FestivalOutfit

Tickets and lodging are secured and now it’s time to pack for festival season. Whether you’re heading to Coachella, Bonnaroo, or one of the many other festivals in the U.S. or abroad, we’ve got everything needed to nail the look at each event.

1. The Cool Kimono

Start with a comfortable pair of strappy sandals, a cute woven straw crossbody, and your favorite t-shirt. Be sure to bring along a kimono in your backpack, too. Printed kimonos are all the rage this season, so you can’t go wrong with a floral kimono when hot days transition into cold nights. Best of all, they are easy to pack and offer extra comfort without sacrificing style.

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2. The Effortless Statement Maker

Strappy sandals are in this season for a statement that is subtle, yet simultaneously eye-catching. Considering many festivals are held under the scorching sun, a lightweight dress with understated prints is a nice option for keeping cool. Pull the look together by matching your effortless outfit with a complementary bag and earrings that play on dimension.

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3. The Boho Bombshell

Colorful fringe slip-ons give you the power of versatility because they can be worn with all kinds of outfits. One of the best ways to rock this type of footwear is by pairing it with some extra sexy accessories like the Tara weekender bag and an exotically boho headband.

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4. The Flower Power Prowess

Embrace the season with a pair of floral sandals featuring an extra-dimensional texture. Complement your footwear with festival-ready accessories like the Destin crossbody bag and a decorative summer hat for a look that is spring-ready and totally flawless.

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5. The Audiophile

Combine sexy and edgy with this rock ‘n roll kimono look. Put on a pair of black sliders and couple it with a print kimono for a look that says, “No nonsense. I’m here for the music.” All you need is a distinctive pair of black sunglasses to complete the look and then you’re ready to squeeze your way to the front of the stage.

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6. The Celestial Spirit

Become the queen of coral with rosy-pastel sandals dressed up with colorful, complimentary accessories and watch the adoration come pouring in as you dance to your favorite DJ.

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In pursuit of the perfect sunnies? Finding the right sunglasses to match your facial features is easy as long as you know what sunglass-shape to look for. Check out some of our Sole Society favorites.

Square Face

Square facial structures have a strong jawline and are comparative in width on both sides of the face from top to bottom. To contrast a square-shape face, we recommend wearing round sunglasses.

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Round Face

People with round faces have a round chin in addition to a wide facial structure around the cheeks and forehead. Most often, round faces work best with square or wayfarer-style frames.

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Oval Face

Those who have oval faces often have the most choices because round and square sunglasses are both complementary to this shape. Don’t be afraid to try out cateye styles or something unusually sophisticated (just be sure to avoid giant-sized sunglasses and you’re good to go).

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Heart-Shaped Face

The heart-shape face is characterized by a narrow chin, broad forehead, and distinctive cheekbones. Think: Reese Witherspoon. It’s best to opt for oval or aviator-style sunnies when looking for the perfect match.

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Springtime is the best time for weekend vacays, and every good getaway requires a fashionable and functional travel bag. Take a look at these must-have selections next time you find yourself on a weekend adventure.

MAI

This cute mini weekender makes an excellent travel companion for quick trips and staycations. Available in both denim and leather, it’s super easy to carry without bringing the whole house along.

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MASON

This sophisticated satchel is all about organization and function. The Mason also happens to be the big sister to the Mai travel bag above. It features a similar design available in black, grey, and cognac leather – but larger – making this an ideal airplane carry-on.

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MARIS

For a subtle touch of luxury, the Maris duffel bag is made with vegan leather and super sturdy canvas fabrics in versatile neutral colors. It includes traditional travel handles and a crossbody strap so you can carry it with ease while still making a statement.

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TARA

The Tara weekender bag makes quick business travel a breeze with fashion-forward vegan leather. Parts of the material have been woven to create a noticeable sense of texture and distinction, too. Bring it along to important location-based meetings, then get back to your after-hours adventures without having to worry about switching travel bags along the way.

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LACIE

If you love the leather look, the Lacie is a fantastic choice among larger weekenders. Made from animal-friendly vegan leather, choose between four colors distinguished by metal and gold-toned hardware on the bottom.

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MILLIE

We love the Millie because it makes a great beach bag, particularly the navy cream stripes featured here, which give a nod to the nautical trends of the season. This essential tote also comes in two other prints including a black and white geometric pattern and an exotic blue leopard denim perfect for making an impact on casual adventures.

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Which travel bag is your favorite? Shop these other gorgeous Sole Society travel bags before you hit the road!

It’s time to bust out your springtime shoes, and there’s no better time than now to ditch those clunky winter boots for something much more comfortable and seasonally appropriate that can provide a happy medium between the chill of the winter and the swelter of the summer. The answer? Spring booties, of course! We’re not just talking about your everyday booties either.  We’re going all-in with spring cutout booties trending on the runways this season and beyond.

