Fashion: Is it acceptable to wear trainers to work? Try these ones for size

LK Bennett Jana Trainers, £69 reduced from £150, John Lewis

Nervous about wearing sneakers in the office? Here are our top tips:

:: Trainers made out of canvas or knit are less likely to look formal, so start out with leather or suede-look sneakers.

:: Stick to block colours, like whites or blacks, to keep your outfit looking crisp.

:: Statement colours like metallic trainers in gold or silver work well – they make it clear you've made a fashion choice, and aren't just wearing any old pair of gym shoes.

:: Whatever you choose, keep them looking clean and fresh. Bright white laces can make the world of difference. Don't be tempted to put your shoes in the washing machine – sponge off any marks with lukewarm soapy water. If you're feeling particularly dedicated, try Crep Protect Spray, £9.99, to keep them pristine.

Here are three solid styles to try out...

1 River Island white mesh side panel lace-up trainers, £25

2 H&M black trainers, £29.99

3 LK Bennett Jana Trainers, £69 reduced from £150, John Lewis

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