Since their creation in 1902, Mary Jane shoes have been a hot commodity for fashionable young ladies. The shoe is most well known for being worn by flappers in the 1920’s, who liked the strap because it kept their heels on as they danced. This week’s Fashionista channels some of that vintage charm with her casual, yet classy ensemble.
Florals in fall hues lend an easy sophistication to any outfit. This Fashionista chose to work her florals into a blue skirt with cream and black accents, which provide a fairly neutral base for the small button and ruffle accents. Beware though: large prints on bottom can widen the silhouette in an unflattering way if worn incorrectly. However, this Fashionista knew how to avoid such an unfavorable look by choosing a skirt that sits higher on the waist and has slight pleating at the bottom. The higher waist emphasizes the smallest part of her body and the pleats enhance the effect by adding volume closer to the hem. She also tucks in a simple cream-colored blouse that color-wise balances the dark blues and blacks of the skirt.
While the adorable skirt is an obvious power player in this outfit, the true star is the burnt orange Mary Jane pumps. Not only does the deep orange fit perfectly amongst the autumn leaves, but blue and orange are complementary colors, so they go along with the outfit as a whole without being overly matching. The best part about Mary Janes is their versatility. This particular Fashionista sports a pair with a lower heel that are comfortable to walk to class in and still look feminine and well dressed. Her over-the-knee black socks go well with the flirty, vintage vibe of the look and add coverage to make it appropriate for fall. On the other hand, Fashionistas could purchase Mary Janes with high heels and wear them with a sweet, yet edgy mini dress, like this lace shift dress from Nordstrom.
No matter how Fashionistas wear their Mary Janes, they’re sure to make their 1920’s predecessors proud.