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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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Sperry® Top-Sider Isha in Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Models Chloe Norgaard and Jourdan Dunn

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UGG® Australia Women’s Amoret Leather in Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Sperry® Top-Sider Audrey in Gold 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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New Brand: Rocket Dog

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We have a new brand at Designer Studio: Rocket Dog. The brand is California based and started in 1997. Rocket Dog has a style where “pop culture meets subculture – with a twist”. They draw inspiration from the beach; so being based in sunny San Diego, we are more than excited to have them! Take a look at what we have so far!

 

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Cyprus in Black

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Cyprus in Natural

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This canvas cutie is the Cyprus flat and we have them in black and natural. Its 2-piece shape is quite elegant, but the canvas makes it appropriate for casual occasions. The pointed toes really add some style compared to rounded toe flats. Don’t you think they’re perfect for shorts and summer dresses? We definitely think so. Ballet flats are essential for any style, and a new season requires some new additions to your collection!

 

We also received these bright beauties! They arrived at our stores just in time for spring!

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Tia Cumulus Sandal in Yellow

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Chandana Stampede in Yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tia Cumulus sandals have a cute cutout design, but what really stands out is the low-maintenance rubber footbed. Wear these and it’ll be guaranteed beach day! Make sure to stay updated with us. More women’s sandals will be coming in!

Finally, we have the Chandana Stampede flats. Again, the pointed toe really adds some style and looks particularly amazing with the weaving detail. Get your pastel pants and floral tops ready! These flats are aching to be paired with them!

We’re thrilled to have Rocket Dog, so stop by our one of our physical store locations or our online store to check them out. We’re just warming up for the new season, so stay tuned for new brands and styles coming your way!

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Spring Style Tips: Mixing Patterns

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Ami Menswear Spring 2014: www.style.com

A favorite spring trend for men and women is to be dressed in patterns from head to toe! Stripes will meet florals, demask may dance with plaid, and animal print will play in geometric jungles.  Mixing patterns may seem overwhelming, but it’s all about balance. Follow these tips and rock those bold patterns for Spring and Summer 2014!

 

Patterned Bottoms

If mixing a bunch of patterns seems too aggressive, start out subtle. Try out patterned pants, shorts, leggings, and skirts. It’s a nice break from standard blue jeans and black leggings, and styling them is easier than you think! You can start with solid colored tops. If you’re feeling particularly daring that day, wear brighter colors or add a solid jacket. It’s simple, bold, and very chic.

 

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*LEFT:  Just USA® Flower Print Skinny Jeans in WhiteYa Los Angeles® Shoulder Cut Out Top in CherryDex® Sleeveless Studded Top in Black 

**RIGHT:  7 For All Mankind® Pieced Skinny Jeans in Art Nouveau JacquardAngie® Style But With Buttons Top in IvoryAngie® Bronze Studded Sheer Top in Mustard

 

Stick With a Color Palette

Once you’re comfortable with styling patterned bottoms, you can mix in more colors and patterns up top. They can be as outrageous or as muted as you’d like, but for a cohesive look follow a theme of colors. More is not necessarily better! Using 2-3 colors is good range to start out with.

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Andrea Pampilio Menswear Spring 2014: www.style.com

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Spring 2014 Donna Karan: www.style.com

 

Remember, the more that’s involved, the more complex it gets. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just makes it a bit trickier to put an outfit together

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Spring 2014 Stella Jean: www.voigue.co.uk

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Thom Browne Spring 2014: www.style.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Size Matters

Take a look at these lovely ladies. Heidi’s horizontal black and white stripes are two very distinctive sizes. Olivia’s top has a much larger floral print than her skirt. On Jennifer’s outfit, the dots are fairly small, but the leopard print is still much smaller and are much more dense in certain areas. The point of mixing prints and patterns is to flaunt the contrasts! If you’re using similar prints, make sure one is significantly larger than the other, or a different color.

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2014 Spring Pattern Names: Part II

Here are more pattern options for your 2014 Spring looks! Check out our earlier post on 2014 Spring Pattern Names for a more inspiration!

Plaid or Tartan

This is one of the most recognizable patterns out there! It’s simply vertical and horizontal bands that cross each other, usually in two or more colors. From holiday scarves to punk rock inspired pants, it’s actually quite versatile. Denim tends to be its go-to match, but it can easily be spruced up under a blazer. Actually, it looks pretty amazing as a jacket or blazer as well!

