STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Saddle Up

Style Advice of the Week

Upon spotting this Fashionisto strolling along the streets of Muncie, the singular thought that flooded my brain was: “Everyone in college needs to dress like that.” The experimental nature of a collegiate student is expressed in his combination of the All-American prep school style with a quirky, vintage vibe. Footwear is always the true test of style when it comes to a fashion-minded individual, and this Fashionisto certainly has it right with a pair of saddle shoes.

Long walks across campus to class make a pair of flat shoes essential. No matter how many times I convince myself that wearing four-inch wedge boots to class is a good idea, my blistered feet are always clad in a pair of heel-less chucks by the end of the day. Saddle shoes have a low heel and an old-fashioned charm that suits a college student perfectly. Pair them with fun socks to add a quirky twist on the classic shoe.

My father has always been the type of man to scold my brother and I when we don’t match our belt to our shoes, so I can’t help but internally applaud when I see others following this same rule. The navy blue is a common theme among the vibrant green belt and ivory shoes. Forever 21 and Topshop offer an array of belt colors that are sure to match any shoe you own. Except UGG boots — they do not make any belt colors to match UGG boots, so simply do not wear them.

For those of you that are opposed to wearing pants, saddle shoes look great paired with a dress or skirt. This trench dress or this cable knit sweater dress from Tommy Hilfiger are two classy options. The only dresses that should not be worn with saddle shoes are those with a hemline above fingertip length. Those types of garments should be paired with five-inch stilettos and the backdrop of a dimly lit street corner.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Saddle Up

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One of my favorite Halloween costumes was when I dressed up as a 1950s girl, complete with a poodle skirt, saddle shoes and bobby socks. The best part of my costume was definitely the saddle shoes. Lucky for us, saddle shoes are still on trend for both men and women this fall, not just for Halloween.

Speaking of saddle shoes brings us to this week's Fashionisto. I couldn’t help but notice his green skinny pants paired with a patterned button-up and an amazing pair of saddle shoes. Okay ladies, lets be honest, a guy in a rad pair of shoes is always impressive. Fellow Fashionistos, I found two options I love for this style of shoes.

I love the color combination of this gray and yellow pair. Color blocking, neon and neutrals were trendy this past spring/summer and Fashionistos can incorporate that trend into fall with this saddle shoe. I recommend wearing these shoes like this week's Fashionsisto wore his. A pair of slim fit jeans and an oxford shirt will create a perfect, polished look. Going to work or an internship that requires business attire? Wearing them with a nice pair of dress slacks and a dress shirt is always an option as well because they're versatile enough to dress up or down.

For a more casual option, these saddle sneakers do the trick. These will be easy to wear anywhere since they're a little less dressy. Wear them with a pair of jeans and a raglan shirt or sweater.

Being fashionable isn’t just for us gals! Guys, take note from this week's Fashionisto and my two options for a few new clothing ideas. You will feel good and the ladies of your campus will thank you.

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I really enjoy watching trends and styles transform from season to season; each time a new detail on a classic trend is changed to make it more current. Boots, riding boots in particular, have been a trend for quite some time, but it wasn’t until last year that I really began to notice the extra details.

There are the standard riding boots with buckle details like GoJane offers. Last year it seemed like the most popular boot style was a brown boot with a red zipper up the back. You can even get some at Payless with a side zipper. This year, the new extra touch is lace-up. Whether you lace it up in the front or the back, it is the new way to set your boot apart. I love this style, so I went out and bought myself a pair of Wanted boots that lace up in the back.

This Fashionista kept her outfit season-appropriate, keeping each piece within a warm fall palette and using earthy tones. I enjoy the light sheer tights under her shorts, which keep her legs warm while letting the boots really stand out. Her black riding boots make the look polished and mature. Riding boots are great over tights or leggings for cold winter days or with a summer dress for warmer weather.

Who knows what the new style for riding boots will be next season. Button-up? Looks like Victoria’s Secret already has a jump on that trend. Whatever it may be, it is always exciting to see how the trend evolves.

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When it comes to keeping your style classic but with a continuous fresh feel, nothing beats leather riding-boots as a wardrobe staple to match any of your fashion whims. Riding boots are a comfortable yet chic way of keeping your outfits polished and never boring. Keep your standards high when purchasing leather boots; you don’t want to end up with flecks of vinyl falling off your too worn-in boots. It’s inevitable that boots will become a huge part of your everyday look, so don’t skimp out on quality.

What makes this Fashionista’s look so fresh like a lime in a Corona is her fabulous vintage looking shirt that is fitted to perfection.

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