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May 3, 2016

Spring Color Finds: Calm & Peaceful to Playful & Bold

This week’s Clothes & Conversation, “Spring’s Pretty Color Palette” outlined the fresh new colors of the season. From soft shades to mid-tones and pops of bold color, there truly is something for everyone. And these Color Finds prove it, so let’s get shopping.
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https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/621378/MICHAEL_Michael_Kors/draped-wrap-effect-stretch-jersey-dress
https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/621378/MICHAEL_Michael_Kors/draped-wrap-effect-stretch-jersey-dress
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MICHAEL Michael Kors - Draped Wrap-effect Stretch-jersey Dress
Draped Wrap-effect Stretch-jersey Dress
MICHAEL Michael Kors
Sold by: Net-a-Porter

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Why is it a Find? The vibrant cobalt blue is a color that flatters most every skin tone, and Michael Kors uses it in an incredibly figure flattering silhouette. The combination results in a dress that can take you from desk to dinner, upscale brunch, and lovely cocktails, too. All that for a price that can’t be beat. We’re sending you to Net-a-Porter through the ‘shop it’ button, where you’ll get free 3-day shipping and free returns, as well.
Wear it with: The versatility of this dress means your shoes will easily change how dressy or casual you want it to be. With silver strappy heels, it’s dressed up for cocktails; nude or black pumps make it work ready for a less conservative environment; and, flat sandals (as shown through the ‘shop it’ button) give it a stylishly laidback look.
Fit Tip: The wrap effect of this modern-fitting dress cleverly creates a pretty drape in just the right spot to help conceal any belly bumps. And the stretch jersey fabric hugs the body, but has a nice weight to it so it’s not clingy. Michael by Michael Kors has a modern fit in XXS-XL, so you can go with your normal size.
Alternatives: Bold blue looks great in so many styles, and Vince certainly got behind this color in a big way this season, with a casual linen cap sleeve Henley tee and a silk short sleeve button down. They both have an easy, loose fit typical of Vince.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/seamed-elbow-slv-sheath/4204947 Eliza J - Seamed Crepe Sheath Dress
Eliza J - Seamed Crepe Sheath Dress
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Eliza J - Seamed Crepe Sheath Dress
Seamed Crepe Sheath Dress
Eliza J
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Pantone Colors of the Year.
Why is it a Find? Eliza J’s take on this season’s rose pink is light and pretty, in a timeless sheath dress that will never go out of style. Click through the ’shop it’ button and you can get a closer look at the subtle seam details that run from the neckline to the sides of the dress, creating just the right amount of interest.
Wear it with: This dress is instantly office appropriate with nude or pale grey pumps. And you can dress it up with metallic heels for a night out or less formal wedding. The high neckline can be accented with a choker necklace, but we love a chunky bracelet or a great pair of earrings.
Fit Tip: The longer sleeve length hits just the right spot on your arm if you want to conceal that beloved jiggle. And if you are petite, it’s still not too long so it looks tailored and appropriate in any setting. Eliza J’s modern fit is available in sizes 2-16, with a touch of stretch in the crepe fabric that creates comfort without cling.
Alternatives: Tahari does a similar style in blush pink that comes in lots of colors you can choose from. It has an a-line shape, so if you have more a pear shape (small waist, fuller hips/behing), this is a great alternative.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/BCBGMAXAZRIA-Keren-Sleeveless-Lace-Peplum-Top-Haze/prod187390332/p.prod BCBGMAXAZRIA - Keren Sleeveless Lace Peplum Top
BCBGMAXAZRIA - Keren Sleeveless Lace Peplum Top
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BCBGMAXAZRIA - Keren Sleeveless Lace Peplum Top
Keren Sleeveless Lace Peplum Top
BCBGMAXAZRIA
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Why is it a Find? Mesh lining ensures this gorgeous lace peplum top is nothing but appropriate. BCBGMAXAZRIA’s haze blue (don’t be confused – it’s called “Multi Colors” when you click through the ‘shop it’ button to add it to your cart) is a lovely take on Pantone’s Serenity.
Wear it with: This pretty top can give timeless white or tan trousers, and a simple pair of jeans (even boyfriend styles), a ladylike finish for a night out. But the fitted styling and peplum detail looks great with a pencil skirt too, creating an instantly cocktail party ready look. While it is lined, it’s a nude mesh lining so make sure you wear a nude bra that isn’t sheer. You can even wear a nude cami underneath for full coverage.
