It’s the most wonderful time of the sartorial year. The time when temperatures fluctuate just enough for us to don layers and style shoes in combinations that are unexpected, chic, and absolutely wearable. So it’s no surprise that this season, the style icon of the moment, Doja Cat, is entering the conversation to help us find our footing.
After joining Skechers late last year as its first-ever Artist-in-Residence, the award-winning performer is releasing her inaugural collection with the footwear brand. “It feels really cool [to be able] to create my own shoe with Skechers. To design something inspired by the iconic sneaker[s] my peers wore back in the day—I feel like I am a part of history,” she says.
Along with her new footwear, Doja Cat unveils her latest Skechers campaign, which also features her creative fingerprint. ELLE Exclusive: Here is an insider look at Doja Cat and her vision for the Doja’Lite collection in this exciting video.
Doja Cat reimagines the classic D’Lite sneaker with her newly minted Doja’Lite collection. Launching September 28, all five sneakers are available for $125 a pair and are an artful homage to the original style. Longtime fans will notice the same signature rugged, modern bottom that defined early-2000s fashion, but that’s accentuated with distinct details designed by Doja Cat herself. There are translucent pearlized and marbleized metallic lugged outsoles, premium leathers, snake-embossed patents, and genuine suedes. There is also a distinct color palette, including patent black, off-white, lavender, all-white, and olive green tones.
From early mornings in the office to last-minute date nights, here are five ways to style Doja Cat’s Skechers collaboration this season.
Skechers x Doja Cat: On date night
Take the road less traveled and step into this season’s hottest color: red. A monochromatic faux-leather blazer and pointe pants will make a stylish statement. Keep in mind that you want your pants to hit above the ankle. Since white sneakers will add to your look, you’ll want them front and center.
Skechers x Doja Cat: At the airport
Give your favorite tracksuit or matching athleisure an infusion of cool with these olive green sneakers. Perfect for airport travel days, this pair of Doja’Lite Premiums flips the script on the traditional sporty sneakers and is a nice departure from classic black or white variations. Don’t love loungewear? Switch gears with a white T-shirt, black flared pants, and a beige collared sweater tied over the shoulders.
Skechers x Doja Cat: At the office
Achieving high fashion when heading to work can be a delicate balance. Resist the urge to reserve sneakers exclusively for Casual Friday and start off on the right foot with this black- and-white marbleized pair. The two-inch heel easily replaces the need for stilettos of office years past; we think they look especially fashion-forward with pleated trousers. Avoid flowy tops and reach for borrowed-from-the-boys staples, such as a crisp white shirt, knit sweater-vest, and tailored blazer. Add structure with a leather belt. Top it all off with a coat of burgundy lipstick.
Skechers x Doja Cat: At a concert
The weather might be a bit of a wild card when deciding what to wear to a concert, but there are still ways to create a foolproof formula. Build a fashion-forward foundation with this lavender sneaker. Mix metals like a pro with a sequin halter top, metallic biker jacket, and purse. Step into baggy wide-leg pants. Slick your hair back and opt for a purple smoky eye.
Skechers x Doja Cat: For weekend errands
Ever notice that when you don’t plan your outfit ahead of time, you run into everyone you know? Retire your ill-fitting sweatpants and sweatshirts in favor of a more streamlined ensemble. Conquer your weekend checklist with billowy track pants, a fitted T-shirt, and a bomber jacket. Grab your go-to sunglasses and favorite crossbody (to remain hands-free), and hit the road.