Sperry Top-Siders have become a fashion must this season — more so than ever before. I remember the first time I saw someone rocking the infamous Sperry Top-Siders boat shoe during my freshmen year, but this prep was polished in everything Martha’s Vineyard and J.Crew. Now, that is not to knock the preppy look off the stage because I love it when Fashionistos break out in their crisp polos, blanketed with a Martha’s Vineyard vest, all on top of some bright colored khakis, a pair of Knockarounds and some Sperry Top-Siders. Even Fashionistas bring preppy to an all time high with a J.Crew sweater, pastel shorts, a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers and some stylized Sperry Top-Siders. But, I have to give credit to this Fashionista who took a different route with a somewhat preppy concept.
I never thought about wearing a pair of Sperry Top-Siders with a more edgy look. I found this Fashionista on the quad in between classes, enjoying the wonderful weather. A nice spring day in D.C. means time for shorts and a tank. I love this Fashionista’s tribal top; the peek-a-boo cut in the back gives a daintier feel to such a laid back, comfortable cotton tank. The way she loosely tucks her top into a pair of gray wash slightly distressed denim shorts mirrors her “Let’s hangout” vibe. The way her shirt billows out of the top of her shorts adds contrast to the typically structured outfit a Sperry Top-Sider owner would wear.
The fact that her shoes are white adds even more intrigue to this Fashionista's outfit. A white shoe is typically hard to match with such a relaxed outfit, especially when it is a boat shoe. But this Fashionista masterfully mashes together the two styles. She proves that you don’t need to be a preppy dresser to wear an epitomized preppy shoe.
Spotted: Tommy Hilfiger adds a feminine touch to the boat shoe by adding a heel and platform in his spring 2011 collection.