Fit Tip: BCBGMAXAZRIA has a contemporary fit, available in sizes XS-L. The peplum has a slit in the back so it’s not too voluminous.
http://www.zappos.com/product/8712066/color/628582 Splendid - Southhampton Sweater
Splendid - Southhampton Sweater
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Splendid - Southhampton Sweater
Southhampton Sweater
Splendid
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Why is it a Find? Splendid’s striped take on this season’s blue makes for a perfectly casual open cardigan. The linen fabric has a lightweight, textured feel that gives the color a broken-in, vintage feel just right for an easy, Spring or Summer evening.
Wear it with: This sweater works with all of your casual pieces from jeans and tanks to cotton shorts or pants and a basic tee. This shade of blue takes on a faded denim feel, so just like your favorite jeans, it goes with every color in your closet.
Fit Tip: This easy fitting sweater can be worn open, as shown, or you can tie the hem at your waist for a more fitted look – check out how that looks here. The linen fabric ties easily, so it doesn’t look heavy or bulked up around the waist.
Alternatives: J.Crew uses the other Pantone color of the year, creating a pink and navy stripe combination in an easy-fitting boatneck tee that is an equally easy casual staple all season long. But if you’re all about the blue, Splendid also made this amazing soft blue racerback cotton dress that is lined and loose through the body.
https://www.shopbop.com/unlined-tote-rebecca-minkoff/vp/v=1/1528064468.htm Rebecca Minkoff - Unlined Tote
Rebecca Minkoff - Unlined Tote
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Rebecca Minkoff - Unlined Tote
Unlined Tote
Rebecca Minkoff
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Why is it a Find? Updating your accessories with some fresh, new color is an ideal way to modernize your look and give all your wardrobe neutrals a revival. Rebecca Minkoff adds some subtle studding details down the side to break up the pink without making it flashy. And the leather is lovely – soft and not too heavy.
Wear it with: The pop of color is beautiful with neutral jackets, like khaki, navy, white, black, or grey. And this season, this popular pink is practically a neutral itself, so don’t be afraid to wear it with some color. It’s really pretty against any shade of blue, yellow, most pastels, and even red.
Fit Tip: This tote easily fits over your shoulder, even with your Spring jacket and a light sweater on. It’s big enough to fit all your essentials for the office, with an unstructured shape that makes it easy to grab what you need. And it comes with a detachable zip pouch, so you don’t have to bring your whole bag when you are popping out for a quick coffee run.
Alternatives: Baggu plays with pretty pink, giving their version of an unlined leather tote a peachy hue. And if you are looking for a smaller bag, for casual weekend use, Vince’s saddle bag or crossbody bag are great options.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/dresses/day/PRD~F2303/F2303.jsp J.Crew - Wrap Dress
J.Crew - Wrap Dress
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J.Crew - Wrap Dress
Wrap Dress
J.Crew
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Bold Hues.
Why is it a Find? This lemony yellow is sure to put a smile on your face. And J.Crew’s wrap styling will make your figure just as happy. Can’t you just see yourself at a garden party wearing this? Well, we can.
Wear it with: Let the vivid yellow color be the star of the show by wearing nude or gold shoes – something light and strappy is a nice balance to the ruched cotton fabric and swingy skirt. Add a delicate gold necklace to add some subtle shine.
Fit Tip: The wrap style provides a pretty neckline that works for every chest size, while the sash can be tied with a bow or knot to highlight your waist. It’s cut in J.Crew’s typically modern fit, in sizes 000-16 and Petite, so even if you have a smaller frame the pleated cotton fabric won’t be overwhelming.
Alternatives: This dress comes in cobalt blue or simple white through the ‘shop it’ button, as well. We'll warn you...they are all selling out quickly.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/free-people-easy-breezy-linen-cotton-midi-skirt/4319333 Free People - Easy Breezy Linen & Cotton Midi Skirt
Free People - Easy Breezy Linen & Cotton Midi Skirt
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Free People - Easy Breezy Linen & Cotton Midi Skirt
Why is it a Find? Free People’s interesting faded red color makes this a winning Find, whether you love red or orange. The linen and cotton fabric gives it a beautiful texture that is just right for any warm weather casual look. And it’s lined, which prevents cling on a hot day.
