It’s always sexy to show just a little skin, but still leave a lot to the imagination. And that advice doesn’t just apply to clothes; it applies to your shoes as well. A cutout shoe can be a striking fashion statement. There is enough coverage and detail to give it a strong visual impact, but there is enough skin peeking out to make it a little intriguing and daring, too.
In a recent photo shoot, Nicole Richie showed off her new Impulse line that she designed especially for Macy’s. The 24-30 piece collection will be available beginning in mid-September at about 100 select stores. The line showcases a more streamlined and refined version of Richie’s typical bohemian style. In one look, Richie veered away from her favored patterned strappy maxi dresses and instead rocked a chic navy blue ensemble of a loose leather-sleeved tee and sleek yet daring leggings. Though this look was a little more covered up than her usual free-flowing summery style, she maintained her flair for whimsical details by pairing the look with lace-up suede booties replete with floral cutouts. You can replicate Richie’s style with the Vision Slingback Pump by Vaneli for Jildor. The slingback design paired with starburst cut outs makes these black suede pumps feel fresh, fun and sexy.
UK pop star and performer Cheryl Cole recently hit the streets of London for a dinner with Black-Eyed Peas member and fashion impresario Will.i.am in a shoe that combined two hot trends – color-blocking (which shows no sign of fading and is in fact continuing to increase in popularity) and cutouts. The Julia Platform Sandal by Dolce Vita elevates Cole’s look to a whole new level. Not only does it evoke the color-blocking trend with its two tones of suede, it showcases the cutout trend in multiple ways: first, with the sexy sleek cutouts between the suede straps and second, with the avant-garde cutout in the wooden wedge. The combinations of textures in the tones calls out for a mixture of fabrics in the rest of your ensemble; think a leather skirt with a knit top to further mirror Cole’s look.
Twilight actress Ashley Greene is a busy woman. It’s still a few months until The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 hits theaters, but she is promoting it already even as she looks forward to new projects now that the massive film series is finally coming to an end. She appears in this month’s Nylon to talk about projects past, present and future as well as rock some cutting-edge fashion. The blood-red suede cutout pumps she sports may evoke the vampire-themed Twilight movies, but you can recreate the trend a little more subtly. The Thelma Pump by Kate Spade in linen-colored patent leather keeps the low heel and subtle cutout detailing and makes it a little more mainstream-friendly with its coolly neutral approach to color.