When Is It Okay To Wear Socks With Sandals?

Who invented the sombrero?

You ask ’em, I answer ’em. Or, at the very least, I’ll google them.

It derives from the Spanish word sombra, meaning “shade” or “shadow.” Here is a little more light reading on the origin of the wide brimmed hat.

Sandals and Tights, thoughts? Sandals and Socks, thoughts?

If sandals and tights are wrong, I don’t want to be right. I love tights, probably far too much. When the summer sun is beating down and the beaches are filled all I can think about is the fact that my precious tights are locked away in a drawer somewhere not being worn. I often push the boundaries with tights to the point where people ask, “Aren’t you hot?” These people do not understand the undying love I have with these stretchy and flattering pieces of material. But that is neither here not there. Much like all trends, there is a will and way to wear this look. The color combination is crucial, think black tights with caramel-colored leather shoes, brightly colored shoes, or even black strappy shoes.

(NOTE: Do not wear hose, we are talking about opaque tights, otherwise you will end up with this). Yes, I realize that is disturbing but it’s kinda like that commercial about your brain on drugs: it’s necessary.

This look also works with colored tights. This look does not work with flat sandals so much — you need be careful not to toe the line of grandma-chic. As far as sandals and socks, I freaking love this look. However, again you need the right artillery. While I applaud this chick’s effort you can’t go to your sock drawer and grab your favorite pair of Nike low ankle socks and pair them with your Louboutins, if you know what I’m saying. This girl has it right with a contrasting color combo and mid-calf length.

What are the latest nail trends? I tend to just wear red polish all of the time but I keep seeing girls with bright silver/green nails and it looks so cute but I feel kinda stupid!

I am totally that girl in meetings with bright green nail polish, talking a million miles an hour and being like, “Why won’t you take me seriously?” Who cares! Here’s my philosophy:

You can really only dress/look like a crazy person and get away with it during two phases of your life: when you are under 18 and over 65. Lady with pink hair over 65? OMG, whose rad grandma is that?! Under 40? What the hell is that lady thinking?! Think about it.

In the interim (meaning 18-65), there are a few ways you can still have a little fun with your look, and your nails are one of them. I love MINX nails, the adhesive magic tin foil they hot lamp to your nails! Beyonce rocks this as does Lady Gaga. It’s a bit on the pricier side but the manis and pedis last at least 3 to 4 weeks. Also, WAH nails, a nail art salon in Topshop (London only, though) is doing some crazytown designs and adhesives that look totally amazing.

I also just read an article in the New York Times — yes, the NYT is onto the nail trends — about long-lasting, soak-off color. I kinda feel like this is way overdue in the way that a cure for the common cold is way overdue. We get manis once every week or so and that adds up. You just know the nail salons have been trying to keep this under wraps forever, but finally the consumer has won! Granted, they are probably going to charge $40 for these ‘new manis.’ Let’s take to the streets, ladies, and fight for our right to pretty nails for cheap!

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Jaclyn Johnson is a Los Angeles-based style blogger and freelance marketing consultant. She currently blogs at SomeNotesOnNapkins.com. You can learn more about her at JaclynJohnson.org.

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