :)

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  10. This is really cute! I have totally stayed away from converse but I may have to take the plunge. You have inspired me!!

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    1. Thanks Carrie. I think you would look great in a pair of Converse!

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  11. Great look. I'm starting to wear a new pair of Keds. It's nice to see how lace up shoes can be stylish and comfortable at the same time!

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    1. Thank you! I was definitely comfortable :)

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  12. You can't beat a pair of great sneakers! Keds has some amazing colors and patterns this summer! I think you look fabulous! Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan. I just saw the new release of Converse today - they have polka dots!

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  13. I love the look of converse with a dress! I have a pink pair of converse that I wear with dresses pretty frequently!

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    1. Ooh, I definitely need a pair of pink keds!

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  14. Oh how I wish I could wear Converse or Keds. My feet hate them as much as 4 inch stilettos.

    Very cute look.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. Bummer about the sneakers!

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  15. Love the dress and the sneakers! I didn't even know Karl had paired the 2 together. Thanks for sharing this fashion trend. I need that dress for sure, right now it is about a million degrees in Arizona and I need more sundresses :)

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    1. My parents live in Phoenix and they are melting right now! The dress comes in a bunch of colors and it's on clearance online right now!

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  16. I love white dresses and the jean jacket is awesome

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  17. yup, you're pretty much the cutest thing ever.

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    1. Shaunacey, you are the sweetest, and my new BFF!

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