I know it’s still August, but I am simply champing at the bit for some of the new fall pieces in stores now.
With that in mind, let’s talk shoes. If you’re anything like me, sometimes you can’t help but build an outfit around a sweet pair you’ve been waiting to wear; and luckily, unlike chunky sweaters and fur vests, these heels can be worn in the heat, too. Shoes, and accessories generally, are a great way to get into the fall spirit without feeling like you are wasting every last cent you spend in anticipation of seemingly far off autumn breezes.
Some of the big trends for fall? Of course, the return of ladylike dress (finally) takes center stage, but key ensemble parts are being played by utilitarian military-inspired looks, animal prints, and metallics.
For an incredibly feminine take on a conservative classic like the basic pump, try these from J. Crew. Satin and bows? Yes, Please.
In a completely different direction: the urban guerilla. Maybe not the greatest for the streets of Kandahar, but you will definitely channel a distinctly on-trend military look with these affordable beauts.
Animal prints are spot-on (hilarious), no matter what your price range. I’ve been wearing a delectable pair of Mossimo flats from Target in a similar print for about a year now, and I’ve also been coveting a major pair of leopard print Louboutins. Here’s an affordable option by Steve Madden. I like the rounded toe and the shorter heel to help avoid the unwanted stripper look.
I love the idea of a splash of shiny, eye-catching goodness peeking out from your pants, but these are so beautiful why hide them at all? This metallic pump will definitely put a bit of dazzle in your step. If you aren’t feeling the trend, rest assured: these basket-weaved, Nike Air’d, Cole Haan pumps come in black patent, too.
Pair of heels not what the doctor ordered? The menswear look doesn’t appear to be fading, so you can keep wearing those oxfords. Not digging that look, I, on the other hand, will wait until it’s cool enough to slip on my perennial fall favorites – my Frye Dorado riding boots.