July 2014

5 Must-Have Shoe Trends for Spring Under $100

Put your best foot forward for spring without breaking the bank with our chic (and affordable) picks for the hottest shoe trends for the season.  From designer wedges to celeb-inspired pumps, here are the shoes you’ll love to wear all spring and summer!

T-strap: Lela Rose for Payless, Women’s Mapleton T-Strap Wedge, $54.99 Available at Payless
A vibrant faux suede wedge in nautical blue and white stripes. The shoe sports a t-strap shape with cut-out, adjustable ankle strap, and a print wedge heel with see-through detail. Looks great styled with denim skinnies, a relaxed tee and a linen blazer or dressed up with a suit pant, blouse and blazer. T-straps have been spotted on many celebs including Mila Kunis, Rihanna and Demi Moore.

Buy Soludos Roso-Red/White Stripe Espadrille, $29

Buy Soludos Roso-Red/White Stripe Espadrille, $29

  • Inspired by centuries of Mediterranean living
  • The natural Jute sole and all cotton upper creates a shoe that breathes

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Cool Color Trends to Wear into the Fall

These fives staples rocked the summer season and will continue to be huge into the fall. Here are our top tips for helping you transition these style splurges into the colder months!

Red – Red is going to be a huge color come autumn. Find a variety of reds in different shades and textures so you have the option to be bold, soft or glamorous. A great signature red item to invest in for the fall would be a pair of red shoes like the Lucia Suede Platform Wedge ($198) from Ann Taylor. The suede will be a fab fabric for colder weather and these shoes would pair well with a wrap dress.

Blue/Teal – Blues and teals are perfect for transitioning into September. Buy accessories in these cool tones to add the perfect finishing touch to your overall look. A set of bracelets like Chamak by Priya Kakkar Bangles ($58/4 at Nordstrom) helps lend a pop of color to your outfit while also displaying your trendsetting style.

Colorblocking – Colorblocking has been a big summer trend that will continue well into winter. You can wear this style in a two-tone pairing or in a multi-range of colors. To make the look just right for your office, stick to one color and pair it with a neutral. We love this 2 B Rych Colorblock Ponte Dress ($285 on neimanmarcus.com) because it combines nude accents with a burst of bold red!

Leopard – In the colder months, leopard looks sleek and chic! For this coming season, it’s all about bold outerwear that will get you noticed. A sophisticated and more demure style like the ASOS Leopard Coat ($155.15) can work its magic with an LBD or a pair of skinny jeans.

Orange/Rust – Orange and rust shades are the new brown for fall. Use these colors as great neutrals that add an autumn glow to your look. Choose a pretty satin shirt like this Patterson J. Kincaid Harlow Pocket Blouse ($98 on bergdorfgoodman.com). The burnt orange color will work well at the office when paired with a navy pencil skirt and can easily transition to a girls night out, too!

Have you tried any of these trends yet? Will you be wearing them into the fall season? Which one of these is your fave?

-Chastity Palmer Davis from GlitterBuzzStyle.com

Chastity Palmer-Davis is the beauty/fashion writer behind GlitterBuzzStyle.com. GlitterBuzzStyle provides women with personal styling tips, the latest fashion trends, beauty reviews and sale alerts. Chastity’s love for fashion and the entertainment industry has given her the opportunity to contribute to Honey Magazine, work for television show Full Frontal Fashion and cover backstage press for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Fall’s Best Footwear Under $200

If you’ve done any shopping lately, you’ll see that Summer’s gone and we’re onto Fall.  As such, I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from people asking what’s going to be hot for the upcoming season.  Therefore, I’ve decided that over the next few weeks I’ll be writing several Fall fashion posts.  Let’s start at the bottom: footwear.  All of my selections are modeled after the runways of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Alexander Wang and Doo Ri.  But I’ve scoured stores and sites to bring you more affordable versions  on a budget.

1.) Heeled Loafers:

Update the classic loafer by adding height.  The higher the chicer.  This pair from Charles Albert ($49) is made from synthetic materials (Vegans out there might opt for this) and comes in a nude color.  Check off two trends with this heel.

*I suggest removing the ankle strap for a cleaner look.

If you’re looking for a different option, check out these Ann Taylor loafers ($198).  They’re sold out online, so pop into a store near you. I’m a big fan of the tassle and neutral colorblocking.

Buy Now, Charles Albert Loafers, $49
Buy Now, Ann Taylor Myra Platform Tassel Pump, $198

2.) Skins:

This season, the more exotic the skin, the better.  This pair from Asos ($129.29) is a perfect option.  The taupe suede platform bootie has just the right amount of python to peek out from beneath your bells.

*If you’ve never checked out Asos.com, a British e-commerce site, you simply MUST.  Items are reasonably priced and there are constant deals running that entail no tax and free shipping.

