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10 Must-Have Shoe Styles for Spring/Summer

As we eagerly await spring’s official arrival, it’s a good time to take a deeper dive into the shoes and sandals that are buzzing on every style enthusiast’s radar for the warm-weather months.

Below is a quick checklist of sorts to get you acquainted with spring & summer’s most noteworthy footwear styles:

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FLATS

D’Orsay Flats: We love this sleek version of the flat for the office or just adding a dose of refinement to our jeans and t-shirt combos.

Featured above: Nine West Deputy

 

Summer Booties: Opt for something short, simple and easy to mix and match with practically everything in your closet.

Featured above:  Eric Michael Ireland

 

Preppy Flats: Add instant polish to your style with simple, classic details like kiltie and moc toe stitching.

Featured above: Gabriella Rocha Kiltie Loafers

 

Espadrille Loafers: This laidback update to a timeless footwear staple is perfect paired with shorts and summer dresses.

Featured above: Soludos Smoking Slipper

 

Minimalist Ballerina Flats: For work or weekends, it’s hard to beat the utter versatility and feminine style of the streamlined flat.

Featured above: Nine West Mistyray

 

HEELS

Girly Block Heels: Add a little retro vibe with this superbly walkable style.

Featured above: Dune London Mahala

 

T-Straps: Whether on heels or flat sandals, this simple detail instantly elevates your look.

Featured above: Kenneth Cole Reaction Ava Crave

 

Wedge Booties: These on-trend alternatives to heels pairs well with just about anything.

Featured above: Blowfish Byte

 

Sexy Mules: Rethink your heels with this structural version of the timeless mule.

Featured above: Grey City Dwyer

 

Ankle Straps: Ladylike straps look fabulous with knee-length skirts & dresses.

Featured above: Steve Madden Stecy

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Inspired By: Late Winter Layers

It seems to happen to us around this time every year. We’re stuck in this in-between season hoping for warmer weather, looking at our spring pieces longingly while Mother Nature insists on keeping winter around for a bit longer.

To get through this weird not-quite-spring phase while staying bundled up, we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled on the streets for stylish layering masters to keep us inspired. Today’s street style muse takes a cute A-line skirt and layers on a denim jacket under a military-inspired coat. Add in opaque black tights, combat boots and a soft beanie, and you too can to tackle the in-between season like this true pro!

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1. BCBGeneration Circle Skirt

2. Free People Breakfast in Bed Shirt

3. Steve Madden Troopa Boots

4. Echo Design Cashmere Slouchy Beanie

5. Free People Long Indigo Denim Jacket

6. Jack by BB Dakota Welker Microtwill Coat

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Menswear Monday: Business Casual, Updated.

Guys, you may think that mundane Mondays are “business as usual”, but we’d like to invite you to shake up your work week with business casual clothing and shoes that are anything but boring and stuffy! 

For work settings that are more on the laidback side, or if your office partakes in “Casual Fridays”, you can’t go wrong with a great-fitting button-up shirt in either a neutral solid or a subtle print. Pair your button-ups with everyday trousers in a more relaxed fabric like twill or cotton.

Remember: the key to avoiding a sloppy business-casual look is to pay attention to fit. Make sure your shirt shoulder seam sits cleanly right at the shoulders and your pant hem isn’t pooling at the bottom. And yes, it IS worth it to get your workwear basics altered by a tailor if it means the difference between looking casual yet professional and just plain unprofessional.

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1. DKNY Jeans Roll Tab Slub Shirt

2. 7 Diamonds Velvet Morning Shirt

3. Howe Any Fun Woven Shirt

4. Dockers Men's Alpha Khaki Pant

5. Tommy Bahama Denim Authentic Montana Pant

6. Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino

7. Frye Jim Wedge Wingtip Shoes

8. Kenneth Cole Reaction Flat Top Loafers

9. Steve Madden Gameon Boat Shoes

 

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Inspired By: Overall Ovations

You know the saying, “what goes around comes around”? Well, that is certainly true when it comes to fashion. Take the sometimes perplexing overall for instance; some of us may be a little wary of this throwback trend, but with the right combination of chic pieces, it’s actually not that hard to pull off!