Wear it with: For a bit of a nautical feel, navy looks great with this skirt. And heather grey gives it a sporty, casual feel. A white linen button down adds some polish, while still keeping it perfectly relaxed for a casual Friday or easy dinner. Any shoes work – wedges, sandals, even little white sneakers.
Fit Tip: Free People tops and sweaters often have an oversized fit, but this skirt runs true to size.
Alternatives: Sizes are going fast, so if yours is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Shopbop may still have it – and you get free shipping and returns there, too. Alternatively, J.Crew uses a bold orange/red color in cropped, wide leg pants and a textured tweed sheath dress so this is a color that will work at the office, out to dinner, and on a casual weekend day.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-4-way-convertible-three-quarter-sleeve-cardigan-regular-petite/4182758 Nic+Zoe - 4-Way Convertible Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan
Nic+Zoe - 4-Way Convertible Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan
Why is it a Find? Vivid purple is so pretty all year round, but Nic+Zoe use a linen and cotton blend to make this versatile sweater an warm weather must-have.
Wear it with: While this sweater works over all your neutral tops and with pants, jeans, and skirts alike, Nic+Zoe uses this rich shade of purple, mixed with white, in a seriously flattering sheath dress that is so pretty with it.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe’s modern fit is available in sizes XS-XL, and Petite, too. The fit on this sweater isn’t meant to be oversized, running true to size. Besides wearing it open, as shown here, click through the ‘shop it’ button to see the alternate images, which highlight all the great ways you close this sweater – ideal if you want to conceal that area above the waist of your pants.
Alternatives: This sweater is a best selling style in Nic+Zoe’s line and comes in a bunch of beautiful colors through the ‘shop it’ button.
https://www.shopbop.com/leena-platform-espadrille-kate-spade/vp/v=1/1562130455.htm kate spade new york - Leena Platform Espadrilles
kate spade new york - Leena Platform Espadrilles
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kate spade new york - Leena Platform Espadrilles
Leena Platform Espadrilles
kate spade new york
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Why is it a Find? Leave it to kate spade new york to find a perfectly whimsical way to combine all the pretty colors of the season in a stylish and comfortable pair of espadrilles. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see the beautiful detail. These aren’t just ordinary stripes – these shoes are made of a smooth white leather and each color is a luxe grosgrain ribbon. The sole even has rubber accenting for comfort and grip.
Wear it with: Shorts and cropped pants or jeans show off the ankle ties. And a feminine full skirt lend just the right ladylike feel that works with them, too.
Fit Tip: They run true to size. And you can lace the ankle ribbon as high or low on your ankle as you like, so they are flattering on everyone’s legs. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see them on the model.
Alternatives: It’s no surprise that this style is selling out quickly. If your size is already gone through the ‘shop it’ button (where you can use your Amazon Prime account), Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom might still have it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/joie-iva-silk-blouse-nordstrom-exclusive/4177581 Joie - Iva Silk Blouse
Joie - Iva Silk Blouse
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Joie - Iva Silk Blouse
Iva Silk Blouse
Joie
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Soft & Mid-Tones.
Why is it a Find? Joie’s pretty shade of lilac (called “shadow lily” through the ‘shop it’ button) is the perfect shade – not too light, which can wash out paler complexions; not too bold, which can overpower others.
Wear it with: The simple silhouette offers endless versatility. Whether you choose to wear it as a layer under a blazer or cardigan or on its own, this silk blouse will dress up jeans and hold its own with any of your work staples. The covered placket and shirttail hem are just the polished details we expect from Joie
Fit Tip: Joie’s modern fit ensures this blouse won’t pull if you have a larger chest, and the cap sleeves hit at a flattering part of the arm without feeling tight.
Alternatives: This style comes in several Summer colors through the ‘shop it’ button. Joie also offers the ‘Berkeley’ top in the perfect shade of mid-tone pink, great for a lady that prefers a fuller short sleeve.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-petal-showers-twist-sheath-dress-regular-petite/4265075 Nic+Zoe - Petal Showers Twist Sheath Dress
Nic+Zoe - Petal Showers Twist Sheath Dress
Why is it a Find? Nic+Zoe uses both pastel and mid-tone shades of peachy pinks for a lovely combination of floral color. And, of course, it’s the silhouette that makes it such a great Find.
