Wearing sneakers with a suit is no longer the style swerve that it once was. A ton of guys are doing it.
But just because it’s now a widely accepted move, doesn’t make it any easier to pull off. You’ve got to have just the right suit, and just the right sneakers, or enough attitude to transcend any missteps.
Even the most great looking men with an unlimited suiting budget and world-class creative instincts will still not get it quite right.
For the record, a Tom Ford suit is really, really beautiful. Which is sort of the issue. It feels a little bit too elegant to wear with sneakers, especially styled with an equally formal-looking white shirt and black tie. When you’re reachingfor a suit to wear with kicks, go for casual fabrics without much shine.
Cotton, especially chino, is inherently more casual than cashmere or worsted wool and will be much easier to wear with rubber-sole shoes.
You also want to tailor the suit within an inch of its life. That means no corporate-looking break at the hem and a jacket that fits like a glove.
And pattern also makes a difference too. A larger scale check is always less formal and therefore a little more sneaker-friendly than a smaller motif.
Dark colours also read as more formal, which doesn’t take navy and black off the table, but it’s something to be mindful of when deciding whether your suit can take a pair of kicks.
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