Today’s street style inspiration shows off a totally cool and dare we say, grownup take on the retro-inspired flare-leg overalls. By wearing it over a striped mock neck top and pairing with a nice pea coat, the look comes together with an unexpectedly classic twist! Throw on a pair of boots with substantial heels and a whimsical version of the classic baseball cap to finish off the look.

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1. Free People Washed Chambray Overalls

2. Steve Madden Koraa Boots

3. French Connection Future Mover Crossbody

4. Echo Design Baseball Cap w/ Pom

5. Free People Mod About It Tunic

6. Free People Mid Thigh Overcoat

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Menswear Monday: Wear to Work

Whether you work in a super-corporate office setting or in a more laidback environment, dressing sharply for work should always be top of mind. As they say, “dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.”

If you’re more of a corner-office-with-a-view type, a well-tailored black suit is always an essential. Grab a nice wool coat to layer on to and from work. For more business-casual office settings, versatile separates like a grey blazer over dark denim or slacks are key. So are solid men’s dress shirts that fit close to the body but not overly tight.

Stocking your closet with versatile workwear pieces that mix and match well together is really the foundation of a great work-to-dinner wardrobe. It’s all about sticking to neutral tones, timeless fits, but feeling free to throw in a pop of color here and there for interest!

Last but not least, don’t forget the right work shoes! A good pair of classic oxfords or loafers is your best bet for finishing off that highly successful office attire.

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1. John Varvatos Star U.S.A. Filmore 2-Button Suit

2. Ted Baker Balon Wool 3/4 Coat

3. Ted Baker Jonsno Sterling Birdseye Blazer

4. Reef Shawler Fleece Sweater

5. Robert Graham X Collection Central Sport Shirt

6. Perry Ellis Non-Iron Dress Shirt

7. Levi's® Men's Chino Pant

8. Original Penguin Apres Check Suit Pant

9. Perry Ellis Slim Fit Textured Chambray Dress Pant

10. Steve Madden Valencio Oxfords

11. Original Penguin Waylon Oxfords

12. Calvin Klein Bartley Loafers

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Glance Spotlight: Distressed Chic

Give your outfit a cool, lived-in feel with distressed denim and clothing with raw edges. Balance out the rawness of the look by mixing it with some sassy heels and more ladylike or tailored pieces.

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Menswear Monday: Holiday Party Picks

Gents, as New Year’s Eve quickly approaches and holiday party season continuing to rage on at a steady pace, it’s natural that we start thinking about what we’re wearing to all these celebrations.

To help get those wheels turning, I’ve come up with a couple of party looks for both fancy parties and more casual get-togethers.

 

For a dressy event, consider going for a more monochromatic suiting option. Pair a black suit with a grey or dark purple dress shirt and pull it all together with a black tie. Anchor this timeless look with classic accessories—a black tie bar, a black dress belt and some shiny dress shoes should do the trick!

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1. Florsheim Jet Plain-toe Oxfords

2. Ted Baker Richgeo Jacquard Shirt

3. wurkin stiffs Nuts & Bolts Slime Tie Bar

4. DKNY Golden Island Tie

5. Timex Classic Round Easy Reader Watch

6. DKNY Black  Plain Jacket

7. Perry Ellis Portfolio Modern Fit Flat Front Pant


Not going to any fancy parties? Try a cool layered look for those laid-back gatherings with friends and family. Throw on a light vest over a grey sport coat and a white dress shirt topped off with a nice scarf. Keep the outfit casual yet crisp with a pair of dark-wash slim-fit jeans.

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1. Steve Madden Brack Oxfords

2. Calvin Klein Jaspe Textured Sportcoat

3. Calvin Klein Chunky Patterned Raschel Muffler

4. Citizen Watches Black Ion Eco-Drive Watch

5. Levi's Made & Crafted Needle Narrow in Rigid

6. French Connection Off Piste Vest

7. 7 Diamonds Reflektor Long-sleeve Shirt


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On Our Favorites: Silver Belles

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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BB Dakota “Brice” Blazer The perfect dressy cardigan blazer to wear over everything—from jeans and a simple tee to that little black dress for the holidays!

Steve Madden “Artist” Pumps – Instantly take your night-out looks to a fancier level with the addition of these party heels in festive silver.