Guest Blogger: Step into summer
Tags: accessorizing, ankle strap, athletic shoes, chunky heels, DC Fashion, DC Goodwill, Lela Rose, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, nyfw spring 2014, Reed Krakoff, shoes, spring trends, Theory
I want to take this opportunity in my last guest post to thank our current DC Goodwill Fashionista for serving this community of readers over the past three years. Her work on this blog has not only enticed me to become an avid shopper of the amazing Goodwill of Greater Washington stores but more importantly, she has inspired me to become an advocate of the Goodwill mission. Her awesome fashion advice in combination with her entertaining wit has made me a daily reader of The DC Goodwill Fashionista. It is my hope to continue her legacy as an engaging and inspiring blogger!
Clearly, I have some big shoes to fill as I transition into your new DC Goodwill Fashionista next week. Luckily, as an undeniable shoe lover, I feel well-equipped to continue making stylish strides in spreading the Goodwill mission and advocating for responsible, sustainable and of course, wallet-savy shopping. So in honor of my new shoes to fill, I am bringing you what is trending in summer footwear. If your flat sandals are looking drab this season, check out these new styles that are sure to spice up your summer shoe game.
There was an influx of chunky heels on the Spring 2014 NYFW runways this season which made my shoe-loving heart quite happy. We saw some pretty hideous thick heels in the 90’s and I am happy to announce that chunky has finally collided with chic. A chunky heel is the epitome of versatility; it is functional and fashionable. I scored these Merona stacked heels and Loft metallic t-straps at the Columbia Pike store a few weeks back; also, it is important to note that they were both under $15.00! A solid metallic with fun straps, like my gold Loft pair, gives great versatility in wear. These looked great with a paisley dress I wore to the office, but they could also be paired with a chino short and dressy top for a great evening look. I also had to include these Modern Vintage mules (black, seen below); they would look fantastic with a bright red cropped pant and silky, tuxedo style top. They may not be the most functional choice for summer, but they were too cute not to show off!
Athletic inspired looks are out in full force this season, so a stylish pair of summer sneakers is definitely going to carry you (in comfort) to all your warm weather festivities. Marc Jacobs’ spring line featured pair after pair of metallic sneakers. Personally, I am a fan of a less bulky style for summer more along the lines of a Keds type of shoe, but the metallic gives a great example of an eye-catching athletic style. I loved these patriotic Keds I found at the Columbia Pike Goodwill, but unfortunately they were too big for me. I grabbed this mint pair at Nordstrom Rack last spring for $12.97 and plan to sport them with some denim shorts and a light cotton tank this summer. Converse is making this slip on sneaker that fashion bloggers are talking up; these are my summer wish list, too. A fun sneaker looks great paired with destroyed denim and a relaxed tee for a chic yet casual summer style.
I will be honest, dear readers, I have feared the ankle strap for quite a while. I was under the impression that you needed to have a model-like ankle to rock this style but I have recently discovered that this style actually gives great shape to a woman’s leg. After snagging my first pair of Michael Kors ankle strap heels, I am sold. They pair well will a cropped pant, flowy dress or pencil skirt. These Lela Rose ankle strap heels were awaiting their next owner at the Columbia Pike store; don’t they look strikingly similar to the Monique Lhuillier’s pictured above? I can assure you, there is no way you can beat that $14.98 Goodwill price tag.
Karen Wathen is a young professional and self-proclaimed “thriftanista.” As a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, she has brought her love of writing and affordable fashion together on her blog, County Meanderings, where she frequently posts about her thrifting adventures. Karen aspires to become a leader in the world of non-profit management so naturally, she prides herself in supporting organizations like Goodwill who do their best to empower communities through education and job creation.