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Marco wearing Landon Shirt by Third & Army®

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Josell in Starships Shirt by 7 Diamonds®

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Angel in Buffalo David Bitton® Sivolt Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Angel wearing the Dinero shirt by Third & Army®

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Spring 2014 Tracy Reese Collection: www.nymag.com

 

Damask

Damask actually refers to how a piece of fabric is woven. However, it is commonly associated with this kind of pattern; a very stylized design with a mix of curls, flowers, and fluers-de-lis. You’ll see it as very large print or smaller spotted prints. It never really leaves fashion and design. While it’s a favorite among women, it can be refined to a masculine look as well.

 

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Spring 2014 Motonari Ono: www.flip-zone.net

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Spring 2014 John Galliano: www.wwd.com

 

Harlequin

Originally, the harlequin print signified jokers, jesters, and clowns on the theater stage. Today, it has become a fashionable print! With it’s theater background it’s widely available in a variety of colors. Don’t mix it up with argyle! Harlequin is made with diamond shapes, but they do not cross each other.

 

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Houndstooth, Dogstooth, or Puppytooth (small version)

Originating in woolen textiles in Scotland, this pattern has become a favorite in all aspects of design! The pattern can be found on pencil skirts for the office, fashion high heel pumps, to a classy arm chair. It’s feminine, but not at all dainty and always manages to make a large comeback in the fashion world. It looks like a broken checkers pattern and, while available in a variety colors, it’s most recognized look is in black and white.

 

For more pattern inspiration, check our earlier post on 2014 Spring Pattern Names!

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2014 Spring Pattern Names

Ever see a pattern that you absolutely love, have seen hundreds of times, but still don’t know how to describe it? It’s particularly bothersome when you’re trying to look for it and Spring 2014 is all about showing off those patterns! Here are some pattern names to help you find your favorite trends and outfits.  Whether you’re looking for a new scarf or a new suit; it’ll definitely help make shopping much easier.

Chevron Stripes

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The “V” shape is a chevron that’s commonly affiliated with architecture, military insignia, and a certain gas station. However, it has now turned into a wonderful fabric pattern. Our favorite way to see them is on women’s dresses! The zig-zag pattern is played up in many colors, but the favorite tends to be in classic black and white.

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Argyle

This pattern has always had a type of “academic” reputation. It’s easily identified for it’s overlapping diamond shapes. Argyle is practically synonymous with sweaters and fancy socks, but they’ve easily been incorporated into chic dresses, tights, and other accessories! For both guys and gals, it’s an easy go-to pattern to dress up casual looks or to add a hint of color. With all the geometric trends going around, you can bet the Argyle will be in the mix.

 

 

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With it’s Persian heritage, the pattern is usually intricately detailed. It’s very floral-like and can be seen anywhere from rugs to silk runway dresses. Whether it has two colors or twenty, the pattern is visually stunning. Its signature shape sort of looks like a leaf or a bent tear drop.

 

 

 

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Women’s Spring 2014 Fashion Trends

As 2013 came to a close, the fashion world was predicting the future. Fall Fashion Week took over style capitals of the world and revealed glimpses of 2014 Spring trends for women. There were things you would expect for spring: flirty frocks, flowing fabrics, floral prints, and pastel hues. Of course, there were some pleasantly bold surprises as well: clothing with geometric print, heavily structured dresses, and loud and proud colors. It’s still the season to cozy up while chilling out, but we’ve compiled the top 3 trends that we think will make it big this Spring.

1. The Return of Collars and Buttoned Downs

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Model is wearing Anthony Vaccarello. Source: www.style.com by Marcus Tondo

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Natalia is wearing a Long Sleeve Sheer Top by Cecico®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so women’s buttoned down shirts and tops never really went anywhere, but a piece like an oxford shirt is constantly reinventing itself! People love putting fresh spins on classic pieces because it’s new, yet familiar enough for an easy transition. This coming spring we’re predicting to see these classic pieces being paired with bold printed skirts and pants, having contrasting cuffs and collars, and turned into wonderful shirt dresses. Basically, they’ve become something beyond a piece for pant-suits and office wear. For that, fashionistas everywhere are thankful!

