Despite being a fashion editor, I'm the first to admit that it's easy to fall into a style rut. Whether it's picking out an outfit for work, my weekend coffee run, or my third wedding invite of the year, I sometimes find myself dressing on autopilot, wearing the same old pieces that result in an ensemble that's stylish, sure, but also a bit uninspired.
In times like these, there's no need to do anything dramatic (or anything that will require another line of credit)… Instead, I'm elevating my look by swapping out a few key pieces, starting with my footwear and adding in a bonus accessory or two. Flats for work? Sure, but make them silver. Sneakers for my coffee run? These espadrilles are just as comfortable and infinitely less dated.
Lastly, as for those nude heels I've been wearing to each and every special occasion since 2014, I'll be retiring them for these standout numbers (and adding hero jewelry to the mix). On that note, scroll to see the pieces I'm ditching and how I'm replacing them, including the Vince Camuto pieces that are making sure these updates feel elevated.
Ditch: Basic flats
Replace with: Printed, woven, metallic footwear in styles that still feel office-appropriate
See above note about swapping in black flats for anything and everything metallic.
I love that these spring-ready flats are more office-appropriate than sandals while still giving the same relaxed feel.
Just when I thought I didn't need another pair of loafers, this snakeskin pair stole my heart…
From the woven texture to the shiny finish, I'll be wearing these on repeat Monday through Friday.
Let's face it: You're counting down the hours to 5 p.m. anyway, so you might as well do it in style.
Ditch: Worn-out sneakers
Replace with: Espadrilles that are super comfortable but far more put-together
Okay, okay, I know I said I was retiring my sneakers, but in my defense, that was before I discovered this espadrille-style pair with a romantic floral pattern.
The colorblocking in these under-$100 shoes feels a bit more elevated than my normal everyday pair, plus they're guaranteed to go with everything.
Sequins? For a coffee run? Absolutely.
From the muted gray to the subtle detailing, I recommend adding these to your shopping cart ASAP.
It's no secret that bamboo-inspired bags have taken the fashion world by storm, but I've yet to see a neon option complete with tassels. Feel free to give your tote a break and reach for this bright alternative.
Ditch: Boring nude pumps
Replace with: Versatile heels in different textures and patterns
I love having a solid nude heel on hand for formal occasions, but I'm elevating my fancy looks with these floral detailed and pedicure-ready peep-toes from now on.
Nothing says head-turning quite like a bold red shoe. I'll be pairing this with my classic LBD or any dress I need to revamp and rewear.
This blush shade is equally versatile while being a touch more unexpected, plus the block heel is perfect for the dance floor.
Booties may not be your first thought when it comes to formal-wear, but the woven detailing and subtle color makes these feel perfect for any ensemble.
If your shoes don't turn heads, these earrings will.