Are you as excited about spring in Australia as I am? Finally we can turn off our heaters and put away those big, bulky jackets. In fact, wearing lighter clothes is one of the things I love most about spring; it feels like a huge weight lifted off your shoulder – pun intended.
With every new season comes new trends in fashion. The 70s are still the decade to channel; think flared pants, flowy blouses and lots of suede. The main trend for spring, though, is anything lace-up.
First seen on the Chloé runway, lace-up sandals, gladiators and clothes have found their way into high street fashion labels’ collections. So get inspired by the following finds of spring’s hottest fashion trend, lace-up.
This is where it all started: The original Chloé lace-up sandals are every fashionista’s dream this season. They’re extremely versatile and thanks to a low heel, comfortable, too! With a hefty price tag of $1890, they’re going to remain a dream for me. Thankfully, a lot of cheaper brands have picked up on the trend.
These MissGuided gladiators are the more dramatic version of the Chloé ones and are sure to make any summer dress look extra cool.
If effortless had a name, it would be Asos Lace-Up Denim Dress. Not only are denim dresses on trend, but combined with the white laces it takes you to the next level of fashionable.
For a more elegant, feminine look, opt for this white lace-up blouse. It will take you from work to drinks with your friends effortlessly without a need to accessorise. The lace-up neckline is a showstopper all by itself.
This pencil skirt is anything but boring. With its lace-up details on the hips, it accentuates your waistline and seems inspired by corsets – definitely not for the timid!
Images via Chloe, Missguided, Shopbop, Asos, Yoox
Knee-high sandals are some of the hottest shoe trends of summer, since they can ultimately change the look of any outfit. Pair them with shorts, skirts, and shift dresses for a trendy look that is seriously effortless! Try some of our favourite outfit combinations below with your pair of knee-high sandals this summer.
Our favourite Kardashian sister was spotted with a killer pair of knee-high sandals in Los Angeles over the summer. Kourtney finished off this bohemian inspired look with a large-brim fedora hat.
Get into the festival vibe this summer by pairing distressed denim shorts with knee-high sandals. Just remember to apply some SPF so you’re not left with a weird leg-tan!
Baby doll dress
Keep cool in this stunning baby doll dress which is perfect for events during the evening. Finish off the look with a handbag to store all of the essentials.
Style your favourite denim shorts and knee-high sandals with a kimono jacket for the summer.
Take it one step further and try some coloured denim mini shorts which are perfect with a summer tan. A crop top or bodysuit is the best way to keep cool during the warmer weather.
Style your favourite skort with a pair of knee-high sandals for a dinner date or drinks in the summer.
Try a fun, summer playsuit with knee-high sandals for a quick and effortless look ideal for the beach.
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There’s no denying that gladiator sandals are a summer staple – they are so easy to style with almost any clothes, come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be worn anywhere from the beach to the bar. Whether you’re going to a festival or simply catching up with friends for dinner, below are some easy ways to style gladiator sandals this summer.
A classic mini dress is a must-have during summer since it’s so effortless and keeps you cool. A pair of brown or black gladiator sandals add the finishing touches to this stylish look.
What better way to ease into summer weather than with a pair of denim shorts? Whether you like them long, frayed, distressed, or high-waisted, they are an easy way to transition your wardrobe from spring to summer.
If you’re planning to take your outfit from day to night, a smart shift dress is the perfect option. It will keep you cool without compromising your style – just pair with a clutch or small bag which fits the essentials for an evening of parties.
A pair of flat gladiator sandals is the best way to dress down an evening look. Gigi Hadid was spotted wearing a chic white jumpsuit with black and gold sandals in New York City recently – perfect!
If you prefer to show off your legs like Chrissy Teigen, then a short playsuit will be your BFF this summer. Finish off the outfit with a fedora to protect yourself against the sun and a pair of chic gladiator sandals.
Images via Nany’s Klozet, Shop Daily Chic, La Cool Et Chic, Daily Mail
Although we really don’t need another excuse to buy more shoes, summer is the perfect reason to stock-up on a variety of footwear for the new season. But with so much variety out there on the market, where do we start?
Use the following footwear options as a sartorial guide for shoes that you need to survive the warmer season.
Wedges are an incredible shoe for the summer, since they are still very dressy but comfortable at the same time. To show off your killer-tan, choose a colour such as brown or black (since this can also go with almost any outfit).
If you plan on wearing wedges for a long time, choose a pair which has a tiny platform – this will keep your feet happy all night long!
BETTS Toni, $99.99
There’s no doubt about it that espadrilles are definitely staying in trend for summer. They come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles, all of which are flattering on every foot!
If your outfits are mostly monochrome, choose a fun pattern which will remain as the focal point of your entire outfit.
Missoni For Target Women’s Espadrilles, $40
Every girl needs a pair of thick heels in their life – they’re easy to walk in, flatter the foot, and are appropriate for almost any time of formal event. Choose between gold and silver hardware if you shoes have an ankle strap, and make sure to match it with your other accessories.
ZU Shoes Cayman Nude Platform Sandal with Electroplated Ankle Strap, $130
Whether you prefer a flat or heeled sandal, there is no denying that lace-up straps are a big trend this season. Wrap them around your ankle and make sure to tie with a double knot so they don’t come tumbling down!
Last and not least have to be mules. Love it or leave it, but this trend has been resurrected from the late 90s, and it’s not going back anytime soon! Not only are mules extremely versatile, but they are a subtle and secure way to dress up your outfit without going over the top.
Image via J Rebecca Style
Want to incorporate the hottest footwear trend into your wardrobe without going over your credit limit? Lace-up sandals are a versatile choice of footwear since they are often very affordable, and can be used to dress an outfit up or down. Below are just a few simple ways to style your new lace-up shoes.
If you want to channel some simple Swedish fashion-blogger vibes, then wear your favourite lace-up sandals with a classic dress. Make sure the fit of the shoes is comfortable and generally avoid buying online if you’re unsure of your sizing. Finish off with a chic satchel bag to carry all of your bits and bobs.
Not the kind of suit you’re thinking about! One of the hottest trends this season is coordinates – which usually consists of a matching blazer and shorts/skirt combination. Choose a pair of black, white, or neutral coloured sandals which won’t overpower the rest of the look.
For the ultimate casual look, wear your favourite pair of distressed denim jeans with a cute pair of lace-up flats. Soft pastel colours work best with darker skin tones, and monochrome colours are perfect if you have fair skin.
For a subtle hint of sophistication, pair your lace-up sandals with a form-fitting midi skirt. This is a classic look which is appropriate for the office, drinks or even a formal dinner. Just throw on a structured blazer and a textured clutch to complete the overall look.
How would you style your lace-up sandals?
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