STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Dresses And Sneakers

What to think of the trend dresses and sneakers? Thanks to Kristen Stewart, Taylor Swift and Rita Ora, among other celebs, the look remains in full bloom.  I don’t think they’re red carpet material — talking to you Stewart — but can you really think of anything more stylish and comfortable to where to college, or on the streets for that matter? As Glamour pointed out, there is not one day that goes by with out seeing a street style pic of someone wearing this look. That’s saying something.

For spring 2013, DKNY showed sport-chic dresses and tennis shoes. Very urban. While Moschino Cheap & Chic paired sneakers with ‘60s and ‘70s inspired dresses. Who can forget Saint Laurent Paris’ grunge fall collection? The Kurt Cobain enthused designs showed powerful combat sneakers mixed with plaid dresses.  These are all inspiring, but you don’t need to spend that much money for great sneakers. Converse has amazingly diverse options. This Fashionista opted for the traditional black pairs, but F.Y.I there is even a Bridal Converse Line. Don’t forget all of their collaborations with Comme des Garçons, Marimekko, John Varvatos, among many other labels.

If you’d rather buy white colored All Stars and D.I.Y, take notes. I will use an American flag inspired pair as an example, but these steps serve for any other print you’d like to make on your shoes. The first thing you’ll need to do is purchase 2 paintbrushes, a pencil, eraser and blue and red acrylic fabric paint. Next, draw four 2-inch thick lines on each side of the shoes using a ruler and pencil. Then, draw a star on a piece of paper and cut it out to serve as a stencil. After, use it to trace stars, as many as you like, on the sneakers.

Later, paint the 2-inch lines red. Finally, paint the back strip and tongue of the sneakers blue. Don’t forget to paint around the stars so that the background is blue and the stars continue white. For a vintage touch you could add water to the paint to make it look a more faded color. Let the sneakers dry for 24 to 48 hours and presto. The final result should look something like this. Here is hoping it will look that good!

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Manuela Almeida

I am a neutral and minimalist dresser at heart, but I am starting to branch out and wear more risky style outfits, something that CollegeFashionista has inspired me to do. * Two years and eight months is how long I have been a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. During this time I have written directly from Brazil, from the campus of Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro and now from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in São Paulo. Two years and one month is the time span I have been a fashion reporter for Joyce Pascowitch in São Paulo—a job that I only snagged because I learned I loved fashion through working with CollegeFashionista. Three years and a six months is the total time I have been a college student. Now I face the final step in earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism—my thesis. This means that in six months I will be an alum and no longer a Style Guru. Wow.

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