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Re-claim the Cardigan

With the ever-changing and unpredictable weather upon us in the latter half of the year, dressing thoughtfully is of the utmost importance. Considering multiple layers will help you to navigate the in-between season that confuses us all while we anticipate the full effect of fall that lies ahead. Cut yourself a break and pack on the light layers, which will give you the opportunity to shed or add as you need to maximize opportunities for style and comfort!

The comfy cardigan is a classic wardrobe essential that will make life a breeze in any season. Depending on the weight and fabric, these handy sweaters can range anywhere to ultra-bohemian and flowy, to structured and sharp, even to floor length and dramatic. You get to choose what suits your needs the best.

Near-sheer is always a crafty option to add that extra touch of taste to an ensemble on days when the summer seems to be lingering. You’ll give yourself a boost without weighing you down or getting too warm. There will be plenty of time for getting cozy later when the autumn weather is officially upon us.

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Don’t underestimate a lightweight sweater! Although some can be near-translucent, that doesn’t mean that they won’t make an impact. The right top layer can draw eyes from all directions. If you want your entrance into a room to not only be seen, but felt, try a long sweater that hangs to your calves or ankles. Even those extending just to the thighs can make a statement, and you’ll love the feel of the wind when you wear one of these impactful pieces.

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Look dapper with the details, such as a lining or complimentary button color. These little factors go a long way to broaden your spectrum of looks. Cardigans don’t always have to be super casual, and a more structured fabric with small, tasteful details can take your image to a whole new level of snazzy and smart.

Don’t forget the color! Of course, neutral greys, beiges and whites are always a safe staple in the realm of light sweaters; don’t be afraid to venture into the world of popping colors. A vibrant yellow or pink can be just the statement piece your outfit called for, especially if you tend to wear more neutral colors in your tops and bottoms. Have a little fun, and stack colors where you choose. They’ll add dimension to your outfits, and challenge you to pick and pair color combos.

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The most important thing to remember is that, although we can all carry on habits of reaching for our old hoodies and crew-neck pull-overs, there are so many different options for handling the brisk weather like a style-savvy, clever dresser. You’ll love the way you look, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many people notice.

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Artist Spotlight: Timberleanne Ardent

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Timberleanne Ardent, 22

Just a few more days till our TOMS event! We’re going to be having local artists customizing freshly purchased TOMS shoes. Come by and meet the creative Timberleanne Ardent.

Where are you from, Timberleanne?
I am from Lancaster, California born and raised. I recently moved to San Diego within the last year and what brought me here was the unique opportunity to utilize my artistic talents and abilities.

Where did you get your art skills?
As far as training goes, for the most part, I am self trained. I have been an artist my whole life and received training from my father, who is a very talented artist. I inherited his artistic talent.  I have not attended any art schools, but have taken art classes in both high school and the local college to enhance my technique.

What inspires you?
What inspires me most is my family and friends, whom I love and owe everything to. Love is powerful inspiration and most of my art actually is gifted to them most of the time. My portfolio mostly consists of photographs of my artwork because I have given them to family and friends to cherish. I also find inspiration in certain aspects of my life that hold the most meaning, not just family and friends, but also my spiritual beliefs of nature and connection. Also, that little hint of dark side that includes my most favorite holiday, Samhain, or for those who don’t know its original name, Halloween.

How would you describe your artistic style?
My artistic style involves an array of different mediums. Sketching, painting with watercolor, or acrylic, even sculpting. My original works include a lot of dark and demented form of art. The things I pull out of my mind are similar to things one may find in a Halloween store. The style that I have is unusual at best, but I like the frightening things that come out of my head. My artistic style also includes a lot of duplicated works. I can visually duplicate just about anything, characters, animals, landscapes, and logos, anything that I can see. I can scale and resize these works of art just by looking at them and not using graphs. I mainly use this type of duplicate work with my family who always want a favorite Disney character painted, or I use their favorite animal on birthday cards that I make.

