Look, summer—as in calendar-official, real summer—won’t arrive for another few weeks, but I’ve already been busy nailing down my uniform and it involves two things: a dress and sneakers. This simple combination has become a go-to of mine since moving to the East Coast four and a half years ago. Like peanut butter and banana or emo rap, it’s not a combination you’d immediately want to put together, but somehow it works for pretty much any and every occasion.
Below I’m highlighting seven ways some of my favorite trendsetters are making the most of pairing these two seemingly dissonant pieces together. From more dressed-up ensembles that work for the office to cool combinations that softly scream “weekend fun”, these are the ways of wearing a dress and sneakers that I’m excited about right now. And even if you don’t like pineapple on your pizza, I promise this is a combination you’ll find palatable (if not totally amazing).