Stylist in the Spotlight: Zeenat Wilkinson
Stylist and editor of Sauce Mag, Zeenat Wilkinson, is not one to shy away from a bold outfit and statement shoe. When it came to launching our new collection of chunky sneakers, we turned to Zeenat for inspiration to found out how she incorporates this look into her everyday wardrobe.
The chunky sneaker trend has worked its way into everyday life - what do you love most about them?
Athleisure (and the chunky sneaker) is my favourite trend at the moment. It’s simple, easy and there are so many ways you can create incredibly versatile looks.
Nothing makes a look considered-yet-cool like a good chunky sneaker. I love how you can dress them up, yet also feel comfortable in them.
These sneakers also allow you to play with different proportions. For example, you can balance out the size of the sneakers by wearing something oversized on top. It just works, doesn’t it?
How do you incorporate a chunky sneaker into your everyday wardrobe?
The chunky sneaker can be worn almost anywhere, with anything. I like to pair mine with a dress for a night out. For work, you could pair them with a slouchy Georgia Alice blazer.
If you enjoy wearing sneakers, this is a great shape to experiment with and really push the boundaries of personal style.
What is your number one tip for styling chunky sneakers?
With a lack of needless complexity, along with comfort, all you have to do is play with proportions to make chunky sneakers work for you. Pair an oversized blazer with denim shorts or a slip dress - it’s all about getting the right mix of pieces.
Avoid wearing chunky sneakers with skinny jeans – this can make the shoes (and your feet!) look bigger than they are. Instead go for slouchy, relaxed-fit denim like a ‘mom’ or boyfriend jean.
You’re frequently found jet-setting across the globe – what is your must-have travel accessory?
I’m loving the belt bag at the moment. It’s so handy having your hands free when you’re on the go or eating and drinking. I also like having my phone and wallet close to my body – here in New Zealand it’s generally pretty safe, but overseas it can be a different story. It’s good to be able to keep your items safe – and having them where you can see them means there’s less chance of them falling out of your bag when you’re on the move.
It feels as though the world is our oyster at the moment when it comes to all the different, exciting trends currently out there, but what are you most looking forward to wearing this summer?
I’m looking forward to not having to layer up as much and just throwing on a crisp white tee with some denim shorts and sneakers. I also recently picked up a denim jumpsuit from Ganni and I love wearing my chunky sneaker with this. It takes me two minutes flat to get dressed! Simple, comfortable and easy.