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A photo of Timberleanne Ardent in the making of Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe by Timberleanne Ardent, Acrylic on Canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your hobbies and interests?

My main hobby is art. In any form or medium, not only sketching or painting but, sculpting, special effects with makeup, costumes, lighting, and decorating. Any type of craft project is my hobby. My interests include Halloween, and other holidays that I like decorating for…  I like scary things.  Monsters, myths, and magic.

Tell us about one of your favorite art pieces that you have created.
One of my favorite pieces, (I have many) is the first involved painting that I have ever done. It was in high school, and up until that point, I found painting very difficult. It was the first painting that I discovered how to use light values with acrylic paint. I call the piece “My Leopard Painting.” It is an acrylic painting of a leopard in the jungle, by a river. It was a photo off of a calendar that I had to duplicate, and It is the first painting that I was ever proud of. I received the highest grade on it and It has remained one of my favorite paintings that I’ve ever done.

What are your goals as an artist?
My goals as an artist include using my artistic talent throughout my life. I would like to work at a job where I am able to use my art skills in an everyday manner. I have always wanted to be an “artist,” in the sense that I could make a piece of artwork and sell it. In this day and age, there is a wide range of occupations in which I can use my talents: special effects makeup, interior design, architecture, advertisement, product distribution, and my goal as an artist is to obtain at least one of those jobs in my life.

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Flower Skull by Timberleanne Ardent, Acrylic on Canvas

Who are your heroes?
One of my heroes is my dad. He taught me all that I know in art and that is what makes me who I am.

Who is your favorite artist or what is your favorite art piece?
My favorite artist is Leonardo Da Vinci. I love his work and not just his art, but his spirit and inventions.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring artists?
The best advice I can give is practice. Like with anything in life, practice is most important, it allows you to better yourself and keep you going. Also, to follow your heart.  Instinct is important in life and should be used more often.

From flower skulls to cartoon characters, Timberleanne will have you covered. This weekend, stop by our store and get your TOMS painted by her! Other artists at the event include Alex MinchBen Gianas, and Blanca Yanez.

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How to Style Red, White, & Blue

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It’s almost time to celebrate our nation’s birthday! This weekend, you can expect floods of red, white, and blue all over social media. So get ready for all the face paint, festive hats, and flag capes! While there’s a lot to celebrate, some people aren’t into the typical festive looks. Here are some easy tips for celebrating Independence Day without cramping your style.

 

Red Accessories

Red is the color that pops out the most, so use it to your advantage! For example, a plain white tee, blue jeans, and red sneakers is an easy outfit for anyone. For a little more variety, keep your accessories red. Keeping your outfit neutral and letting your accessories do the ‘wowing’ is a go-to styling tactic that works for any occasion and for every style. Why not try it out with our nation’s colors?

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Makeup

A chic and very easy solution to your red, white, and blue makeover is to have your lips be the red item. Red lips are classic, but have always added a very bold look to any style. Casual looks turn sassy and elegant looks turn fierce. Keep your eye makeup simple and show off that pout!

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Another option is to have blue eye makeup. From simple winged eyes to mysterious smokey eyes, you can choose how dramatic or simple you want your look to be. However, we recommend not combining the eye makeup with the red lips. That’ s not to say it doesn’t work, but you just have be a little more careful. Try not to overdo it or you risk looking like a birthday cake. Remember, make up is supposed highlight your facial features, not distract away from it!

 

Patterns

Summer is all about patterns! For easy styling, pick a patterned garment and simply match it with a solid item. It’s an easy go-to solution with any kind of patterned shirt. For the ladies, if you wear a patterned dress, it’s safest to accessorize with solid colors. However, pattern on pattern action shouldn’t be disregarded! Just make sure the patterns contrast enough. Need help with choosing pattern styles? Check out our posts Pattern Names Part 1 and Pattern Names Part 2!

