ACCESSORIES REPORT: Just Playing in the Sand(als)

As soon as those warm temperatures hit, we know where to run: straight to our closets! We push back the sweaters and parkas and opt for shorts, loose tanks and most importantly (in Carrie Bradshaw’s and my eyes) summer shoes. Sandals are always the hit of the outfit, whether gladiators, traditional flip-flops or modest flats with different embellishments such as chains or fringe — sandals always seem to add a vibe to a summertime outfit.

I spotted this Fashionista on a warm day in D.C., after her pale red J.Crew fish shorts stood out to me. She pairs them with a plain white Michael Stars tee, a cute Betsey Johnson bracelet and beige Steve Madden flats that give a bohemian, relaxed vibe to a preppy outfit.

Different sandals are key to making a summer outfit pop and to stand out in the sea of boat shoes and espadrilles. They can also completely change an outfit. The right kind of sandals can make legs look long and lean. Sandals with metal embellishments add a tough feel to any summery outfit. Gladiators paired with a maxi skirt or khaki shorts give off a bohemian vibe. Classic flats are a great way to give off a minimalist vibe. Bold colored sandals really perk up any neutral outfit. The only rule to sandals is simple: no socks, unless you want to look like your middle school science teacher.

Spotted: Gladiators spotted on various runways in spring 2009.

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