If you own a pair of Vans and are looking for new ways to style them, or are considering purchasing your first pair and looking for outfit inspiration, we’ve got you covered with our guide on how to wear Vans.
These outfit ideas will put a fresh, casual spin on items you probably already have in your wardrobe, and prove that these sneakers aren’t just for skaters. We’re putting a fashionable spin on several different Vans sneaker styles, so read on to find your favorite Vans sneakers and see how you can rock them yourself.
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How to Wear Vans with a Skirt
It doesn’t get more classic than a pair of Vans Checkerboard Slip-On Sneakers. These have been around since 1977, and are the epitome of easy wearability thanks to their slip-on design.
The iconic checkerboard pattern adds major character to any outfit you wear these with, and they’re likely to become a favorite once you see how quickly you can slide these on and off (which can come in clutch if you’re running late for class!).
Though the sneakers have a super laid-back look, you can elevate them by wearing them with a sleek midi skirt. This flowy black satin midi is a versatile piece that can be styled in countless different ways and looks more expensive than it is.
Play on the sneakers’ black and white color palette with a black and white graphic print tank top that has a rocker edge, plus a silver studded shoulder bag with metal grommets and buckles. Don’t forget a trendy pair of rectangular black sunglasses to complete the look.
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How to Wear Vans with Shorts
Wearing Vans with your jean shorts is a no-brainer, and is an easy-going outfit combo to wear during the summertime.
If you can’t decide on getting a pair of low-top or high-top sneakers, go for the Vans Sk8-Mid sneakers that have a mid-height shaft. This pair features the signature Vans Sidestripe design (fun fact: that squiggly line was originally called a “jazz stripe”), along with suede and canvas paneling.
While any tank top or t-shirt works with this look, I adore this “Mercury in retrograde” graphic print t-shirt that has a fun, retro vibe to go with the sneaker’s aesthetic. Emphasize the t-shirt’s color palette by wearing a red and white baseball hat, and add in some dainty jewelry like small gold hoops.
How to Wear Vans with a Mini Dress
You may think of Vans as an edgy skater shoe, but you can wear these sneakers with girly looks, too!
Everyone needs a white low-top sneaker in their arsenal, and the white Vans Old Skool Stackform sneakers have a versatile design with a fun twist. These platform sneakers are going to give you a boost of height, making them ideal for wearing with short dresses for a leggy look.
For this summery outfit, pair the sneakers with a floral print mini dress with feminine details like a tie-front and flutter sleeves. Its lightweight fabric also makes for a great option for a hot summer day.
Accessorize this cute, casual look with some stacking rings, a trendy beaded pearl necklace, and a faux straw shoulder bag.
How to Wear Vans with a Long Dress
Vans go with short dresses and long dresses alike; even ultra-feminine frocks like this floral maxi dress with delicate lace trim. While you could totally wear sandals or heels with this maxi dress, a pair of Vans Authentic 44 Deck DX sneakers give it a cool, laid-back vibe for daytime wear.
These reissued Vans were originally released as boat shoes, which is why they have a nautical feel with a blue siped outsole and other throwback details.
Add some flair to the ensemble with a pair of retro-looking aviator sunglasses and a layered necklace with pearl flower details.
This outfit would be perfect for a trip or vacation, especially while sightseeing since you’ll be able to walk around comfortably in the sneakers without sacrificing your style.
How to Wear Vans with Jeans
One of the easiest and most iconic ways to style your Vans is with denim. These mom jeans have a vintage look that mirrors the retro vibe of Vans Old Skool sneakers. With the classic Sidestripe design and a mix of canvas and suede panels, these sage green sneakers are too cute to pass up.
This sage green French Terry shacket happens to match the Vans to a T and makes for an excellent lightweight layer in early autumn. Throw it on over your tanks and t-shirts for an instantly put-together look.
Wear this look on campus with some round metal sunnies and your backpack; I like the way this tropical print backpack adds a pop of print to the outfit.
How to Wear Vans with Sweatpants
Go for a laid-back look by wearing your Vans with sweats. A coordinated sweatshirt and sweatpants combination like this brown oversized crewneck and plush fleece joggers is as on-trend as it is comfy.
Wear them with a simple gray cotton tank top and a pair of leather Vans Sk8-Hi Tapered sneakers in a light color. These high-top Vans have a more slender, fitted silhouette compared to the traditional Sk8-Hi shoes for a sleeker look.
Give this relaxed ‘fit a trendy touch by wearing a trucker hat (this Boys Lie corduroy trucker hat matches the look perfectly) and a gold chain necklace.
How to Wear Vans to Go Out
Yes, you can totally wear Vans for a night out on the town, so ditch the heels –– a pair of Vans Old Skool sneakers are way more comfortable to dance in, anyways!
Dress the sneakers up with a sleek pair of faux leather straight-leg pants with a high rise and a cute crop top. Elevate the look with an oversized blazer worn over top, along with some chunky gold hoop earrings.
This ensemble is giving major cool girl vibes, with just the right amount of edge.
How to Wear Vans with Pants
Cargo pants and utility pants are trending big time, and you’re going to see them everywhere this upcoming fall season. Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers look great with these loose-fitting bottoms and add to their laid-back vibe.
These aren’t your regular Sk8-Hi sneakers though –– they’re the ComfyCush version which features a softer, more cushiony outsole that feels like you’re “walking on a cloud.” With added arch support and a moisture-wicking lining but the same classic look, I definitely recommend trying Vans’s ComfyCush line!
Style the look with Y2K-inspired pieces like a cropped graphic print t-shirt to balance out the pants and some trendy wraparound sunglasses.
Complete the ensemble with a canvas buckle mini tote bag that has a utilitarian aesthetic similar to the cargo pants.
How to Wear Vans with a Sweater (Vest)
Head back to school in style with Vans and a cute sweater vest. Though you could totally wear a long sleeve sweater or cardigan with this look, opt for a sleeveless sweater vest while it’s still warm out. This 100% cotton V-neck sweater vest has a cropped, boxy fit that looks great with a pair of high-rise distressed dad jeans.
Keep the look casual with some Vans Checkerboard Slip-On sneakers in duck green for a fresh take on the classic style.
Carry a graphic print tote bag that you can throw your notebooks in, and accessorize with some stylish blue light glasses to protect your eyes from your electronic screens.
How to Wear Vans with Leggings
Black leggings go with just about everything, so it’s no surprise they pair well with Vans.
While basically every pair of Vans sneakers can be worn with leggings, try going for a sporty look with the Pop UltraRange Exo sneakers. This Vans style is made for adventuring, with an all-terrain grip, full support, cushy midsole, and an Old Skool-inspired exterior. They have hundreds of 5-star reviews that rave about how comfortable they are, so you’ll definitely want to add these kicks to your list.
I’m into the pops of white, blue, and pink on this black pair –– play up their fun color palette with a blue active bomber jacket. It’s lightly padded with plenty of pockets, making it a winning choice for days on campus, going on a Hot Girl Walk, or any other outdoor activities.
Throw on a coordinating beanie hat if it’s chilly outside, and wear some crew socks over your leggings –– how cute is this pair that says “Good Karma” on them? Scrunch them down a bit for an on-trend look.