How to Style White Sneakers for Women
A pair of white sneakers might be the most versatile item in your closet. It’s not an easy feat to go from brunch to the gym to the office without changing your kicks.
White sneakers can take you just about anywhere in style. Heck, you might even see them on the red carpet!
If you could use some fashion advice to help you style these versatile kicks with the right outfit, you’re in the right place. Here you’ll find 30 trendy ideas to put your white sneakers to good use on any occasion.
17 Way to Style White Sneakers for Casual Looks
Though sneakers—particularly white ones—have become a popular accessory for formal outfits, they are often viewed as a casual shoe. That’s how they got their start in the fashion world, and it’s how many of us still see them today.
The white sneaker is the staple we turn to first on a low-key day.
We wear them when we’re running—whether that means doing errands or training for a marathon. We wear them at the gym, at home, or in the backyard.
No matter where you’re off to or what the weather is like, there are plenty of ways to incorporate white sneakers into your casual, everyday fit. Here are 17 ideas to get you started:
#1 Turn Heads in a Houndstooth Coat
The weather might be telling you to stay inside, but you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. Wrap yourself in a houndstooth coat for warmth, and slip into your white sneakers to keep your feet comfortable as you hit the ground running. Pair this look with jeans to keep it casual.
#2 Jazz Up a Corduroy Romper
When the winter months seem to chill you to your bones, keep warm from head to toe with a cozy corduroy romper. White sneakers will complete the look in a way that will make a statement without drawing attention away from the main ensemble.
#3 High-Waisted Mom Jeans and a Long-Sleeved Top
When you want to look good but don’t have the time to pull a detailed outfit together, this is the perfect combo. Whether you slip into your favorite pair of skinny, boot cut, or flare denim jeans, white sneakers are a stunning complement to any shape.
Level up this look with:
- A bold graphic tee
- A bright lip color
- Layered necklaces
#4 Styling in the Rain
Just because it’s raining cats and dogs doesn’t mean dark clouds have to take over your outfit, too. A brightly colored raincoat, neutral slacks or jeans, and bright white sneakers are the perfect way to bring some vibrance to a drab day. You really can’t go wrong with this casual yet practical look. Pro tip: Be sure to check out our blog on How to Clean White Shoes if you get your kicks a little dirty!
#5 Clean and Casual
A plain white tee is a closet must-have because of its versatile nature. Perfect for effortless spring days, casual white tops pair well with white sneakers in so many combinations. You can accent it with embroidered jeans, a patterned skirt, or a slip dress. Check out our selection of women’s slip on sneakers to help keep things comfy.
#6 Pay Homage to Your Favorite Band
Whether it’s The Beatles, Pink Floyd, or Arctic Monkeys, a pair of white sneakers can really make your outfit sing whenever you’re sporting your favorite band’s merch. Add jeans and some jewelry, and you’re good to go!
#7 Ripped Denim Shorts and a Crew Neck Tee
Ripped denim is almost as popular as white sneakers these days. Combine a pair of shorts, your favorite oversized tee, and your white tennis shoes for a casual, comfortable setup.
#8 Impress with a Printed Skirt
Whether you’re rocking plaid, pinstripes, or polka dots, emphasize your skirt’s print by pairing it with a white T-shirt and white sneakers. Switch from a daytime, casual look to an evening ensemble by adding bright lip color or a leather jacket.
#9 Cropped and Cute
Stay cool on a hot day with a simple, two-piece combo. Pair white, black, or blue denim shorts and a crop top together with your favorite white sneakers for a look that’s cute and breezy.
#10 Reel in Comfort with a Wrap Maxi Dress
Not sure how to style sneakers with a dress? Try a wrap maxi dress and your favorite pair of bright white sneakers. Complete the look with:
- A wide-brimmed sun hat
- A bold nail color
- A slicked-back ponytail or bun and a scrunchie
#11 A Feel-Good Gym Fit
Nothing is more motivational than wearing your favorite workout outfit while you’re training. Pair it with a sporty white shoe like the Alex Sneaker to complete the outfit.
#12 An Oversized White Denim Jacket
Classics never go out of style. Whether you’re going for a walk in the park or to a ball game, you can’t go wrong with pairing white tennis shoes with a white denim jacket and a T-shirt for a versatile summer look on a chilly night.
#13 Stay Warm in a Sweater Dress
On a blustery fall day, stay warm with a cozy sweater dress. Opt for an off-the-shoulder look for date night or stay warm with a mock neck style. Either way, be sure to pair with your favorite white sneakers for a look that’s sophisticated but casual.
#14 Blue Jean Baby
This look is as classic as milkshakes and drive-in movies. Pair white sneakers with jeans and a casual top. And don’t forget: layers are the name of the game when it comes to fall. Be sure to add a sweater or jacket on top when you’re stepping outside.
#15 Oversized Hoodie and Shorts
Billie Eilish brought back the glories of sweatshirt style back into our lives. White sneaks with no-show socks and tiny shorts will elongate the look of your legs and have passersby doing double-takes at your suave sense of style and comfort.
#16 Adorable Overalls and White Sneakers
Embroidered overalls with crop tops combine rustic chic with flirty fashion. You’ll look fresh from the garden with this outfit—don’t be afraid to tuck a flower in your hair to complete the look.
