How To Wear Sneakers With A Dress

Can I pair sneakers with a dress? If so, how can I wear sneakers with a dress has been a topic of conversation circulating in the fashion world for a while. The short answer is yes, pairing sneakers with a dress is the latest fashion trend that is here to stay. When I first moved to Paris, I was stunned by the amount of people who were wearing sneakers and a dress. I was always the first to say, if you’re wearing a dress you should wear wedges, heels, or flats. Ladies, the game has changed and let me be the first to tell you, I absolutely love this trend and vibe!

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Diane wears Liu Jo Sneakers and Dress
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Diane styling her Liu Jo Sneakers with a Dress
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Liu Jo Sneakers (Size 35)
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Diane wear Liu Jo Tennis Shoes and Dress Around Paris
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Liu Jo Sneakers and Dress
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Diane wears Liu Jo Sneakers and Dress

The arrival of sneakers into the fashion world has allowed us to throw out every rule book we’ve ever known. Sneakers are no longer only for working out and exercising. Sneakers can easily be incorporated into several different outfits. Goodbye to the days of packing your heels in a sack and changing right before an event or dinner. I’ve been observing women from Paris and other cities from around the world for a few years now, and I’ve seen the sneakers and dress trend being embraced by women worldwide.

How to Wear Sneakers with a Dress in 5 easy Steps

Pairing sneakers with a dress can be tricky, but if you follow these 5 simple steps, you’ll be pairing sneakers with a dress like a pro in no time! 

  1. In my opinion, purchasing crisp white sneakers are the best investment. The reason I say this is because, white sneakers can easily be paired with both a solid colored dress and a patterned or striped dress. White sneakers are the equivalent to black heels, it’s a must have staple piece for every closet 
  2. My next tip about wearing sneakers and a dress is, if you are wearing colorful sneakers it is best to choose a neutral colored dress. For example, if you have a pair of pink sneakers I'd recommending  wearing them with a white dress. 
  3. When you are pairing dress with sneakers any length of dress will work. For me personally, I like to pair sneakers with a shorter dress since all my long dresses have been altered for heels. However, I’ve seen many ladies wearing long, short, and mid length dresses with classic sneakers.
  4. Another styling tip, when pairing sneakers with a dress, doesn’t have anything to do with the sneakers or the dress at all, but has everything to do with the socks. I recommend you wear low cut socks or no socks at all. If you are wearing low socks, make sure they either match the shoes or are a neutral color. The reason for wearing no socks or low cut socks is it will make your legs appear longer, and it’s one less thing you have to match.
  5. Finally, my last tip when pairing sneakers with a dress, knowing the right time to wear sneakers and a dress. Most occasions you will be able to pair the two together, but some occasions it’s not optimal.

The main reason I love wearing sneakers and a dress is quite simple, it is all about comfort. When I first saw these sneakers from Liu Jo, I knew I had to add to them, my sneaker collection. I always wear gold jewelry, and the fact that they were a perfect blend of white and gold sold me on them immediately.

Plus, these Liu Jo sneakers had a little bit of a “heel” meaning that the back had a tiny bit of a platform, which I love because it extends the leg and makes it appear longer. I knew these sneakers would be easy to wear with a dress. Following my steps I’ve outlined above, I paired my white and gold sneakers with a white dress and a gold belt from Liu Jo. Currently, the sneakers and the White dress are on sold out! Definitely check out the Liu Jo dress section, there are so many different types of dresses (sweater dress, midi dress, etc), high-tops, and jeans.

History of Liu Jo

Liu Jo was founded in 1995 in Italy by two Italian brothers. A few years ago, they expanded into offering sneakers with their shoe collection, and I couldn't be more excited. What I love about Liu Jo's sneakers is they start at a size 35 (5US) which is fits me perfectly!  Both the shoes and the dress were true to size and fit perfectly with no alterations needed. 

Recap on how to Pair Sneakers with a Dress

Today, wearing trainers aka sneakers and a dress is completely acceptable in multiple occasions, such as an event, dinner, or even a night out! I find myself leaving my heels at home and wearing a white pair of sneakers most of the time-out now.

Personally, I’m so happy, this trend of wearing sneakers and a dress isn’t going away anytime soon. I definitely recommend adding a pair of classic sneakers, chunky sneakers, and even leather sneakers to your wardrobe. Sneakers and mini dresses / maxi dresses, a knit dress, or even a summer dress is the perfect combo for an easy outfit formula! Plus, if you get cold in your dress, you can always grab your favorite denim jacket to stay warm.

Ladies, I’d love to hear your experience with pairing sneakers with a dress, do you love this trend as much as I do? Discover the best walking shoes for the City here

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Sincerely Petite in Paris,


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  1. Elizabeth O says:

    Wearing a dress you feel sexy with and pairing it with a sneakers you are comfortable to is a great pair.Thumbs up!

  2. pooja Malkani says:

    Love this trend! is is amazing to see how trends change so frequently. Wearing shoes with dress it so much conformable.

  3. Jenn ~ onehoppymomma says:

    They definitely need to be a little different than a basic running shoe for it to work. I love the gold on yours

  4. Poorna Banerjee says:

    Do love the idea of pairing sneakers with a short dress. 🙂

  5. Grace Esedeke | Today Was Fab says:

    This is a beautiful combination. One I would love to try if the people around me wouldn’t say it makes me look masculine as I already have a masculine look.

  6. Such a beautiful pair of sneaker !! btw you are looking stunning !! thanks for sharing..

  7. says:

    I love sneakers and wear them with any outfit!

  8. Neil Alvin says:

    Amazing. I will share this with my wife. 🙂

  9. Jaana McEntee says:

    I’m glad it is ok to wear sneakers with dress now, I walk a lot & love dresses. Thank you!

  10. Mirela | The Travel Bunny says:

    I like this. You get to look great and stay comfortable at the same time. Being a constant traveler, I always try to be comfortable in my shoes when visiting a city.

  11. I love this trend. I struggle with chronic pain. And carrying on heels for whole day is something I like to avoid. Sneakers are comfortable and in now. So I am wearing them a lot lately.

  12. Raja Zeeshan says:

    I am a huge sneakers addict and, I like to wear them everywhere so, your tips for pairing are some worth considering

  13. Sneakers with dress is one of my favorite things. I love the way you have created this look. Gold and white makes this look so good.

  14. Merci de votre recommendations !! Belle photos 🙂

  15. GREAT tips, and love the sneakers!!

  16. I am a trainers kind of girl so this trend coming into fashion is making me happy. In fact, just a month ago I attended an event wearing a dress and trainers, as I was abroad and had no other fancy shoes to pair it with.

  17. Loving this blog! I’ve only just started pairing sneakers and dresses/culottes – they make for a great match. I even got away with them at work too!

  18. Robert Forster says:

    Being a man its hard for me to know what to say other than you look great in your sneakers and your chosen outfits really look cool