“Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what it makes it new is the way you put it together.” – Carolina Herrera
According to Vogue US, platform sandals are the shoes for this summer. Well, I’m not going to be one of the people who are embracing this trend cause it is too high for the menopausal me, but for those ladies who are going for it, here are a few ways to rock it:
An easy way to do it is to pair the platform with wardrobe staples, like a jeans skirt and a chambray shirt. And yes, you could do the denim with denim combo or add some other color to your chambray shirt, like a light pink. The platform could be any color, but a brown one is always a sure bet. So, a brown bag. And yes, you can mismatch the bag and the sandals, wearing leather platforms and suede bag. Or vice-versa.
And your favorite sunnies could close the deal. Yep, I intentionally left the belt out. Cause you don’t have to wear one, if you don’t want to.
In this mid-skirt and sweater look you could go safe with a brown platform sandals or fun with a floral or printed one. A burgundy bag to add some color but still within the neutral palette.
And again, some sunnies to play along.
You can also take the boho lane and bet in a flowing top with long necklace or necklaces, a flare jeans, a statement stoned ring and your favorite sunnies. Here the staple brown platform and brown bag.
And yes, you can wear brown bags and/or shoes/sandals and go for a black sunnies. No problem at all.
You can also wear a dressier but not that much dress in white and a printed or in living color platforms. And a small bag in a neutral shade. Because you don’t need to mix and match shoes/sandals and bags. All you have to do is coordinate them. Make sure they complement each other.
Here a two dressed up looks: one with a cocktail dress and the other with a jumpsuit. Both red. But it could be in any color. Black, included. The platform is mix of silver and gold, the perfect match to any dressier look.
The bag is a small one, dressy but not all the way. To give a high-low vibe.
When I was writing the title I misspelled for Funny Bag and after that I thought it was called a Funny Pack. Hehehe But let’s be honest, it is a funny little bag, indeed.
And yes, although the fanny pack is highly practical is not the most flattering bag to wear. For most people. For some, it could actually look even cool. And this was the case for one TV character: Fiona Glenanne (played by Gabrielle Anwar). Back then when Burn Notice was on the air (from 2007-2013) and the fanny pack was still a major fashion no-for-Christs-sake-no, she rocked the funny pack. Or should say hip bag? Because sometimes, maybe for a cooler approach the funny pack is referred as a hip bag. Because that is exactly what a fanny pack is, after all. At least in Fiona’s way. 😉
But anyways, going back to Fiona, if by any chance you want to give a go to this current trend of wearing a fanny pack (that is again a fashion must-have, if you don’t know yet), look for Fiona’s looks for major inspiration. Up to now I have never seen someone wearing a fanny pack (or a hip bag) better than she does. She makes it cool, fashionable, sexy, alluring. Even back then I thought so. And I still do nowadays looking back to her looks. She is my inspiration when I try to make a funny pack wearable. Check for yourself if I am right or not:
She makes casual look sexy with a splash of boho vibe. And of course that you can lower the short/skirt/dress hems till it meets your comfortable zone. Or just bet on your favorite pair of bootcut/flare jeans and a wedge with basic so-you t-shirt or a boho flowing top to rock it. In Fiona’s way.
And last but not least: the kind of fanny pack you choose is highly important. Her favorite fanny pack is very stylish leather one. Take a visual note of it.
“The secret of great style is to feel good in what you wear.” – Inês de La Fressange
And yes, a white sneaker that is flat has a more street vibe than the ones a little bit higher made for running or other exercises. They look more polished and put together.
Having said that, here are 6 ways to wear your white sneakers
With that perfect summer dress. Printed or in a solid color. Short, midi or maxi. Flowing or more body conscious. The same can be said to skirts. They all could make a great duo with a white sneaker.
And yes, the look here is pretty casual but you can give a little upgrade on it. Just have a look at the looks below:
Those looks are a little bit dressier than the ones before but still pretty much casual. The skinny jeans, the tapered cuffed/cropped pants, the leggings… all great options to rock the white sneakers. Other pants like tailored ones, bootcuts and straight pants are also a possibility.
