One of my favorite spring/summer looks is an attention-grabbing, colorful high heel with slim, cropped jeans and a classic white top. It's a great way to kick up the style quotient on a basic casual look, and for me, it's an especially convenient method for getting some mileage out of the fancy, frivolous shoes that I love to buy but almost never get a chance to wear. (Or, in this case, the fancy frivolous shoes that I lovingly bought thinking they'd be perfect summer workwear, only to realize shortly thereafter that my professional calling would largely consist of writing blog posts in my pajamas. Whoops.)
This week, I ventured deep into my closet in order to bring out a favorite pair of rarely-worns: deep orange satin slingbacks with a rosette accent, which were the perfect way to glam up a favorite jeans-and-a-tank combo with a pop of color. Plus, the rosettes were especially appropriate since I was going to a real, actual garden party! (Although: is wearing floral-themed apparel to a garden party considered gauche, like showing up at a concert wearing a t-shirt for the band you're about to see? Discuss.)
The best thing about colorful shoes: they're surprisingly flexible as compared with their more subdued compatriots. Between the satin fabric and the floral embellishment, these shoes definitely hold their own with more frou-frou and formal outfits—I've worn them before with a full-skirted, 1950s-style dress and felt like quite a Stepford Wife, and before that with a simple black satin dress for an elegant evening look—but they also looked great anchoring a more casual style and some eclectic accessories.
Head to toe: top, Charlotte Russe; jeans, F21; shoes, Nine West; bracelet, H&M; scarf, vintage.