Fashion

The Return of the Dad Sneaker: A Style Guide

Sometimes style trends have the tendency to come around that we could never have expected to. Just to name a few: fanny packs, neon colors, shoulder pads, KANGOL bucket hats and classic white sneakers are all in a slow but steady movement making an encore appearance back into the fashion scene.

I will admit, that this dad sneaker trend crept up upon us (as they usually do) via the influence from social media channels, celebrities, bloggers, IG influencers, and most noticeably, during Cochella 2019. Nevertheless, there is no denying that white chunky sneakers were basically a staple in everyone’s wardrobe back in the 90’s. Fast forward 20 years,  now more popularly referred to as “Dad Sneakers” these kicks are undoubtedly making a comeback for this years spring/summer season. To paint an image of what a dad sneaker is: visualize a middle aged male wearing relaxed-fit medium-wash denim or jean shorts, a tucked in polo shirt, clip on cell phone holder to his belt and chunky white sneakers. The look at first, second and even third glances doesn’t exactly scream glamour OR fashion for that matter.

As a kid who grew up in the 90’s, I distinctly remember owning several pairs of white chunky sneakers (embarrassingly I will admit, they were all Sketcher’s designs) fanny packs of all colors and iridescent shades, shoulder pads, denim overalls and, somehow, I STILL wasn’t welcomed among the cool kids at my school. Now as an adult in 2019, it looks like my nerdy girl fashion sense has finally caught on to the masses and my childhood dreams are becoming a reality! (well, at least on Instagram).

Yet, if executed creatively there’s are several opportunities to make this trend work with almost any ensemble. From business meetings, date nights to sequin dresses, there is a new found freedom when styling your favorite pieces with these casual kicks.

Being a woman that gravitates to jeans, sneakers and tee shirts, I couldn’t wait to mix and match my favorite feminine pieces with my new shoes! Now while there is an abundance of white sneakers to choose from, I chose to purchase the FILA Disruptor II and am in love. What stood out to me was their jagged silhouette, noticeable chunky platform structure and sleek monochromatic colorway. They seemed to pair so well with almost everything in my closet!

 

So How Do I Style my Chunky Dad Sneakers?

I think the better question here is, how MANY ways can you style your sneakers? Majority of the pieces I’ve paired for this post were purchased with Goodwill over an extended period of time. Here are some of my favorite outfits I choose from.

1. The Summer Dress Sneaker

A classic take on femininity and comfort. Paring a comfy summer dress and sneakers isn’t exactly an emerging style trend but, it is the most common way I’ve seen these sneakers styled. It’s comfortable and functional for almost any casual activity you are engaging in.  The dress I choose is a vintage A-Line with a deep V-neck neckline and floral print. I also threw on this light-wash denim jacket for added texture.

2. The Athleisure Sporty Sneaker

How could we skip athleisure wear? When I’m not at the gym (which is regularly) I’m more than likely hanging out in my leggings and sports bra. I was actually shocked when I found this one piece neon pink body suit at the thrift. Moreover, I was surprised when it fit me! Since I don’t want to blind anyone, I paired the bodysuit with my favorite track pant that I found in the men’s section at Goodwill. Although blue and pink are not quite complementary colors, I love this pairing!

3. The Vacation Sneaker

If there is any an appropriate time to wear sneakers, it’s on vacation. I’ve paired this tie- dye off the shoulder dress with, yep, you guessed it-my Fila’s. I love everything about this dress and the color and pattern combination. Threw on my oversized straw hat, and I’m ready to go!

4. The Night Out Sneaker

As I stated above, I am a jeans and tee-shirt kind of girl. So. when it’s time to have a night out or date night, I sometimes struggle to figure out what outfit to wear that doesn’t involve painful heels or dresses that hug me like a hot dog casing. I found that incorporating dark black denim will elevate most outfits for a night out. For this outfit, I decided to pair dark denim with a silk bold red tank top that I actually found in the intimate section at Goodwill! I added some accessories and a black moto jacket over my shoulders to complete the look.

Which look was your favorite so far? Do you plan on trying out the dad sneaker trend this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Good Luck

Danielle

 

 

 

 

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Fashion, Turning a Profit

How Spending $30 Shopping Secondhand Made me $100 in one Week

If you clicked on this post and thought that I may have performed a magic trick — keep reading. Unfortunately, their wont be any mentions of “Abracadabra” or pulling rabbits from a top hat, but there is the fact that I seamlessly turned $30 into $100 in a week without breaking a sweat!

What’s the secret?  Well, if you have not caught on by now, I am a HUGE fan of secondhand shopping and even better, reselling on social platforms like Poshmark and eBay. For this post, I will be focusing on how I successfully flipped a pair of brand new Allen Iverson’s into cash after stumbling across them at the thrift store a few weeks ago.

A little tip about your girl is that I AM NOT A SNEAKER HEAD. I literally know nothing about sneaker trends, styles, color way, anything that the cool kids are wearing on their feet these days. However, when I saw this particular pair of shoes, that little voice in my head said, “What ARE those?!”. Turns out they were a unicorn find of Reebok Classics Collaboration with Allen Iverson x Melody Ehsani, Question Mid X. Originally released in 2016 — a collaboration with designer-retailer Melody Ehsani that nods to his rebellious spirit are exclusively made for women. Props Allen!

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Campgain that features Allen’s wife & kids

 

After pulling a quick poll on my Instagram Stories, I reached out to the reselling community and friends to survey if I should keep or pass (with the idea that I would sell) After a bit of conversation, I decided to pull the trigger and purchase despite some friends expressing their opinions and declared how ugly they were, out of style, and just plain “wack” (lol).

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Instagram Poll

That evening, I decided to do some more research on these shoes, because at this point I am obsessed with these shoes (naturally). And to my surprise, they were:

1. A RARE find. It was a bit difficult to find comparisons with similar items sold in this color way.

2. The profit margins were everywhere! Sold shoes in new condition ranged from $90-$130.

With that in mind, I decided to hedge my bets and go to Poshmark & eBay to list these babies! My heart was racing as I took the photos. In my best effort to capture the perfect lighting, and angle. I finally selected 8 of the best pictures and posted my listing with a starting price of $125 (to allow for wiggle room to land the price I want).

 

I waited eagerly staring at the screen for a new notification with an offer from a buyer, any buyer, I couldn’t wait to flip these puppies! After about 2 days of being listed, offers started to roll in. LOW BALL offers (drat!) (eye roll) (scuff). I politely counter offered to those users (I don’t believe in declining any offer) who turns away from money!? Not me!

A few more days rolled by and I am still just as bright-eyed as Day 1. And there it was an offer from a buyer for $100. I didn’t want to accept it right away and seem to eager or thirsty. After about 5 minutes (so patient, right?) I couldn’t take the anticipation anymore and hit accept. It was done! And to think, just few days before, I was purchasing these shoes for just $30 and was able to flip them for nearly 4x the amount.

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Flipped!

After this flip, things shifted in the thrift universe for me as I began to experience a lucky streak by finding brands that I’ve had on my wish list for months. Pieces that are quality and in demand brands to resell! There is definitely a lesson here— you can find creative ways to make money to use as disposable income or to support yourself as long as you are willing to do the work to make it happen!

Want to check out my Poshmark closet and shop my other thrifty finds? Click here to shop!

What are you side hustles that make you quick dough? Leave a comment below!

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