Confession: I'd been quietly Insta-stalking Sissy Sainte-Marie Chacon from the safety of my phone screen for over a year before I finally found myself in the same room as her. The L.A.-based stylist has worked with Who What Wear on several shoots, and on one such occasion, she was styling on set for this editorial shoot, and I was the editor on the story. Meeting her in person only grew my fascination with the particular brand of minimalist style she shares on Instagram.
Like most stylists, she works with many a designer garment, and, likewise, her closet is an enviable one. When I saw that she was singing the praises of a certain affordable shoe brand, I naturally took notice. Not only is Charles & Keith, a line of trendy shoes and bags from Singapore, stylist-approved, but you'd really never guess that each pair of its shoes clocks in at under $100 (some way under $100). It's the reason Sissy finds herself placing orders for her upcoming shoots and when any outfit needs a quick update.
I know we all love an affordable shoe find here, so keep reading to see how Sissy is styling Charles & Keith shoes and shop the shoes (and bags and belts) currently in her cart (and soon in yours too).
Shop Sissy's picks:
"I could see myself styling an apparel lookbook with these square-toe flats. They’re chic, minimal and modern, as well as on trend, but simple enough to not steal the show."
"I own a pair of these and love to wear them with black wide-leg cropped jeans and a big sweater or a midi skirt and vintage blouse."
"I recently used these OTK boots to style a lookbook. I paired them with an emerald green shirtdress, black culottes, and also a burgundy midi skirt and pink chunky pullover knit."
"A versatile shoe like this lace-up kitten hee bootie is also great for when you're styling a lookbook and need to edit down to only two to three footwear options. These pair well with everything from stovepipe jeans and a print shirt, a corduroy suit, and sailor pants and overalls with puff-sleeve blouses."
"These would be so cute styled with fuzzy white socks."
"I could see myself wearing these sandals all summer with my go-to uniform of midi skirts and bodysuits."
"I'm kind of obsessed with these lace-up boots. Something about this shade of purple, the curved heel, and the square toe is triggering major outfit fantasies."
"I want to style pretty much all dresses and skirts with knee-high boots like these lately."
"Need to find a wedge sandal in size 38 stat? You can quickly shop by size and style on the Charles & Keith website without having to pour through page after page of products."
"Some nights you need a bag just big enough for your phone, CC, and ID. An evening bag that isn't a clutch is ideal since you can have both hands free. This butter yellow shade, irregular hoop handle, and stone enclosure are calling my name."
"At around $20 a pop, you can stock up your styling kit with plenty of cute novelty and classic belt options."
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