2. Heavy Metal

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Shaidelle is wearing a Sleeveless Sequins Top by Dex®

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Model is wearing Salvatore Ferragamo. Source: www.style.com by Yannis Vlamos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Spring, you should expect more metal than ever. The runways were filled with shimmery skirts, heavy sequined jackets, and metallic patterned tops. Instead of relying on jewelry and shoes to provide that hint of metallic flair to your outfit, you might just want to be adorned with it. Silver, gold, and copper just may be stealing the spotlight this time around.

3. Color Me Crazy

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Model is wearing Cushnie et Ochs. Source: www.style.com by Marcus Tondo

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If there’s one thing you can expect from spring it’s that shapes and colors go in full bloom. With that said, get ready for pop and fine art influences. Anything from bold text, to abstract brush strokes, to political pop art can expected to be making it’s way to wardrobes everywhere. We have one brand that’s been ahead of the game. Desigual clothing is all about pushing boundaries, playing up the color, and bringing contrasting ideas together.

What do you think will be the top trends for Spring 2014?

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Real vs. Fake UGG® Boots

UGG® Australia is famous for their plush footwear and their quality materials. When the cold rolls in, UGG® boots are a go-to favorite. With that said, there are people selling cheap fake versions. Don’t be fooled! We’re here to give you a few key tips on identifying fake UGG® from the real deal.

1. Flex

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This tip is geared toward the classic styles because they don’t have rubber soles. All Classic style UGG® boots are made with molded EVA outsoles which are durable, yet very flexible. If you come across a boot where the sole is stiff and won’t bend very easily; it’s probably a fake.



2. Pull it Apart

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Another tip for the Classic styles! Twinface sheepskin is simply sheepskin. One side is skin, the other side is fur. Fake boots will have a counterfeit double lining. Take a pinch of material from the outside. On the same location on the inside, take a pinch and gently pull both ends. If the material separates and you can feel or see a pocket form, then it’s a fake. UGG® Classic style boots are made with a single piece of sheepskin and should not separate like that at all.

3. Mind Your… Ankles?

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You may have seen it before. Some poor soul walking around in a pair of boots that are completely collapsing with every step. It looks as if they are walking on their ankles! Where’s the luxurious comfort in a boot that falls apart with every step? UGG® boots do not collapse like that. UGG® may have soft suede heel guards, but what’s underneath it is a durable counter; the part of the boot that wraps around the heel of your foot. Real UGG® boots will maintain it’s structure for both the integrity of the boot and for the comfort of your feet!

 

4. Authorized Retailer

When in doubt, check the list! UGG® Australia has a list of authorized retailers who have been verified to sell authentic UGG® Australia products in stores and online.  Designer Studio is definitely on that list and we’re proud to sell authentic UGG®!

For more information about counterfeit products, check out the official UGG® counterfeit page!

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Be Dramatic: UGG Australia’s Dreaux Boots

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We’re featuring one of our favorite boots of the season: the Dreaux boots by UGG Australia! Class meets sass in this luscious leather boot that’s tall, sleek, and sexy. Here are a few reasons why they are a must-have buy of the season.

1. Quality Materials

Leather is luxurious, but can also be very stiff. Not with the Dreaux boot! The shaft is soft for the best comfort and mobility while the foot part features a firmer leather for durability and style. Inside, it’s lightly lined with plush sheepskin to give you that signature UGG Australia comfort that we all know and love!

 

2. Va-va-voom Height!

This boot is all about height. The platform is about an inch, the stacked heel is 4 inches high, and the boot shaft is a whopping 17.75 inches! The result is a tall and dramatic silhouette that’s achieved by drawing the eye up while slimming the legs. Since the lengthy illusion is based on the height of the boot rather than the height of the heel, you’re feet will be much more comfortable throughout the day.

 

3. Showing Some Leg Without Showing Them Off

Like your favorite pair of skinny jeans or a flattering fitted top, the Dreaux boots show off your shape without showing off much skin. It’s the perfect piece of footwear that matches nicely with winter outerwear and also makes dresses more wearable during the colder months! The overall look is very elegant with a hint of fierce attitude. Even though over-the-knee-boots are dramatic looking, they can actually be quite versatile. Get inspired by these celebrity looks!

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