Wear it with: Nude pumps give this dress a more tailored look for day - even work, thanks to the higher jewel neckline, bra-friendly sleeveless style, and knee-skimming length. Switching your shoes to something metallic or strappy, instantly adds some flare that is perfect for a brunch, shower, or great night out.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe runs true to size, in a modern fit available in sizes XS-XL, and Petite. It is even lined to ensure a smooth line. The twist detail at the waist is what makes this silhouette any lady’s best friend, accenting your waist and creating subtle ruching that helps conceal any dreaded belly bumps.
Alternatives: Nic+ Zoe uses this silhouette in a couple of other pretty patterns too, like this mid-brown/aqua Spring print and this blue/pink abstract one.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Joie-Mehira-Linen-Blazer/prod186560007/p.prod Joie - Mehira Linen Blazer
Joie - Mehira Linen Blazer
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Joie - Mehira Linen Blazer
Mehira Linen Blazer
Joie
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Why is it a Find? Finding a great blazer that will give your Summer neutrals an update, and give your jeans work-ready polish, isn’t always an easy task. But Joie’s pale pink linen version does just that.
Wear it with: This blazer is so chic with pale neutral trousers and a matching blouse – white, tan, ivory, or pale grey. And it works with dark colors like black and navy, too. Since this is linen, it looks great with cotton, silk, and yes, other linen pieces.
Fit Tip: Joie’s fit is modern and not too trim, making it a favorite for every lady. It has an open front (no buttons) for casual ease. Note that with linen, it will naturally wrinkle and that is okay – this jacket is lined, preventing it from getting to the point of sloppy.
Alternatives: It also comes in soft blue and perfectly neutral white at Joie’s own website – where you also get free shipping and returns.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-kalstinn-sleeveless-silk-tank/4380982 Theory - Kalstinn Sleeveless Silk Tank
Theory - Kalstinn Sleeveless Silk Tank
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Theory - Kalstinn Sleeveless Silk Tank
Kalstinn Sleeveless Silk Tank
Theory
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Why is it a Find? With the popularity of denim in silhouettes far beyond jeans, Theory’s interpretation of that ideal mid-tone blue makes for a lovely silk top that can be worn from desk to dinner.
Wear it with: So pretty with a patterned pencil skirt or a sophisticated pair of netural trousers, this top can stand on its own or under a blazer/cardigan.
Fit Tip: Theory has a contemporary fit, and this top is cut for an easy, loose shape not meant to be fitted. A racerback bra works seamlessly with the cut-in shoulders, which elongate the look of your arms and add definition around your shoulders. The high-low hem ensures you can wear it tucked in or untucked.
Alternatives: It comes in a few other solids that are all wonderful staples.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/4113089864925.jsp#/ Knitted & Knotted - Ribbed Lace Cardigan
Knitted & Knotted - Ribbed Lace Cardigan
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Knitted & Knotted - Ribbed Lace Cardigan
Ribbed Lace Cardigan
Knitted & Knotted
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Why is it a Find? This soft lavender has a grey undertone and lace along the open placket that add femininity and versatility with a pop of springtime color.
Wear it with: Anthropologie shows how easily this can be worn with a black skirt for a work ready look – and it’s just as appropriate with any of your favorite trousers. But don’t limit yourself to just wearing this to the office. With jeans or casual cotton pants, like these Vince chinos, this cotton sweater is great for casual days, too. It’s shown with this coordinating shell and can easily be worn over a simple white tee, tank, or shell.
Fit Tip: In sizes XXS-XL and Petite, the modern fit works for all. The ribbed knit creates a lean silhouette, but it has an open style and longer hip length that is forgiving and seriously flattering.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/madewell-lassi-flower-scarf/4275092 Madewell - Lassi Flower Scarf
Madewell - Lassi Flower Scarf
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Madewell - Lassi Flower Scarf
Lassi Flower Scarf
Madewell
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Why is it a Find? Madewell’s pink scarf is inspired by Indian block printing, giving the floral pattern a soft and vintage-like feel.
Wear it with: Shades of pink, red, and purple create an unexpected combination of color that is just downright pretty together. Wear it whenever you want to add some color to your look – whether it’s with a white tee, a grey tank, or a simple black cotton dress.
Alternatives: Ted Baker’s sheer silk scarf uses all the lovely pastels of the season in a floral pattern, creating a piece that can be worn as a shawl for dressier occasions, or styled as a scarf for casual looks.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rebecca-taylor-pique-knit-dress/4270547 Rebecca Taylor - Piqué Knit Dress
Rebecca Taylor - Piqué Knit Dress
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Rebecca Taylor - Piqué Knit Dress
Piqué Knit Dress
Rebecca Taylor
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Neutral Shades.