Buy Now, ASOS ACT Suede and Snake Effect Platform Boot, $129.29

3.) Combat Boots:

These boots from Aldo ($160) are a double whammy. They satisfy the want of a combat boot, while having the need of comfiness.  The tractor soul adds a durable factor.

Buy Now, Aldo Belfiglio Boots, $160

4.) Shearling/Fur Lining:

Synonymous with comfort, Aerosoles has done it again with its take on fur.  This must have for fall ($140) is not only practical in all weather, but you’ll look stylish while staying dry.

5.) Animal Prints:

These flats from Kelsi Dagger ($89) are not only my pick for Fall, but they have the Rachel Zoe stamp of approval as well.  As the temperature begins to drop, pair these with knee highs or tights.  The patent leather toe adds a touch of elegance and breaks up the all over print.

*Don’t hesitate to mix your patterns this Fall.  You’ll be right on trend wearing your nautical stripes paired with animal prints.  Throw on a chunky necklace and you’re good to go!

Buy Now, Kelsi Dagger Jordi Ballet Flats, $99

Lindsay Brooke Weiss (Cohen) is a fashion and accessories editor and on-air style expert. She was previously Haute Living’s editorial director, Niche Media’s fashion and accessories editor and fashion editor for L-Atitude.com. Lindsay has been a frequent contributor at styledon.com and is a regular guest stylist on NBC’s “Gossip Gram.” For more articles from Lindsay, check out her site!

Buy Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Stickicon, $7

Buy Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Stickicon, $7

  • Works to prevent against blisters and irritation
  • The easy, glide-on application acts as a buffer between your skin and the shoe without leaving any residue

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Steal Reese Witherspoon’s Style

Reese Witherspoon, star of Legally Blonde, Walk the Line and Water for Elephants, is always praised for her style and great fashion sense. Here’s how to recreate Reese’s look for under $200:

Buy Now, Tulle Belted Dress, $45
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Buy Now, AMI Clubwear Tan Faux Leather Wedge Sandals, $24.99

Buy Women’s Dolce Vita for Target® Rope Wedge Sandals, $29.99

Buy Women’s Dolce Vita for Target® Rope Wedge Sandals, $29.99

  • An updated version of the gladiator sandal combined with a classic espadrille wedge heel
  • Pair with simple sundresses or with skinny jeans

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Buy Steve Madden Riddgge Wedges, $100

 

Buy Steve Madden Riddgge Wedges, $100

  • Simple and stremlined
  • Easy to wear with all your summer clothes

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Buy MICHAEL Michael Kors Juniper Espadrille, $140

Buy MICHAEL Michael Kors Juniper Espadrille, $140

  • Classic wedges
  • All you will need when paired with a maxi dress or white jeans

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My Quest to Find Pierre Hardy for Gap Shoes

Pierre Hardy

I’ve been obsessed—literally, obsessed—with getting my hands on the Pierre Hardy for Gap black suede lace-up wedges since the collaboration was announced at the end of the summer. So obsessed that I’ve been saving a little stash of money for the pure purpose of chasing down the shoes, and have restrained myself with quite some difficulty from buying a less adorable yet more easily accessible look-alike. So you can imagine my despair when their release date was pushed back from October 19th to October 28th, my elation when the date was moved up again to October 25th, and my utter despair when on Monday the sales associate in the Gap flagship on Fifth Avenue told me the shoes would not be available until the next day, October 26th. Adding to this desperation was the fact that only 8 or 9 pairs of the shoes would be available in their respective sizes, which would not be a huge issue except for the fact that I was blessed with the most average of shoe sizes. I instantly checked Racked for an update on their quest for the shoes. I have to admit I was a little relieved to hear that they hadn’t found them yet either.

You would think that this would all be enough to derail me from my journey to Pierre Hardy awesomeness, but I guess you can’t stop shoe-crazed inertia. With only a glimmer of hope I decided to check back into the Gap on Fifth Avenue after work on the 26th and instantly tracked down the nearest sales associate, begging for merely a glimpse at these most elusive of shoes. He stated that only two pairs remained and asked for my shoe size. I answered with a range of 38.5-39, to which he replied, “Let’s hope you fit into this 40” and opened the gates of heaven.

And then there they were in all of their wedge-heeled, peep-toe, lace-up glory. I just knew they would fit, or knew I would convince myself that they did. I slipped one on my foot (the foot that is a little bigger than the other, of course) and was sold. Before any other Pierre Hardy fans could rip them away I proceeded to the register and purchased the covetable wedges for a slightly steep but totally worth-it $195. I sit here now in my new Pierre Hardy for Gap shoes, feeling quite proud of myself.

If you weren’t as desperate (or crazy) as me about getting your hands on these shoes and missed them in stores, don’t fret. Apparently shipments on the shoes are slowly trickling into Gap stores in major cities including NYC, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Good luck tracking them down, and happy shopping! —Kate Bryan

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