From a chilled white sneaker to a beautifully embellished heel to a bohemian tasselled boot, we all have our go-to footwear choice.
With summer being the perfect time to experiment with your look and to free your style alter ego, we look to a few street style stars to provide us with plenty of inspiration and a little extra incentive to try something slightly out of our comfort zone. Who will you be channelling this summer?
1. Wistful Bohemia
If you can't express your inner bohemian traveller in the heat of high summer when can you? By avoiding the clichés channelling your inner free-spirit can still look elegant and put together. Actress Kate Bosworth nails the 2016-Grown-Up-Boho vibe by pairing wistful pieces with something more polished. To channel Miss Bosworth's look to tan tones and textures when it comes to footwear and pair with a fitted jacket. Bionda Castana's suede booties provide the perfect hint of hippy style with their fringing and Brother Vellies' bold use of textures and furry fabrics does the same.
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2. Street Sport
Not many nail the 'Off Duty Model' look better than Kendall Jenner. Do you feel like it might be time to trial the sports inspired leisurewear trend that's taken over the streets and the catwalk in recent years? Let Kendall be your guide. Her street style is more often than not finished off with a pair of box fresh sneakers. Make a statement by finishing off a sleek refined outfit with a pair of fresh white lace ups (Iro have a perfect pair!) to add a cool edge to your look. Or embrace full on casualwear with baseball caps andjersey tees a'la Californian Kendall.
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3. Ladylike Simplicity
No one works a flat shoe quite like Alexa Chung. Fact. Never seen with out a heel? She might have you converting! A sleek, pointed flat can have all the elegance of a stiletto heel, but without the pain! Look to Alexa for evening wear inspiration; a flowing gown can look polished with slick, detailed flats. Bionda Castana's laster cut metallic versions are the perfect pair if you want to turn heads.
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4. Aerial Accents
If you belong to the style tribe that's fully dedicated to keeping their feet firmly on the ground, maybe it's time to embrace a little height in a statement heel. Leandra Medine of Man Repeller knows how work a statement fashion piece, and when it comes to a daring heel she tends to keep the rest of her outfit pared back and easy. If you like to keep it casj like Leandra, a bold heel can still work. Pair your statement shoe with a pair of grungy ripped jeans, like Iro's light wash pair, and a simple shirt or an throw-on oversizedshirtdress for envy inducing cool girl nonchalance.
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You can never go sartorially wrong with black. It's everyone's favourite, failsafe go-to. A LBD is a wardrobe staple for a reason! When summer comes around we tend to feel like we should be shedding our daily uniform of black on black and replacing it with a plethora of sunny colours and feminine florals. But, there's no need to leave your beloved dark tones buried deep at the back of the wardrobe, hibernating until the cooler weather hits in Autumn.
So, in dedication of our favourite colour, we're going to take you through 3 foolproof ways to style black wardrobe staples in the balmy summer heat...
First up, we have everyone's favourite: the biker jacket. An easy-to-wear throw on piece that has a place in every M Girl's closet. A black leather jacket is the prefect add on to any summer dress. The slick leather and silver hardware gives a much needed cool girl edge to floaty fabrics and candy colours. Try Iro's classic biker over the top of one of Tibi's elegant flowing midi dresses to toughen up your look. Or why not try Mo & Co's patched leather version paired with EDIT's colour block sundress for an everyday cool vibe.
Wide legged trousers are a staple for every 2016 wardrobe. A classic black pair are easy to dress down and just as easy to dress up. For an easy go-to summer outfit, guaranteed to keep you cool, opt to pair yours with a simple tee. Keep it monochrome for nonchalant elegance. Throw on Tibi's deconstructed buckled top over a pair of Bella Freud pants. Or keep it relaxed with a slogan tee from Etre Cecile & a pair of Rag & Bone leather culottes for a daytime sports-luxe feel.
Our third and final focus is on the added accents that work to elevate your outfit. Pairing black accent pieces with neutral tones is a good way of keeping your look fresh and seasonal, whilst still adding in the edgier dark hue. Layer Alexander Wang's bralet top over a simple, understated dress, such as EDIT's flute sleeve version or over Each X Other's ribbed tank for an unexpected texture clash. A pair of Alexander Wang chunky black sandals add a rocker edge toEach X Other's light peach-toned duster coat.
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