Spring Wardrobe Update #1: Wood Platform Sandals

19 Mar
Leather and Wood Sandals, See by Chloe $355 at Netaporter.com

Leather and Wood Sandals, See by Chloe $355 at Netaporter.com

Dear Yolo,

Winter in New York this past year was comparatively, but it’s finally starting to get warmer and I am sooooo ready for spring. So ready!

I long to wear sandals and tank tops and skirts.  My skin is blindingly shade of sickly pale right now, but I care not. And I’m happy to say after what seems like years of clothes that mostly looked good on hangers or pregnant women, there are actually a lot of really pretty, interesting and flattering styles being foisted upon us for Spring and Summer 2012.

For those of us who aren’t heiresses or have a masochistic desire for crippling credit card debt, one must be selective about the pieces you purchase to update your closet. I plan to update my closet for Spring with 5 Key Pieces. This is the first post of the series so stay tuned!

#1. Wood Platform Sandals
I remember getting my first pair in 8th grade. They were  platform clog style sandals by Chillis. I wish I still had those!

While I still have a pair or two of wood platforms in my closet, I have no second thoughts investing in another pair. They show up on one runway or another in some incarnation every year and nearly every season.

Wood platforms are reminiscient of the 70s, but but clean lines and more refined details make a more classic looking design.  Most wedges don’t flatter short, or more athletic leg shapes and can make your leg look heavier. Instead, go for a heel heel in a neutral color. Like the wedge it lengthens your leg but gives you  a thinner, more lady-like and flattering silhouette. Select a pair with clean lines, minimal detailing and in neutral colors and you’ll be able to continue wearing these year after year.

How to Wear
You really can pair your platforms with just about anything which is why they’re on this list. Skinny jeans, long trouser-style jeans/pants, capri pants, skirts (like a maxi skirt– more on this later).  You can even wear some of the styles below with tights or cute little ankle socks.

Aspirational
Best Wood Platform Sandals

Listed left to right and top to bottom

1. Tweed and Leather Sandals, See by Chloe  $365 Saksfifthavenue.com

2. T-bar Sandal, See by Chloe $379 at Farfetch.com

3. Embossed Anaconda Clog by Fendi $830 at BergdorfGoodman.com

4. Leather and Wood Sandals, See by Chloe $355 at Netaporter.com

5. Patent Leather and Wood Tribute by Yves Saint Laurent $1095 at Netaporter.com

6. Leather T-Bar Sandals by Grey Mer $636 at Luisviaroma.com

Attainable 

Best Wood Platform Sandals

Listed left to right and top to bottom

1. Deborah by Kork-Ease $155 at Piperlime.com

2. Bitten Suede Platform Heeled Sandals with T-bar, ASOS $134 at ASOS.com

3. Talia by Calvin Klein Jeans $99 at Zappos.com

4. Miner by Vince Camuto $118 at Zappos.com

5. Daron by NYLA $87.99 ON SALE at Heels.com

6. Teardrop by Mia $65 at Piperlime.com

7. Tako Heel by Guess $85.49 ON SALE at Heels.com

8. Randy, Lucky Brand $87.99 at Heels.com

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