Relax – it’s summer! It’s time to take it easy, enjoy the hammock, the front porch, the city parks, your best lazy-day outfits – pieces you can wear without a single worry. Lauren hits her local Goodwill for just that. Introducing this week’s Goodwill Gem: Easy Breezy Espadrilles.
Summer calls for a more relaxed wardrobe. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still look chic and stylish at the same time. For a casually elegant ensemble that you can wear from day to night, you’ll need a fantastic pair of sandals like the pair I found recently found at my local Goodwill.
The classic, espadrille-style wedge makes these shoes easy to walk around town (or down the boardwalk) in, even though they have a sizable heel (which will, of course, make your legs look fantastic in your favorite shorts or summer skirt). The braided, textured material of the wedge also gives them a more relaxed, beachy feel that’s just right for summer, and the sand-colored suede of the upper just adds to that look, making this perfect pair to wear with all of your best, breeziest summertime essentials.
A versatile pair of sandals like this one can make any of your go-to summer pieces look even better. But that said, there are summery dresses that seem made for the espadrille. Take, for example, the sweet, somewhat slouchy, soft gray dress I’ve chosen here:
The light, soft cotton material feels like your favorite tee-shirt – exactly the kind of fabric you want to live in during the hot summer months – and the open sides and loose top give it that casual feel we crave in our best summer pieces. The bottom half is more fitted, but to draw attention to that detail and really take this dress from comfy to effortlessly chic, you need a little heel, and this shoe is just what’s needed.
It’s not too fussy and fits with the easy, hassle-free feel that the rest of the outfit projects, but still adds a slightly feminine, slightly more polished edge than a pair of basic ballet flats would.
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