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From Left to Right:

Anthony:         Thwait Shirt by Farah Vintage
Shaidelle:        Esrar Sweater by Desigual
Josell:               Starships Shirt by 7 Diamonds
Elizabeth:        Open Ladder Back Dress by Angie

 

Just a Hint of Color

If dressing loudly isn’t really your style and you prefer something a little more subtle, you can easily incorporate the patriotic color palette in a more comfortable manner. The key? Dress darker! It may seem a little counterintuitive for a festive time, but the point is to make the colors stand out. Think of spot coloring in black and white photos. The result is often dramatic and very effective. The same concept can easily be applied to your outfit! Throw on some grey, step into some black, and just add little hints of red, white, and blue.

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A dark ensemble with hint of bold color is simple and stylish!

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Model Victoria wearing the Heart T-Shirt by Desigual

 

 

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The Right Shoes for 4th of July Parties!

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Independence Day is just around the corner and there’s probably tons of party planning happening right now! Family and friends will be coming in from out of town, barbecue grills are getting ready, and parades are being perfected. With all the preparation in the works, don’t forget about preparing your outfit! More specifically, make sure your footwear can handle the day. Here are some tips in choosing the right shoes for the right kind of 4th of July party!

 

Beach Fun

In SoCal, you can guarantee that the beaches are going to be packed for the 4th of July weekend. For the beach, choices are usually narrowed down to flip flops, sandals, or going barefoot. However, if you’re a non-beach regular, don’t feel like you have to be barefoot. Even though the weather may be gloriously hot and the water may be refreshingly cold, non-beach goers often forget about the sand. First of all, the sand can hold a lot of heat. Second, depending on how close you are to the water, the sand is usually very soft. Basically, that means you’re going to get one heck of a leg work out. Simple flip flops or flat sandals will help you beat the heat and move around a little easier. Wear sneakers if you must, just be willing to deal with them getting a little sand filled.

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Outdoor Picnic

People set up in large parks so that there’s plenty of room for the food and the games. This is not a time to wear delicate materials! For example, we love suede, but they are a little high maintenance and you’ll remember those stains for the rest of your life. We suggest sticking to footwear like sneakers or boots crafted in easy-wearing materials. Additionally, choose something that protects the greater surface of your feet. There may be some prickly grass or overly affectionate mosquitoes out there. For cool and casual sneakers, check out our Lacoste selection for men, women, and kids! Ladies, if you must wear heels, at least opt for wedges. They handle soft ground much better and won’t get stuck in it. They only shoe that should stab the earth are cleats, not pumps!

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Fancy Soirée

Some people just like parties to be a little fancy regardless of the occasion! Even if you’re wearing a formal dress or suit, this is a time to be festive! It’s the perfect time to wear bold footwear and accessories. Even if your outfit is mostly made up of a dark neutral color like black or navy, spice it up with some color. For example, you can still be festive and chic if you wear a solid white ensemble with your shoes and accessories adding the red and blue. You’ll most likely be indoors, so go on ahead and wear those sky heels and stylish oxfords! Need some styling tips? We have some great tips on how to style dresses.

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Firework Watching

Maybe you’ll be skipping the hustle and bustle of the parties and skip right to the fireworks show. While there’s no real reason to wear a specific type of shoe, we highly recommend something that has sturdy traction. Whether you’re in a crowded place or a secret location with the best view, you’ll need to be able to move around comfortably. Also, it’ll be night time. Regardless of where you are in the world, the temperature can drastically drop at night. So prepare your feet accordingly! You can’t go wrong with rubber outsoles. Sneakers are the obvious pick, but if you still want to tweak your style, try out some boat shoes. They are always a summer favorite! We have a great Sperry Top-Sider collection that are stylish, comfortable, and have very durable outsoles.

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How to Style Dresses

Styling is all about mixing and matching! There a lot of things to consider, but to easily style dresses there two areas you should focus on: the cut and the accessories. The accessories alone can dress up or dress down any look, but the right cut can really complement your figure. With summer in full gear, effortless style can truly be effortless if you add these tips to your stylish bag of tricks! Check out our dress collection from Dex for more inspiration!

