Fashion

Uggs

Uggs… Ugh!

Here in Southern California, it’s finally cold enough to wear boots!!!!!! Halle-friggin-lujah!!! This deserves that many exclamation points because I have been waiting since March for it to be cold enough to transition from flats everyday to boots every other day!

Now, when I say boots, I do not mean Wellingtons. I do not mean snow boots. But, most importantly, I do not mean Uggs. I mean leather, just below the knee, flat wedge boots. Classy, versatile, fabulous. But, let’s talk about Uggs for a minute.

This form of sheepskin and fleece footwear first broke out onto the scene in the 1980s in Southern California; it symbolized that relaxed SoCal lifestyle. In 2000 their fate as a cultural… thing was cemented when Oprah declared on her show how much she loved her pair of Uggs. Now, let me clarify. The company Uggs actually makes some pretty fashionable footwear. But I’m specifically talking about the Classic Ugg pictured above.

My feelings on the Ugg boot are that they are a glorified slipper which should not be worn in public. THEY ARE GIGANTIC WADS OF FLEECE AND FOAM! I have yet to see them worn in any way that could be considered fashionable or flattering. I have heard the argument that they make your feet seem so large that they have a slimming effect on the rest of your body. I think that is a lie.

Now, I’m totally with you when it comes to the comfiness of a good yoga pant and slipper. But that is for lounging around your house on a slow Saturday while you watch Masterchef re-runs and get caught up on laundry. (Yes, this is what I do on Saturdays. Jeez, get off my back.) Said outfit IS NOT for going shopping, going to the movies, going to dinner, GOING ANYWHERE.

Now, let’s talk about the price of a brand spanking new pair of Uggs for a minute. The pair pictured above will run you $135. THAT. IS. INSANE. Why would you pay that much money for a pair of puffed up marshmallows that go on your feet masquerading as footwear!?

I found a pair of gently used, leather, deep red, Steve Madden boots at Buffalo Exchange for $40 and they’ve lasted me two years now. Not only are they pretty comfy, I can wear them with leggings and a sweater, jeans, or a dress and jacket combo. They make any outfit look put together, not like I’m heading back to bed.

Women of the world, I just want to say: Do not give up! Be better than the Ugg boot. But if you’re a die hard Ugg-er, I want to hear it! I love a good debate.

WHITEANDBLAZER

Three Outfits; One Killer Pair of White Jeans

You’re standing in the dressing room of your favorite store and it’s happened. You have found that perfect pair of white jeans.

Most women are skeptical of this magic wardrobe staple but when you find the pair, you’ll know. They are sophisticated with just the right amount of casual, and flattering on just about any body shape. What more could a girl want?

But wearing them involves a little more than vowing not to spill anything on them before lunch – it involves a bit of outfit-assembling know how. Here are three ideas to get your white jean mojo going.

Also, all of the pieces in these collages I put together can be purchased for under $50! It’s possible, ladies! You just have to be willing to hunt for them!

WHITE ON WHITE
Wearing white on white isn’t just for droogs. As long as you pair your monochromatic ensemble with some bold and bright accessories (every bougie girl should already own a couple awesome go to accessories).

Jeans – Mango Super Slims – ON SALE – $39
Chiffon Peplum Top – Ally Fashion – $25
Shoes – Steve Madden Thong Sandal – Jildor Shoes ON SALE – $35
Twisted Patterned Bangle – Forever 21 – $6

TRAVELISTA
Channel your inner jet setter. A comfy, but obviously hobo chic sweater, with some funky booties and a pop color bag or accessory and you’re ready to take on the world with understated class.

Blue Stripes Loose Sweater with Pocket – She Inside – $29
Shelly Three Strap Ankle Boot – Wet Seal – $29.50
High Shine Large Shopper Bag – Boohoo.com – $30

OUT ON THE TOWN
I’ll be the first one to admit to shying away from heels at all cost. But, if you’re feeling brave and ready to make a statement on a date with that special someone, try pairing those white jeans with that staple of a black blazer every lady should have and a rocking heel. Those heels are smaller than you. Be confident and own it.

Ponte Blazer with Rolled Sleeves – She Inside – $33
Pammy Wedge – Steve Madden – ON SALE – $40 (Usually $100!!)