Birkenstocks have been around since the 1960s, but they haven’t always been so popular. Yes, they’re incredibly comfortable but these sandals used to be associated to eccentric aunts, or old grandparents, or even that odd co-worker who spends all of his holidays trekking or hiking. And yes, I say used to because today, Birkenstocks are seen in a totally different setting: high fashion runways.
With imitations of the classic Birkenstock sandal springing up by brands such as Céline, Steve Madden, and Givenchy, the these shoes have come right off the back shelf of stores to their window displays just in time to become this summer’s big shoe trend.
While Birkenstocks offer much in comfort, many women still feel a little wary about indulging in this trend. After all, these sandals do have a bulky shape and, when worn incorrectly, can absolutely destroy a chic look. So we’ve put together a few tips about three types of outfits that you can wear with Birkenstock sandals.
For these tips, we’ve decided to focus on the Birkenstock Arizona sandal since it is definitely one of the main stylish sandals this season and one of the toughest to pair up. The three types of outfits we picked out also feature different coloured Arizona sandals as we wanted to show you how much fun you can have with the diversity of these shoes.
1. Chic in Black
The black Birkenstock Arizona sandal is probably the easiest to pair up with an outfit. You can go for a casual chic look by pairing them up with a black loose dress shirt or with a flowing black dress with a minor pattern. A black leather jacket will also offer a cute detail to the whole outfit. Since the shoe is quite bland and plain, it’s important to use statement pieces for your accessories. But don’t overdo it! A layered necklace or golden chain should be paired with a sleek bracelet or dainty rings.
2. The Everyday Taupe Suede
This Birkenstock Arizona sandal in the taupe suede colour is perfect for your everyday street style. Their neutral colour allows you to combine these sandals with different patterns and colours in your outfit choices. You can pair them with skinny jeans, coloured shorts, and even fresh summer dresses! Again, as they are very plain shoes make sure to include some kind of statement piece in your outfit – a pop of colour, an interesting pattern, or an attention-grabbing piece of jewellery will go a long way in creating the perfect Birk style.
3. Fresh in White
The white Birkenstock Arizona is probably one of our favourites from the collection for this summer season. They are just as easy to pair with as the black sandals due to their neutral colour but they create a different effect: whereas the black Arizona sandals can create a more chic and formal look (well, as formal as you can get with Birkenstocks anyway), the white sandals polish your outfit with a fresh summer breeze. You can go all-white on them from head to toe or pair them with patterned shirts and dresses – it really will be hard to go wrong with these clean looking sandals, especially in the summer!
The Birkenstock sandal is set up to be a woman’s best friend because it’s just so rare that a trendy shoe provides this much comfort. And it’s a truly exceptional shoe too that provides endless possibilities to our inner fashionistas. Whereas with other footwear it’s the shoe that works to “upscale” the outfit, Birkenstocks work in a uniquely different way. They actually tone down your look allowing you to still appear chic but in a more casual and cool way. They are the “sexy bed hair” style of shoes – and you bet they’ll be in your closet by the end of the season!
Maria Inês Pestana
Many people find fashion to be intimidating. Often, people see how stars are dressed on the red carpet, and feel unable to match the style these people exude. However, it’s actually quite easy to look more stylish. These tips will help you to understand how to look your personal best.
Good style starts with good basics. A bra that fits correctly will give your figure definition and create an appealing silhouette. The bra you’re choosing should be snug to your body, without having any play in the straps. The goal is to create a look that’s tight and smooth. Hide figure flaws with one of the many effective slimming undergarments on the market today.
Consider splurging on a one-time fashion consultant. This is a great move for people who are pressed for time. Taking care of the family and holding down a job may leave you little time to keep up with fashion. An expert voice can be a big help. Just take them with you when you shop and listen to their advice. They can help you refine your look.
If you are the sporty type you might want to try out the fantastic new animal hats and wild hats that are to be found on the ski slopes everywher.
If someone critiques how you dress, do not let it get you down. You don’t have to dress perfectly. The object is to feel as comfortable as possible during the day, while maintaining a suitable look.
THere are some cool things you can to improve your style. Leaving your hair a little messed up or wearing jeans that are a bit too wrinkled can make a statement. You can make a fashion statement with a less than perfect look when you use a bit of chaos to stand out from the crowd.
You do not need to have cosmetic surgery if you would like your lips to appear fuller. Wear a lip gloss or lipstick that is light in color and also has a shiny finish. Your lips will appear bigger as the light bounces off of them. Do not wear dark lipstick because this can make you look like you have thin lips.
The way you style your hair speaks wonders about you and your personality. This is why you should have a hairstyle that suits you well. If you are in a formal company, go for a classic look with your hair. If you are always on the run, make sure to choose a manageable look.
If your bust is especially large, stay away from crew neck shirts and boatnecks. V-necks are a better fit instead. A v-neck will help to improve your shape and appearance. A v-neck can really accentuate your body shape.
Ideally, you should have a better grip on fashion now that you are finished with this article. It might look like it is too much to handle because trends change quickly in society. They are constantly changing. Apply what you’ve just learned, and you won’t go wrong.
The end of every year brings a fresh new start for the upcoming one. Fashion is no different, and 2014 is here with latest trends and styles one must embrace and enjoy this year. While some trends of 2013 continue to linger this year too, while for some, one will need to make room for in their wardrobe.
Baring the mid-riff and showing the perfectly trimmed abs with the obsession of crop tops is incessant this spring season. And for those who do not dare to show-off, meshes and laces can help conceal and reveal some. Colored mesh inserts and overlays will be seen in tops, dresses, and skirts in 2014. Fuller and long skirts will remain in vogue for the spring/summer of 2014. Feminine silhouettes in tea-lengths were seen on the runway showcased by designer labels like Christian Dior, Tracy Reese, and Roksanda Ilincic.