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Model Phoebe Wearing a High-Low Dress from Dex

 

The High Low Hem

The high-low hem is a super trendy look these days. They’re flirty, elegant, and perfect for summer! However, the hem can make you seem shorter because the shape flows downward. So it’s a good idea to add some extra height. As you can see, our model, Phoebe, is wearing the Triss sandals by Tsubo. She’s already quite tall, but it adds a little more length to her legs to even out the hem. For casual looks, hair with soft waves and chunky bangles are great for the beach and outdoor lunches. The hem on more formal dresses are already a bold statement. Keep your jewelry simple and have your hair in an updo for an overall look that’s elegant, yet feisty!  

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Image from Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

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Model Phoebe wearing aDex Striped Convertible Dress/Skirt

 

 

Going Strapless 

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and our model, Phoebe, are wearing two very different strapless dresses with two very different hair lengths. When you go strapless, all the focus is drawn to your shoulders, neck, and face. In both examples above, these ladies let their natural attributes shine! For bolder looks, choose statement earrings or a statement necklace, but not both. It could result in looking cluttered rather than complementing your shoulders!

 

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Model Phoebe wearing Tropical Floral Dress from Dex®

 

 

Short and Chic 

Short hems elongate the legs for women of all heights, but not all short lengths are equal! For shorter women, hems that come to the knee can make you look shorter as your body may look disproportionately longer to your legs. We recommend hems that stop at least 2-3 inches above the knee. On the other hand, taller women face the issue of “showing too much leg” simply because of their height. The safest measure for all heights is to aim for hems that at least drop to the mid-thigh. It’s still elegant and sexy without seeming scandalous.  

 

 

 

 

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This style of dress isn’t usually a casual one whether it’s sheer, short, long, fitted, or loose. It’s too elegant to be just some ordinary dress. The accessory that will make the largest impact will probably be your purse! Bigger is not better in this case. Colors and patterns aside, the shape and size of your purse will pull the outfit together. In most cases, you should opt for a clutch or a small purse with a skinny strap. However, casual long sleeve dresses, like shirt dresses, are casually chic and fit nicely with bulkier bags.

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Model Phoebe wearing a Striped Maxi Dress from Dex®

 

Maxi Mayhem

Maxi dresses are a favorite for two major reasons: they are super easy to wear and transition seamlessly between seasons! They’re usually constructed in light weight materials with a hint of stretch fabric. It’s easy wear for summer and for colder months you just add on the layers. Maxi dresses are really easy to style too, especially solid colors or simple patterns. Since they are full length, you’re styling around a bigger space. You can almost over accessorize and still have an awesome look. Statement jewelry? Great! A denim jacket with a chunky bag? Fantastic! With maxi dresses, it truly is all about mixing and matching accessories and layers.  

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TwoTen Event Recap

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On June 4, 2014, the Two Ten Footwear Foundation held their YP210 (Young Professionals for 210) annual party in New York City. Designer Studio sponsored the event alongside Lacoste and many others! The YP210 Bring Your A-Game Party was a night of fun and entertainment that raised funds for communities within the footwear industry including footwear families that are in a time of need. Such festivities included having drinks with friends, dancing, art sketches, and playing games like beer pong, mini golf, and a giant game of Jenga.

As always, it’s a pleasure to run into the Lacoste Croc!

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We absolutely adored the sketching tables! These talented artists were all about style, fashion, and caricatures!

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Here’s a closer look at their handy work.

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To learn more about the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and communities like YP210, head over to www.twoten.org. They’ve been assisting footwear communities since the 1940s! If you or someone you know is in the footwear industry, know that the Two Ten Foundation is about “Shoe people helping shoe people”.

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Gift Ideas for Dad

Dads. They battle the monsters that live under the bed, scare away boys, and embarrass you in front of girls. A guy that can do all of that doesn’t deserve a cliche gift like a tie. Here are some gift ideas for all the great dads out there!

