September 25, 2023

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Blake Lively Perfects the Dress-and-Sneakers Combo

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Though we’re slowly inching towards fall, the warm weather in New York City is still scorching—and actor Blake Lively is embracing the late summer heatwave with her latest fashion-forward outfit. The actor, who will likely be spotted at the shows during New York Fashion Week, stepped out with husband Ryan Reynolds wearing a casual ensemble that was still very polished. And while her printed Chanel cross-body bag is extremely covetable, it’s her dress-and-sneakers combination that’s especially on point.

All the best dressed stars this summer are on bird with a good dress-and-sneakers pairing (Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Bieber, and Kendall Jenner are on board with the look). It’s easy to understand why—a summery dress is an easy wardrobe staple on a hot day, and sneakers are a comfy shoe choice for being on the go. Lively, though, took it to the next level with her styling approach: The sweet floral print of her Spell maxi dress matched the pastel hues of her Nike low-tops. While you may not think sporty kicks would go with such a dressy frock, it’s the color coordination that marries the two pieces—and makes the outfit feel so effortless. It goes to show that you don’t need a heel for a look to feel sophisticated. In fact, with the right pair of sneakers, it can make the end result cooler.

Shop Lively’s closet combination, below. Plus, more sneaker and dress pairings. 


Air Force 1 ’07 leather sneakers

Another Tomorrow

crisscross-back midi-dress

Apiece Apart

La Ventura shirred floral-print maxi dress


Star Master canvas trainers


smocked puff-sleeve dress

Favorite Daughter

The Lovesick off-the-shoulder cotton-blend dress

The Row

Owen mesh and suede sneakers

New Balance

RC30 suede and mesh trainers


Hazel layered mixed-media dress


Samba OG leather and suede sneakers


Wendelin organic cotton-poplin midi dress

Rag and Bone

retro runner mesh sneakers


Chuck Taylor All Star 70 low-top sneakers

Maison Margiela

Replica leather and suede sneakers


Hayley floral-print midi dress


Briella scalloped linen-blend dress

New Balance

RC30 suede and mesh trainers


Nama stitch walking sneakers

Lee Mathews

Lyndon striped maxi shirtdress


Cortez suede and leather-trimmed shell sneakers


XT-6 Advanced mesh trainers

Lafayette 148

satin smocked stripe dress


Bryson polka-dot cap sleeve dress

Norma Kamali

cotton-poplin midi shirtdress

Isabel Marant

Beth suede-trimmed leather sneakers

Jason Wu

check-print sleeveless dress


2750 Cotu classic sneakers