Nina Garcia, Project Runway judge and Creative Director at Marie Claire said, “I’m a big believer that accessories can make or break a look”. Nina, we couldn’t agree more. Accessories and shoes can take a limited wardrobe and make it limitless. A necklace here, a scarf there, a change of shoes: all of a sudden you have multiple looks for multiple occasions all based around one single garment. Don’t believe us? We’ll prove it!
Yubin Choi, aka Mistress of Hosiery, is like many Simons employees: a Millennial on a budget. (Those student loans are killer, you guys). She frequents local consignment shops like Second Time Around and Buffalo Exchange, as well as TJMaxx and Gap, in search of versatile, frugal finds to round out her wardrobe.
We recently completed an accessory style challenge brought to us by Instagram user @midlifestyletips. We wanted to show how you could use Simons shoes and accessories to to make a basic black trapeze-style dress work for any occasion, in this case a day of work at the store, date night at the Coolidge, and Yubin’s upcoming trip to Paris this summer.
There’s nothing better than a pair of Dansko clogs for a 9-hour workday on your feet. The cordovan works great as a bold yet neutral color. We paired Yubin’s LBD with a pair of Hue leggings along with a basic black cardigan from Yubin’s own closet. A red leather Osgoode Marley backpack makes for a great commuter bag.
Osgoode Marley 5020 Ink Backpack $209
Dansko Professional Cordovan Clog $120
Hue Wide Waistband Leggings $36
For date night Yubin’s rocking one of our favorite styles from Rieker this season. They’re flirty yet comfortable; perfect for a post-movie stroll through Coolidge Corner or a trip to JP Licks. Yubin’s military style jacket paired with the Hobo clutch with optional crossbody strap provides a cool contrast to the frilly trapeze dress.
Rieker 67366 Brown Heeled Sandals $120
Hobo SO-82177 Brown Fringe Clutch $158
Yubin used her recent tax refund to plan a trip to Paris with a couple girlfriends. She’s packing light and efficiently, pairing her black dress with another versatile spring and summer wardrobe essential, a chambray shirt. To protect her delicate ivory skin from the sun, she’ll be bringing along a Sunday Afternoon wide brim hat which is foldable and crush-proof so it packs great. The Wolky Rio sandal is new this season, a cool alternative to the Jewel and comes with a thousand mile guarantee. Finally you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better bag for travel than the Highrise crossbody from Baggallini. It’s perfect compact, organized, and water and stain resistant.
Baggallini Highrise Crossbody in Apple $42
Sunday Afternoon Riviera Hat in Tweed $39
Wolky Rio Sandal in Black Nubuck $159
With Simons Shoes, the possibilities for your spring and summer wardrobe are endless. Stop in to check out our collection of bags, scarves, hats, and of course SHOES!