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Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Best Spring 2016 Sandals Under $150

Spring has arrived, and so has sandal season! As much as I adore my ankle boots, it's time to set them aside, show off that pedicure and put some stylish new sandals into rotation. When it comes to my favorite sandals, I tend to reach for flat and embellished styles over and over again. Most importantly, they're comfortable, but they're also effortless to style with all my wardrobe staples: skinny denim, printed day dresses, floral rompers, and lace shorts. This spring, I'm eyeing all the top spring 2016 footwear trends, including mules and slides, lace-ups, and studded gladiators. Here are eight of my must-haves under $150.

stylish Sandals for Spring 2016, spring summer 2016 shoe trends for less
1. Merona 'Elani' sandals, $22.99 (also in black or white)
2. Sam Edelman 'Gretchen' sandals, $129.95
3. Mossimo 'Kurin' studded sandals, $22.99
4. Sam Edelman 'Eavan' studded sandals, $130
5. Mossimo 'Kira' sandals, $22.99
6. Sam & Libby 'Arianna' lace-up sandals, $29.99 (I have last year's version in two colors and wear them constantly)
7. Steve Madden 'Slidur' sandals, $69.95 (also in black or white)
8. Sole Society 'Cady' lace-up sandals, $69.95 (also in olive)

See more spring, summer, and fall 2016 shoe trends in my trend report. 

Sam Edelman favorites:





More shoes I'm eyeing:







Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Look for Less - Mule Shoes

If you're a fan of the '90s, then the resurgence of mule shoes may be music to your ears. With Mansur Gavriel's soon-to-sell-out minimalist suede versions and a multitude of similar styles under $150, there are plenty of ways to dip your toes into the trend. Sleek suede styles are perfect for warm weather ensembles. 

My top style tip for how to wear mules: to show them off, pair them with of-the-moment culottes, cropped trousers, midi skirts, or frayed-hem denim (like these and all of these styles). 

Need more mule shoe inspiration? Below, my favorite bloggers style their mules with a crisp and sophisticated palette of black and white. This is modern minimalism at its best. 

Mule Shoes Blogger Street Style Outfits, how to wear mule shoes

images via Pinterest

Mansur Gavriel mules shoes look for less, mule shoe trend 2016

1. Mansur Gavriel suede platforms (also in tan), $625 (shop similar in faux suede under $35)
2. Jeffrey Campbell suede mules, $135
3. Steve Madden platform mules (also in black or blue), $109.95
4. Jeffrey Campbell leather mules, $150
5. Vince Camuto 'Jevan' leather mules, (in three other colors), $118.95
6. Mansur Gavriel suede platforms), $625
7. Mansur Gavriel flats, $395
8. Splendid 'Baron' leather sandals (also in gold), $107.95

Shop mules under $50:


Shop mules:







Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Look for Less - Chloé Faye and Drew Saddle Bags

With the recent resurgence of '70s-inspired styles, it's no surprise that retro accessories like the Chloé 'Faye' and 'Drew' saddle bags are dominating the street style scene. They come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, and their minimal design makes them an effortless choice for wearing with both casual and dressy ensembles. Celebrities such as Jada Pinkett Smith, Blake Lively, and Chrissy Teigen are fans. While the real deal could cost from $795  to $2400, there are a multitude of options to get the Chloé handbag look for less. Case in point: this Topshop version is almost a dead ringer for this Chloé style and this one.

Here's a look at how bloggers Something Navy, Viva Luxury, and Sincerely Jules wear their Chloé Faye and Drew bags.

Chloe Faye Drew Bag Street Style Blogger Outfits

photos via Pinterest

Chloe Faye Drew Bag Look for Less, Chloe Faye Drew bag look alike
1. Chloé small 'Faye' bag, $1390
2. Chloé small 'Drew' bag, $1650
3. Topshop saddle bag (also in black), $60
4. Chloé small 'Marcie' bag, $795
5. H&M shoulder bag, $24.99
6. Sole Society 'Thalia' bag (also in black), $49.95 
7. Forever 21 studded bag (also in tan or black), $27.90
8. Jessica Buurman suede braided bag, $95 (looks like the Chloé 'Hudson' bag)

Shop the real deal:



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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ten Women's Trends for Spring 2016

One of my favorite aspects about attending Magic Market Week in Las Vegas each August and February is scouting the Juniors' fashion trends. Sure, I absolutely love scouting footwear trends, but clothing is really fun to browse as well. I usually leave the trade shows with new sources of style inspiration, an excitement for what's to come, and too many photos to count. In this report, I'll be highlighting ten spring 2016 trends for Juniors and providing retail examples for more inspiration and trend direction.

Like what you see? You can get more photos, trend information, and style ideas by catching up with me on  InstagramFacebookTwitter, Pinterest, or Snapchat @thekeytochic.

1. Midi Moment

Skirts hit their stride in midi lengths, fuller silhouettes, and fun print/texture fabrications. The just-below-the knee length works well with crop tops and flirty blouses.

Midi Skirts Trend 2016

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2. 1970s Denim

Classic denim goes retro with a nod to the '70s. Think culottes, flared shapes, button-front styles, braided trim, medium washes, and gold-tone buttons. 

1970s Denim Trend 2016

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3. Lace and Crochet Come Out to Play

Dresses and tops are injected with visual interest by boho accents including crochet panels and lace trim. Practically every booth I passed featured some form of prominent lace or crochet.

Lace Crochet Panels Trend 2016

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4. Shoulder to Shoulder

In a continuation from last spring, off-the-shoulder and open-shoulder is the name of the game. I noticed the trend on many bohemian blouses, breezy dresses, and printed tops.

Off-the-Shoulder Trend 2016

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5. Fit To Be Tied

Lace-up details continue to be strong for spring and summer, most notably on fitted dresses and casual tops. 

Lace-Up Tops and dresses Trend 2016

More lace-up styles:




6. A Stitch In Time

Colorful embroidery is a key detail on peasant dresses, relaxed blouses, and light cover-ups.

Embroidery Trend 2016

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7. Pink About It

There's no escaping one of spring's most popular colors - pale, dusty pink. I saw it on lace dresses, crochet tops, maxi skirts, and maxi dresses. 

Pink-Lace-Crochet-2016-Trend

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8. To Dye For

In addition to the expected florals, geometrics, and paisley prints of spring, tie-dye figured prominently in many booths. It lends a strong retro/festival vibe when used on knit dresses.

Tie-Dye Trend 2016

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9. Want a Waist?

Waist tie details add a modern edge and create shape on dresses and shorts.  

Waist Tie Trend 2016

10. Pom Pom Party

Vividly colored pom poms lend a playful edge to wedges, bucket bags, and sandals for spring. 

Pom-Poms Trend 2016

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Quick reminder! Find me on InstagramFacebookTwitter, Pinterest, or Snapchat @thekeytochic for more fashion forecasting information, shopping reports, and style inspiration. 

See my 2016 footwear trend report, my seven denim trends for spring/summer 2017, my spring/summer 2016 trend forecast and my spring/summer 2017 trend forecast for additional insight into upcoming Women's trends.

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