1 Pair of Shoes, 4 Looks: How to Style Silver Oxfords

I locked eyes with them from across the room as they glistened in the fluorescent lights, beckoning me closer. I was browsing through the racks at Zara’s summer sale when I spotted the most beautiful pair of silver oxfords. I thought to myself, “Dang, these would make me look like a rad mix of Michael Jackson and the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. But there’s no way I could rock these…” So I walked away.

That night, I couldn’t stop thinking about the shoes, as I imagined the killer outfits I could rock with them. My rule of thumb about shopping is “If you’re still thinking about a pair of shoes (or dress, shirt, etc.) the next day, it was probably meant to be, so just go buy them.” Sure enough, I was still thinking about those silver shoes the next afternoon. So I vowed to go back to the Herald Square Zara in New York City to relive what was quite possible my only love-at-first-sight experience (besides the first time I saw Ramen noodle burgers at Smorgasburg, that is…). I waltzed in and beelined it to the back left corner to reunite with those shiny beauties, practically breaking into a sprint because of my excitement. But when I got there, my heart stopped. They weren’t there. And when I asked a sales associate, she told me they completely sold out the day before. My jaw dropped.

I wasn’t sure I would know how to love a pair of shoes again after that heartbreak, but that was until I discovered the perfect lookalike pair on ASOS.com.

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I decided to style four different outfits featuring these bad boys for any fashionista out there looking for some ~inspo.~ Whether you’re styling silver ballet flats, sneakers or brogues like mine, I hope these looks can get the creative juices a-flowin’ and inspire you to think outside the box when piecing together your outfit in the morning. Photo credz go to my gal pal, Brittany Valencic, who was incredibly patient with my inability to act like a normal human in front of the camera.

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Let the headband do the talkin’

Whether it’s a beaded Great Gatsby-esque one or a flowery hippie-esque one, it’s undeniable that headbands are all the rage this season. I admit that I have hopelessly fallen under the spell of these trendy accessories, despite my usual attempts to avoid so-called “trends.”

InStyle.com made a good point when they claimed that Gossip Girl brought headbands and head wraps back into the mainstream. Side note: I’d kill to have even ¼ of Blair Waldorf’s headband collection! Since the show’s popularity expanded, headbands certainly haven’t left the spotlight, though they have evolved and diversified.

With the recent growth of the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) culture, “flower crowns” have come into prominence and are typically worn at music festivals like Coachella, Ultra and Lollapalooza. These 70s-inspired accessories can easily be worn on an everyday basis, not strictly when you’re head-bobbing to David Guetta (or fist pumping or however else you dance…). If styled correctly, you can easily ensure that you won’t look as if you’re headed to a hippie-themed party when you’re walking around campus. In need of a little inspiration? Check out my creation from Polyvore below to see how I styled this look.

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American Vintage long sleeve sweater / Edwin jean shorts, $51 / Minnetonka moccasin / Forever 21 pendant necklace / Topshop ring / Flower headband

It’s interesting to note how fashion in general has evolved to become more gutsy and colorful over the years; this evolution is also mirrored in the world of headbands, as they have transformed from basic to bold over time. I am quite fond of bold tribal print headbands and head wraps. Some may call my fascination with tribal prints an obsession, and I can honestly agree with that claim. If given the choice between a plain solid-colored headband and a bright patterned one, it’s a no-brainer. I’d choose the bold option, which could be worn with simple items in one of the colors from the headband. Not sure how to style this option? Here’s how I did using Polyore:

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H&M purple cardigan, $64 / Topshop shorts / Converse shoes / Charm necklace / Forever 21 hair band headband

Personally, I see headbands as a standout item, though others may see them as a simple accessory that shouldn’t distract from the rest of the outfit. I choose bold head wraps so that I can pair them with my more subdued articles of clothing that I otherwise wouldn’t normally wear. The key is to make the headband the focus of your outfit without having other similarly printed items of clothing distracting from it.

Don’t be afraid to step into uncharted waters with this trend. Be bold and try something new! When you’re thinking about styling an outfit centered on a head wrap, just don’t forget to let the headband do the talkin’.

Have any comments or suggestions? Feel free to leave them below. As always, thanks for reading!

The art of taking an outfit from day to night

This is one of those things that all of us busy fashionistas struggle with every now and then. You’re in a night class or at home studying, and you get an unexpected text from your friend saying, “Just found out about a party at 10. Let’s go!”

Suddenly, you can’t concentrate on anything, and you start to wonder how you can possibly whip yourself into proper “going-out mode” in a span of 30 minutes. Your hair is in a bun, you have barely any makeup on, and you’re still wearing the same clothes you wore to class.

To prevent this panicky situation, there is a simple solution. It all boils down to buying versatile items of clothing that can be easily taken from day to night. These are pieces that can be either dressed up or down according to the occasion. My personal favorites in this department are items like dark wash jeans, graphic T-shirts, high-waisted shorts, plain colored shirts and “muscle tank tops.”

If you buy basic items like this, it’s so much easier to build a totally new outfit centered around them.

Here’s an example of a casual outfit I wore to class last week. I chose the graphic T-shirt option (Led Zeppelin, of course!) because I knew it would be easy to make it dressier when I went out later that night.

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And here is how I changed the outfit and took it from a daytime to nighttime outfit by simply pairing it with dressier shorts, shoes and a statement-making necklace.

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It was so much less stressful to only have to pick a new pair of shorts and shoes for this outfit rather than having to come up with an entirely different outfit with a new shirt in a time crunch. As a thrifty college student, I’m all for getting the most out of my clothes.

When it comes to transforming an outfit from day to night, the key is to accessorize, accessorize, ACCESSORIZE! This can be as simple as buying some cheap jewelry from Forever 21 (Can you really say no to a necklace for $3.80?). All you need is a little “bling bling” to spice things up a bit.

In need of a little more inspiration to take on this seemingly daunting transformation? Check out this post from Fashion.AllWomenStalk.com for eight ways to take your outfit from day to night! If you’re a maxi skirt kind of gal, then this post on CollegeFashion.net might interest you!

For more style tips like these, stay tuned for future posts. Thanks for reading, fellow fashionistas!