May 21, 2014

The Case For Patterned TOMS

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Every once in a while I get an email from a reader asking me which pair of TOMS she should buy.  Plain red?  Something patterned?  A neutral?  I totally get it:  with so many to choose from, it's overwhelming.  But it's a tough question to answer….I mean it depends on your personal style, right?  On what else you have in your closet?  

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Or perhaps I'm making this overly complicated.  Because the truth is, in the last 4-5 years, there's one pair of TOMS I reach for the most.

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With plain tees, graphic tops, patterns, stripes…..I reach for a pair of patterned TOMS, chosen simply because I liked the pattern. 

Only good vibes, man.

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Not because they fixed some perceived hole in my closet or because I thought they'd match something in particular, but simply because I liked them.  And that fact (I like 'em) has given them more longevity than I expected.

TOMS may not be the height of style…in fact, I can think of footwear for each of these outfits that would probably look better….but how many pairs of shoes let you do this?

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R rolls his eyes at me, but not before I see him bite back a smile.  Little Pax, however, takes one look at my twirling and shrieks, "MOM!  I WUV YOUS DANCE!!"

Game, set, match.  Well played, TOMS.

Outfit Deets

Tomscollage

LEFT:

sweatshirt: Hurley…love this seriously cool graphic sweatshirt at Urban Outfitters

denim: AG jeans (on sale!)

TOMS: old….but oooo tye-dyed TOMS

Pax: Crewcuts tee (similar), Geo Fox Sci-Fi racer pants, Vans

RIGHT:

scarf: Yana Kapeli Infinity Nursing Scarf (more on this later)

tee: French Connection t-shirt (mine is sold out, this is similar)

shorts: A&F…but I have my eye on Rag & Bone's denim cut-offs

TOMS: old…but the gray chevron print TOMS are pretty awesome

Pax: Geofox Sunshine and Daydreams tee, Nico Nico Dot Shorts (on sale!), sunglasses

Raines: Geofox good vibes tee, Fabkids shorts

 

 

xo,

S

 

15 Comments
  • Cristi
    May 21, 2014

    Your hair is so fab!!

  • Cindy K
    May 21, 2014

    I have a similar question about Tieks. I really want a pair and I’ve seen you rock a bold patterned Tiek and a neutral one as well. I’d love one of each but can only afford one pair. Which do you wear more often, your simple Tieks or your patterned ones?

  • Frances
    May 21, 2014

    I love your tee! When the French sayings first came out, it was quirky and fun (and I was totally on board) but I feel that it is now so overdone by EVERYBODY! To me, yours is saying the opposite, which is cool. (As with everything you do of course)

  • Meredith
    May 21, 2014

    Thank you for this! I know toms aren’t very, um, current (?) these days, but 7 years after my first pair, I just can’t quit ‘em! PS: their sandals are about as comfy as the classics, and pretty cute to boot. :)

  • Megan
    May 22, 2014

    Yes!! I recently bought the Jonathan Adler geo print and have bee wearing them with everything :). They make my feet happy!

  • lmd
    May 22, 2014

    Have you seen Toms’ new sandal style? I got patterned sandals:
    http://www.toms.com/women/navy-geometric-jonathan-adler-for-toms-vegan-womens-correa-sandal
    and they seem just as versatile and better with skirts, for summer, etc. Love Toms!

  • Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)
    May 22, 2014

    I just bought my very first pair of Toms this year (the Jonathan Adler zig zag print) and I LOVE them. I feel like the grey and white print goes with everything and looks super cute. Also, I walked all over Busch Gardens with a 2 year old last weekend and not one blister popped up. Amazing! I love the french shirt and cutoffs look – comfy and kid appropriate, yet sexy!

  • Traci
    May 22, 2014

    A timely post – in my inbox this morning, I got an email that TOMS is offering $10 off orders of $50+ in celebration of their 8th anniversary. Perhaps it’s time to try a patterned pair…!

  • kirsten
    May 22, 2014

    Since we are confessing to comfort, I can add my favorite birks are black/white/grey fake snakeskin print. They add small bit of fun to any summer outfit. I have a zillion solids, but the print ones always draw compliments.

  • Shana
    May 22, 2014

    Cindy – The Tieks I wear the most BY FAR are my bright, neon yellow ones.  I love how the neon makes the feminine ballet flat a little bit edgy.   Which pair makes your heart beat fast?  I say pick that one, then just pretend they're a neutral.

  • Shana
    May 22, 2014

    Wow. Sounds fab.

  • Shana
    May 22, 2014

    Ooooo….thank you for the tip!

  • Shana
    May 22, 2014

    Yeah, I love the sandals, too.

  • Shana
    May 22, 2014

    Thanks, Chick. :)

  • Shana
    May 22, 2014

    Awwww…thanaks, Cristi!

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