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5 Outfits To Wear With Sneakers That Are Polished Enough For Work

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It wasn't all that long ago that a woman's work uniform was limited to the likes of pencil skirts and pumps. And while there's nothing wrong with such polished pieces, what constitutes office attire today has a much broader scope. As corporate dress codes have loosened up, it's become socially acceptable to mix once weekend-only pieces into your Monday-to-Friday wardrobe. Jeans, sneakers, and t-shirts may not fly in the most conservative corporate offices (except maybe on casual Friday), but if you work somewhere with a bit more flexibility, there are simple styling tricks you can employ to incorporate them into your professional look. To prove it in part, you'll find five work-appropriate outfits to wear with sneakers below, all of which you can easily recreate next week.

The key to pulling off tennis shoes on the job is to find ways to dress them up with the help of more formal pieces. High-tops and jeans might skew too casual, but swap your denim for trousers, and the ensemble hits a refined balance that most anyone will approve of (if not envy). Sneakers are also an ideal choice if you're looking to experiment with some of fall's office-appropriate trends. Bold colors or two-piece suits might seem intimidatingly loud at first, but sneakers tone down trends enough to make them feel cool, not campy.

If you're ready for a serving of inspiration, check out the outfits below (all with sneakers of course), broken down to explain exactly how you can re-create each look. While you'll experience the added benefit of avoiding heel aches and blisters, you'll also see that sneakers can be just as stylish as the heels and flats you usually reach for. Promise.

Black Sneakers + High-Waisted Trousers + Trench

Take your fall workwear staples and dress them down with a pair of sleek black tennis shoes. For a more formal office, darker sneakers are subtle enough to go relatively unnoticed.

Bernard Trousers

$450

Weekend Max Mara

Ashby Coat

$598

Tory Burch

Zenith Sneakers

$365

Joshua Sanders

Low-Top Sneakers + Long-Sleeve Dress

While a polished long-sleeve dress and pair of heels is a classic workwear combination, swapping in a pair of low-top sneakers maintains a professional air while offering an added sense of effortlessness.

Zahra Midi Dress

$565

Nanushka

Sonnie Sneakers

$620

Chloé

Chunky Sneakers + Button Down + Midi Skirt

Two pieces in every working woman's closet: a button-down and midi skirt. Their universality makes them the ideal ensemble for wearing with a trendier statement sneaker. If you've been considering testing out the dad sneaker trend, consider this outfit your way to ease into it.

Relaxed Poplin Shirt

$65

Everlane

Bonnie Skirt

$505

Preen By Thorton Bregazzi

Falcon Sneakers

$100

Adidas

White Sneakers + Tonal Outfit

This fall, bold colors have usurped the traditional subdued tones that tend to take over as temperatures chill. But, to contrast color from head-to-toe, keep your sneaker simple and streamlined.

Faux Fur Sweater

$50

Zara

Asymmetric Midi Skirt

$695

Sies Marjan

V-10 Sneakers

$150

Veja

High-Top Sneakers + Suit

If you've written off suiting as being too stuffy, it's time to give it a second chance. Try a fashion-forward suit (like one with an oversized fit or in a fun print) with a pair of high-top sneakers to dress it down.

Cameron Belted Suit

$600

Susistudio

High-Top Fancy Sneakers

$480

Golden Goose