The Perfect Summer Sandal Has Been Discovered…And It’s $50

Finding the perfect shoes for summer can be almost as hellish as the 96% humidity you must endure while wearing them. I think flip-flops belong in the Springfield Tire Fire, but I don’t have the requisite $700 for the Italian leather sandals The Sartorialist thinks I need. What’s a gal to do?

I’ll tell you what: make your way to Topshop and buy the Hetty Cleated Sandal.

While perusing the racks of shorteralls and angular crop tops of the Topshop sale rack yesterday, I came upon these babies. If appearance wasn’t enough to convince me, I tried them on and my feet immediately went “woah.” How can a pair of shoes be so cute yet so squishy? Even if I never find the answer, I may still end up as the owner of every color before the summer is out…

For the ultimate test, I wore these sandals all day today. I walked many an avenue back and forth and found not for a second did I want to hack off my legs at the ankle. Miraculous!


Help! What Do I Wear With My Ridiculous Nike Leggings?

The last time I was in Los Angeles, I begged my boyfriend to take me to the NikeTown store in Beverly Hills. I figured that was the perfect place to jump-start my “I’m a cool, carefree West Coast Gal who makes sportswear look like couture” lifestyle. There, I went a little crazy and seriously splurged on a pair of leggings (pictured above) that I was certain would make all of my dreams come true.

Months later, and I’ve worn them maybe twice. I’ve put them on a couple times, admired the rear-view in the mirror, and then taken them off after realizing I have no idea how to wear these into the world.

“Wear them with a sports bra and cut up t-shirt and feel the burn, fool!” Yeah, yeah. I didn’t incur credit card debt to buy something I was going to sweat in.

Perhaps you’re in the same position? Did you go overboard with the rainbow yoga pants at Lululemon and now they are gathering dust? Or perhaps you indulged in Stella McCartney for Adidas and your world is crumbling before you? Come, sit down my legging-clad babes–let’s solve this problem once and for all.

Silky camisoles are almost always a foolproof solution to any outfit needs. The collarbone exposure is universally flattering, but the wispy fabric keeps your outfit from being too clingy and restricting. Choose a pattern or print in accordance with your respective ridiculous leggings. Or, if you’re feeling particularly Coachella that day, try something trendy like a crochet cami.

Consider going full-on Assassin’s Creed with a badass variation on the concept of “tunic.” Also particularly handy for when you don’t care enough that day to figure out what’s going on with your Visible Pantyline (VPL) situation.

Peasant blouses and anything with a cropped, box-cut style is going to flatter your socks off. They’re so floaty and romantic and will keep you from venturing too deeply into Health Goth territory.

If you’ve already spent your paycheck on a pair of spandex leg-casings, don’t go overboard with the footwear. Heels, dainty flats, and any variation of booties need not apply. Keep it simple with Teva-esque sandals, sneakers, or slip-ons.

Ahh yes, I can see it now: we are all blossoming into perfect little polyester flowers. At the end of the day, we all just need to ask ourselves the same question: WWSSD?

What would Sporty Spice do?