By Blake Rhodes
Bye Bye Boots! It’s time for your feet to come out of hibernation. Say goodbye to the snow, go get a pedicure and begin your spring shoe shopping spree!
I discovered some amazing shoes while shopping at Shoe Fly. For a daytime look, I found these adorable woven wedges in gold (also available in black). Also, I spotted these animal print platform wedges that made me swoon followed by Carrie Bradshaw’s voice in my head, “Hello Lover.” The perfect pair for a Saturday of running errands would be a pair of ultra cool gladiators. And for a night time look, I found these sexy black and silver heels with a side buckle – great price too at $49! There are so many options for spring shoes. But if your budget doesn’t allow you to buy them all, you need to decide what your closet is missing most. My suggestion would be to invest in a pair of nude peep toe pumps and a pair of black or brown gladiators—they go with just about everything.
If you are not the type to wear a lot of color in your wardrobe, your feet are the perfect place to incorporate a pop of color. I am a huge fan of yellow shoes. Most people think that you are limited with what you can wear with them. Nonsense! You can put yellow shoes with anything. In fact, if your closet is full of basics—blacks, whites, and neutrals—all you need is a colorful pair of shoes to kick it up a notch. It could be any color. One of my favorite red carpet looks last year was worn by actress Anna Kendrick (“Twilight” and “Up in the Air”). She looked oh-so-stunning in a strapless navy print dress with a pair of adorable yellow ruffle heels.
Update last year’s wardrobe with some fresh accessories. This year’s trend is boho-chic which means 70s style but sophisticated. Think modern day Mary Tyler Moore! Soft-hue colors of camel, coral, mint green, blue, pink are what to look for. For example, you probably already have a pair of trouser jeans and white button-up blouse in your closet. So add a camel belt and pair of wedges to complete the outfit. Complement this look with a long gold multi-chain necklace accented with coral stones and a bracelet. Or put on a big, bold ring as your statement piece. If you tend to err on the edgy side, pick up one of Soca’s leather studded cuffs to add to your outfit. As model Nikki Picha shows, you can have on a simple white tee, skinny jeans and flats and add these trendy pieces of jewelry to pull your look all together. Soca is one of my favorite places for accessories!
An alternative accessory for your new spring look could be a bright or pastel scarf. Understated and classy. Find an array of scarves at a.k.a Girl Stuff. A scarf is my go-to accessory! Prints like florals and stripes will make a solid colored top pop. I love the way a printed scarf looks with a light-weight trench coat for a spring daytime look.
I have heard many women say, “I want to look more polished!” Footwear and accessories are what pull an outfit together and give it a polished look. And don’t forget your most important accessory —your smile!