Wearing a suit with sneakers was once a power move embraced only by those in the know about every new high-fashion trend, but by now it’s a pretty standard look. Yet, not everyone has mastered the art of styling suits with sneakers.
To master the suit-with-sneakers look, you have to make sure the fit, the colors, and the material of the suit and the sneakers is just right. Here, we explain what to keep in mind when you’re styling a suit with a pair of Koio’s Italian leather sneakers.
THE COLOR & SHAPE OF YOUR SNEAKERS
We recommend working with our classic Capri sneakers in ‘Triple White’ because they’re a wardrobe essential, so you’ve probably already got a pair on-hand. If not, brown leather dress sneakers for men (think the Capri in ‘Mocha’), or the women’s Capri in ‘Nuvola,’ or even men’s black high-top sneakers will work. Consider these your “dressy sneakers.”
THE FIT OF YOUR SUIT
When selecting a suit, the most important thing to consider is the fit. You don’t want something so baggy that it looks like you bought the wrong size, but you also definitely don’t want a skin-tight suit that looks, well, too small.
We recommend choosing a classic single-breasted jacket that’s tailored for a slim fit—you’re almost guaranteed to look refined in one of these. Opt for notched or skinny lapels and lightly padded if you prefer minimal structure up top, or try peak lapels and substantially padded shoulders if you want to create a broadening effect. As for slacks, we recommend a straight cut. If possible, opt for a pair that has neatly folded cuffs—these are key because they’ll really compliment your sneakers.
THE MATERIAL OF YOUR SUIT
Materials are also really important. In winter, wool is always a wise choice. But you won’t want to step out in a wool suit come summer. Instead, opt for cotton-twill or linen.
Beneath the jacket, wear a dress shirt (we recommend a tucked-in white shirt—you can’t go wrong with one of these) Make sure you press it first to prevent unwanted wrinkles.
THE COLOR OF YOUR SUIT
Also important when selecting a suit: the color. For an understated look, try a deep navy suit or a neutral tone (which will look particularly nice in the spring). If you want to make a statement, go for a pastel shade or a pattern—a Prince of Wales checked suit or a or a blue checkered suit is classic, but guaranteed to stand out.
Depending on how formal the occasion is, you may want to wear a tie. If the shade of your suit is muted, experiment with patterns and modern colors! It’s a smart way to brighten up your look.
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE
Now that you’ve read through our guide to styling a suit with sneakers, you can dress with confidence for your next semi-formal or formal event.
If you don’t have the right pair of sneakers, check out our selection of handcrafted leather styles. Whether you opt for low-tops or high-tops, the Koios you choose are sure to become wardrobe favorites.