Summer classics: the espadrille

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If there is there a more summery show than the espadrille, I have yet to identify it: there is just something about that rope sole that feels perfect for this time of year. I found several good options, including this great pair of wedges in a nicely neutral hue.

I love how bright and happy this one is, and it rings in under $100.

This easy flatform slide brings a nice amount of height to the party.

And speaking of easy, these smoking slippers look so comfortable and effortless.

OK, this is slightly crazy, but I kind of love the combination of colors—so fun.

This wedge comes in several good colors, but I like this faded-out blue best.

As some of you might recall, I dislike most brown shoes, but these Vince flip flops look pretty ideal. I also like that they’ve got a bit of a platform, as walking in New York in the summer in regular flip flops can be pretty gross.

This suede pair is nicely polished.

A floral sport sandal is a lot of statement, and I’m not certain I could pull them off, but something about them speaks to me. Go figure. BTW, if you’re enchanted by the notion of a floral espadrille, you might want to check out these too.

This pair is rather vertiginous, true, but it also looks rather fancy and designer when in fact it can be yours for under $100.

This red and white pair is so excellently cheery and graphic. It also comes in blue and white, for a slightly subtler look.

These low wedges aren’t left in just a ton of sizes, but they look so walkable that I had to include them.

I dig the big buckle on this pair, and the crisscross straps.

These feel like something I would have worn in 1979, and I mean that in a good way.

And finally: a pretty classic pair from Spanish brand Castaner.

 

Top 5 of the week: hippie girl dresses

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These are the dresses I seriously live in once it gets really hot out, because the fabric is typically so fabulously light, and they just sort of flow nicely in the summer breeze. This pretty perfect specimen from Emerson Fry is in my shopping cart even as I type.

A square neck dress usually strikes me as kind of frumpy somehow, but I do think this one is pretty lovely. And the shoulders are just ever-so-slightly puffy, for those of you who go in for that type of thing.

I included this dress because I think the V-neck is nicely unexpected and also because as you know, I dig yellow these days. But I also included it because it comes from this Etsy shop, where you can  find a ton of block print dresses at very reasonable prices. I ordered two from them last summer, and must forewarn you that the fit is rather boxy, but is also nothing a trip to the tailor couldn’t solve.

A hippie girl shirtdress? Be still my beating heart.

As you may or not know, I am not a fan of the maxi dress, as I feel it’s not the most flattering silhouette. But I think the print mixing here is just aces.

Let’s check out some polka dots

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My posts on polka dots are never very long, because I’m so picky about them. If they’re executed well, they can be fun and cute and sweet, but if they’re not so well-executed they skew pretty silly and costume-y. And while it’s also true that I prefer a small dot to a big one—which can look a bit too Minnie Mouse for my taste—I think this shirtdress is just aces, because the dots are so graphic and op-art-like.

Just an easy top for wearing under a blazer or on its own.

I love the interplay between the dots on this tote and the cute little pom-poms.

I think this is such a nice green, and I like the mixture of dots and bird silhouettes here.

The tonal dots on this popover make it just that much more exciting than a plain white popover.

This top just seems like fun to me, and it’s cropped just enough to look good with higher-waisted jeans.

A slouchy silk blouse with handy patch pockets.

The pleated skirt on this shirtdress is a nicely polished touch.

A slightly trippy (and rather splurgy) sweatshirt from Margiela.

I don’t typically like puffy sleeves, but everything else here is so streamlined that I think they really work.

How great is the combination of stripes and dots on this Rag & Bone top?

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This PLAY Comme des Garcons tee, with the trademark heart logo, is just so cute and versatile.

The smocking on this seersucker shirt is both sexy and unexpected.

 

And finally, this pleated top just hangs really elegantly.

 

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