Forget the frills for once. As much as we all love the girly, flowery clothes that appear every summer season, it’s hard not to occasionally miss our straightforward, simple and eternally chic blacks. This summer, take a cue from GoodwillNyNj’s Lauren Haslett, head to Goodwill & fight blistering heat with a baddie outfit. This week’s Goodwill Gem: studded tough-girl shoes.
Black clothes may not have the cheeriness of our summer frocks, but you can’t say they aren’t bold. Black makes a statement and, when worn well, is just as eye-catching as a pale sundress or brilliantly printed floral piece.
Example A: these divinely detailed strappy black sandals above. The chunky heel makes them feel funky and flirty at the same time, and the thick straps that weave up and around the foot add an extra dose of sexy style.
They’re also practical – the heel is so solid and the straps are so secure, these babies won’t slide on your heel as you romp around town from one air-conditioned locale to another (a definite perk for the blister-prone). The metallic studs add a final touch and a bit of edge, making these shoes ferocious as well as feminine – and what more could any girl ask for (from a shoe, anyway)?
Work it, any way you wish. These shoes are a great way to take casual summer clothing up a notch, or an equally fabulous way to tone down a fancy item for a laid-back summer evening affair. You could pair these fresh gems with nearly anything in your summer wardrobe, from tailored shorts to maxi skirts to a pretty silk slip dress.
Or… keep it simple by sporting them with a simple black racerback tank and a pair of pleated, cropped pants in a bronzed neutral. It’s comfortable, cool and easy, yet sophisticated, and the metallic sheen in the bottoms matches that of the heels. The pants’ feminine tie belt adds a subtle girly touch that contrasts nicely with the harder, hipper feel of the studded shoes. It’s the perfect summer look to take me everywhere from the office to dinner to an outdoor happy hour with friends!
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