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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DIY Projects, Fashion, Lifestyle

DIY Tutorial: Personalized Embroidered Sun Hat

If you thought summer was coming to an end, you might be lacking some essential Vitamin D, ’cause there is so much summer to enjoy and sun to be (safely) exposed to. OK, sure- there may be Halloween decor starting to pop up in stores (I love Halloween BTW) but that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t plan your next beach destination!

One of my favorite summer trends for 2018 has been the embroidered straw sun hats that have cute sayings like ” Out of Office” or “Gone to the Beach”.

This DIY was inspired by my thrift buddy, Chanel Little of @mytullekit to create our own custom embroidery sun hats!  Like the sun hats stores with cute sayings along the brim, our ideas were similar, but we planned to use positive black culture colloquialisms like “Black Girl Magic”, Cute Blerd (black nerd), or “Melanin Popin” for our hats. HOW STINKING CUTE IS THIS?!

Chanel always comes up with gorgeously creative DIY projects and I highly encourage you to check out her other creations on her IG: @mytullekit for more inspo!

First task, find appropriate the sun hat. I found mine in store, but here are other similar options from Amazon.

Next, write down your ideas! What do you want your hat to say? Keep your phrase to about 2-3 words so that you have enough space to embroider on the hat and so others can read it!

 

Shots from behind the scenes of our photo shoot Chanel and I had this weekend with our hats!+6

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC - August, 5 2018 - Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit - Photos by Chris Bulbulia - Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC – August, 5 2018 – Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit – Photos by Chris Bulbulia – Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC - August, 5 2018 - Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit - Photos by Chris Bulbulia - Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC – August, 5 2018 – Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit – Photos by Chris Bulbulia – Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC - August, 5 2018 - Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit - Photos by Chris Bulbulia - Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

Summer Photoshoot at The Wharf DC – August, 5 2018 – Thread Lift x My Tulle Kit – Photos by Chris Bulbulia – Models Danielle Dukes and Chanel Little

 

Get to it!

  • Purchase sun hat of choice
  • Sequin Trim. Ours came from Micheal’s
  • E600 Glue. Ours came from Michael’s
  • Other accessories to decor as desired (flowers, beading)
  • Pintrest for inspiration

Instructions:

  1. Eyeball or lightly trace what you want your hat to say. Use fabric chalk or sketch with a pencil your phrase.
  2. Most wording is done in cursive so take your time when deciding what you want to say. Have a friend review your penmanship to make sure it is legible.
  3. After you have carefully placed your sequin trim and have your spell out, begin using the super glue to place your words in place. [Tip] It might be easier to use sewing needles to hold down the trim while gluing so everything stays in place. E6000 is extremely durable and dries relatively quick, so be carefully, a little goes a long way.
  4. Let your hats dry for at least 30 minutes to ensure it is complete.
  5. Enjoy

That’s it! I would say this project took all of 1 hour from start to finish!

 

Comment below what your personal embroidered sun hat would say?

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

 

 

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