 

For the more curious shoe connoisseur, you might be asking what separates a traditional bootie from a cutout bootie? Regular booties tend to be designed in a shape that resembles boots, but features a slightly lower cut, most often ending either above, on, or below the ankle. Meanwhile, cutout booties are comprised of almost all the same features previously described, with the exception of distinctive cutouts that give this type of bootie its own style specification.

 

Cutout booties are essentially booties that feature unique cutouts throughout the design. These types of women’s boots can range from simple to complex depending on the creator’s intent. Some booties include strappy, intricate cutouts that expose various parts of the foot, while more conservative styles tend to gravitate toward cutouts around the ankle area. What really separates a cutout bootie from others depends on how it is crafted to properly fit a slightly exposed foot.

 

Below, we have collected a few popular Sole Society selections for 2018 and aim to highlight what makes these favorites so sought after.

 

NIKKIE

 

 

While the Nikkie is arguably a cutout bootie that differs from traditionally similar styles, it still fits this definition in spite of its own rebellious nature by offering a triangular low-cut dip around and below the ankle area.

 

NAHIA

 

The Nahia encompasses what cutout booties are all about. Open, split sides from bottom to top with a sophisticated strap around the ankle.

 

AZURE

 

 

Last, but certainly not least, is the Azure bootie. This super cute favorite features soft suede and a crisscross buckle strap. This design sets itself apart with double peek-a-boo cutouts on both sides of the shoe, making it the perfect companion for wherever the weekend takes you.

 

Shoes: A Glossary of Terms

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Crepe, throat, vamp… What does it all mean? Even the most passionate shoe lovers can find footwear lingo challenging at times, so we created this nifty glossary for learning the ins and outs of some lesser-known terms surrounding shoes. If you’re not sure what something means while eyeing those cute shoes in the window or online, we hope this guide provides you with the necessary information to ensure a satisfying purchase each and every time.

Aglet

A cap, usually made out of plastic or metal, that covers the tip of a shoelace.

Almond Toe

A type of shoe tip that features a soft, round shape resembling an almond.

Ankle Wrap

Stylish straps that wrap around the ankle and leg to keep feet connected to the sole of the shoe.

Arch

The upwardly curved area in the bottom-middle of the foot.

Back Seam

Fabric sewn in the back and center of a shoe.

Ball

The area of the foot located between the arch and the big toe.

Block Heel

A large, rectangular-shaped heel, also known as a chunky heel.

Booties

A style of shoe without the upper portion typically found with regular boots.

Breast

The front section of the heel where the arch begins.

Brocade

A silky fabric used to create a unique texture, pattern, and gleam.

Burnished

Leather that has been purposely buffed for a classic appearance.

Canvas

A sturdy, but flexible cloth often found in casual sneakers.

Cap Toe

Decorative leather located at the toe area of a shoe.

Chelsea Boot

An ankle-height boot designed for easily slipping onto the foot.

Clog

A style of shoe with a closed-toe, open back, and platform heel.

Column Heel

A type of high heel that features a thick, cylindrical heel.

Counter

A material used to reinforce the heel of a shoe in order to retain the shape of the upper portion.

Crepe

A strong, yellow type of rubber used in the sole of a shoe.

Cross Trainers

Athletic shoes designed for exercise purposes.

D’orsay

A type of shoe that features openings on one or both sides between the heel and toe areas.

Distressed

An abrasion treatment often used for leather and denim to create a worn appearance.

Espadrille

A shoe style that features straps that wrap around the ankle.

Eyelet

A hole above the tongue of a shoe that holds the shoelace in place.

Faux

An adjective used to define materials that substitute animal products for man-made synthetics.

Feather

The part of a shoe where the sole and upper edge join together.

Finish

A reference to the final processing of the shoe wherein the footwear has been given a particular glossy or polished appearance.

Flats

A shoe style that does not include a raised heel.

Fringe

Vertical strips of fabric typically made from suede.

Full Grain

Authentic leather with little to no marks or blemishes.

Gladiator

Strappy sandals inspired by those worn by gladiators in ancient Rome.

Grommets

The rings around the eyelets where shoelaces are threaded.

Hidden Wedge

A wedge heel that is hidden from the exterior design of the shoe.

Huarache

A sandal or tennis shoe featuring a distinct strap in the back of the heel and sometimes around the ankle.

Insole

The padding on top of the sole.

Instep

The top of the foot between the ankle and ball.

Kiltie

An outer tongue made with fringe that sits above the vamp of a shoe.

Kitten Heel

A small, rounded heel usually about 1 inches in length or less.

Lace Up

A type of shoelace threaded through the eyelets and up around the ankle.

Mary Jane

A strap that goes over the instep of a shoe.

Midsole

The middle layer of a sole for added comfort.

