Birkenstocks

Current Trends That Were Once SO Uncool

There are a handful of trends that have emerged in the past year that, some time ago, were so not cool. Trends come and go, but these ones appear to have hit the hot list for the first time in 2014.

RELATED: 5 Trendy Shoes Making A Comeback

Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks were always built for practicality and comfort, never for style. They are the Volvo of footwear. Before 2014, you might have seen them worn by tourists or daggy parents. However, this year, these slip-ons are hot property – with the fashion elite jumping at the chance to own a pair. Other footwear brands are even imitating the Birkenstock sandal! Pair with casual jeans for that laid-back look.

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Double denim

Remember Britney and Justin at the VMAs? Who would have thought the Canadian tuxedo would become your go-to outfit? Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Miranda Kerr are all loving this look. The rules: don’t wear the same shade of denim. Style with funky accessories and statement shoes. We’re loving Kerr’s preference for leopard print footwear.

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 Clashing prints

Tropical, geometric, floral, animal – where does it end? Nowhere, apparently. As we move past the age of normcore, we welcome the era of… well, oddcore. Anything goes in 2014, where you can wear your floral skirt with your tiki top and be the most stylin’ person in the room. Follow SHESAID’s style guide for clashing prints.

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Sneakers and jeans 

Did Jerry Seinfeld have it right all along? Trendy trainers are in right now, even with your denim! Try a pair of neon Nikes with your double denim.

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October 7, 2014

5 Ways To Style Birkenstocks

Love them or hate them, but Birkenstocks are back and in a big way! Slides have slowly crawled their way back into fashion with design houses such as Celine opting for fur-lined slides as the next big thing. If you’re curious about this trend, and how to incorporate it into your own style – watch this space.

Duster coat

The best way to get noticed wearing a pair of Birkenstocks is definitely the high-low appeal. This means wearing clothes from a variety of high and low end designers to create a unique look. Since we’re already in spring, as the weather warms-up wear your sandals with a long duster coat, leather skirt and long-sleeve shirt for a trans-seasonal look.

Distressed denim

For a laid-back look why not invest in a pair of well fitted jeans to wear with your Birkenstocks? This look is classic, will never go out of style and is oh-so comfy!

Lace

Make like an Olsen twin and bring a little bit of glam to your look by pairing your Birkenstocks with a pretty summer dress. Since we’ve already showed you how to wear white lace, incorporate this classic look into your spring/summer wardrobe without breaking a leg in sky-high stilettos.

Fuzzy jumper

Lesson 2 on how to keep it casual – pair your Birkenstocks with cut-off shorts and a fuzzy jumper. This understated look is still refined since the jumper is a major look-at-me piece without the risk of feeling underdressed.

Overalls

Yes, overalls. Take a little (okay, a lot) of inspiration from the 1990’s and channel this easy-breezy look with a plain white t-shirt and leather backpack. All in the name of comfort dressing!

How would you style Birkenstocks?

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September 8, 2014

5 Shoes Making A Trendy Comeback

Ever noticed that your old cringe-worthy heels made popular in the mid-2000s have recently been re-vamped and sold in stores with a heftier price tag? If you’ve still got these shoes somewhere in your closet, they’re probably considered outdated to some and completely on-trend to others. Below are our top four picks which are making a full-force comeback into fashion.

Mules

Sold almost everywhere from designer labels all the way to your local Zara, mules are a summer sandal which expose the heel and have no strap. Often dubbed as one of the most ‘ugliest’ shoes, they were made popular by Carrie Bradshaw, and she can’t get it wrong, can she? Basically, you can think of these shoes as high-heeled slippers, which often expose the toes. Black is best if you are stuck between which colour to buy, and a thicker heel will surely give you more support and stability while you’re strutting around town.

We recommend: River Island Womens Black Black Chunky Strap Mules, $50

Slip-ons

Slip-ons are closed flat shoes which don’t require any shoe laces, and are usually 3-4cms high. Very comfortable, but not exactly everyone’s cup of tea, they are best styled with distressed denim and a comfy jumper for a laid-back look. Designer Phoebe Philo was responsible for bring back this trend, when she designed a similar shoe for her label, Celine.

We recommend: Vans Classic Slip On, $89.95

Points

Pointed-heel shoes have made a steady comeback over the last few years, even replacing round-toe shoes which have been a massive trend over the last few years. Not only are these heels incredibly versatile, but they also elongate the leg and can be worn for a variety of occasions. If you’re worried about your foot slipping out, simply invest in pair which ties around the ankle. These will secure the foot in place, and create the illusion of a slimmer ankle.

We recommend: ASOS Spring Break Pointed High Heels, $49.02

Birkenstocks

What is there to say about Birkenstocks? You either love them, or you hate them – there is no in-between! These comfy sandals have been associated with the tourists for many years, but maybe they’re onto something? Available with a white or black strap, or even completely matte-black leather (if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on them), these are a massive trend which both men and women can enjoy.

We recommend: Birkenstock Arizona, $97.94

Jelly sandals

Yes, jelly sandals are definitely back, and not just for kids this time! These sandals are cheap, come in a variety of colours and fold up right into your handbag. Wear them casually with jeans and a simple t-shirt, or style them up for warmer weather with a flowy mini-dress.

We recommend: Jelly Beans Sandal, $34.99

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July 15, 2014