#17 Bike Shorts, Yoga Top, Cute Kicks
Like yoga pants but for warmer weather, bike shorts are peak comfort and cute. For a look that can go from the gym to happy hour effortlessly, add a flowy yoga top, some gold stud earrings, and of course, your favorite pair of white sneaks.
13 Ways to Style White Sneakers for Formal Occasions
White shoes have been sneaking into formal looks for the past few years now, but some of us might still be unsure about wearing tennis shoes to a special occasion.
We want to allay any fears you might still have on this topic. You can wear tennis shoes with almost any look—provided they’re still bright white.
Once you start looking, you might be surprised by the places you’ll see sneakers. Weddings, funerals, awards shows—the list goes on.
If you have a formal occasion, but you want to keep your feet as comfortable as possible, put away your pumps and pull out your white sneakers. The most versatile shoe has your back—and your feet.
Here are 12 formal looks to help you look and feel your best.
#1 Lean Into the White (Formal Edition)
Olivia Pope approves. A white blouse with white slacks or a skirt epitomizes elegance. To add a little edge to the look, add a few bright accessories like a bold red purse or dramatic sunglasses.
#2 A Sophisticated Spin on Street Style
Take your everyday outfit up a few notches by wearing a chunky pair of white sneakers with a blazer and fitted top. The Lug Platform Slip On would be the perfect accompaniment to this fashion-forward look. Accessorize with a trendy minibag and chunky hoop earrings.
#3 A Pop of White Against Shades of Green
Turn your friends’ faces green with envy by with an outfit in varying shades of green. If you want a sharper contrast, make sure your clothes are dark enough to let the white of your shoes really stand out.
#4 White Kicks and Plaid Skirts or Slacks
School’s out but plaid is always in. Lean into plaid’s classic preppy vibe with sweater vests, graphic tees, suspenders, or a stylish satchel. Or, bring out your inner British punk rocker with metallic accessories, distressed band tees, and a leather jacket. A bright white sneaker will polish up the look while allowing plaid to take center stage.
#5 Romantic But Practical
You know Cinderella wished she had a pair of white sneaks underneath her fairytale gown. Create your own happily-ever-after outfit with a voluminous skirt, crop top, and of course, lace-up white sneakers.
#6 Zebra Chic
Black and white looks good on everyone and can instantly polish up an ensemble for a formal affair. So whether you’re wearing a floor-length dress, a crisp suit, or a romper—a black-and-white outfit will be perfectly complemented by your white sneakers.
#7 Silky and Sensible
Silk is a staple of formalwear. If you’re poised in a silk blouse, skirt, or floor-length gown, add a pair of white sneakers will add modern minimalist chic to your entire look.
#8 Sail Away with Navy and White
Understated. Sophisticated. Endlessly stylish. Navy and white have been a staple color combination for everyone from the Olsen twins to Jackie O.
To join the ranks of these fashion queens, add these accessory ideas:
- Bright red lipstick
- French-style silk kerchief around a ponytail
- White jean jacket
Hot tip: the Alpargata Cupsole Slip On would fit in seamlessly with this ensemble.
#9 Trailblaze with White Sneakers and a Blazer
This is the perfect autumnal look for when you want to feel put-together and creative. Layer the blazer over a turtleneck or a fitted sweater. Your white sneakers will balance this professional outfit by adding a touch of youth.
#10 Try Tried-and-True Trousers
Wear your sneakers with wide-legged pants for a polished daytime look. Add a crisp, tuckable button-down to complete the ensemble.
#11 Black Jumpsuit, Red Lips, White Kicks
What’s black, red, and white with style in spades? You in a sleek black jumpsuit with your gleaming white sneakers. A bold red lip will complete the look and seal your reputation as a fashionista with a crimson kiss.
#12 Slip Dress, Sleek Shoes
Slip dresses—which sensually toe the line between formalwear and lingerie—are making a comeback on the style scene. Adding a white shoe brings the classic 90s look into the 2020’s.
#13 Tux and Sneaks
Move out of the way boys—women are taking on the tux. A tailored tuxedo looks devilishly good on a woman’s curves. Add a pristine pair of white sneakers and a tousled updo and you’ll look red carpet ready.
Finding Your Most Versatile Shoe with TOM’s
As you can see, the white sneaker is popular for a reason. It’s a classic wardrobe staple that works at any time of year on any occasion—whether that’s a casual coffee with a friend or a workplace meeting.
At TOMS, we like that we can provide you with a single pair of shoes that can take you from the farmer’s market to a formal gathering without needing to change.
Even with a classic, though, we must account for personal style. With that in mind, we’ve produced three pairs of white sneakers to choose from: the Alex Sneaker, the Alpargata Cupsole Slip On, and the Lug Platform Slip On. Start browsing our collection of women’s casual slip on shoes today to find your perfect match.
- Outfittrends. 28 Best Women’s Outfits to Wear With White Sneakers. https://www.outfittrends.com/outfits-to-wear-with-white-sneakers-women/
- Town & Country. How to Style a Classic: White Sneakers. https://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/fashion-trends/white-sneaker-outfits/
Reviewed By Dan Caves
Dan Caves is the Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at TOMS and has been operating in the digital space for 6 years, writing about the latest trends or styles and helping brands make bold statements with innovative tactics and creative concepts. He's determined to go all the places, see all the things, and pet all the dogs.