Who loves the neon trend?! I sure do! Years ago, neon was so taboo and a throwback to the 80s, which some may love and others may not. Neon can sometimes be thought of as tacky, loud, obnoxious, unprofessional, and risky. Well, it’s funny how things change so swiftly with time, eh? Take a second to realize that neon is not so bad and the world therefore needs to quit bludgeoning its reputation. Just with any color, pattern, or fabric trend, wear it sparingly and with good taste. An overload of anything is probably going to make anyone cringe with horror and dismay, so as the old adage goes, less is more. In other words, if you want to rock the neon trend, then do it! Just start out with a neon accessory, like a watch or bracelet or scarf. Once you’ve become comfortable, spring for the bright top you’ve been eying at Neiman Marcus or totally buy yourself a loudly hued handbag. Personally, I think neon shoes make any outfit a little wild and a little fun. When I said that less is more, I meant it, so please, please, please be conscientious when wearing neon. Mixing colors is one thing but mixing neon colors derives from a completely different set of fashion rules.
Here’s a whole lot of neon rolled into one shoe by Brian Atwood:
Brian Atwood Alima Neon Patent Leather Pumps; $795
Need more neon footwear? This link to polyvore.com has an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G selection.
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As Glamour.com article writer, Meghan Gustashaw, insists, you should have 10 staple types of shoes in your closet so that you can pretty much be ready for any situation that emerges unexpectedly. Although I agree with her well-stocked list, I sometimes think about the fact that you can never truly get by with only ten pairs of necessary shoes. If you quadruple that number and then double it, then maybe we’ll be in some form of business. We all know that the most essential of all is the basic black pump. Although this is true,
wouldn’t you think that it’s also just as necessary to have a basic black platform, stiletto, pointed-toe, peep-toe, rounded-toe, and in matte leather, patent leather, suede, and even reptile leather, just for kicks? A basic black heel is a fundamental to any fashionable wardrobe, yes, but think about just how broad that is and how different occasions call for different types of “basic black heels”. Makes a bit of sense, right? I suppose if you aren’t quite the analytical thinker like I am then you wouldn’t have journeyed on ten different paths about what it means to have a basic black heel. If you’re not, consider yourself lucky. More options means tougher decisions. Maybe Meghan was smart in deriving such a concise and straightforward list of essential shoes that every girl should have. Well, here it goes:
- Nude peep-toe pumps
- Black city boots (either flat or with a small heel)
- Ballet flats
- Wooden platform sandals
- Canvas sneakers
- Black pumps
- Metallic sandals
- Suede booties
- Flat, leather sandals
- Gorgeous and gleeful “work-of-art” shoes
If you lack more than half of the listed shoe options in your very own closet, then take a little extra money and give yourself an excuse to get shoe shopping!
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Studded-Back Platform Over-the-Knee Boot by Rachel Zoe; $695
The new Rachel Zoe collection at Neiman Marcus is pretty impressive, particularly the shoe sub-collection. With so many chic styles to choose from, you can go from small to tall when talking in terms of boots, or settle for something in between. This studded-back platform over-the-knee boot in black suede is
Black Suede 'Bella' Bootie by Rachel Zoe; $425
nothing short of extreme. Only serious fashionistas, and daring ones at that, can confidently pull off the sexy silhouette of this stunning stiletto boot. The inverse, an ankle-high side-studded black suede bootie with a platform heel, is great for being fashion forward for fall without having to work up quite as much courage. I warn you, they’re a bit pricey, but both are nothing short of fabulous.
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