Well, I've never been a fan of wardrobe clutter myself - stifles the outfit-making creativity, I always say - and I'm here to tell you that there are many wonderfully simplistic solutions at hand to tide you over until things get consistently sweltering.
So let's talk about transitional pieces; the footwear that every lady should have on-hand so that she can handle weird weather situations with pure grace. These pieces that beautifully “toe” the line (get it? Feet First joke!) are a must, especially for us New Orleanians. Not only are they more useful, but you get way more bang for your buck since you get to sport them all year round. Wear them for the perfect days now, the sweltering days later, and all the freakishly cold days in between.
1. Smoking Slippers, Moccasins, and Ballet Flats
Mens'-style smoking slippers were definitely a fashionista favorite for fall, and I’ve seen these babies all over the runways for spring as well. They’re super easy to wear: think of them as the new ballet flat. Sport them with shorts, dresses (add opaque tights for chillier days), or cuffed skinny pants and you're pretty much just adorable.
Moccasins are a more casual take on these; they're perfectly preppy with shorts, yet pleasingly quirky with dresses.
And, of course, you can just rock what you've been rockin' for years and don a pair of ballet flats with pretty darn near anything you so choose.
|L to R, Jenni Kayne Resort 2012, style.com; J. Crew S/S 2012, style.com; Kate Moss, lovelyish.com; Sam Edelman Crystal-Encrusted Adena Smoking Slipper (also available in gunmetal); loafer/slipper collage, fashionologie.com; Sam Edelman Holland Flat; street style shot, fashionbff.com; Nicole "Goody" Moccasin (also available in red and zebra print); street style shot, hollywoodholland.com; Nicole "Heart" Smoking Slipper (also available in black); Leandra Mendine geeks out in smoking slippers, themanrepeller.com.|
2. Ankle (and cowboy!) bootsTrust me on this one: boots are just as usable in festival season as they are in the colder months (er, days). Think of every single adorable girl you’ve ever seen at Jazzfest (or, if you’re a fashion blog reader, Coachella) with her sundress or cutoffs and cowboy boots. The trick for pulling them off post-March is to pair them with silhouettes that are decidedly not wintery. Pick boots in breathable leathers and/or opt for something that hits at the ankle and you’ll get more than your money’s worth.
|Coachella style shot, refinery29.com; Chocolat Blu Dasha Oxford; street style shot, mrnewton.net; Coachella style shot, refinery29.com; Olivia Palermo, mrnewton.net; Lane Lucky Pocket Change Cowboy Boot; 10Crosby Derek Lam Resort 2012, style.com; Nicole "Dreamer" Short Cowboy Boot; Coachella style shot, refinery29.com.|
A classic pump is a staple for every woman’s closet, and this is one of the main reasons: it is absolutely, completely, and perfectly seasonless. The perfect pump is also the most usable piece in a woman's wardrobe, as well as the most flattering (low vamp + extra height = a leg-lengthening WIN.) This season, we’re seeing less of the sky-high super platforms and more classic, pared-down, ladylike constructions.
|Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's; Corso Como "Macon" Kitten Heel Pump; Sesto Meucci Suede Pump; style shot, mrnewton.net; street style shot, mrnewton.net; Corso Como "Delicious" Pump; J. Crew S/S 2012, style.com; Stella McCartney Resort 2012, style.com; Jenni Kayne S/S 2012, style.com.|
So there you have it, fashionistas! Leave us some commentary and let us know your favorite way to work your wardrobe during our bipolar weather patterns. Let's do it all with effortlessness and, above all, confidence, our best accessory!
Love and Fashion,