Recently I got an email from one of my readers, like this one: Can I wear white chunky sneakers with a leopard-print dress to my school’s Homecoming dance? Thanks! I really appreciate your help.
Today I am here to answer your question if a leopard print dress looks great with chunky sneakers. I will show you the best outfit ideas you can copy this year and give you some easy tips and tricks to try out.
To answer this question, we have to look at the dress. If it’s a bodycon dress that hugs the body, then chunky sneakers will be out of place and not suit your outfit. A slouchy pair of Jordans on the other hand would work well with a frilly or voluminous skirt or a-line tulle dress since they don’t hug your feet so you can actually wear socks with them. If you’re going for a sleek casual look, go for simple kicks instead, but this is a different story.
You can definitely wear white chunky sneakers with a leopard-print dress to your school’s Homecoming dance—if you want to, that is. Several years ago, a woman walking down the street would have been hit by a huge number of “fashion don’ts” for wearing this combination. However, fashion is all about incorporating “don’ts” into your look and turning them into “dos.” Moreover, sneakers with dresses is a perfect bet to wear if you want to make things look fancy and modern with a sporty touch!
Go for this ribbed knit sweater in grey and team it with a long leo print dress and add finishing touches, like these chunky white sneakers and sassy cat-eye sunglasses:
A maxi long-sleeve looks incredibly sexy combined with chunky sneakers in white, complete this combo by adding a cool metallic chain clutch bag:
We see a fabulous combo, a predator dress is combined with a black leather biker jacket and cool chunky kicks, yes, they are not solid white, but I like this combo:
If you’re wearing a relaxed-fit leopard dress, always make sure you wear your kicks in vibrant color, but they can still be white! Yes, it’s going to be a bit difficult to get that perfect shade of white shoes since most of them tend to look greyish on camera but it’s not too hard if you don’t mind ordering online or if you have a few more shades in the same color scheme for comparison.
This is what I think: if you’re going for a casual day look that’s simple and neat, it would go well with either chunky white sneaks or similarly colored ones, depending on your primary dress’ color. If you want to add some edge and try something funky for the day, there is always the option of wearing a pair of printed chunky sneakers ( although these aren’t really the best choice for everyday wear due to ease of getting dirty). I would personally prefer to be on the safe side and stick to these two footwear options.
So why does wearing white chunky sneakers with a leopard print dress make sense? It makes sense if you want to set yourself apart from other girls in the crowd at your school’s Homecoming dance or any other event. White sneakers and a printed dress don’t scream “formally dressed,” and they are not as tacky as wearing black shoes with an animal print dress. But I like to keep things versatile and different, that’s why I personally try to wear my slip dress in leopard print with red, black, and other colored kicks.
I also suggest that you have some sort of color-coordinated accessory with your dress, such as a belt or scarf. Also, it’s important to consider your other clothing and ensemble in general. For example, don’t wear black jeans and white sneakers; wear an outfit like a white-jeans jumpsuit paired with simple black pumps.
If you want to take this look even further, you can add a trendy fashion item such as a colored handbag. If all else fails, consider wearing your dress with an outfit that is comprised of all one color: either solid, patterned or animal print—and then incorporate accessories that are in another color. For example, wear a solid black or white dress, and then add a necklace in a statement color (maybe black or white) and a clutch made of the same color as your necklace.
You don’t have to be limited to what I’ve mentioned above; there is so many other way to incorporate colors that you can wear with white sneakers. However, those three concepts above will cover the most basic situations; you can always add more fashion “don’ts” into your look if necessary.
Love this maxi gown worn with cool white kicks with red detailing: