This week’s outfit of the week goes to a look featured on the Peachy Style blog. Courtney looks effortlessly chic in a classy black dress with an asymmetrical hemline. She gives the little black dress all the attention by pairing it with subtle and elegant accessories. The black gladiator high heels add the perfect touch of sexiness! Her black watch and silver rings keep this outfit feeling beautifully edgy! Whether you’re going out to dinner or heading to a party, this look will keep you feeling sophisticated and chic all night! Check out the outfit below to see how you can get a similar look!
By: Jaclyn Parker
Dress: DKNY at Bloomingdales ($175.00), Watch: Victorinox Swiss Army at Bloomingdales ($450.00), Shoes: Jessica Simpson at Nordstrom ($109.95), Ring: Pandora at Nordstrom ($150.00)
This week’s outfit of the week goes to a white summer look featured on a pair & a spare blog. Before the hot summer weather ends, it’s time to wear your favorite white dresses! Geneva is styling a white dress with a small front cutout and a sweetheart neckline. She keeps the look sophisticated and feminine with a bold white and black summer sun hat! This neutral look is completed with black accessories. Her strappy black flats look comfortable and cute. She keeps her look consistent with a black leather handbag and a black leather watch. Check out the outfit featured below to see how you can get a similar look!
By: Jaclyn Parker
Dress: Club Monaco ($219.00), Handbag: Fossil at Nordstrom ($98.00), Hat: Eugenia Kim at Neiman Marcus ($237.00), Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff at Nordstrom ($125.00), Watch: Skagen at Nordstrom (185.00), Nail Polish: Essie at Kohl’s ($8.50)
Christian Louboutin once said, “High heels are pleasure with pain,” and I am sure many women would agree with him, yet they are still willing to withstand the ache if it means looking fabulous. I know I would!
Today, the 4-6 inch heels are no stranger to modern women, but it doesn’t stop there. From wedges to flats to tennies to sandals, women have a wide variety of shoe options. Unlike excessive shopping, no one can blame you for needing those perfect heels that scream, “I am a strong business women!” while still rocking a fresh pair of tennies the next day to run some errands. For whatever occasion, you can find the perfect shoe to pair with any outfit.
In Jennifer Weiner’s In Her Shoes, the character Rose Feller says, “When I feel bad I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good, food just makes me fatter. Shoes always fit.” Now who can argue with that logic?
Just like the way fashion trends constantly change, shoe styles seem to be doing the same. Carolyne Zinko, in her SFGate article, introduces the “flatform shoe.” Shoe companies who specialize in comfort, such as Birkenstock, Teva, and Mephisto have designed these shoes to be “ungainly, clunky, and downright ugly,” says Zinko. They were not meant to be associated with the idea of “sexy.”
Today fashion is gearing towards comfortable clothing, meaning a more loose and casual attire. In order to keep up with this downplayed clothing style, high-end fashion houses took the idea of the clunky shoe and dressed it up with patterns, metallics, and other dressy materials to produce a new high-fashion shoe.
Zinko talks about the wavering opinions on the new style, saying that some stylists are quick to say it’s a fashion don’t, while others think it is a great new idea that will satisfy the tastes of this generation’s consumers.
While I wouldn’t mind having a high-fashion sandal in my closet, I don’t think I will be open to wearing that Dior high-heeled sports pump any time soon.
The option of having a pain-free shoe that is easy to put on and take off, sounds like a great idea that will most definitely target a more laid-back consumer. However, it is questionable how many women will be willing to say no to those stilettos. Would you?
By Marissa Mariscal
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