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The Perfect Match

Nothing is quite as adorable as wearing something that’s dad inspired. Maybe you can cheer and jeer together while representing his favorite team during the FIFA World Cup. Perhaps you’ll wear cowboy boots to dinner because your dad refuses wear anything else. While it’s super cute with young children, it turns into a hilarious ordeal with older ones! They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. It’ll be a great story to share and be an awesome bonding experience!

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His Day, His Games

Whether your dad is into video games, sports, or nature strolling, take part in his favorite activities! Don’t worry about if you’ll be able to keep up. Just have a good time and he’ll have a good time too! The point is to do something for him and he’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness. He gets to do what he loves, while spending time with the people that matter most. It’s a win-win! 

 

 

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Adult life has a lot to do with compromise. Vacation may turn into a “staycation” and car payments may trump concert tickets. This father’s day, forget about what he needs and give him something that he wants. That’s not to say you should throw your entire life savings into buying him his own private island, but rather something your dad has had his eye on and hasn’t been able to get for himself. Maybe he’s been wanting a set of new golf clubs, a new G-Shock watch, or a seven-course dinner. Show that you’ve been paying attention, even though he’s been busy.

 

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Sometimes parents spend all of their time working. Even weekends can be full of planning, visits, and school events. Is your dad a busy bee? Maybe he just needs some R&R! Seriously, who wants to say “no” to a nap and not doing the dishes? Try giving him a day where he does nothing. No chores, no worrying about the bills, no anything. Just a relaxing day at one his favorite hangouts, at home, or a spa. The only worry he should have that day is whether or not he wants dessert after dinner.

 

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Shirts are go-to gifts for dads and we’re always talking about the differences between fashion and style. While there are things out there that look like “dad” shirts, your dad deserves something that really matches him. For example, if he’s the type to roll up those sleeves and get down to work, don’t get him something where he has to monitor how much he sweats. If he’s a 7 Diamonds guy, but doesn’t like polos, stay away from a polo. Get him something that truly fits his style and not yours or anyone else. 

 

 

Let us know if you have any gift tips and tricks you’d like to share. We’d love to hear from you! Happy gift hunting!

 

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Shoe Styles: Then & Now

From traditional looks to Lady Gaga, every trend has a starting place. Fashion will often reinvent itself to pay homage to the original while adding contemporary twists. While your shoe style shows off who you are, even the most glamorous of styles come from unexpected roots! Here are 6 shoe history facts about some iconic styles!

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Shoes: What They Say About You

Shoes aren’t ordinary accessories. Most people consider them to be something that simply complements an outfit. However, we think that these beloved pieces are one of the most expressive items that not only show off your style, but your mood and personality. They are the glue to an outfit, the last piece of the puzzle, the punctuation at the end of a statement. Shoes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but here are some examples of what your favorite shoe trends can say about you.

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HEELS: Confidence

Heels look fabulous, are slightly dangerous, and exude confidence. It has little to do with what color they are or which designer you’re wearing, but that it physically changes you. Whether the heel is comfortably low or sky high, you look and feel great in them! You literally rise to the occasion with a few inches added to your height. Your shoulders tend to pull back, your posture straightens, and you wear them with full disclosure that your feet may seriously ache within a few hours.

 

 

 

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WEDGE: Go-Getter

It’s no secret that it’s much easier to walk in wedged heels. Why should you have to choose between style and comfort? Wedged heels bridge that gap and allows you to have the best of both worlds. You can make your dressed up attire more casual or style up your casual look.You want it all and wedged heels have it all.

 

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Just because these aren’t high and dramatic doesn’t mean that they are boring! They are much more versatile than a pair of heels and can keep up with whatever pace the day throws at you. For example, with a pair of black leather pointed flats you can rush to get that coffee, go through that grueling meeting, and still make it in time for cocktail hour. You don’t hold back, and neither will your flats.

 

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When you think about flip flops and slip-on shoes, you don’t think about being busy. You think about relaxation: the beach, soaking up the sun, or  just lounging around the house with your cat and a cup of tea. It’s about simplicity, not stress. Here in SoCal, we can’t get enough of them! Some of our favorite picks are actually from Sperry Top-Sider, who are primarily known for boat shoe styles. The free spirit of shoes, flip flops and sandals break away from all the fuss and relish in ease and comfort.

