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

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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

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Chic minimal trainers are perfect with navy tailoring. 

Navy corduroy blazer, £150, arket.com

Floral-print silk shirt, £280, Equipment at harveynichols.com

Wide leg corduroy trousers, £79, arket.com

Tan patent tote bag, £89, finerylondon.com

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Leather low-top trainers, £475, Jil Sander at matchesfashion.com

Dress It Up 

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

Floral dress, £49, topshop.com

Leather jacket, £330, whistles.com

Dark green bucket bag, £36, next.co.uk

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Cat eye shape sunglasses, £150, Karen Walker Eyewear at matchesfashion.com

Black leather trainers, £90, veja-store.com

Crop Out 

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

Pleated checked top, £39.99, zara.com 

Cropped wide leg trousers, £435, Sea NY at matchesfashion.com

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Double drop gold earrings, £165, Leigh Miller at net-a-porter.com

Pebbled shopper, £17.99, mango.com

Khaki suede trainers, £64.99, Nike at office.co.uk

Rain Ready 

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

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

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Wrapover floral skirt, £17.99, hm.com

Hooded trench coat, £99, marksandspencer.com

Thunder electric trainers, £130, Puma at farfetch.com

Fine Detail 

Elevate simple separates with matching pearl details. 

Pearl detail shirt, £195, motherofpearl.co.uk

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Wide leg trousers, £55, monsoon.co.uk

Gold hoop earrings, £150, monicavinader.com

Cross body bracelet bag, £178, jcrew.com

Pearl embellished trainers, £765, Gucci at matchesfashion.com

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