The go-to boots for transitional weather, especially that pesky Summer to Fall weather, are hands-down them ankle boots. Or booties. Or whatever the heck your kids are calling them these days! And aside from being one of the major shoe trends in & of themselves for the past few seasons, the amazing thing about women’s ankle boots is that there so many available in stores right now that it’s difficult not to find one that doesn’t manifest a specific Fall 2014 shoe trend. But what are the shoe trends for Fall 2014, one might ask? Well, as it so happens, I have the answer in the form of pretty booties to satisfy every woman’s fashion fantasy! From the chunky heeled boot to cut-outs to wine-hued selections, below is the roundup of the top 10 on-trend & affordable ankle boots for Fall 2014; all under $300 (most well below $200). And they’re beautiful, really. So watch out, you might want them all….right after the jump!
Leopard Print Shoes: c/o InStyle for Nine West. Skinny Jeans: Gap (similar). Mustard Trench: Zara (love this). Lace Top: Zara, old. Croc Purse: vintage (similar). Spike pearl & rhinestone bracelets: Aldo (similar). Gold Rings: Aldo. Bow Bracelet: c/o Sammy Dress, get it here. Necklace: Winners (similar). Nail Polish: OPI
Leopard print shoes (specifically in the form of high heels) have been an ongoing obsession of mine for the past 4 years. Yep, that’s a long friggin’ time, people! It’s like no matter how many animal print shoes I own, I just want more (leopard print ones specifically and even more so for Fall! Which makes sense, given that they are one of the major shoe trends this season.). And designers & brands are not stupid; they’re perfectly cognizant of the power that leopard print anything clothing related, really, have on the psyche of women. So what do they do? They keep proposing the fun versatile print in different styles of high heels, boots, sneakers & sandals, not to mention the various colours/patterns of the leopard print print, itself. So different have these patterns become that I’m sure that in some cases, zoologists would likely no longer consider them to be a “leopard” print, but possibly a “cheetah”, “random cat” or even an “alien” form of design. But then again, I’m no scientist! Technicalities aside, the print that keeps on giving, becomes the print that keeps on selling and myself: the leopard print shoe & fashion victim that keeps on buying.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, leopard print is now commonly considered a neutral. Nothing highlights this fact more than its ability to mesh with even the brightest of colors. Remember when we used to pair crayola brights with slack/brown shoes & handbags for aesthetic safety reasons? We’ve thankfully come a long way past those boring days of dress! One could even argue that the print of all mothers, the mother of all prints, Ms. Leopard, has in fact taken the place of these “safe” shades. And just as well, as it makes dressing so much more fun and whimsical! Leopard shoes are, of course, the most exciting of the animal printed fashion items. Nope, I have no points to back that statement up: that’s just my extraordinarily shoe-biased opinion! Anyhoo, if you’re up to pairing some various colors with your leopard print shoes this fall, my suggestions are below:
How to Wear Leopard Print Shoes with Bright Colors this Fall:
- Do pair bright colored bottoms (best are red, green, blue) with the classic brown/orange based leopard print. The brighter the better!
- That being said, do avoid browns & burgundy: they’ll wash out the pretty print right off your feet
- Do mix with ankle-length pants & midi skirts in cool-toned pastels such as lavender & baby blue
- That also being said, avoid mellow yellow, baby pinks & peach tones. They won’t do the leopard print as much justice as it deserves!
- If you’re uneasy with mixing leopard print + more than 1 color together, opt for bright blue/cobalt skinny jeans like I did and keep all other clothing neutral
- With many colours + leopard print shoes, it’s best to keep larger purses to 1 solid shade & opt for chocolate browns to almost-blacks
- Confused? Bewildered? Do ask me questions in the comment section, below & I’ll try to help as best I can!
What’s your favorite color to wear with leopard print shoes?
Photography by Leonard Chen
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xo Cristina M.
Want to wear a jumpsuit, specifically a black jumpsuit to a wedding? Or to a cocktail party? Can you even? Yes, yes you can! Of course, what shoes you choose to style with said jumpsuit is of utmost importance! Now, I’m a fan of the wearing a simple black jumpsuit when it comes to going to a wedding or a fancy affair. And I’d better know how to do it by now: I’ve had this black jersey jumpsuit for years & lucky for me, they’ve become quite the staple fashion item! So why not wear one with dressy accessories & make it feel a little la-di-da?! The great thing about these full-length rompers is the ability to dress them up for such occasions (as well as the ability to dress them oh-so down!). Normally I love wearing one in lieu of a tracksuit just for bumming around the house, but this time around I decided it was time to dress it up a little. To make that little black jumpsuit feel a little important
So enter these towering 5″ rose-gold stilettos by ZIGIny, generously gifted to me by Underground 30 (where you can find shoes for $30 or 30% off & free shipping in Canada!). The detailing on these t-strap stilettos is quite impressive: mirror metallic leather uppers with lace-insert bows & crystal appliqués with multi-size spiked studs. Yeah, that was a long run-on sentence! They’re sexy, they’re aggressively feminine, but be warned: these are sitting pretty only shoes! Although these heels have a lot going on, the fact that they match my skin ton,e make them subtle & delicate & don’t over power the black jumpsuit. Because we’re no longer living in the 80s here, people (albeit many would love to beg to differ. That’s what the comment section is for!).
