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How to style your trainers for absolutely anything you’re doing

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From big nights out to important meetings, here’s how fashion news editor Billie Bhatia styles her classic white trainers for every possible occasion…

It’s easy for me to say, “Of course, you should wear trainers with that - trainers go with everything!”

I’ve had years of practice in making a classic white trainer work for every aspect of my wardrobe - my sartorial saviour, if you will.

From pairing with weekend casuals to styling for nights “out-out”, important work meetings and even formal occasions, I’ve made trainers work for pretty much everything, and you can too.

It’s more than just doable, it’s incredibly stylish, comfortable and cool. But the real trick to making trainers work for all occasions is having the confidence to pull them off.

After all, who said we have to wear heels in the workplace? Skyscraping hugely uncomfortable shoes for a night out? Something embellished or decadent for formalwear? 

We’re tearing up the rule book and declaring it’s trainers for all aspects of your life. Here’s how…

1. The work uniform

For the office, keep it clean and pared back, making trainers just another part of your workwear wardrobe. 

An of-the-moment satin slip skirt and shirt need nothing more than an adidas Supercourt for a smart-casual office look.

Similarly, a wide leg trouser and your favourite chiffon blouse will still look sharp enough for a board room meeting with a clean pair of white trainers. 

Block colours and simple shapes will be most effective in keeping you looking polished. 

2. The night out

We’ve been trained to think a heeled shoe is the only footwear for a night out, but how often are you desperate to get them off your feet after an hour of dancing? 

To convert trainers into dancing shoes, choose bold accessories (a statement bag and layered jewellery are my staples) and pair with something luxe like silk or chiffon to counteract the relaxed nature of the trainers. 

3. The day to night outfit

All hail the day to night dress. Maximum output, minimum input. For a classic white trainer to take effect here, the dress needs to be colourful, full of print, slightly longer in length (either the all-flattering midi or a maxi dress) and made from a light, breezy fabric. 

The trainers will toughen the look up for the day and make it feel relaxed but feminine in the evening. 

4. The dinner date

Everyone loves the jeans and ‘nice top’ combination - it’s dressy without being overdone. Volume in the jeans is essential here, so opt for a flared crop or a straight leg and avoid a skinny jean to make sure you get a flash of your Supercourts. 

When it comes to the top, go bold, patterned and bright with an interesting neckline to make this come together as a single considered outfit. 

5. The formal occasion

Gone are the days of ball gowns being the only way to approach formalwear. If trousers are normally your go-to, incorporate them via a trouser suit. 

Don’t take formality too seriously - try a trouser that’s playful and a blazer that’s longer in length. Swap in a crisp white t-shirt or a silk camisole where a shirt would normally sit, and slip on your box fresh trainers for a look fit for any occasion. 

An old-school tennis-style trainer, with just a touch of on-trend ‘90s chunkiness, the new adidas Supercourt is the latest addition to the adidas Originals stable of classic footwear.