Moc Toe

A shoe design featuring a toe that appears similar to moccasins due to its particular construction.

Monk Strap

A buckled strap used for footwear in lieu of shoelaces.

Mule

A closed-toe shoe with a backless heel.

Napa

Soft, full-grain leather.

Nubuck

High-quality leather that has been treated to create a smoother texture.

Outsole

The exterior sole of a shoe.

Over The Knee

Tall boots that extend beyond the knee.

Overlay

Fabrics attached to a shoe’s materials for extra detail.

Patent

An adjective used to describe something, often leather, as being hard and glossy.

Pebbled Grain

A type of leather that has been treated to create a distinct, grainy texture.

Peep Toe

A shoe style that features a small open-toe.

Piping

Lines of trim used to create contrast in a design.

Platforms

Shoes comprised of a thick sole and high heel.

Pointed Toe Pumps

Closed-toe high heels that create a pointed look around the toes.

Puff

The part of a shoe that provides support and shape for the toe area.

Pumps

Traditional high heel shoes.

Quarter

The back and sides of a shoe.

Ruched

Fabric that has been ruffled.

Scalloped

An effect used to create a wavy look along the upper edges of a shoe.

Sculpted Heel

A heel that is oddly shaped when compared with traditional heels.

Seat

The part of the shoe where the heel of the foot is situated.

Shaft

The part of a boot that surrounds the ankle area.

Single Sole

A high heel with a thin sole for greater shoe flexibility.

Sipes

Small cuts made into the bottom of a rubber sole to improve traction.

Slider

A slip-on, open-toe shoe with a band that straps over the foot just above the toes.

Slingback

A type of shoe that features a strap along the back instead of a traditional enclosure.

Slouched

Boots that create a slouchy effect with natural folds or ruffles around the ankle area.

Snip Toe

A tapered-toe shoe with a flat frontside.

Sole

The bottom, exterior part of a shoe.

Spectator

A shoe style that includes contrasting tones and/or perforations.

Stacked Heel

A heel crafted from multiple layers of leather material.

Tap

A strong piece of leather or metal layered on top of the outer sole’s existing material.

Throat

The part of a shoe that opens at the top.

Tongue

Padding located above the foot and beneath the shoelaces.

T-Strap

A T-shaped pair of straps featuring one strap running vertically along the vamp where it meets a horizontal strap at the ankle.

Vamp

The part of a shoe that covers the top of the foot between the toe and throat.

Vegan

Often referred to in shoe terminology as a descriptor for synthetic materials that do not use any animal products.

Waist

The instep and arch section of the foot.

Wedge

A type of shoe that features a thick, wedge heel that spans the entire bottom length of the shoe.

StatementJewelry

Everyone loves a good statement piece, but not everyone knows how to really make them pop. A general rule of thumb for anyone who wants to wear statement jewelry that actually makes a statement is to make sure all other accessories are simple and minimalistic. In doing so, this allows bold pieces to stand out without getting lost in the mishmash of trying too hard. The key to making it work lies in combining one (maybe two) eye-catching accessories with a totally effortless outfit.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the most important “do’s and don’ts” of wearing statement jewelry:

 

DO wear statement necklaces like chokers or gemstones with tops that show off your neck, such as an off-the-shoulder top or a solid plunge-neck dress. In the case of extra-long necklaces like pendant chains or layered pearls, a solid color tee or form-fitting midi dress is all you really need.

 

DON’T combine statement necklaces with busy or flashy patterns. It is also best to avoid anything where a top’s fabric is already accentuating the neck such as halters or embellished collars.

 

DO feel free to layer multiple necklaces together for creating extra dimension.

 

DON’T select too many chunky pieces. Let chunky pieces be the statement while allowing thinner necklaces to be complementary in comparison.

 

DO color-coordinate statement jewelry with outfits that feature prints. Find a balance between the print and jewelry to ensure one piece is never overpowering the other. For example, a predominantly blue geometric dress would look more alluring with solid color jewelry featuring a cool hue that fits into the overall color scheme.

 

DON’T aim for stark contrast when pairing statement jewelry with outfits that include heavy graphics or patterns. Contrast works best with solid or colorblocked neutrals, in which case, colorful jewelry can be an awesome addition for that particular scenario.

 

DO keep in mind jewelry proportions and sizes. Wear big earrings, but only with smaller necklaces. Vice versa, large necklaces usually call for smaller earrings.

 

DON’T combine statement earrings with accessories that distract from their beauty, as other people’s attention will be naturally drawn to the face when socializing. If your earrings are making the statement, it’s important to avoid letting other pieces overshadow them.

 

DO remember to wear your hair in a style that allows for showcasing memorable pieces. After all, what good are diamond earrings if nobody can see them? It’s easy to up the elegance with a cute updo that allows your stones to shine and sparkle.

