3 Shoe Trends You Can Wear Right Now

Doesn’t it seem like before the holidays are even over, stores and fashion mags start rolling out the spring merch and trend reports? No matter that the weather is colder than ever and probably will stay that way for months. Personally, I find it’s sorta depressing to be teased by all the chic spring fashion you know you won’t be able to wear for another few months — especially all the open-toed footwear that won’t get to see the light of day until April or May.

So I’m ignoring the fashion calendar right now and focusing on things I can wear now.

Here, are three fresh footwear trends I’m digging right now to give my winter wardrobe a chic update.

1. Smoking Slippers

Say hello to my new go-to flats this season. A modern-prep alternative to the ballet slipper or loafer that’s as chic as it is comfy and capitalizes on the borrowed-from-the-boys current that caters to my inner tomboy.

Alexa Chung Out And About In NYC

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2. Over-the-Knee Boots

They came in to style a few seasons ago and have shown no sign of falling out of style — and I’m totally digging them. They’re a little edgier than riding boots and a bit sexier than the tough winter boots of past seasons. Plus, I like that they’re one of the few fashion-forward footwear styles that both men and women seem to be able to agree on (at least in my household). To men (like Andy, my fiancé), they are hot, hot, hot thanks to the resemblance to Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman boots — and to women, they’re a perfectly acceptable way for those of us who are pretty conservative with our style to wear something overtly sexy without being overtly sexy. Though I tend to think heels and over-the-knee boots can veer too far into hooker boot territory, I can appreciate Miranda Kerr’s killer boots (note how she balances it with a chunky sweater dress), but for me, the flat versions like Pippa and Ginnifer Goodwin’s more classic versions are more my style. I decided to invest in a pair of flat over-the-knee black boots from Coach that I found on E-bay from last season and haven’t taken off since they arrived.

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3. Hightop Sneakers

I loved these back in my youth, but never had the courage to diverge that far from the preppy topsiders and loafers of my youth, but this time, I won’t miss out on the chance to wear what I consider to be the coolest of kicks: hightop sneakers. I am obsessed with the hightops churned out by Isabel Marant and Chloe this season, but the Tory Burch and Michael Kors versions are much more my price range right now. I love how Kate Bosworth paired them with a pastel maxi skirt, as only she could do, but I’m also loving them with skinny jeans and leather pants a la Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio and more.

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Resort Style: Don’t these Chic Beach Looks Make You Yearn for a Vaca?

Not gonna lie — I’m not thrilled about being back at the office after an amazing 10 days in Park City skiing. Getting back to reality post-vacation is tough, huh? While I love spending the holidays on the slopes, all the stylish stars vacationing in St. Bart’s, Mexico and Miami over the holidays has made me yearn for a beach getaway — and tan.  I want to steal Olivia Palermo and Jessica Alba’s cover-ups for my next beach vacation. How about you?

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The New Preppy

What was once reserved for the New England boarding school crowd has been made cool again thanks to nouveau prepsters like Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jenna Lyons, who revamped preppy mecca, J. Crew. I’m a huge fan of the style because it’s classic and sporty, slightly tomboyish and the new spin on it gives it a downtown edge that’s cool yet effortless.

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New Year, New Bag: Purspiration

Hands-free bags were made for me. I hate carrying purses — it just always feels awkward for me, and I always have so much to carry, especially with my never-leave-home-without-it accessory, our puppy Dakota.

So when crossbody bags came into style two years ago, I should have been the first one to have one.Trouble is when I really want something, I spend so long looking for and debating over the perfect one that I end up buying other things instead and feeling too guilty to splurge on the one thing I really want/need.

But this year, my goal is to shop smarter, and to invest in the things that will make my life easier. So finding a great sized crossbody bag is my first “smart” splurge of 2013.

Here are some options that I’m debating between. I’m partial to the Tory Burch 797 Satchel, but I’m having trouble committing.

Help! Which one should I buy?

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New Year, New Wardrobe

One of my goals for 2013: To make every outfit count.

And to help kick off my 2013 stylutions, here are some of the things I’m already lusting after for the New Year:

What are some of your 2013 stylutions?