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Admittedly, I rarely wear sneakers. In my quest for comfortable, stylish mom clothes, I’ve gravitated toward loafers, sandals and mules mostly. But sometimes you just need a good, comfy sneaker on your foot! One tricky thing about sneakers (when you’re not working out) is not looking too sporty or juvenile. In this post, I’ve put together 4 spring looks for you, all featuring my trusty slip-on converse shoes. I got them when I was pregnant and couldn’t bend over to tie my shoes, and I still love them!

They are $50, run TTS, and are just as easy to slip on my feet as my mules or sandals. Honestly, after this style session I’m very seriously considering adding them into my April capsule—they go with more than I realized! In all of these outfits, I’m wearing my Chloe Coin Necklacesilhouette locket (c/o Family Print Shop, 18″ length), Emma Hoops in Brass Circle, and three Yearly Co bangles: two Initial Bangles (with “J” and “L” on them for my kids’ initials), and a Twist Bangle.

This week I’ve teamed up with @karlareed, @cottonstem, @runstylerun and @maddy_gutierrez_—just click on any of their names to go straight to their LIKEtoKNOW.it profile pages and shop their looks. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

This is a really classic “mom uniform” if you ask me! Comfy skinny jeans with stretch, a soft (and nursing-friendly!) top, a cozy cardigan, and some slip-on shoes. I think the details in the top and the cardigan keep this look from feeling too boring or basic—I love the buttons on the top, and the kimono shape of the cardigan is really fun. These jeans are my recent go-to skinny jeans, and the sizing is similar to Madewell (I’m wearing the 26). The top and cardigan are roomy, but I stuck with my usual sizes for both—small in the top, and S/M in the cardigan.

Run, don’t walk! This sweater is only $25 and it’s seriously so good!! As soon as this white one arrived, I placed an order for two more colors (the yellow and olive). It’s a great spring transition piece since it’s an open weave, but also will work well for me in California for fall and winter. Such a steal! I ended up sizing up to the medium and am really happy with the fit. These jeans are new—I actually got these to replace these old ones, and I’m really loving the clean hems at the bottom. Definitely go down one size from your Madewell size in these!

An easy way to tone down a mini skirt for daytime? Put on some sneakers! I also love the addition of a blouse (versus a tee) for a look that feels sophisticated yet playful. This blouse is roomy, so you could size down if you wanted to (though I stayed TTS since I didn’t mind the roomy fit). The skirt has a great a-line shape that is so flattering, and it fits TTS but isn’t too snug at the waist. If you do not have a booty like Yours Truly, you could consider sizing down—I tried the smaller size and while it did fit, the skirt kept hiking up when I walked around so that was clearly not going to work for me!

This is one of my favorite ways to wear these shoes! The combination of the feminine dress and sporty shoes really works, and the shoes keep the look nice and casual for daytime wear. I’m so, so into this dress (which I wore for my Madewell pop-up…recap coming soon!). I ended up sizing down since I’m very small chested, but if you have more going on up there you could stay TTS. (You can see the difference in the sizes if you watch my Madewell try-on here). The denim jacket is another recent find. After this style session, I realized that the one I had just wasn’t working for me, so I set out to find a great replacement and this one is it! I sized up to the medium for my perfect fit.

Which look is your favorite? How do you like to wear sneakers when you’re not working out?

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  1. […] little late to the bandwagon, but I am totally hooked on sneakers this year! Back in March I shared 4 outfits with sneakers for spring, and today I have 5 outfit ideas with sneakers for summertime. My favorite way to wear mine is with […]

  2. […] Last week I paired this denim skirt with a sweater and converse and officially added it to my mental list of favorite outfits. The sneakers keep the mini skirt feeling casual, and the sweater keeps me cozy when it’s not quite warm enough outside. The skirt runs TTS (I have the 26 and normally wear 26 at Madewell), and the converse are TTS as well. These slip on ones are seriously so good! I got them when I was pregnant and couldn’t tie my shoes due to my massive belly, and they’re still my go-to sneakers. Here are a few more styling ideas for them! […]

  3. Kristin says:

    Did you get regular or petite length in the Cali Demi-boot jeans?

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