There’s no escaping it — metallics continue to be hot this season. I’ve been indulging in some less expected ways, like the retro vibe sandals featured above. Metallics can be brash and loud and attention-getting. So if that’s not your style, but you want to stay current, metallic shoes are a great way to incorporate a dash of the trend without getting too flashy.
This is a round up of some of the cool metallic shoes I’ve seen around the interwebs lately. I’ve broken it down into mini-trends to make it easier to digest. Tons of shoes included in this roundup — so I hope you find something that works for you! xox.
Dare to wear to work? Here are some classic options. From the extreme holographic pump to the mild-mannered cap toe, there’s a ton of variety out there. My girl Adiel has been rockin’ some great metallic pumps lately – silver AND holographic – so inspiring!
My Fave? The holograph. Get wild!
Ankle strap heels and sandals are in and of themselves a big trend this year, but add metallic to that trend and you’ve got yourself a stunner. From casual flats like my shoemint sandals to delicate heels and wedges, get ready to knock yourself out.
My fave? Those cognac and silver wedges. Cute at an AMAZING price.
I love me some 70′s/bohemian style, so it’s fitting that I would like metallic shoes with retro flair. But there’s some great art deco styles out there, too! Great Gatsby? Yes, please.
My Fave? The ones I own, obviously!
Not a heels girl? Not to worry. Obviously, metallic shoes come in flat styles too. A basic silver or a cap toe are both great options for work. Play on menswear with adorable oxfords or get sassy with some of the trendier styles like clear acrylic or lucite.
My fave? The clear and metallic flats. Edgy.
My name is Kate Franco and I endorsed this message — I currently own no less than 5 pairs of shoes that have some kind of metallic detail. Woops.
I’m somewhere around 5’3″ and have been known to make some maxi magic. A great-fitting petite maxi dress can be an elusive thing, so use this guide and you’ll be on your way to boho chic in no time.
Tips for finding the perfect petite maxi dress:
- Choose either an all-over print or a solid color. Color blocking is okay, too!
- Check your length. I find that I like my maxis to graze my toes because I think it’s the most elongating. I use this rule whether I’m going for flats or heels.
- A maxi with a slim silhouette and fitted bodice is a MUST. The shape and structure will give you a long column/statuesque shape, instead of going to frump-town.
- Semi-sheer is always a good option for petite ladies, because the fabric will be less overwhelming than a bulky knit or busy print.
- Look for petite sizes! Brands are making these in abundance, and it reduces the likelihood you’ll have to have the dress hemmed. See Tip #2.
- I ALWAYS wear heels because of the extra length, but it’s not totally necessary. If heels aren’t your thing, don’t stress yourself out!
- If you’re afraid of a maxi dress overwhelming your tiny frame, try a high-low dress as a test. Mullets are not generally a trend I’m sure I fully endorse, but it’s a good way to get your toes wet.
My top picks for Spring 2013:
Some things to avoid:
Note: The average commercial model is 5’6″. And, maybe it’s me, but I think these ladies look shorter than that — their maxis aren’t doing them justice!
- Mixing prints and solids — it breaks up the lines of your body, calling attention to each individual section, instead of the garment (and your body!) in its entirety.
- Full skirts — the wider you get on the bottom, the shorter you’ll look overall.
- Ankle lengths — along the same lines as #1, an ankle length dress will cut you off. I think a better look is to go for toe-grazing…preferably with heels!
I’ve been known to rock the occasional head scarf over the years. It started when I chopped off my hair and went for bangs; I was feeling free and “edgy” and I wanted a way to even further rock my daring cut. And here’s a more updated version. But now I think I’m on a full-fledged turban kick. What can I say? Maybe it’s the hippie in me coming out, or the need to cover up this hair as it’s hitting a low point in the grow out phase. Now to find and acquire the perfect one…
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