Over the past two years, knowing how to style the Nike Dunk has become incredibly important. The huge increase in popularity of the silhouette in all its forms has thrust it directly into the sneaker spotlight. Now, an entirely new generation of sneakerheads have become fans of the Nike Dunk, putting their stamp on the iconic shoe. With that in mind, we thought it was about time to show you how to style the Nike Dunk properly.
In this guide, we’ll be taking a look at three of the most popular styles of the Dunk: the Nike Dunk Low, Nike Dunk High and Nike SB Dunk. As the three most popular types of the Nike Dunk, we’ll be giving you the tips you need for this Nike styling. When it comes to Nike Dunk outfits, there are a few key things to remember when styling. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, there’s something for everyone to take away from this fashion guide.
Without further delay, let’s take a closer look at how to style the Nike Dunk!
How to Style the Nike Dunk Low
There have been a huge number of Nike Dunks to drop just this year alone. Although it can get a bit bewildering knowing just which pair to cop, there are a few basic elements to get right. No matter what sneaker you’re wearing, you’ll want to wear pieces that complement the footwear. Depending on what colourway you’ve got on, or even what mood you’re in, you’ll want to ensure that your clothes, colours and aesthetics all match up.
Nike Dunks as a whole are on the chunky side of sneakers. With that in mind, you’ll want to avoid anything that’s too fitted as it will highlight the bulkiness of the silhouette as a whole. Nike Dunks with skinny jeans? Probably not a good idea. Now, we’re not saying that Nike Dunks with jeans can’t work, just make sure they’re not too tight. Below, we’ll give you a breakdown of some of our favourite Nike Dunk Low outfits and an explanation as to why.
Nike Dunk Low Outfit for Women
With the Nike Dunk Low “Syracuse” being on the brighter side of the colour spectrum, it’s important to wear tones that really bring the shoe out. The soft orange cardigan pictured above works really well with the vibrant hues of the sneaker to create a nice balance between the two. Slightly baggy denim jeans also add a textural element to the outfit and build a relaxed and casual side to this look. Finally, the gold accessories round it all off, bringing this slick Nike Dunk outfit to a close. Looking for tips on how to style the Nike Dunk Low? Look no further.
Nike Dunk Low Outfit for Men
Another of the first pairs to retro in 2020 was the Nike Dunk Low “Kentucky”. Pictured above with this relaxed look, it’s clear to see how the pieces work together really well. A relaxed fit hoodie and washed sweatpants give this look an almost new grunge aesthetic. The vintage band T-shirt is another item that we’re all for and add to the casual yet well thought out outfit. Finally, the bright blue upper of the “Kentucky” Dunks brings it all together, rounding off a great Nike Dunk style.
How to Style the Nike Dunk High
Now, as you’ve probably guessed, there are some important differences between the Nike Dunk Low and the Nike Dunk High. The clue is really in the names, so we won’t go too deep into that. However, what is important to note is the change in approach to styling. As you probably already know, high top sneakers require a little more thought when it comes to outfits. Due to the higher cut of the sneaker, you can’t just throw anything on.
Nike Dunk High outfits are easy to plan once you get the basics right. Much the same as the Nike Dunk Low, you’re looking for a more relaxed outfit. Being a chunky silhouette, fitted or skinny looks won’t look great here. Cargos, sweatpants or baggy jeans are the perfect complimentary legwear for the Nike Dunk High. Below we’ve included a couple of Nike outfit ideas that we think highlight the perfect way to style the Dunk High.
Nike Dunk High Outfit for Women
Sometimes, less really is more, especially when it comes to Nike Dunk High outfits. Pictured above is a simple yet very effective Nike Dunk High “Vast Grey” look. The oversized puffer and baggy bottoms give the whole ensemble a relaxed outfit without trying too hard. What’s important to note is how the various fabrics also work well easily, something that the tones also help to bring out. The light grey and white used throughout this look is also a real highlight and definitely something we’re a fan of. This is how to style the Nike Dunk, whether it’s a High, Low or SB!
Nike Dunk High Outfit for Men
This is another great example of how to style the Nike Dunk. Although it may be a classic, the “Syracuse” colourway is hard to get right. The bright orange of this Dunk ensure you’ll turn some heads, but it’s the complimentary cream trousers that make a perfect base for the orange to work against. Up top, the black jumper brings a more neutral colour into the equation, topped off with a tan cap to create a solid all-round look. If you’re looking for some Nike Dunk High outfit inspiration then this is a great place to start.
How to Style the Nike SB Dunk
Originally released in 2002, the Nike SB Dunk was the sneaker that really started the Dunk hype back in the day. 19 years later and the Nike SB Dunk is well and truly back at the top of the sneaker world. We’ve seen some pretty crazy Nike SB Dunk collabs over the past two years too, with some being smash hits. From Ben & Jerry’s to Sean Cliver, there really is a Nike SB style lesson for everyone. Thankfully, we’re going to help you out.
What’s important to remember about the Nike SB Dunk vs Nike Dunk is that it’s a little chunkier. The Nike SB Dunk has a puffier tongue, lower profile and more durable construction. Given the wild colourways of the Nike SB Dunk that we’ve seen over the past two years, you’re going to want to keep things relatively simple with your Dunk outfits. The best thing about the Nike SB style is that it comes from skateboarding. Think relaxed looks, baggy jeans and durable cargos. With that in mind, check out a couple of our favourite Nike SB Dunk outfits below.
Nike SB Dunk Outfit for Women
Despite the Sean Cliver x Nike SB Dunk Low being a holiday season shoe, we’re sure people have thought about having Christmas in July. The baby blue, white and gold sneaker is challenging to get right but the neutral tones of the rest of this outfit really work together nicely. A relaxed set of sweatpants in a simple grey create a nice balance between the eye-catching colour combo of the sneaker. The cream Supreme hoodie is also a nice touch, with the baby blue Supreme beanie joining every part of the outfit together.
Nike SB Dunk Outfit for Men
This is another tough Nike SB Dunk Low colourway to style correctly but the outfit above is a great example of how to do it. The various colours, textures and patterns used on the “atmos Elephant” SB Dunk require a little more thought. By using an all-black upper it sets a nice base for the vibrancy of the sneakers to take place. Acid wash denim jeans and a set of black socks complement the look nicely too, ensuring that every element of this Dunk style works well together.
We hope you enjoyed this guide on how to style the Nike Dunk! Let’s face it, the Nike Dunk has taken over the sneaker scene as of late and there are no signs of that changing any time soon. As we edge ever closer to the warmer months, we’re sure you’re already planning your Nike Dunk outfits. If you ever get stuck, make sure you check back to this guide on KLEKTIVE for some help. Head over to the KLEKT store now and cop yourself a fresh pair of Nike Dunks!