“You look like you’re 8 years old,” the boyfriend said, smiling, as I prepared for work Monday morning. Set to leave for a busy day at a formal office, I was dressed in J.Crew white skinny trousers, a J.Crew pink silk tank, Navy Lacoste sneakers, and a Longchamp backpack. As I’m not terribly large in stature—I looked in the mirror only to confirm that I did, in fact, look like a tween.
Once I hit 25, I started wearing cute sneakers—in an assortment of colors—to work, to play, and even to go out in the evening. A Shoshanna striped frock and cashmere cardigan for the office? Pair it with pink keds. A black-and-white printed romper for brunch and day drinking? Pair it with black-and-white Jack Purcell converse. Red pants and a polka dot blouse for a cocktail party? I’ll wear my red converse then change into heels when I get there. But then, I never do. Like my favorite Go-to-Hell hair bow, my sneakers are like saying a little “Screw you” to the predictable.
This change in footwear was less driven by a nostalgic desire to be mistaken for a tween, and more by a desire for comfort and practicality. We Bitches are busy, tired, and sick of achy backs and feet from five-inch peep toe pumps and designer handbags so heavy they make us lopsided. Because, style should fit your needs and your personality—and Converse and a sundress fit me just fine.
Moreover, I feel like the girl in sneakers looks a lot less silly than the girl that can’t stand in her heels, am I right?
And while style is eternal and fashion is seasonal—we happen to be experiencing a marriage of the two, with classic kicks and fashion-forward backpacks all the rage this season.
Spring ushered in the season of laid-back, casual cool, with designers like Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim putting out back packs as the new spring “it” bag and models sashaying down the runway in kicky low-top athletic kicks.
So, cheers to stylish comfort—and being able to say “I’ve got to run to cocktails,” and actually mean it.