If you’re ready to show off your gladiator platforms this season, you will want to wear clothing that will keep you warm, mix and match items to be flexible indoors and outdoors, as well as accessorize correctly. Gladiator platform shoes may be some of the most dramatic looking footwear you can buy, so how do you choose what to wear with them? Here are some picks to get you started on your winter wardrobe.
Like all footwear, your gladiators will be the foundation of your outfit. So choose the right base for every occasion. A striking pair of Stuart Weitzman Teeny Red Patents can be the perfect shoes for going to multiple holiday parties. They’ll keep up with you, keep your feet comfortable, and keep you looking stylish all night long. Combine them with a one-shouldered dress, which is all the rage this year, but make sure to keep a coat handy for getting from the car to the velvet rope.
For a more classic look, the Michael Kors Berkley Black Patent is a great gladiator platform, fully capturing the shape and spirit of the design without the multiple straps. Skinny pants look great with these, as will anything that can make your legs look longer. These particular shoes actually go really well with a dark business suit. Wear them to close that important deal at work, and then take these out to your favorite restaurant to celebrate.
Whatever you may be wearing in the cold, consider the chunky knit trend, which is hitting it big again in winter 2009. Knits, from sweaters to jumpers and scarves, are great to throw over anything you have on and add a splash of color and pattern not to mention much needed warmth. With all that fabric on top, a pair of Tory Burch Anamarte luggage leather really adds punctuation to the entire look.
If you’re dressing to the nines, faux fur coat and all, you may want to consider the Pelle Moda Venecia in Black/Pewter Leather. The straps are twisted to give this gladiator a two toned appearance that is both eye-catching and subtle. Having a warm coat will give you a chance to go for a short skirt or a strapless dress, which will complete a dazzling outfit that will have heads turning wherever you go.
But remember, just because it’s the getting colder doesn’t mean you need to hide away all of your favorite summer fashions. The Stuart Weitzman Tijuana Tan Leather is a traditional looking gladiator, taking the strappy elements of the original sandal design and giving it the height and stability of the platform. If you refuse to give into the cold and want to wear floral pattern dresses or bright colors, this shoe is the perfect match for you.
If you love your gladiator sandals, gladiator platforms are the perfect option for the chillier weather, and will have you looking like you just walked off the runway anytime, anywhere. Enjoy the winter!