Why is it a Find? While the Little Black Dress is a basic, the Little White Dress is its warm weather update. And this Rebecca Taylor is just right, with a fit-and-flare shape and pique textured fabric, making it a truly figure flattering – and an incredibly forgiving way - to do white.
Wear it with: Have some fun and pair this dress with a colorful pair of sandals or pumps. But for a more conservative look, simple nude heels are just perfect. The timeless style and textured stretch fabric is so neutral it can really be worn in so many ways. For the office, or a night out, it’s a simple solution. And you can even wear it with stylish sneakers, like these Converse, for a casual weekend look. Strappy heels in color or metallic and a posh clutch make this dress cocktail party right.
Fit Tip: Rebecca Taylor is a contemporary brand, but the fit is not as trim as some other contemporary brands. Go with your normal size.
Alternatives: This dress looks just as pretty in the poppy red/orange color that is also available through the 'shop it' button.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/Slim/PRDOVR~E1756/E1756.jsp J.Crew - Matte Crepe Trouser
J.Crew - Matte Crepe Trouser
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J.Crew - Matte Crepe Trouser
Matte Crepe Trouser
J.Crew
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Why is it a Find? Navy is a pretty alternative to replace your basic black pants for the warmer months. The cropped length of these J.Crew pants gives the easier, straight fit a sophisticated an updated look, while the beautiful crepe fabric provides substance to create the perfect drape and polish.
Wear it with: These will be your basic work pants, going with everything in your wardrobe. Button downs, silk tops, lightweight sweaters, blazers…you name it.
Fit Tip: The cropped length is meant to hit just above the ankle, so flat shoes and heels both look great. These pants are cut in J.Crew’s typically modern fit in sizes 000-16, Petite and Tall, there’s a size for everyone. And the back of the waistband is elastic, so you’ll get tons of comfort for a long day that won’t interfere with the stylish look - we love to just tuck the front of our shirts in for a polished look that subtly conceals the back.
Alternatives: These come in black through the ‘shop it’ button, too. And the crepe fabric makes it a wonderful way to do a basic black pair of pants in the warm weather.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/38436887.jsp#/ Grey State - Ballpark Day Dress
Grey State - Ballpark Day Dress
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Grey State - Ballpark Day Dress
Ballpark Day Dress
Grey State
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Why is it a Find? Anthropologie calls this the “Ballpark Day Dress” and we think that sums it up perfectly. The soft heather grey cotton knit fabric gives this easy dress a stylish weekend feel with the comfort of your favorite tee and well-worn shorts. The raw edges at the hems and hidden pockets add to the casual feel with style.
Wear it with: This ideal weekend dress looks great with your flip flops, sneakers, or any sandals. Add a pop of color in a fun scarf or your footwear choice.
Fit Tip: The waist seam and fit-and-flare styling is seriously flattering, and equally comfortable for indulging in weekend brunch. A racerback bra works seamlessly with the cut-in shoulders, which elongate the look of your arms and add definition around your shoulders. (Click through the ‘shop it’ button to check out the back.) In sizes XS-XL and Petite, this dress is an easy fit for every lady.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jeffrey-campbell-perpetua-open-toe-mule-women/4284829 Jeffrey Campbell - Perpetua Open Toe Mule
Jeffrey Campbell - Perpetua Open Toe Mule
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Jeffrey Campbell - Perpetua Open Toe Mule
Perpetua Open Toe Mule
Jeffrey Campbell
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Why is it a Find? We love the return of the block heel – and done in this fresh taupy grey, they go with everything. Jeffrey Campbell uses suede to give this neutral color a rich feel so it doesn’t feel flat and is anything but boring.
Wear it with: This shade of grey has a beige undertone, so it really does work with most everything in your closet – from bold color to pastels to neutrals and denim. And this new block heeled silhouette can be worn with cropped pants, dresses and skirts, jeans, wide leg trousers - even shorts, since the heel isn’t too high. Dress them up or down with ease.
Fit Tip: We’ve found these to run true to size, and are not too wide or too narrow.
Alternatives: If you prefer flats, Sam Adelman’s simple leather ballet flats comes in every neutral you can want, from nude and ballet pink to cognac brown and black.
 

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