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How to Wear Trainers with a Suit

The new rules for formal attire, these are the best trainers to shop now …

Can you wear trainers and a suit? In short, yes, you absolutely can! No longer exclusive to the gym, trainers have become a refreshing shoe staple for your workwear wardrobe – stay with us on this. Adding an instant cool factor to tailored suits, clean-cut trainers will take the formalities out of workwear dressing, transitioning you effortlessly from on-duty to off. 

This year has changed our perspectives on the way that we dress, the curation of a capsule wardrobe is as important as ever, it’s time to ditch flash-in-the pan trends for timeless and versatile shoes that you’ll return to again and again. That’s the beauty of the trainer, they’ll work long after you’ve clocked off. 

There’s only one rule when investing in trainers, stick with the classics. Select the styles you’ll want to return to, think fresh white soles, luxe leathers and clean-cut silhouettes – tired trainers will hardly radiate professionalism after-all. 

Need more inspiration on how to wear your trainers? We’ve rounded up the best trainers for men and trainers for women to wear this Autumn. 

For Ladies: How to Dress Up Trainers

Ladies trainers are quickly becoming an essential footwear choice for work, by pairing white trainers with statement suits and tailoring you’ll take your look from casual to business and evening too. Working well with your faithful denim edit or midi dresses, all eyes remain firmly fixed on the trainer this autumn. If you’re asking yourself … what trainers work best? Scroll on for your need-to-know guide …  

Amira: White Trainers

White trainers are perennially desirable, a winning touch to weekend outfit. Starring luxe white leather softly quilted and raised on a platform sole, Amira guarantees your workwear rotations will be on top form. 

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Farrah: White Cup Sole Trainers

Pair with colour-pop power suits and coordinated checks, when it comes to styling AW20’s sartorial mood, Farrah follows the ethos the brighter and bolder, the better. Available in 5 colourways, these lady’s trainers will bring together every smart or casual rotation in shocks of bright shades.

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For Men: How to Dress Up Trainers

Men’s trainers paired with tailoring may once have been the uniform of the city commuter, a juxtaposition of smart and casual. The AW20 men’s trainer edit turns tradition on its head, boasting slick silhouettes and chunky soles they’re made to break the sartorial dress codes. If now isn’t the time for challenging the status-quo, when is? 

Simon: Tan Leather Trainers

The trick to matching suits and trainers? Opt for a clean-cut silhouette and box-fresh soles. White is the obvious choice but teaming rich cognac leathers with neutral tones is without fail, a safe bet. On the clock, team our Simon trainers with ankle grazing tailoring ditch the tie and dress with bold socks, off-duty wear with rolled denim, a tee and checked coat.

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Seth: Navy Cup Sole Trainers

New to the suit and trainer dress code? Keep things tonal and considered by mixing a classic navy palette with slim-fitting suits, white cup soles will make a playful statement to your 9-5 rotations. Work or weekend the Seth trainers are the do-it-all style to rely on.  

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