Q. For years I have been wearing athletic sneakers with jeans whenever I have on a t-shirt. My husband recently told me that he thinks this looks terrible! He considers these shirts as 'nice' shirts because t-shirts have logos. I am at a loss as to what type of shoes to wear with jeans and 'nice' t-shirts. I am not a cutesy type girl, so the little ballet shoes, while adorable, are not me. I also wonder what color to buy. Is there a color that “goes with everything”?
A. Trade in your true athletic sneakers and opt for what I call “kicks” or “trainers.” They’re the kinds of sneakers that you wouldn’t work out in since they don’t have full support, but they’re cool to walk around in and come in a range of stylish colors. When it comes to kicks, avoid a pair that is white since they’ll resemble the athletic sneaker too closely. Black also has a hard time being stylish. Choosing a main color like brown, blue or green paired with another brighter color as trim will go far in your wardrobe. Also, flats can be stylish without being cutesy and are one of our favorite options to wear with nice t-shirts.
Since you enjoy wearing t-shirts, why not kick it up a notch to polo shirts or tops with any kind of extra detail like ruching, scoop neck, or puffed sleeves in varied colors. A colorful pique collared shirt will look far more interesting and can go from activities to a casual dinner while a t-shirt alone is limiting. Here are a few suggestions of shoes and shirts to expand your wardrobe within a comfortable range:
left to right from zappos.com: Converse Jack Purcell Dance Slip, $45; PUMA Future Cat Low, $100; Converse All Star Slip, $47; dollhouse Praise, $55.95
left to right from nordstrom.com: Halogen Long Sleeve Pinch Front Tee, $28; Michael Stars Johnny Collar Top, $51; Hard Tail Cap Sleeve Bubble Tee, $60; Juicy Couture Bubble Sleeve Tee, $62