How to wear trainersThey're not just for the gym.

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No longer the preserve of your gym bag, discover top tips on how to wear trainers in our women's style guide.

How to wear fashion trainers

Fashion trainers encompass any style you definitely won’t be sporting on the treadmill — think Gucci Ace trainers, Alexander McQueen Larry trainers or adidas Stan Smiths, rather than your not-so box-fresh plimsolls. The key is to flatter their ultra-stylish look with an equally stylish and on-trend outfit.

Frame your fashion trainers in the best possible way with an unexpected combination. A ‘90s-inspired bias-cut skirt will look impossibly chic and delicate next to the chunky silhouette of Valentino Rockstud trainers. Alternatively, counter your sneaks’ nonchalance by pairing with a sleek tailored blazer or crisp white shirt.


How to wear sports trainers

Whether you intend on going to the gym or not, women’s sports trainers can also be used as the basis for many off-duty or casual outfits. Our top tip is to skip on the high-tech athletic brands and instead opt for fashion-focused alternatives like Adam Selman Sport and H20Fagerholt that offer a more easy-going look.

Go for a classically athletic ensemble in a pair of designer leggings — you’ll be ultra-comfortable all day long (not to mention ultra-stylish if you go for a pair from Off-White or Calvin Klein). Topped with a logo-printed sweatshirt, you’ll be both weekend-ready and undeniably fashionable.


What to wear with low-top trainers

Women’s low-top trainers are a perennial pick for the summer months. In particular, canvas trainers like Converse are an easy-to-clean choice that can be thrown into the washing machine — but leather trainers like those from Veja or Alexander McQueen are also a favourable option.

Dresses and other summery clothes are the natural accompaniment to low-top trainers. For a fashion-forward look, match your sneaks with an on-trend printed dress from brands like Rixo or Free People. Whether denim or leather, a women's mini skirt will also enhance the look of your shoes with its fun and flirty silhouette.


What to wear with high-top trainers

Women’s high-top trainers are an essential wardrobe piece that work perfectly for all year round, but particularly winter. Thanks to their full-coverage shape, they offer better protection around the ankle, making them more resistant against cold winds and rain.

Try wearing your high-top trainers with a pair of jeans and an oversized shirt ⁠— it’s a fashion editor-approved look that’s well-suited to the autumn and winter months. Straight jeans will balance out the tighter silhouette of Chloé's Sonnie trainers, while skinny jeans can be tucked in for a cool, effortless mood.


How to wear eco-friendly trainers

Not just good for the environment, women’s eco-friendly trainers are also good for the soul. Leading the eco-fashion pack are Veja and Stella McCartney, who produce designs that are both sustainable and adhere to fair trade practices.

Available in a host of colours and finishes, the Veja Esplar trainers sport a timeless design that transcends the seasons ⁠— so you won’t need to invest in another pair anytime soon. If streetwear style is more your flavour, then Stella McCartney’s chunky pairs will add a guilt-free hint of cool to your latest look.