Story by Radical Yes! Founder and Brand Director, Kerryn Moscicki.
Something we do a lot at Radical Yes is ‘juxtapose’ dressing.
It’s an idea of wearing things that don’t necessarily match and finding the twists that make them bounce.
One of our favorite items in this department is the ubiquitous trainer paired back with man style influenced dressing. It’s a really easy way to look sharp, but feel comfortable for the everyday run around - whether on the school run, in the studio or for your average afternoon power meeting (with kids or otherwise…).
Above: Our Boundless suede trainers in chalk suede. Above right: Bianca Mavrick at work in her Brisbane studio, hand shaping green perspex 'lace candies'.
We recommend a few ways to try this. Start first with a low-cut trainer like our brilliant and timeless ‘Boundless’ toe tappers. We love the Chalk palette in this shoe, accented out with the athletic Green ‘Lace Candy’ detail handmade especially for us by Brisbane artist Bianca Mavrick. The green lends a sporty feel while the chalk upper does the freshness of white, minus the fear of getting them filthy.
Match them with a 7/8th leg pant - preferably with a trumpet finished cuff to show off and slim down the ankle. Some of our favorites include these ones from Bassike (on the more luxe end of the scale), or for a ‘I-still-need-to-pay-my-mortgage’ kind of price, try the basics range from Uniqlo. When wearing with our Chalk palette, we love to match them back with a simple white tee-shirt and fine gold chain (our favourites are at Cleopatra’s Bling) and voila, it’s game, set and match on the daily runabout and one less decision that you need to make in the morning. Winning!
Above: Melbourne artist and textile designer, Abbey Rich in her studio in our tomato red leather, Saturn Returns high top.
But what about high tops? Are they fashion faux-par for the office or can you make them work wear friendly? For us, it’s all about creating contrasts. We can never go past the theatre of monochromatic dressing with a long line skirt (at least calf length) tucked at the waist with a collared shirt to let the high tops be a bright accent at the end. It adds an element of surprise but remains polished. Best of all you bounce like a boxer through your day and that is something we think is quite radical, yes!
See a selection of radical trainers perfect for work or play here.
Above: Jeweller and radical Yes collaborator, Bianca Mavrick in her Brisbane studio wearing our Saturn Returns high top in chalk leather.
Photos by Agnieszka Chabros and Savannah Van Der Niet.