Style Advice of the Week

The common saying, “The shoes make the girl” is not just a phrase used by women to justify lavish purchases, but rather an assertion to the power of shoes. Shoes have the power to complement or add contrast to an outfit. From season to season, shoes are used as a vessel to inject fashion-forward trends into your wardrobe without having to break the bank. Models from the fall 2012 runways strutted in every kind of shoe, from an equestrian boot at Anna Sui, to a chunky Mary Jane at Marc by Marc Jacobs. However, the most enticing shoe of that fall has to offer is the smoking slipper. Although smoking slippers typically bring to mind a particular famous elderly male who frequents a certain mansion, this season these shoes have been given a sleek silhouette with a variety of prints and embellishments, which give the shoe a modern look.

This Fashionista is wearing a pair of black suede slippers, made even more swoon-worthy with the addition of gold spikes. Feeling like strutting your stuff in studs? Try this pair of metallic gold-studded smoking slippers by Steve Madden. If your style is more eclectic than edgy, look no further than this pair of moustache-emblazoned smoking slippers sold at Nordstrom. If you appreciate the risk taking aspect of fashion, try this pair of metal-capped loafers by Dolce Vita. If you want shoes that are tamer, I would recommend this solid color pair from Urban Outfitters.

Offered in an assortment of colors and prints, smoking slippers are a self-equipped fashion statement. In order to properly showcase your shoes, try complementing your slippers with staples, such as skinny jeans and a blazer. For a more feminine ensemble, pair these slippers with swingy dresses and chunky cardigans. The best aspect of smoking slippers is that they add just the right amount of nonchalance to your outfit, so that you appear fashion-forward without looking like you're trying too hard, making them the perfect go-to shoe for the season.


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