Back in April 2012 when we were visiting Provence and Paris, I noticed a significant number of women, many of them d’un certain âge, dashing about in wedge and/or hi-top “puffy” sneakers. I duly noted the “cool girl” vibe of this look. They were, bien sur, in the vanguard of what has turned out to be another trend with staying power.
Trend or no, a lot of women are embracing this style as a comfortable way to wear a bit of heel or add a touch of insouciance to casual outfits. My friend Karen, an image consultant and fashion inspiration for the 40+ set who previously penned the blog “Of A Certain Age,” shows us how she styles a wedge sneaker, and shares some tips for making this work for us.
Karen’s sneakers are from Steve Madden. Here she’s styled with boyfriend jeans, embroidered tee (left) and a slinky fabric sweatshirt with chiffon sleeves (right), pearls, a nice watch and a pink gold and diamond bracelet from Beladora, and a big gold-tone ring.
I love what she’s done here! Karen’s tips:
- Stick to sneaker styles that are sleeker and with more minimal detailing. Designs with multiple, high-contrast colors, logos, “swoops,” or other details can look too “jock-y”.
- If you’re the impatient type, look for styles with velcro instead of laces.
- Keep the rest of the outfit more minimal and understated: jeans, a tee or nice sweatshirt style top, aviators, light/natural makeup, hoop or stud earrings, a piece or three of your favorite statement jewelry.
- Once we’re into cooler Autumn weather, add a puffy down vest (like this one from Uniqlo) or a chunky sweater.
With my own style leaning more “rocker chic” these days, I’d probably start with something sleek and black (love the mini-studs detailing on this one) and style with black skinny jeans and a longer asymmetric hem sweater. Add some larger oval hoops and my Hermès “Collier de Chien” cuff, and I’m good to go.
What do you think? Would you, could you, do you wear wedge sneakers? If so how do you style them?
Go check out Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style to see what everyone’s wearing this week. Any wedge sneakers there?
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