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Four ways to wear: Converse

Four ways to wear: Converse

If it feels like Converse have been around forever, that’s because good design never goes out of style. The shoes win on most fronts: they're comfortable, they go with most casual clothes, and they'll never look trendy or dated.

"We recommend Converse all the time because they go with almost everything," says Thread associate stylist Alexander McCalla. "Would I wear them with a suit? No. But they can smarten up jeans and a t-shirt just as they add some casual energy to more formal clothes. Barring suits, there's little they don't go with."  

Below, Alexander talks us through four ways simple white Converse can really make an outfit.

1. When you want to try something new

Outfit: White Converse, suede jacket, white t-shirt and formal trousers

Why this works: "In this outfit, we've mixed the trainers with a casual t-shirt, a jacket that's a bit smarter, and formal trousers. This feels like a wide range of clothes to wear together, but the fact that everything's so simple makes it work. Plus the Converse are a good fit: smart leather shoes would clash too much with the top half of the outfit, while sporty trainers wouldn't go with the trousers."

Photographed: Jigsaw suede jacket (£298), Research Garments white t-shirt (£15), Whistles navy trousers (£110), Natural white Converse (£45)

2. For an afternoon that might turn into a night out

Outfit: White Converse, cable-knit jumper and navy chinos

Why this works: "This outfit won't look out of place when you're running errands, but it will also serve you well at a nicer restaurant. The Converse are relaxed and comfortable for when you're busy and on your feet, but again the simplicity can err a bit smarter, too."

Photographed: Ralph Lauren jumper (£115), Norse Projects navy chinos (£100), Natural white Converse (£45)

3. When you're wearing all dark colours

Outfit: Blue jumper, black jeans and white Converse.

Why this works: "Because Converse are logo-less and familiar, they can add that bright element to an otherwise dark outfit without overpowering the other clothes."

Photographed: A.P.C black jeans (£135), Natural white Converse (£45)

4. Every weekend

Outfit: White Converse, grey hoodie, white t-shirt and indigo jeans

Why this works: "All these pieces are known for being comfortable, but they're also a little more considered than your average basics: the Converse are more understated than sporty trainers, the hoodie's made by its half-zip and fit, the t-shirt is neat and the jeans are dark and slim."

Photographed: Hamilton and Hare hoodie (£175), Research Garments white t-shirt (£15), RRL slim jeans (£215), Natural white Converse (£45)