Ever spot one of those super-stylish trends, but don’t know how it could possibly ever go with anything in your closet? Our resident student-by-day, stylista-by-night shows us how to take these trends and make them work with our everyday wardrobe. Her first tackle: lace-up booties.
My new-found love: my vintage lace-up booties. They’re not only easy to match with, but they also give an edge to my casual outfits. Plus, they’re comfortable and not hard to walk in at all; I can be in them for hours. Mine are Jeffrey Campbell’s Loggins that I bought in Nordstrom. Here are some of my favorite looks to go with my booties:
Neutrals is another trend that’s been around for a while. When people want to wear pants for a casual look, they usually go for jeans. But I say try khaki; it gives you a more laid-back, relaxed feel. I paired my khaki pants with a white tank-top and a cropped vest.
Pants from Mango, tank-top from boutique in Hong Kong, vest from London Jean through Victoria’s Secret.
Distressed Denim Shorts
Since my booties are kind of vintage, I like to stick to the theme and match them with my distressed denim shorts. My legs aren’t long so my shorts tend to be really short. The booties already cut off a section of your legs that can be seen, so stay away from longer shorts or capris because they will give the illusion of short legs and you don’t want that! For my top, I wore a loose vest and a thin cardigan.
Shorts from boutique in Hong Kong, tank-top from Mango, cardigan from Bershka, belt from Esprit.
The typical way to wear denim with boots is to tuck them in, but cuffing them slightly can make your look more casual. The boots will stand out more especially if the color of your denim is similar to the color of your boots. To spice up my look, I went for a knit off-shoulder top.
Jeans from Bershka, knit-top from ArdenB.
Another trendy way to wear your booties is with knee-high or over-the-knee socks. They go well with mid-thigh skirts. For the winter, try woolen skirts. The ones pictured here are all from ASOS.
We’ve also compiled some of our favorite lace-up heeled booties that you can find online!
No one can deny that fashion is an art. But when fashion and art collaborate, there you have true creativity.
Marc Jacobs and Takashi Murakami. Daphne Guinness and Comme des Garcons. And now there’s 7 For All Mankind and famed Japanese photographer, Mika Ningawa.
“Blurring the line between art and fashion is something I strongly believe in, and I’ve really enjoyed merging our two worlds together to create the pieces in this exceptional collection,” said Ninagawa, arguably Japan’s most popular photographer.
The 38-year-old’s work is seen everywhere from teen fashion magazines to high-end commercial fashion and advertising. In addition to her solo shows and exhibitions, Ninagawa has published numerous books of her work and made her directorial debut with her film Sakuran at the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival.
Super skinny “gummy” denim subtly emblazoned with a floral print taken from one of Ningawa’s iconic floral photographs. An almost holographic print on a perfectly fitting tee. A pop of color on summer’s must-have cut-off denim shorts. (Wear it well into fall with sheer black tights and a button down.) Even something for the men — a tee I’m definitely gonna have to swipe for myself.
One pretty cool way to inject some art into your everyday life.
The 7 For All Mankind By Mika collection retails from $89 to $198 and is available now at 7 For All Mankind boutiques in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Germany, France and Italy, as well as online.
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