Fun & Fancy Feet

There’s no reason fun patterns must be reserved for dresses and tops. Brave dressers now venture to wear bold printed pants, but on a t-shirt and jeans kind of day let loud shoes make a statement. Ballet flats, sneakers, wedges, and boots got a makeover this season with graphic florals, stripes, and animal prints. Give your look a leg up and slip into a pair of eye-popping printed shoes.

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Dr. Martens Beckett Floral Canvas 8-Eye Boot, $140
Vans X Liberty of London Authentic Paisley Medallion Sneaker, $60
Moveover Pointy Toe Flat, $50
Matiko Angelica Flatform Sandal, $194

Lessons Learned From 20 Years of Style Idolatry

Yesterday I celebrated my 20th birthday. Having now spent two full decades on this planet I feel like I have more credibility when it comes to fashion. That’s because I can now speak from experience of not one, but two entire decades of style history. It makes me feel like an old fogey to recognize the 90’s grunge trend’s fierce comeback as just that, a comeback.

Thinking about my age (it’s an awkward one, right?) got me to start reflecting on the fashion choices of my bygone years. I started making wardrobe choices for myself at a young age and naturally developed a taste for only the trendiest of clothes. Of course my idea of trendy was severely limited by what I saw on television and in the movies. That is why I present to you now, lessons learned from my fashion idols: Dora Winifred Read, Lizzie McGuire, and Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.

Zenon, the smart, bold heroine had a wardrobe as sassy as her personality. Just because she’s a girl of the late 21st century, doesn’t mean confident dressers can’t emulate her style in 2012. If anything, Zenon taught me to take fashion risks. No space station resident rocked neon and metallic quite like Zenon and there is no better time to try out the trends than now while they’re available at every store.

On Disney’s premier live-action sitcom, “Lizzie McGuire”, the title character Lizzie was known for her quirky fashion choices. My favorite look of all might be her iconic opening credit ensemble. I am not advising that any modern woman go pick up orange paisley pants and a purple tie-dye top. I certainly wouldn’t deign to wear that outfit. However it beautifully illustrates one of my favorite trends: mixing prints. Opt instead to mix a large, bold pattern with a small, understated pattern and it’s hard to go wrong.

Dora Winifred Read, or D.W. as fans know her, is the notoriously obnoxious little sister of Arthur. She might still be in playschool and seek advice from an imaginary friend, but the 4-year-old always gets one thing right: Dressing for comfort. Who cares about looking great if your feet are killing and your pants fit like a second pair of skin? D.W. knows well enough to wear flats, tights, and an A-line dress. She rocks it everyday.