The Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker has been keeping it real for more than 100 years. FQ’s fashion editor Danielle Clausen investigates why your summer style needs to be built from the cult classic up.
White sneakers have been seen on just about every stylist, street style star and fashion editor known to mankind. From crisp and contemporary to reaching platform heights, the humble white sneaker keeps us coming back time and time again.
Coined a modern essential, the ice-white sneaker possesses the unique ability to pair with almost everything in your wardrobe and defy the decades. With the trend set to carry on at great speed, we’ve pulled together six key summer looks employing the archetypal white sneaker brand that pioneered smart-casual.
Teamed with relaxed linen tailoring for the office, the classic low top sneaker we have all come to love and own over the years completes this casual Friday look. With the added benefit of Nike technology, micro-suede lining and non-slip tongue, the revised staple will keep you on your feet fuss-free and fanciful from morning through to the impromptu drinks after work. Besides, wearing a total ‘blanc out’ is the ultimate welcome to summer that will take you from tiresome winter wool-blends to crisp linen lushness. “If you’re keen to break this out before the sun’s come to the party, wear an oversized white roll neck sweater over it or – depending on how casual you’re permitted to go – a mid-wash denim jacket draped over your shoulders to give you some serious ‘cool girl’ street cred,” says Danielle.
Chuck Taylor All Star II Low Top White, $120. Juliette Hogan shirt, $359, and pants, $399. Georgia Jay bag $450. Jasmin Sparrow necklace, $499, and ring, $209
Dates can be incredibly fun or dreadfully dull. Take matters into your own hands and ensure your romantic yet approachable spirit shines through by wearing a floral sundress dressed down with the All Star Classic High Tops. There’s nothing more distracting than constantly adjusting your outfit, pulling a slip down, pulling your shirt up, or whipping out the blister band-aids once you’ve left the house – ESPECIALLY when you’re on a date. Danielle recommends opting for comfort: “With a durable vulcanized rubber sole, you’ll be prepared to go anywhere the date goes, whether it be tearing through the markets or cycling through the vineyards.”
Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Colour High Top White, $100. Realisation Par dress, $296. Seed Heritage bag, $60. Rebe hat, $245
Stir outfit envy from the sidelines with this summer sports game style. Not to mention the improved visibility you’ll have with this platform sole underfoot. Bringing the iconic silhouette into line with modern style, the Converse All Star Platform Low Top will elevate your look for almost any occasion – and we mean that quite literally. Paired with a blazer, white t-shirt and jeans, the basics never felt this good. “Don’t be afraid to mix up your denim game and experiment with different cuts and washes this summer,” says Danielle. Or jump on the more is more accessorising trend, making use of larger than life earrings, belt buckles, shades and creative bags to give your look a unique edge.
Chuck Taylor All Star Platform Low Top White, $140. Cooper jacket, $439, and jeans, $299 Neuw Denim T-shirt, $70. Juliette Hogan sunglasses, $549
Break out your heritage pieces for a totally timeless and laid back brunch outfit. Wearing white with denim is certainly one of the more successful marriages in style matrimony and will always prevail when faced with a style-rut. This red sweater serves as the perfect accompaniment; it’s a great alternative to a striped crew neck sweatshirt and will look equally debonair loosely tied around your shoulders as it would worn with a bit of a front tuck into the waistband. The refined toe of the All Star Dainty Leather Low Tops give this outfit an effortless and understated sophistication allowing you to easily sub in and sub out other existing wardrobe favourites. Too easy.
Chuck Taylor All Star Dainty Leather Low Top White, $130. Helen Cherry blouse, $359. Bella Freud sweater, $559, from Workshop. Ruby skirt, $169
Festivals are a quintessential fashion highlight during the summer months and while we all want our closet hippy flag to fly while equally looking on trend, there’s only so much fringing and feather headdresses one can wear without delving into Captain Jack Sparrow x Coachella territory. Thankfully, our homegrown festival culture entices us to dress slightly more refined than that. The trouble is, no one wants to go OTT refined, so Danielle advises you choose your pieces wisely -especially for an event that calls for you be on your feet for prolonged periods of time. Lightweight, flexible and full of Nike Lunarlon insole cushioning, the Chuck Taylor All Star II High Top achieves what only other shoes dare to – being both stylish and practical. When worn with a polished bohemian maxi dress, this look is indisputably chic and festival-ready to a fault. “This will easily become your fail-proof get-up for any outdoor event this summer,” says Danielle.
Chuck Taylor All Star II High Top White, $120. Coop dress, $299. Juliette Hogan sunglasses, $549. Seed Heritage bag, $70. Jasmin Sparrow ring, $209
Easy, breezy, beautiful, barbecue. Paired with a crisp white shirt, white jeans and a taupe belt, the Converse All Star Classic Low Tops make this an outfit you definitely do want to wear after Labour Day. Mind the marinades though, or keep a bar of Sard soap nearby! And if barbecues aren’t your thing, whether you’re beach bound or in the thick of the city, there’s something so fresh and oh-so-simple about an all-white ensemble.
Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Colour Low Top White, $100. Workshop shirt, $249. Wynn Hamlyn jeans, $275. Isabel Marant Etoile belt, $179, from Workshop
Styling: Danielle Clausen
Photos: Holly Sarah Burgess
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