In Search Of Cute Kicks

In Search Of Cute Kicks

Keds Tournament Mono SneakerIn the latest installment of Things I’m Too Old For Now: I can’t get away with wearing my beloved leather flip flops and flimsy ballet flats to work anymore. We have concrete floors throughout the flower shop, and after long days on my feet, my arches are shot. I know the lack of support is terrible for my legs and back, but up until recently, my desire for cute outfits was greater than my respect for ergonomics.

I’m just not a sneaker person; for years, I only had one shabby pair that I kept around for walking the dog or outside chores.  But these days — *cough* 30s *cough* — comfort is king, and I’m warming up to the look of vintage-inspired trainers paired with straight leg ankle jeans and a tee, and summer dresses dressed-down with easy slip-on sneakers.

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I bought a pair of knit Skechers trainers before Mother’s Day, and spent the entire holiday week proclaiming my newfound foot comfort to my team (bless their hearts.) And now I’m on a mission to add a few more options to my closet that combine fashion and function with cute details like perforated suede, metallic leather, throwback silhouettes, and animal print.

I rounded up some of my current favorites below, and you can click the images to shop ’em! (You can find the blush high-tops at the top of the post here.)

 

 

 

Tretorn Eve3  Tretorn Camden II Metallic Sneakers  Steve Madden Eloise Sneaker

Nike Women's Cortez '72  Adidas Originals Superstar 80s Suede Sneakers  New Balance 996 Sneaker

Tretorn Camden III.jpg  Miss KG Louis Trainers  APL Sneaker in Peach

Sales Around the Web This Weekend

Sales Around the Web This Weekend

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similar sweater // similar cami // jeans // leather flats under $50 // Target sunnies

My Top 10 LOFT Cyber Monday Picks

My Top 10 LOFT Cyber Monday Picks

I was going to tell you to run to Loft.com and snag this sweater before the holiday weekend sale-a-palooza ends, but alas, it’s sold out. {womp-womp}.

I’m really loving LOFT lately; it’s my go-to destination for versatile basics and cute casual pieces for work. Everything is 50% off during their Cyber Monday sale — including sale items — so I rounded up 10 of my favorite LOFT picks, from my own closet and my shopping cart, that are still available online. Just click the images to shop! (Full disclosure: sizing is limited on a few of these.)

Sweaters & Jackets

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I love this throw-it-over-anything cozy cardigan. It’s super soft, and feels like you’re wrapped in a blanket. I wear mine over tees with my favorite hi-rise black skinnies.
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This drape-front sweater was on my wish list for a while, so I happily scooped it up with a birthday gift card earlier this month.
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I could use a casual jacket in my closet this winter, and like the color and faux fur detail of this easy anorak.

Tops

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I love everything about this: the warm white color, subtle texture, and easy fit; this is exactly the kind of top I want to live in this season.
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I don’t have any off-the-shoulder tops in my closet, but I’m on board with the trend (in moderation).
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This feels really versatile: I love the way it’s styled simply here with jeans, and it would work just as well with a pencil skirt or velvet skinnies for a holiday party.

Jeans & Pants

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I love these pants so much I bought them in five colors. Now’s the perfect time to stockpile them while they’re on sale. (A note: they’re cut slim through the hips; I went up two sizes from what I typically wear in their jeans.)
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These straight cropped jeans would be a nice alternative to black skinnies with ankle boots and sweaters.

Dresses & Skirts

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I bought this dress in solid black to wear to my husband’s high school reunion, and I love how versatile it is. It’s the perfect day-to-night LBD.
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Casual day dresses are on my winter wardrobe wish list, and this feels like the perfect “swingy” frock for ankle boots, ballet flats, sweaters, and scarves this season.

My Fall/Winter Wardrobe Wish List

My Fall/Winter Wardrobe Wish List

Part of my Grown-Lady Shopping Rules is making a list of the pieces I’d like to add to my wardrobe each season. I scour style blogs, magazines, Pinterest, and my favorite retailers’ websites and catalogues for inspiration, and try to pick pieces that will play well with what’s already in my closet. My seasonal wish lists are a mix of classic investment pieces, quality basics, and one or two budget-friendly trend items to keep things fresh.

For fall and winter, I’m all about cozy layers, easy relaxed fits, draped silhouettes, and rich earth tones with a few pops of print.

Completer Pieces

In search of: boyfriend cardigans and drape-front sweaters that are long enough to wear with leggings, and a cool throw-it-over-anything suede jacket. (This one is faux suede and under $60 at H&M!)

Bags

I started a tradition of buying 1-2 quality leather bags per year: something fun and colorful in the spring/summer, and a classic neutral carryall in the fall.

Madewell totes are a classic fall staple, and I can’t get enough chic leather backpacks. This one is a pretty good dupe for the Everlane Petra that’s been on my wish list since last year, for less than half the price.

Tops

Gimme all the wrap-front blouses and super-soft layering tees and camisoles, please and thanks.

I need another denim shirt like I need a hole in the head, but this popover style feels modern and easy. Trends I’m loving this season are cold-shoulders (perfect for bipolar Florida winters) and lace-up sweaters.

Shoes

I’m kind of obsessed with suede Mary Janes making a comeback; I love them paired with cropped straight jeans and a cozy sweater.

These leather ankle wrap flats are a budget-friendly version of the $675 Aquazzura ‘Christy’ flats that are all over the blogosphere this year, and I think they’re perfect to wear with skinnies or leggings and a boyfriend sweater. (Which is my fall/winter uniform #goals.)

The other two are fall staples: a fresh pair of suede or leather booties and comfy flats.

Bottoms & Dresses

I usually need to replace my favorite black skinnies around this time each year, and I’m loving a high-waist straight jean right now. I have a great pair from LOFT but I’m seriously considering a splurge on this vintage Madewell style.

My closet is always lacking in day dresses, so I’m on the hunt for easy styles that I can wear under the completer pieces above. My girlfriend swears by Splendid’s tank dresses: they’re a simple basic that are cute alone with leather flip flops in the summer, or with ankle booties and oversized cardigans or leather jackets in the fall.

If I did a fall/winter capsule wardrobe, it would probably look exactly like this lineup. I’d throw in a few more layering tees and camis, and call it a day. You can create so many cute outfits from these pieces, especially when you add scarves and accessories into the mix.

What’s on your wardrobe wish list this season?

(Featured image via Pinterest)