 

DON’T forget to check the weather. Whether it’s a wildly windy day or perhaps you’re just going for a cruise in the back of a convertible, having twists and tangles of hair stuck in your jewelry is never a good time.

 

DO take a holistic approach to building an outfit around statement jewelry. Always be sure to accessorize carefully in a way that is integrative, so each piece plays off the other, while allowing the primary statement to stand out the brightest.

 

DON’T wear too many crazy things at once. Outlandish fashion is fun, but ultimately works best with subtle pairings. We usually recommend wearing only one crazy thing per outfit.

 

DO take risks from time to time. For formal events, opt for something a little extravagant or even avant-garde. This type of statement jewelry can be a great icebreaker or conversation starter for meeting new people. Just let the piece do the talking and keep everything else simple and sophisticated.

 

DON’T be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes it’s easy to shy away from standing out because it feels more comfortable or familiar just blending in. The purpose of statement jewelry is to be noticed, which can be an excellent opportunity for opening new doors you may have previously never thought possible.

 

Want to show off your beautiful baubles? Share your favorite statement jewelry looks using the hashtag #MySoleSociety on social media!

 

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time once again to start making plans for the most romantic day of the year. Depending on what you’re into, February 14th can be celebrated in many different ways, from dressing to the nines for a scrumptious dinner date to simply snuggling up on the sofa for an all-night Netflix binge. This is the day to do whatever makes you and your partner the happiest!

If you’re still not sure about what to do, we sat down with some of our favorite social media mavens and asked what they really want out of Valentine’s Day, and their answers cover all the bases when it comes to comfort and love. Take a look at what makes these ladies happy and find out if you’re more of a Brittany, Mallory, or Erin when it comes to this special holiday.

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SS: How would you describe the perfect setting and scenario for spending Valentine’s Day this year?

 

Brittany, Loverly Grey: “The perfect Valentine’s Day includes pizza and a romance movie on the couch with my hubby.”

 

Mallory, Style Your Senses: “My ideal Valentine’s Day looks quite a bit different than it used to. What sounds dreamy now is a day date with my husband … a yummy brunch, a fun brewery, live music, and maybe even a little shopping. With two small kids, we are so, so tired at night that it makes it hard to even have an evening date. During the day, we can enjoy each other and reconnect and do things that we normally wouldn’t be able to do with the kids in tow.”

 

Erin, Living in Yellow: “As much as I love a fancy dinner out, on Valentine’s Day I turn to cozy PJ’s, blankets, and takeout. A cozy night in with a glass of wine in-hand and my husband by my side; I’m a happy camper! Add in a game of cards and I’m even happier.”

 

SS: Based on your ideal V-Day date, tell us what your perfect outfit looks like.

 

Brittany: “I still love staying true to a theme, but given we are at home, I like to stick to a cute Valentine’s-themed sweatshirt and my favorite skinny jeans.”

 

Mallory: “I would wear a cute bell sleeve sweater, my favorite pair of skinny jeans, go-to suede booties, a fun cross body bag (since I can ditch the diaper bag for a day), and even a wool floppy hat. Casual and cool and still functional for a day date.”

 

Erin: “Comfy lounge pants, soft tee, and slippers!”

 

SS: In addition to Valentine’s Day, we’re also celebrating self-love this month! Do you plan on giving yourself a gift this month?

 

Brittany: “I am all about the ‘treat yourself’ mentality. I think new accessories are the way to go, whether it’s a new pair of earrings or new shoes.”

 

Mallory: “I’m gifting myself some time for Valentine’s Day. Taking time away from my family is always hard to do without the ‘mom guilt’ creeping in, but this year I am being intentional about taking time away for myself to regroup. Whether it be getting a manicure or massage, going for a run, or just sitting in Starbucks catching up on emails, I’m mindful about refilling my own cup and recharging with some time away.”

 

Erin: “Chocolate covered strawberries from Edible Arrangements. I recently discovered them and am sold. So good! Other than that, a new pair of booties for spring is a treat I can never turn down!”

 

A big thank you to these extra-lovely ladies for participating in our 2018 Valentine’s Day Q&A. We hope this is the best V-Day for you yet!

 

We’d also love to hear from the rest of you about what gift you plan to give yourself this month too. Join the conversation on Instagram using the hashtag #BeYours and don’t forget to tag us @SoleSociety. We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

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Wine. Make Up. Shoes. Need we say more?⠀

We’re kicking off our #Valentinescelebration by hosting a giveaway with Winc & Julep Beauty! ⠀

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See official rules here!
One winner and their tagged friends will be randomly selected on Friday 2/9. Must be 21+ to win. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered or associated with Instagram Inc. Link in our Instagram profile for full rules. Good luck! #sweepstakes #girlsnightin#beyours #wineoclock⠀