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Styling Chunky Sneakers With Ash

Chunky sneakers have been trending for what seems like forever. Simultaneously adding a splash of modernism with 90’s vintage influencer to any outfit, we’re big fans. But, they’re certainly a statement piece. Often coming in bold colourways with heavy platforming, we understand that styling chunky sneakers can feel scary or overwhelming for first-timers. Once you crack it, you’ll want to wear them with every outfit, adding a twist to casual and formal attire alike. Our trusty Ash sneakers have taken us from the office to clubs to city days, looking slick with everything in our wardrobe. To kick start your addiction and offer outfit suggestions, here’s how we love styling chunky sneakers.

#1 A splash of colour

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For the office, all-black outfits are a go-to. Black tailored trousers with a tight fit polo neck or a little jumper give us Parisian vibes with a big dose of business-approved comfort. Topped off with simple accessories, rings and little hoops, the problem often hits when it comes to shoes. While kitten heels might push the look into over-dressed but flats might feel lack-lustre, we always reach for a bold chunky sneaker. Adding a dash of colour into the mix and bringing some streetwear cool vibes to the outfit, styling chunky sneakers with an all-black look is easy. We’d opt for a running style trainer with muted colour details such as peach, blue or grey tones. The structure of the sneaker keeps the put-together outfit looking smart and tailored, but is modern enough to give you style credit. If you’re feeling bold, you could even go for bright colours, a favourite look for the fashion crowd styling chunky sneakers at fashion weeks worldwide.

#2 Floaty dresses

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Big floaty maxi dresses are taking over our wardrobes, whether we’re wearing them under a big faux fur coat or with bare legs when the sun makes an appearance. In a structural trapeze shape, maxi dresses are flattering on all as well as being one of the comfiest outfits you could think of, keeping us dreaming of all the picnics and sunny days to come. To keep the look from becoming too childlike, or to add a little masculine edge to a distinctly feminine look, we love throwing off the prairie vibes with a pair of dad-style chunky sneakers. In this case, we tend to stick with all white, making sure they’ll match any pattern, print or colour dress that takes your fancy. The best part? The platform trainers will give you an extra boost of height to give you legs for days.

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#3 Blue denim

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Cash in on the Dad trainers trend by styling chunky sneakers with classic blue denim. The simplest combo around, jeans and trainers will always be an easy go-to but with statement sneakers, you can turn this simple recipe into something special. We love straight leg blue jeans at the minute, paired with a simple white t-shirt and an oversized blazer, creating the perfect minimalist look that works at the office or on the weekend. Add in a pair of statement, colourful chunky sneakers like Ash’s new Tiger style, to give your classic look a touch of fun. The blue of your jeans will pair perfectly with the blue tones on the trainer, keeping the outfit chic but casual. 

#4 All white

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Not for the faint-hearted or the clumsy. All-white or all-beige looks have been dominating our inspiration boards for a while now as we swoon over fresh white shirts loosely tucked into white kick-flare jeans or tailored beige trousers. As such a statement look, all-white can sometimes feel overdressed or like the level of effort you’ve put into matching tones of beige is evident. There’s no better way to add a nonchalant twist to an all-white look than by styling chunky sneakers with it. If you want to keep up the hue blocking, opt for a white and grey colourway. But for a statement or to make it easier to throw over a big black coat and create a monochrome look, lace-up a bolder choice of black chunky trainers. Our choice would be Ash’s Eclipse running style chunky sneaker or Addict style in the red colourway. A statement outfit doesn’t need a heel or heavy boot, styling chunky trainers right can create just as much impact.

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