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Tracee Ellis Ross’ Checkered Dress & Rare Nike Dunks Are the Perfect Example of Spring’s Biggest Outfit Hack

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Tracee Ellis Ross found the perfect spring outfit combo that is about to be everywhere this season.

The “Black-Ish” star previewed one of her on-set looks from the ABC series last night, modeling a checkered red and white ankle-length dress with her signature hoop earrings and unexpected sneakers.

The kicks gave a high-top take on 2020’s buzziest sneaker silhouette, the Nike Dunk, with a paneled red and white upper. Formed with smooth leather and retro-chic design characteristics, Ellis Ross’ choice of rare Nike Dunk High Premiums resell for upwards of $312 to $400 in select sizes at resale site GOAT.

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Nike Dunk High Premium
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Pairing sneakers with dresses is no new craze but it is a trend that is expected to pop in 2021 as the world encounters warm weather again. Blending together the seasonal for sundresses and flowy silhouettes, celebrities and style fans alike are still leaning towards sneakers and flat sandals over heels and tall wedges.

Amidst the current health crisis, the world of fashion is turning towards clothing that provides a sense of comfort and stability with ease of wear; that includes everything from biker shorts and hoodies to retro sneakers like Ellis Ross’s pick. In regards to footwear, there has been an increased appreciation for sneakers and 1990s-style silhouettes — think thong sandals and chunky platforms — as celebrities and fans alike look for familiarity in their shoes.

As for Ellis Ross herself, matching sneakers and comfy sandals to dressed-up duds is an everyday affair. She styles her sleek suits and gowns with everything from Birkenstock slides to Pyer Moss’ buzzy sneakers.

Throughout her time in quarantine, the “High Note” star has used social media as an outlet to connect with her fans about her “Black-Ish” series and about everyday life. And even as lockdown measures have eased, the star has continued to give glimpses into behind-the-scenes style moments from her TV series, as well as real-time looks at her home life and workouts in Asics sneakers.

As a modern style figure, her closet isn’t lacking in designer labels. Some of the luxe brands in her collection include Christopher John Rogers, Loewe and Christian Louboutin. She also has starred in campaigns for Kenzo’s spring ’17 collection alongside Jessie Williams of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Recreate Tracee Ellis Ross’ chic seasonal style for yourself in these pieces inspired by her look.

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CREDIT: Courtesy of Farfetch

Buy Now: Sleeper Gingham Dress, $311.

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CREDIT: Courtesy of Ganni

Buy Now: Ganni Seersucker Dress, $285.

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CREDIT: Courtesy of Nike

Buy Now: Nike Air Monarch IV, $70.

Click through the gallery to check out more of Tracee Ellis Ross’ boldest looks over the years.

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