If you’re more attached to your Converse or chunky dad sneakers than any other pair of shoes, you already know that the right sneakers can make a powerful style statement. You may be well aware of their unparalleled versatility — from pairing them with mom jeans to a chic date night dress, sneakers are a reliable shoe choice no matter the occasion. A sneaker-and-dress combo strikes a certain balance between casual and elevated. Take a recent example from Blake Lively — while adventuring in New York City earlier this summer, the actress paired a white cotton mini sundress with Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. The 34-year-old fashionista’s relaxed style moment followed a busy week wearing high heels and a floor-length gown, proving that sneakers and dresses are a recipe for great off-duty style.

Take a cue from Lively and give your favorite poplin dresses a sporty twist this season. New to this style of dressing? Start by matching your sneakers with the color or print of your mini, maxi, or midi dress for a subtle monochromatic statement. If going matchy-matchy doesn’t suit your style, try mixing patterns and colors instead. Accentuate each piece by pairing a short printed dress with complimentary high-top sneakers. Sporty, track-inspired shoes can be a strong contrast to dresses that expose too much skin, such as those with plunging necklines, open backs, thigh-high slits, and short hemlines.

The sneaker-dress combo is ideal for long days of hopping from one activity to another, especially if you’re on your feet most of the time. Scroll through to find ways to incorporate the look into your wardrobe.

How to Wear a Dress with Sneakers

While both pieces look good on their own, they work well together when you want a chic-but-comfortable outfit. For example, style your go-to Keds sneakers with a floral print midi dress. Alternatively, step out in a classic pair of Converse sneakers with a short mini skirt silhouette. The combinations are as limitless as you can imagine, and from the airport to the office and beyond, this trusty pair will always be there when you need them.

How to accessorize an outfit with sneakers

Top-handle bags, totes, clutches, and shoulder bags are some of the accessories you can wear with dress and sneakers combos. Some other options we love? Baseball caps for a sportier touch or sun hats for a poolside-appropriate get-up. Street style stars have mastered the art of pairing dresses with sneakers, especially during fashion week, when people usually hop from show to show. Keep scrolling for a fresh dose of outfit inspiration.

Additional reporting by Hannah Weil McKinley

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