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Ask The Fashionista: Fashionable sneakers

My friend Beth, in Dublin, has another sartorial quandry.  She writes:

I need a new pair of cute, casual, NON-ATHLETIC sneakers.  Know of anything?

I told her I’d take a stab at it for her.  My first thought was Converse.  I love my Converse All-Stars.  They’re cute, comfy and cheap.  Plus, they come in a rainbow of colors.  You can go from basic black or navy to purple or bright yellow!  In Europe, I remember seeing everyone from yummy mummies to rebellious teens wearing Converse.  They really are pretty versatile, depending on the rest of your outfit.

Image courtesy of Zappos

Image courtesy of Zappos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m also a big fan of Puma sneakers.  My favorite styles are the Future Cat Lo ($89.95) and the Speed Cat ($70.95), both available in several color combinations.  I wore my blue and yellow Future Cats and my brown and cream Speed Cats all over Europe and in Tokyo.  Puma is perfect for when you want to be totally comfortable, but not sacrifice style.

Image courtesy of Zappos

Image courtesy of Zappos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Zappos

Image courtesy of Zappos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some other options to consider (if you don’t mind dropping a little more cash) are Prada Sport and Coach. Although, Coach can tend to get a little too logo-happy so I’d be careful with that…  Overall, I think the main things to look for when shopping for a chic sneaker are smooth, clean lines, interesting color choices and combinations and a thin sole.

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Ask The Fashionista: Champagne brunch

Another content request…  My friend Catherine wants to know what she should to wear to a champagne brunch.  I’ve come up with a couple of options for her.  And since I know she’s budget conscious, nothing here is over $130.00.

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

 

 

I love this MICHAEL Michael Kors dress ($129.50) because it’s light and swingy and therefore, comfortable.  The color is beautiful and eye-catching and the length is perfect for showing off good gams (which I happen to know Catherine has).

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Banana Republic

Image courtesy of Banana Republic

 

 

These patent wedges ($120) are a perfect compliment to the dress above.  The patent shine dresses them up but the wooden heel brings them back down a notch, making them great for daytime.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Banana Republic

Image courtesy of Banana Republic

 

 

The other option is a top and trousers combo.  This cowl neck top ($39) in a coral print is gorgeous.  I would pair it with white trousers for a really fresh spring/summer look.  

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Piperlime

Image courtesy of Piperlime

 

 

My footwear choice for the second outfit is a flat sandal.  I like this patent t-strap version ($49) because once again, the patent looks very polished but the stones add a slightly casual daytime-appropriate look.

 

 

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