Spring Pairing: Maxi Dress + Espadrille Sneakers

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I always love a good flowy maxi dress, so pair one with sneakers and I am all about it.

Recently, I’ve been wearing sneaks with everything in my closet…more than anything else, honestly. They have a way of making an outfit easy and comfortable, even if I’m wearing something more graceful up top. For instance, I regularly break out a dress once Spring comes around, even during the week. It helps to give my day more oomph. However, when I’m running around with the kids and what-not, if I wear a dress with daintier shoes (especially one with a heel)…it all feels like way too much. At least, for me. Anyone else run into this?

That’s why I’ve developed a good, healthy relationship with sneakers. I can just throw them on and feel great about my life decisions that day (as far as my outfit goes, anyways). I run around with no fuss and worry that I’m ruining my “nice” shoes…and I feel really good.

I came across a cool and fresh update to my usual cold weather sneaks – an espadrille…in sneaker form. *high fives all around* I have had a love of espadrilles since my Summer in Spain, where I soon found they’re all that’s worn over there (even by the men). I very soon found myself in a pair…and loving it. They make so much sense! They are lightweight, breathable and have a very Summer-friendly vibe about them with the straw bottoms. I brought home three pairs. Those have been long gone now so being able to find similar styles over here now is awesome.

My latest pair is a white lace-up style. Yes, I maybe am too optimistic. LOL. Actually, when it comes to white shoes I kinda just let them get dirty and scuffed without being OCD about it. If they turn into off-white/”distressed” shoe, I still wear them. Examples being, my Golden Goose and Converse. They are both dirty, but I still wear the crap out of them…and maybe even love them even more now.

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outfit details

dress: Tiare Hawaii Surry Maxi Dress – very comfortable, pretty pattern and was happy to find that the slit didn’t go up to high on my leg. FYI: this is a thin dress. It’s not see through (couldn’t see my underwear through it), but would be best for warmer weather. I also like their Indica Wrap Dress! Also, I tried on this Free People Dove Long Sleeve Maxi Dress and it’s amazing. It would look fantastic with sneakers.

More Maxi Love 

shoes: Tretorn Eve Lace Up Espadrille Sneaker (TTS, wearing 9.5) – I love espadrilles (takes me back to my Summer in Spain!) …and an espadrille sneaker? YES. White is a little daring, but after having worn white sneakers for a while now (my Converse and GG), I’ve found I don’t mind when they start getting scuffed and dirty. I just keep rollin’ with them.

More Espadrille Sneaker Love 

bag: Woven Top Handle Handbag (white) – this one is good. I know, it’s not Prime…and it’s a cheaper one, BUT for a Spring/Summer bag, I dig it. I was concerned that it would basically fall apart after carrying it one, but it’s actually not bad quality at all and it fits a lot more than I thought it would.

shades: AEO Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses – hi, my name is Cams and I buy cheap shades like it’s my job. I wear them every day, lose them and/or break them…and I don’t feel too bad about it. These are great, too, with their oversized style.

earrings: A New Day Thin Disc Earrings – a new favorite of mine. I wear them all of the time…and they’re cheap! I have sensitive skin so I was concerned that they’d bother my ears lobes, but nope. I haven’t had any trouble with them.

 

Do any of you chicas wear sneakers with something more dressy? A skirt, romper,  tailored shorts? Share! I’ll post it on my IG. 🙂

Cheers,

Cams

Find me over on Instagram (@camilledipaola) & say hey! I share more of our messy life, home, everyday-type outfits & kid stuff over there.

Photos by Christina Hussey Photography.

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11 Comments

  1. We have like a foot of snow outside, I so needed to click on something Springy! This is really cute, and makes me maybe want to wear espadrille wedges with my shorts-and-cami—every-DAY in summer uniform. I also like Vans with a ruched jersey skirt (when I brave the thigh-rub)—I always feel effortlessly cool and way fitter than I actually am. Also I trash sunglasses like it’s my job.

  2. I love this idea! I live in my sneakers. But as a shortie I usually steer away from maxi dresses or skirts, especially with a flat shoes. Any tips for a short person? Think it’ll still work, or just be overwhelming?

  3. Elizabeth Rafter on

    I wear sneakers with dresses and skirts all the time, too! And those Vans espadrilles!!! 😍😍😍 I die! Too cute! And the sunglasses, too! Love it all!

  4. This is lovely! The blue looks really pretty on you. I love espadrilles. I can’t wait to wear them again. Last summer I was looking at the platform ones, but thought they felt heavy with the extra material. I love the look, but not the extra weight, like all the platform sneakers you see now.

    • I agree! I tried wearing a really cute pair last Summer…and they felt super clunky. I was always a bit self conscious wearing them out, because I felt like I was walking weird. LOL. Cheers, Cams

  5. This is my summer and spring fashion goal, to figure out how to look super cute in sneakers with skirts and dresses and still stay close to my style which is feminine and preppy with a good dash of boho. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I just ordered the Soludos and they were very cute and comfy except my big toe was going to poke out of the top of the fabric!! I could see it’s entire outline. I noticed their 10 is a 40.5 and I am a true 41 in euro sizes. Oops! I am switching for the Vans after looking at this list again. Just wanted to give a heads up because the price is so nice! Maybe try a bigger size if you order.

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