I also played matchy-matchy with a metallic rose gold & beige clutch from GAP, along with a chunky vintage bracelet. I picked up this specific black jumpsuit in Italy from Carla G, but I’ve found some almost identical alternatives, pictured below (end of post). And yes, thanks for noticing: bras are optional, but not for the faint of heart! I’d suggest a jumpsuit that is not as revealing if attending a wedding or even with a more conservative crowd, or to simply wear a tube top underneath (American Apparel has some excellent choices). So here’s my round-up of tips on how to dress up a black jumpsuit for a wedding or special occasion:
How to Dress up a Black Jumpsuit for a Wedding or Party
- Do pick a flattering, simple black jumpsuit. Make sure at least the top or pant portion is somewhat fitted. We don’t want you looking like you’re wearing a black sack!
- Stretchy jersey jumpsuits are great as they wrinkle very little & offer unparalleled comfort.
- If think you might get chilly, a black tuxedo-like blazer or shawl (pashmina-style) look most elegant.
- A high heel style that won’t overpower the jumpsuit work best. These minimalist high heel strappy sandals from Stuart Weitzman or Steve Madden are personal favourites.
- Steer clear of round-toe pumps or high platform shoes: they’ll look too clunky.
- Blush tones, simple black or white are the best high heel colour choices.
- Pick a medium to small sized clutch that has a some shine or sparkle to it. Texture is even more important if you’re opting for a black one to match the jumpsuit!
Photos by HZD Photography
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Vintage Loafers: vintage Sergio Rossi (similar + love these). Black Jeans: Gap. Camo Tee: Joe Fresh (similar here + here). Purse: Emma Fox (black version + similar). Necklace: Banana Republic, old. Gold Watch: Aldo (similar). Gold Rings: Aldo.
Fashion loafers (vs. the traditional “penny” variety) are once again a trendy shoe item for Fall and I’ve been lucking out for the past few seasons with these black vintage Sergio Rossi slippers. Yes, they are astrology-themed & although I’m a Sagittarius myself, the gold graphic is based on the Leo sign. Makes me wonder if they created them for each astrological sign, or if Leo (“Leone” in Italian) is based on Sergio Rossi’s birth date? Maybe I’ll look into that at a later day, but for now, all I know is that these horoscope black flats were a creative print idea. The great thing about them is that they easily take me from day to night & match my wardrobe so well that I’m almost scared of walking in them too often in the fear of wearing them out! Of course, they look best with black pants, so that the gold print stands out most, makin them an ideal match with gold accented accessories. These shoes are quirky and like most rare vintage finds, it’s hard to find something extremely similar. That being said, I did dig around a little to see what quirky, flats are available for purchase online & was pleased with the results. Chiarra Ferragni & Charlotte Olympia’s loafer flats definitely come closes to the look of my Rossi slippers, but I’ve added some less expensive alternatives as well. Take a look, below…
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White Heels – Alexander Wang. Fringe Purse – Winners (similar). Lace Skirt – Zara (similar). White Tank – Gap (similar). Denim Jacket – Gap (similar here, here). Crystal Bracelet: Banana Republic. Chain Necklace: vintage.
It would seem that supposed rules of wearing white after labor day (or rather not wearing white after labor day!) have become obsolete, with countless magazine editorials, fashion bloggers & street style fashionistas wearing either partial white outfits or going full throttle with head-to-toe post-summer white on white looks. But then again, is this really surprising? With the weather having changed so much over the past couple of years, I say the hell with the no white after labor day blabber & wear what you will!
To hang onto the remnants of summer, along with its lighter-hued wardrobe, I recently opted for a primarily white outfit myself, including my newly dubbed “white after labor day” Alexander Wang cap-toe heels, off-white purse from Winners, sporty tank from Gap & white lace-insert skirt from Zara. And although it was rather windy last week (no, my hair doesn’t get all side-swept & wind-blown naturally!), it clocked in the hottest few days we’ve seen all summer, here in Toronto. Since Wednesday, however, the tables have turned, with the torrential rain washing away the last of the summer heat, making way for Fall. And Fall clothes & shoes, which all make the thought of colder months to come, a tad more tolerable, really!
But the question is: will you let the cooler days wash away your sartorial whites or will you keep wearing white shoes & clothing long past labor day?
Photography by: Leonard Shen
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xo Cristina M.