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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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