Play It Cool

Comfy is the name of the game these days.

It’s cold, and there’s no way around it – the only thing to do is bundle up in as many layers as possible. But – really and truly – all those thick layers don’t mean you can’t still look a little cool with a bit of smart accessorizing, of course.

This week’s Goodwill gem is an absolutely perfect mid-winter find. These lace-up booties are effortlessly cool, with a flat and comfortable sole and styling that plays on old-school military looks. The black leather has a slight metallic sheen to it, giving these otherwise masculine shoes a very distinctly feminine detail. The thin laces are delicate as well, ensuring these booties have a hint of ladylike grace, and don’t come off as all rough edge.

leather bootiesBorrow some ideas from the boys, and take old-fashioned practical styles to brand new heights of fashionable fun.

Keep it simple (but just a little sassy).

With a perfectly fun pair of booties like these that really walk the line between masculine and feminine, you can have a lot of fun with the outfits you choose to wear them with. Make a bold statement by putting these masculine shoes on with an extremely feminine ensemble, like a flowered dress, or go entirely the opposite route, and take your whole look from the guys, with a sleekly styled pair of trousers and a blazer. Here, I’ve decided to stick to the middle ground, and simply gone for something really relaxed and comfy that doesn’t immediately announce itself as way masculine or way feminine. The stretchy, fitted black pants are comfy, and certainly form-fitting enough to show off feminine curves, but not overly girly by any means. On top, another fitted piece in a bright, vibrant blue hue – the only detail on this top that keeps it from being entirely casual (and that makes it look a little more ladylike) is the bit of ruching – a simple detail that ends up really making this look stand out. With my new boots and cozy sweater on top for warmth, this outfit is good to go in no time at all.

royal blue top and black bottomsThis effortlessly cool look takes only a few pieces and mere minutes to put together, but with my brand new booties – in a standout style obviously borrowed from the boys – this laid-back outfit becomes an eye-catching ensemble.


Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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