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February 25, 2012

Feeling Spring

Spring fling


So, despite the glorious weather, I still haven’t fully been feeling spring fashion…not sure what *that* is about but the spring previews and goodies that have hit the stores so far haven’t really been leaving me feeling very jazzed about the trends.  Colored jeans, lace, shaker knit sweaters in washed pastels or neon brights, and color blocking (everywhere!) are all good, but not terribly NEW and nothing has shouted out “you must take me home”.  How can that BE?!  I LIVE for Spring (okay, and Fall) fashion!  But then I saw (and, ahem, bought) these sandals.  These lovelies, from Poetic License gave my spring fashion season inspiration a serious kick start.

As cute, almost fey, as these are, they have endless possibilities.  The retro platform style lends itself well to boho, girly retro and even urban looks, and is especially great with all kinds of pants. The metallic braiding lets you go glam.  And the print!  An on-trend floral that is just abstract enough to span the range from girly to more sophisticated styles. With a combination of colors that just BEGS to be worked with – au courant coral and aqua, basic white and tan and a sprinkling of tangerine, red and kelly green, this is one of those times when you really want to go matchy-matchy and play with it.

I have already found quite a few items in my own closet that are going to be great with these shoes.  They will bring new life to some old favorites and update them just a bit while tiding me over until more spring goodies come out and really get me going…or not.    

So what can you do with these darlings?  Well, here are a few ideas to get rolling into the spring and summer vibe:

  • Urban Girl – go urban with a girly wink – pair up super on-trend coral denim jeans with a floaty tank and then layer on this divine suede cropped moto jacket.  Add a striped scarf and this fun kelly green bag for pop and to keep the outfit from being too bland.
  • Boho Babe – Combine these floaty palazzos with a slouchy tunic sweater and a fun metallic chain belt then stack on some bangles in fun colors.  You can dial the glam factor up or down with the accessories.  Not loving palazzos?  There are a ton of cute maxi dresses or skirts that will also hit the mark.  Keep the details dialed down when the volume of the fabric goes up to allow the shoes to remain a focal point.
  • Retro Girly – This is almost too easy – spring always brings great girly options.  These sandals would be perfect with a retro sundress – think halter or sweetheart neckline – in white or one of the pastels from the print.  Pair it with a sweet cardi and a lady-like structured bag with girly details like bows and ta-da!   
  • Uptown Girl – My personal fave.  I would take chic white trousers and add a great jacket or top in a sunny color with some refined details.  I loved the piping on this jacket – so fun.  For this look a light-weight tweed jacket in coral or aqua (I have seen a few out there) would be good too.   Layer a second color underneath for visual interest.  In all cases keep the details simple but present so the look doesn’t get too busy.  Then grab a wow bag – the always lovely Valentino comes immediately to mind, or this sensational Anya Hindmarch woven bag in platinum and Hello!   

I also think the print would work well with some subtle pattern mixing – like the tweed I suggest above, or another big trendy look, stripes.  This is where you would definitely want to go matchy-matchy to keep the look cohesive and not too crazy.  There is a Ralph Lauren boatneck sweater in that gorgeous aqua with a white stripe – perf!  Again the key to making this work will be in the balance between details. 

These shoes, are a perfect example of what I mean when I talk about a special piece that is a key building block in your wardrobe – they are singular and distinctive while still being so amazingly versatile.   When you first see them you think “what the heck will I wear these with?” or “these would be cute with jeans” but if you let yourself play you will find tons of other great options.  Most of the items I selected are relatively basic pieces that, when mixed and popped with the sandals become great outfits.  All adding up to the very best in outfit “math” and a terrific way to get into spring.

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