Yes, you can wear trainers for work. Here’s how

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Billie Bhatia

Trainers are fashion’s biggest crush – and they’re not just taking over your weekend wardrobe. After reading this, you’ll want to wear them to work, too.

There was a time when you’d only pair trainers with workwear in order to get to and from the office in a timely fashion. The shoes in question lacked any kind of excitement: often of the performance variety, they were stashed away in a backpack and swapped for a pair of spindly heels as soon as you reached your desk.

But that time is over. Rejoice! Trainers are no longer just for a comfortable (and speedy) commute to work. Whether it’s a slick white leather trainer with a trouser suit or a chunky dad-like style with a floral skirt and trench coat, the right pair of sneakers has the power to transform your workwear wardrobe.

Still don’t believe us? We’ve put five trainer-based work looks together so you don’t have to.

Suits You

Chic minimal trainers are perfect with navy tailoring. 

Navy corduroy blazer, £150,

Floral-print silk shirt, £280, Equipment at

Wide leg corduroy trousers, £79,

Tan patent tote bag, £89,

Leather low-top trainers, £475, Jil Sander at

Dress It Up 

Toughen up a floral dress with a leather or suede style. 

Floral dress, £49,

Leather jacket, £330,

Dark green bucket bag, £36,

Cat eye shape sunglasses, £150, Karen Walker Eyewear at

Black leather trainers, £90,

Crop Out 

Sport sneakers work best with a wide-leg cropped trouser. 

Pleated checked top, £39.99, 

Cropped wide leg trousers, £435, Sea NY at

Double drop gold earrings, £165, Leigh Miller at

Pebbled shopper, £17.99,

Khaki suede trainers, £64.99, Nike at

Rain Ready 

A dad trainer plus trench is the ultimate in effortless cool. 

Classic white t-shirt, £45, Hanes x Karla at

Wrapover floral skirt, £17.99,

Hooded trench coat, £99,

Thunder electric trainers, £130, Puma at

Fine Detail 

Elevate simple separates with matching pearl details. 

Pearl detail shirt, £195,

Wide leg trousers, £55,

Gold hoop earrings, £150,

Cross body bracelet bag, £178,

Pearl embellished trainers, £765, Gucci at

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