It's April 1 and what am I thinking about? Shoes! I want every Spring/Summer shoe I see, but, in truth, I'm seeing the same four trends everywhere I look: this Spring it's all about platforms, wedges, flats and oxfords.
Here's a great wedge from Piperlime, in a neutral color that goes with everything you already own -- hence, it's the perfect update. I'd wear these with jeans (straight legs), skirts, and those tiny dressy shorts (if I wore those tiny dressy shorts). Wedges are not good under boot cut jeans or wide legged trousers. Piperlime has dozens of wedges in every style imaginable, priced from about $69 to...well, very expensive.
These gladiator sandals are very "on trend" right now and this particular pair is not too terribly over the top. They're from shoes.com which is a terrific site for browsing shoes by style but which (IMO) plays second fiddle to Zappos which not only has free delivery but has free fast delivery. (Shoes.com delivery tends to take four or five days.) Wear gladiator sandals with jeans, leggings and skirts, but only if you've got nice long legs as these sandals, which rise high on the ankle, can shorten your leg line. Gladiator sandals look especially cute with a flowy tunic-y top and a low slung belt.
Oxfords are a great way to add a little menswear look to your spring style. This ivory/neutral color is very in right now and menswear is always a nice little twist to the usual lineup of outfits. Oxfords are adorable with narrow trousers, denim skirts, and those tiny dress shorts I don't like. Be mindful of wearing another menswear accessory though -- no need to add a vest or heavy belt when wearing these; you want them to be an accent, not a costume.
These oxfords are from Boutique 9, a spin-off of Nine West.
Not feeling the tomboy?
These sweet ballet flats are the way to go! They're from LL Bean which has a new signature line which is younger, hipper and nicely priced. If you've always thought Bean was too traditional I suggest you give them another look.
Afraid blue shoes would be too difficult to work into your wardrobe? Don't be -- when dealing with a color like this, simply pretend it's beige and put together some outfits. That floral skirt? I'll bet these shoes would work with it! The jeans and white button shirt? Yes! Those wee tiny formal-looking shorts? HA! Not really! But trust me, these little lovelies would work with lots of outfits.
Here are two really new looks that you might not have considered but should:
I'm seeing short boots, in lighter colors and softer leathers or suedes absolutely everywhere. These, from Frye (and who knows boots better?) are all over the stores and catalogues. They are never worn with pants -- always a floaty little skirt or dress and socks. I'll admit, it's a tough look to pull off in the spring and summer but I've seen it done well and it's very fashion forward. Don't wear them with tights or leggings -- bare is the only way to go with a summer boot.
Finally, from Urban Outfiitters (the hippie/younger sister of Anthro), the creators of trends:
Platforms. White, cutout, lace-edged platforms. Wear them, after Easter or Memorial Day, with everything you own. Be taller, walk like a model (practice at home) and paint your toenails blue. And get out there and enjoy the nice weather.
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