London, Notting Hill

Sneaker Diaries: Vans Old Skool

Photography by Simon Creasey
Emma Hill wears check Zara blazer, black t-shirt, black stepped hem skinny jeans, Vans Old Skool trainers, Gucci GG marmot bag, casual outfit ideas

I asked you guys on social media what sneaks you wanted to see in the 'Sneaker Diaries' series and by far the most highly requested was the cool girl sneaker of choice, the Vans 'Old Skool'.  Admittedly this is my first ever pair of Old Skools and I have to say that now I 'get it'.  I was all over the Converse Allstars, year after year I'd buy the same ones in black and white, but now that Vans has come into my life will this love affair be over?  I wore a pair of Converse for 6 weeks solid on our US road trip so there will always be a special, rather sentimental place for Allstars in my heart.  But when it comes to comfort, these Vans are winning hands (or should I say feet) down.  There's also something that looks a tad smarter about the Old Skool vs. the Converse, I can't quite put my finger on it but it may be down the the fact that mine are fresh out of the box.

You all know the drill, as with every Sneaker Diaries post/outfit I always remained true to my styling rule of thumb; add in a piece of tailoring.  I think to be fair this tends to be my guideline for most outfits but definitely so when styling up something so casual as a pair of sneakers.  This check Zara blazer, which is now doing the rounds on Instagram (I call this the curse of Zara) is standing in as this week's tailored piece.   I've layered it over a basic (but high quality cotton) black t-shirt and adorned my neckline with some of my fave gold necklaces.  A pair of black skinny jeans and Gucci bag finish off the look, which I think is one of my favourites so far from the Sneaker Diaries series.

If there are any other sneakers that you would like me to style then please leave those suggestions in the comments section below x

Emma Hill wears check Zara blazer, gold layered necklaces, black t-shirt, black skinny jeans,
Check blazer, black t-shirt, layered gold necklaces
Check Zara blazer, Gucci Marmont bag black leather medium, cherry blossom petals in notting hill,
gold ring, cherry blossom petals
Emma Hill wears check Zara blazer, black t-shirt, black stepped hem skinny jeans, Vans Old Skool trainers, Gucci GG marmot bag, casual outfit ideas
vans black old skool trainers, black stepped hem skinny jeans
Check blazer, black skinny jeans, Gucci Marmont bag
Vans old skool, stepped hem black skinny jeans, check blazer, Gucci Marmont bag, casual outfit

Outfit Details

Blazer - Zara (Similar here and here)

T-shirt - Rosie HW x Paige (Similar here)

Jeans - Paige

Shoes - Vans

Bag - Gucci

Short Necklace - Missoma

Disc Necklace - Missoma

Long Horn Necklace - Missoma

Ring - Missoma

Bracelet - Missoma

Watch - Cluse

Sunglasses - Ray Ban

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  1. 25th April 2017 / 10:10 am

    Great look! You are so chic and have a great eye for putting outfits together.

    I love Vans, they are super comfy shoes and work so well with a dressy-casual look x

    Emma | Reverie de Paris

  2. 25th April 2017 / 12:51 pm

    love the mix of the trainers with the blazer! I’ve wanted some old skool vans forEVER… not sure why I haven’t bought any yet!

    Laura |

    • 26th April 2017 / 9:56 am

      You need to get some, I’ve only had these for 3 weeks and they’ve changed my trainer game completely. Well worth the 50 odd quid

  3. 25th April 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I’ve just got some Adidas Stan Smiths and would LOVE some style inspiration from my favourite fashion blogger…

    • 26th April 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thank you Zoe, I’ll see what I can come up with x

  4. jane
    27th April 2017 / 9:36 am

    what size is the blazer

    • 27th April 2017 / 9:51 am

      I’m wearing a size M x

  5. 17th May 2017 / 10:39 pm

    This is such a cool outfit! I must admit, I’ve not yet had a pair of Vans Old Skool’s. I’ve got slip ons but I think I’ll have to grab myself a pair of these, especially after seeing how you’ve styled them – I love it!!!

    Gemma x
    The Gem Agenda

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