 

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Sneakers have been deemed to be ordinary, but we think otherwise. They embody comfort, style, function, and even have complex technologies manufactured right in. Sneakers are ready for a day of relaxation or a day of non-stop movement. In a moment’s notice you can go from reading a book in a park to a full running sprint in order to pick up your dry cleaning. Minimalist, fashionable, and athletic sneaker styles rule with practicality. It’s the most logical choice for everyday life. Looking for some fresh new picks? Check out our Lacoste collection!

 

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BOOTS: Femme Fatale

From heavy rubber treads to the highest stiletto, boots are aggressive. Even more elegant styles in our UGG Australia collection grab a lot of attention. Whether it’s the height of the boot, the amount of lacing, or the style of the heel, boots offer a touch of ferocity to any look. Most boots have this elegance with a tough-as-nails attitude, just like the woman who wears them.

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Women’s Shoe Trends for Summer 2014

Summer is just around the corner! The season is all about showing a little more leg, a flirty peek at the shoulders, and flaunting an awesome pedicure. This summer, make sure to stock up on new styles for your shoe collection! Here are some of our favorite shoe style picks for 2014 summer fashion.

 

What the Cuff?

Cuffed sandals and high heels can sharpen up so many looks. The silhouette is a little less formal and a whole lot of sexy. Although we are thrilled about our new Sperry Top-Sider sandals, the design does the most flattering as a high heel shoe like the Tsubo Triss. It gives you a little extra height, elongates those legs, and adds to the elegance of the overall look . Skinny jeans may be all the rave, but full length pants will disrupt the design. When pairing with pants, try to make sure that the bottom hem doesn’t cover the cuff. We suggest that the hems stop at the top of the cuff or leave at least a 1-inch gap.

Match them with: slim fit clothing, pencil skirts, cropped pants

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Tsubo® Triss High Heel Sandal in Black

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Show Off Those Booties!

Boot lovers rejoice! Winter may have passed, but that doesn’t mean your boots have to be stowed away. That includes even the coziest of cozy boots, UGG Australia! Instead, switch from knee-high boots to ankle boots. For stylish everyday looks, we recommend boot styles that are designed to have a little room around the ankles. They flatter the calves and can complement anything from skinny jeans to summer dresses. If you want options, find boots with laces. For example, lace-up boots like Dr. Martens allow you to create a tight or slouchy fit. Opt for a low heel or no heel at all for a look that’s comfortable and truly effortless!

Match them with: shorts, fitted bottoms, loose tops, summer dresses

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Dr. Martens® Women’s Aimilie Boots in Dark Brown

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Wonderfully Woven

When summer rolls around, beachy inspired looks are popular even in the city! Woven shoe styles are light, playful, and perfect for everyday wear. Many of them will come in bright colors or in a rich neutral that complement brighter seasonal colors. For example, our woven flats from Rocket Dog are bright and lively, while our Sperry Top-Sider shoes remain a little more classic. The woven texture adds something special to skinny jeans and plays nicely with many other patterns. For instance, the woven lines match with stripes and plaid, while the holes and eyelets complement polka dots, florals, and lace. It’s no wonder that woven styles are a favorite this time of year!

Match them with: printed patterns, solid colors, denim

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Rocket Dog® Bena Socrates in Turquoise

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Get on Point

Even in a plain and solid color, pointed toe flats instantly add drama. The shape is universally flattering for any body type and for any outfit. They look stunning with more formal attire, but still offer a touch of elegance to casual looks. If you want to break away from flip-flops and plain ballet flats, try a pair of pointed flats. They are a wonderful shoe in canvas or linen, but for true versatility leather pointed flats can work with anything from casual denim to a cocktail dress.

Match them with: denim, shorts, dresses

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Rocket Dog® Cyprus Flat. Available in Black and Natural

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