Summer is about being carefree, exploring, taking risks. Pushing the boundaries and trying new things. Summer is not about being restricted, unoriginal, bored or uninspired. We are sole believers that no one should be pressured to adhere to anyone's conceptions of what is right and wrong. Fashion is all about doing what feels comfortable for you, and that includes not wearing heels if we don't want to. Just like they said Destiny's Child said "If you try to control me...you get dismissed". We're ditching the rules and wearing what we want this summer, no restrictions.
All summer long we've been showcasing different ways where we're breaking the rules with our #MadeToBeBroken Campaign. We're touched on everything from socks and sandals, boat shoes, slides and now we're turning our focus to sneakers. We recently teamed up with guest fashion influencer @kassalaholdsclaw to tell us how she's doing things her own way and breaking the rules.
#1 Vans SK8 Hi's
This summer a lot of women including myself are wearing sneakers not paired with the usual jeans or training outfit. Instead rocking trendy sneakers with a dress whether it be a flowy summer dress or a mid length bodycon. No one likes running around in heels save yourself the pain, be comfy! These Sk8-Hi Vans can honestly go with anything. How to pull it off? Keep it simple. I love this outfit because I can wear it during the day to shop, hang out, or got out dancing at night.
Pictured above: Vans Skate Hi-Slim in White
Photographed by Karly Cronin
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THE INTERVIEW: BREAKING THE RULES WITH SNEAKERS
WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL WAYS THAT PEOPLE STYLE/WEAR SNEAKERS AND HOW DID YOU DO IT DIFFERENTLY?
Sneakers have always played a large role in menswear and recently they have started making an appearance in women’s lifestyle wear meaning they are not necessarily just a training shoe anymore. I have found new ways to incorporate my sneaker collection in my everyday fashion. Whether it be dressing them up with a dress or dressing them down with jeans/ leggings and a t-shirt.
SNEAKERS ARE FOR...?
Sneakers are for any activity that the day brings you. They are ultimately the most versatile go-to shoe.
LIST A COUPLE PLACES WHERE YOU WOULD WEAR THESE DIFFERENTLY THAN THE NORM. HOW WOULD YOU PAIR THEM?
Work, events, and/or a date. I love pairing mine with a cute dress or nice pants.
WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE CONVENTIONAL RULES OF FASHION BEING THROWN OUT THE WINDOW AND BECOMING LESS IMPORTANT?
I love it. There is more room to express yourself.
WAS THERE A TIME WHERE YOU THOUGHT YOU WENT TOO FAR WITH YOUR FASHION CHOICES?
I don’t think there is a line defining too far because fashion is all about self-expression and rule breaking.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
My style is very minimal and dressy but still very chic. I basically only buy black, white, gray and denim. Sometimes I'll have a little pop of color
HOW DO YOU BALANCE THE SEASONS? WHAT DO YOU WEAR IN THE WINTER VS THE SUMMER?
I love dressing for winter because I'm obsessed with boots! I also love layering and wearing coats. Summer style is a little easier I usually stick to dresses.
HOW HAS YOUR STYLE EVOLVED?
I’m still in the process of developing my style. I just moved to New York. So, this is the perfect time to reinvent or just change my style completely. I'm in a stage of trying everything.
A LARGE PART OF FASHION AND STYLE IS CONFIDENCE AND BEING COMFORTABLE WITH WHATEVER YOU'RE WEARING. WAS THERE A TIME WHEN YOU WEREN'T CONFIDENT IN YOUR STYLE AND HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE PRESSURES TO BE "ON TREND" OR LOOK A CERTAIN WAY?
Even now I have doubts about my style. Looking through social media you always see someone else with a cooler style, a nicer body, or better shoes. It makes things a lot harder nowadays because women are doing amazing things with fashion. Instagram and Pinterest are overloaded with so many ideas. It makes you second guess a lot.
#MADETOBEBROKEN IS CENTERED ON INDIVIDUALISM AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. HOW DO YOU USE FASHION AS A FORM OF EXPRESSION?
I consider that the way we dress, our personal style, tells a story—whether deliberately or unconsciously. It reflects my mood, attitude and the way I want to be perceived
DO YOU HAVE A STYLE ICON OR SOMEONE WHO INSPIRES YOUR FASHION CHOICES?
WHY DOES SHE INSPIRE YOU, BOTH PERSONALLY AND IN FASHION?
She’s so confident in everything she wears. She is fearless when it comes to fashion. I usually stray from color but I’m trying to branch out! Not only is she not afraid of color, it's all she wears. She’s the queen of color blocking. She wears whatever she wants if the public doesn't get it, it doesn't seem to matter to her.
CAN YOU SPEAK ON THE CONCEPT OF "RULE BREAKING" IN FASHION?
If people hadn’t broken the rules in fashion then it wouldn’t be as interesting as it is today. It pays to break the rules , particularly when it comes to personal appearance. My favorite thing about breaking fashion rules is that it makes fashion more fun! Who wants to be limited by rules about how to shop and what to wear? I like to get creative with my wardrobe by mixing unexpected pieces and wearing them in unconventional ways.
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Pictured above: Vans Sk8 Hi-Slim in White
Photographed by Karly Cronin