Dresses and tennis shoes: an unlikely love story

img_4979-2Every time my family watches an action film, my mom has to point out whether or not the female protagonist who is running to or from danger is wearing heels. Spoiler: she always is. Then, my mom makes a huge deal out of how the film is unrealistically portraying a woman’s ability to do things in said heels. I mean, she is right.

The modern woman seems to be catching on and saying “screw you” to those walking impediments by setting up the dress and tennis shoe on a blind date. Another spoiler: there will be a second date.

I first noticed this trend in Rihanna, who has been wearing sneakers with dressed-up ensembles for years. Then I saw Bella Hadid (left) on Instagram sporting a skin-tight midi skirt with a pair of black Nike shoes. And then I saw Kendall Jenner copy the essence of this look from Bella, which is no surprise, because they share a stylist.

Let’s be honest, beauty may be pain, but this latest trend gives heel-wearing women everywhere the opportunity to forgo blisters in favor of mismatched socks with a supported sole. My fellow female party-goers have been seen pairing their best evening ensembles with their favorite sneakers every night of the week at Midtown, Downtown and at on-campus fraternities. Some have even been seen taking this new trend to the classroom. What a time to be alive.

Here’s how you can join in on the comfort:

A pair of sneakers is the obvious first step to achieving this look. Go with a solid neutral color, like black or white or a nude, and have fun! You can choose from any athletic shoe company, but my favorites are Adidas, Converse, Nike and Vans.

Next, you’ll need a dress or skirt. Let the following pieces inspire you: this midi dress, this off-the-shoulder dress or this midi skirt.

Lastly, have the confidence to show your new outfit off! Your feet will thank you.


Did the double buckled belt live and die with Kendall Jenner?

Kendall Jenner has been spotted several times this season wearing a double buckled belt (say that five times fast). According to PopSugar, the one she owns is the Bri Bri Belt by B-Low the Belt, which is no longer in stock. Kendall integrated the piece to several looks over the course of a few months, so naturally, it took off in stores.

Copies of the belt have popped up in Topshop, Forever21, Urban Outfitters and Amazon. Oddly, however, I did not see many other celebrities adopt the look, and I have not seen even one college student wearing this belt in person or in social media. That is, until this past weekend, when I attended a football tailgate at Florida State University.

Alyssa Watkins, junior political science student at Florida State, was wearing the belt (Amazon, $14) with a black denim miniskirt and black off-the-shoulder ribbed top and combat boots. The belt was the ensemble’s centerpiece, and I was immediately obsessed.

“I have had my eye on that belt for months. I saw it on Kendall’s Instagram but I wasn’t going to drop $150, so I waited for the knockoffs,” Watkins said. “This belt is so well made and the metal is really heavy duty. It looks like the real deal.”

I have a proposition for you, dear reader: please do not let the double buckled belt die with Miss Watkins. It is something you need in your closet. I mean, hello, it’s $14. The following are ways you can wear this belt and rock the look better than Kendall Jenner can:

What came first, the trouser or the belt? Don’t answer that. This particular pant holder makes the wearer naturally inclined to pair it with jeans, and so if you are taking this frequently travelled route, spice it up with a pair of mid rise flares or denim culottes.

I was disappointed that cigarette pants came and went so quickly, so try expanding your bottoms drawer to include a crisp white pair. Who cares if it’s after Labor Day?

Skirts are next up in the natural progression of things. Miss Watkins’ skirt was from American Eagle Outfitters, and it serves as a closet staple.

Now, let’s talk opposites and bring back the midi skirt, shall we? Place this belt at the waistline of one of these below-the-knee skirts and you’ll take the look from 1950s sock hop to, well, 2016 chic. Pair it with a tube top and choker or a tied band tee.

Lastly, the best way to accentuate your waistline is to rock a dress that would otherwise hang loosely on your body by fastening those two soon-to-be iconic buckles around your midsection. Go semi-professional with a button down t-shirt dress or keep it casual with a dress that looks like you stole it from your boyfriend’s closet.

Congratulations, you put in minimal effort and still manage to look amazing. No need to thank me.