On the top, tunics, flowing tops, sweaters, t-shirts, blouses, camis and shirts are good options. Cardigans, blazers, coats and jackets are all welcome.
One good idea is to pair your white sneaker with an all black look. It gives a chic, dramatic vibe. Or a look with all light shades that makes a much more smooth look, but quite elegant.
Take your pick.
How? Consulting with your mirror every time you go out of your home. Checking your look from front, sides and back. Head to toe. Still and moving. Checking if everything is fine, flowing properly. If there isn’t anything missing like a button or if there isn’t anything weird going on. And if the whole look suits you and the occasion you are heading to.
And you can also consult with it when you try something new, at a store. Obviously. And always check front, sides and back. Head to toe. Still and moving.
If you do it and listen to it, then the mirror will be your best friend on that.
And yes, it is very important to keep all your clothes and accessories for that particularly season at your sight all the way through, so you can maximize your closet options and wear regularly everything you have there. Otherwise, you will not. Trust me on that!
In order to do that, every time a warm (Spring) or cold (Fall) season cycle starts to show up, organize your wardrobe accordingly. Especially if you don’t have much space. In this case, you can pack or store the clothes from the other season cycle and put them in a shelf at the top of your wardrobe or any where you can.
In any case, let the season’s clothes be more at reach, more in evidence so you can see all your options. Because if you don’t, you might waste good look opportunities and even ending up buying something you don’t need and/or already have just because you forgot about that piece hidden in the back of your closet.
It happens. Especially with accessories.
And yes, you should keep a few options for the other season at sight, but in a secondary sight level, like in the far ending of your closet or in the back of your drawer. Things like a cardigan, a sweater or a coat in the warm season just in case you need it. Pick your favorite pieces for that.
“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”
Actually, I should rephrase that and instead say: only buy clothes and accessories that you absolutely loooove. Like, OK, why not? are not really a deal maker. Only loooove is. And if you are not loving a piece, then don’t buy it in the first place.
And yes, sometimes you have an event coming and you may not have a proper shoe or an outfit for it and eventually you end up buying something that will follow in one of those categories. Because that was what you could find at that particular time. OK. Sometimes it is the way it goes. But even in those cases, try the best you can buying something you actually loved. Or at least consider renting, borrowing…
And if you still couldn’t find anything and buying is the only solution, always remember that you can sell the piece afterwards if you are not going to need it for other occasions. This way you can keep your wardrobe on the love vibe.
And speaking of it… keeping your entire wardrobe committed to a love only vibe will help to make you shop wisely and make you save some serious bucks but also this little detail will help to build a wardrobe that you are more likely to wear it all as you should, frequently and happily. Because when we only have pieces that we love available that is the tendency. Just think for a moment in that piece in your wardrobe that you absolutely love the most. That piece that sparks joy (hello, Marie Kondo!), a piece that if you could you would wear it all the time. See? That can actually happen for real if you ONLY have in your wardrobe pieces that makes you feel that way.
Wouldn’t that be wonderful? It would, right?
Then consider this every time you go shopping for something. Only buy pieces that you loooove.
Details are key to maximize your looks. In order to do that you have to understand that details can make (or break) a look, they can differentiate a look so you don’t get bored when repeating an outfit, they can communicate your style or who you are when you have no or little opportunity to do so. Or just don’t want to use words for that.
What do I mean by details? Details can be literally a detail on your top like something sparkling, it can be a message on your t-shirt, it can be how you wear your sweater, your belt, your scarf, your cuffs, your hem, your tucked shirt or even just an accessory per se.
To illustrate that, think about wearing your cuffs undone at its on place, a half tucked, half untucked shirt, a belt buckle a little off its place, a different scarf knot, a bracelet or any kind of so you jewelry,
If you master that you can easily wear to the most everything you have, you can pack lighter because you will get that you don’t need a lot of pieces to have something to wear, you just need the right pieces and the right details.