3 Ways To Wear It: Floral Trainers

Cath Kidston x Gola Classic trainers in Paradise Fields print, available online here and in stores for £65 from January 19th

After an inevitable holiday period hiatus 3 Ways To Wear It is back, baby! And we’re kicking off with somewhat of a wild card entry, floral trainers. Namely, a rather fantastic pair from Cath Kidston’s SS15 collaboration with iconic brit footwear brand, Gola. I’m the first to admit that my sneaker game is pretty poor but cover that most ordinarily understated of footwear with jolly, eye catching blooms and suddenly they don’t seem so scary to me after all. They’re also a very handy way of incorporating spring’s favourite print into your wardrobe during that post Christmas period during which all you want to do is shed your rich hued winter layers and emerge like a pasty, hairy legged butterfly (or maybe that’s just me?) wafting fancy free in breezy new season pieces far but it’s still far, far too cold to do so. Giving winter the finger by way of flowery feet is a much more viable option. But how versatile can they be? Well, that’s what I tried to find out…

Casual

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

Worn with: J Brand 911 classic skinny jeans, Boden blue wool coat & pink cashmere sweater, Meli Melo tote and Aamaya by Priyanka rings

I won’t lie to you, styling trainers in a casual manner isn’t exactly rocket science. But I don’t do normcore of any description and didn’t want to risk verging in that direction. So I paired my newfound floral friends with super simple J Brand skinny jeans and equally simple basics, albeit in practically radioactive colours. If you don’t enjoy resembling a human highlighter (and I cannot for the life of me understand why) then this combination could work equally well with camel cashmere and a classic grey or, even better, navy coat. Whenever I do brave trainers I feel instantly and no doubt misguidedly cool and this minimal effort, maximum impact combo certainly had that effect. Plus it was very comfortable, major bonus.

Preppy

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

Worn with: kate spade new york coat, Gap shirt, Comptoir des Cotonniers skirt, Tezenies socks and Aspinal of London bag

This was, unsurprisingly, my favourite look of the bunch. In fact I love it so damn much that I really, really wish I hadn’t got so chilly while wearing it. Trainers are in fact total preppy catnip. Well, not all trainers. I suspect pairing a pair of gold winged Jeremy Scott for Adidas kicks with this ensemble may have looked a bit silly but with their classic shape and playful blooms, this Cath Kidston x Gola style is perfection. Nothing says preppy like pleats and bows and I simply couldn’t resist adding pop socks! Keeping the shirt and skirt in more muted shades allowed to really go to town with a super bright coat that picked up the pink flowers on my feet wonderfully. If you don’t have a desire to get pneumonia then simply add a sweater over the shirt and a pair of tights until at least the end of February.

Sophisticated

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

floral trainers Cath Kidston x Gola

Worn with: Aquascutum trench coat, Banana Republic sweater, Tommy Hilfiger skirt & bag and MAC lipstick

I know my third 3 Ways category is usually “after dark” but, and I’m going to level with you here, I couldn’t work out how to make that happen. Nor, do I think wearing floral kicks for cocktail hour is particularly advisable, but each to their own of course. To be honest I had my reservations about how to smarten these up for business like engagements but looking at the results, I think this works really quite well. The turtleneck, grey wool skirt and trench coat are all very classic and could run the risk of being rather boring if worn with more grown up footwear but these add just the right amount of fun without looking like you’ve just forgot to swap into your “work shoes” after taking the Underground. And of course, nothing screams “sophistication” like a slick of red lipstick.

So there we have it, 3 Ways To Wear it floral trainers edition! What did you think of the looks? And will you be investing in a pair this season?

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

10 Thoughts on 3 Ways To Wear It: Floral Trainers

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  3. CurtisPuts says:

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  5. Carolyn says:

    I absolutely love the red Kate Spade coat! X

  6. Jinky Novs says:

    What is that glorious lip colour in the Sophisticated look? Beautiful polo as well 🙂

  7. Piia says:

    Preppy is a winner for me too. But that last one is so cool too, the sneakers are a great pop of colour!
    -P.
    Bowtie Diary

  8. […] at midday on day 1, which was a major relief for woefully unprepared me as I we still had our Cath Kidston x Gola shoot to get done beforehand. The sun was shining, the snaps all worked nicely and I found myself […]

  9. Merrie K says:

    Couldn’t really choose one loo – I love all three! Brilliant way to style sneakers!

    ~Merrie K.
    http://www.PetiteCareerGirl.com

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