How To Make Sneakers Look Chic At Any Age

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Sneakers are inherently casual, but juvenile they are not. No matter your age, the laid-back shoe appears sleek in smooth leather, fresh in espadrille form and classic in canvas. Elevating sneakers is easier than you think, too. It’s all about the style you choose and the pieces you pair with said sneak of choice. Classic kicks with minimal embellishments are our pick as the most versatile—they lend an easiness to tried-and-true staples like blazers, jeans and trousers with a polished and fresh effect.

As further proof, we’ve put together three timeless outfits that appear as sophisticated with sneakers and they would with heels (okay, maybe even a little cooler). Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond, these looks are perfection no matter your age.

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Sneakers For Life

Elevate the classic sneaker and jeans combo by topping with a slim-fit blazer, vibrant tote and sculptural drop earrings.

Patrice Earrings

$580

AGMES

Anchor Canvas Sneakers

$50

Keds

Pebbled Effect Shopper Bag

$40

Mango

The Classic Fit High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans

$295

Goldsign

Limited Edition Checked Suit Blazer

$295

Massimo Dutti

For a refreshingly feminine spin, try an espadrille sneaker with a voluminous-sleeve midi dress and multicolored carryall. Retro cat-eye sunglasses and abstract studs are a striking finish.

Modform Statement Earrings

$32

Madewell

Oversized Weekender Bag

$350

Truss

Mika Off-The-Shoulder Tencel And Linen-Blend Midi Dress

$525

Mara Hoffman

Eve Lace Up Espadrille Sneakers

$100

tretorn

709 C1 Cat-Eye Sunglasses

$649

Linda Farrow

Sleek leather sneakers take the stuffiness out of tailored separates. Acetate hoops and a neat bucket serve as fashion-forward accents.

Structured Tote Bag

$79

Charles & Keith

Kate Hoops

$44

Machete

Kam Sneaker

$125

Kenneth Cole

Wide-Leg Pants

$40

H&M

Arlette Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt

$230

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