The Two Must-Haves Pieces To Wear With Your Nikes




You guys, these are old pics.  They were taken right after my second chemo treatment last year and in all of the craziness that followed, were completely forgotten.  But this outfit, despite the circumstances, is worth chatting about – it has remained one of my go-to outfits for just about anything kid or family related.  And no matter how hard I try, I haven’t been able to one-up this combo: sneakers + faux leather jeans + graphic sweatshirt.  This pairing remains my favorite way to wear serious sneaks.



The challenge I have with *real* sneakers (as opposed to converse) is that they can sometimes look like an afterthought.  Like those business women I used to see in DC:  full suit, nylons, white socks and big sneakers (just for the morning commute), their pumps stashed in their bag.  Converse have enough style all on their own to integrate into an outfit easily, but true sneakers….I find them tricky.  I need to pair them with something sporty to keep the vibe consistent, and something chic, to keep the vibe from getting too sporty.  Know what I mean?

This is my winning formula.







sweatshirt: Madewell Bien Fait Sweatshirt (mine is last year’s but the link is to this year’s….I’m wearing a medium)

jeans: JBrand Coated Denim Leggings (RIP)

Sneaks: Nike Air Pegasus (the color I’m wearing is long gone, but I’m drooling over both the gray and the red)

Hat: Xhilaration at Target, old – love Xhilaration’s plain black baseball hat, red plaid baseball hat, or floral trucker hat


And because I can’t help myself….shopping.

Graphic Sweatshirts

One of my very favorite things in the whole world is a good graphic sweatshirt – I couldn’t NOT do a roundup.  (BTW – I also love this Hello sweatshirt – I couldn’t get it to add into the shopping widget.)

Coated Denim

There are so many reasons to have a pair of coated denim.  My biggest one right now?  They’re practically waterproof (Hello, March slush and April showers).


Serious Sneakers






  1. LOVE this post. So simple and the perfect outfit for those early spring days standing on the sidelines of the soccer fields…you know, if the 100 feet of snow here in Boston ever melts.

    Question though- do you think this could work on a mama who is taller (5’9″), flat chested, small pooch (not too bad) but more pear shaped? Meaning me??? I find that square type tops that hit me at mid hip make me look like an ice-cream cone- yet I adore the thought of this look. Thoughts???

    • Reminding me I want a pair of those sneakers, except I don’t have the coated denim to go with…dangerous.

      My favorite part: your tow-headed accessory. That hair…

  2. Love this post. I need to give a shout out to Nike Internationalist. By far my favorite pair of sneakers….and very sleek.No wonder J Crew is selling them.

  3. Ahhh, Shana, such tenderness here. I’m so happy for your health. Despite what you were going through in these pics, you still look so fresh faced, optimistic, content, and all around strong. Thanks for sharing these pictures of sweetness.

    Much love,

    Ann of Kremb de la Kremb

  4. I love the Paige Edgemont pants in Sienna. I bought them after one of your previous posts. BUT they are dry clean only! I never dry clean, so I washed mine in cold water on the hand wash setting and almost all the “wax” is gone and they are significantly less cool. SO SAD :((((
    How do you wash your waxed denim???

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