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Posted: Jun 27 2014

Shoes can make or break an outfit. We all know that. But, what if the latest summer shoe craze is especially tricky to wear? Enter: the frumpy sandal trend, a controversial look that takes otherwise hippie sandals to all-out glam.

 Birkenstocks, Tevas and other flat, strappy, utilitarian type sandals have made a comeback. Notoriously known as “crunchy” footwear, these sandals are having their day in the sun with metallic finishes as well as dressier and more modern options. They look cool and unstudied worn with a sundress, especially.

 The downside to these styles is that they can easily look dowdy, dated and unflattering to legs and ankles. Well, we’re here to aid you in sporting this trend in a flattering and chic manner.

Mix your favorite athletic-inspired wear (like the Harper Printed Pant) with black or metallic Birks, a cross-body bag or backpack and a tee for a casual take.

If your workplace allows for sandals pair them with a short skirt, the extra leg showing is somehow more forgiving to your stems. Our choice is the Nicole Flare Skirt in black with black Tevas for a minimalist-chic look.

Heading out on a date? Pair the Nadine Cold Shoulder Dress with your sandals to funk them up, while keeping it cool.

The sandals look great with a menswear-inspired look, just make sure to choose pants with structure and a tapered ankle like the Carmen Pleated Trouser Pant.


Two other accessory trends we’re loving:

Cuff bracelets will always be in and are having a moment again this summer. They give a strong, regal look and edge up almost any outfit additionally. We like wood cuffs and those with metallic accents for this season. Pair with anything and you’re set.

The small backpack trend isn’t going anywhere just yet and we’re totally on board with it. We love the leather and dressy options coming out, especially paired with one of our button downs and a pair of skinny jeans and flats.


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