Thought I’d start another series – this one on Summer Staples. Seems odd that a season should earn a list of staples unto itself. Most people, especially those of us who live in colder climate, wait in anticipation of warmer weather – including yours truly. With its arrival, I admit I’ve come to ritualize some wardrobe purchases not only for myself but for my girls as well. [The hubs is low maintenance and for years, when we lived in Orange County, California, he pretty much wore shorts year round; in Denver – his shorts wearing days are confined to spring/summer.] I usually buy Keds or flip flops and white hoodies/cardigans for my girls around May. For myself, I like to buy new slip on Espadrilles….I love their ease and comfort. I remember the very first Espadrille I bought with my own money at 16. I had a summer job working in downtown Denver at the FDA offices and every lunch time, my sister and I would meet up at the 16th Street Mall to grab lunch and do some shopping. She also had a summer job at the IRS and so for the first time, we had our own spending money. This was 1984 (yikes!) and there was a Baker Shoe Store at the street mall…not sure if they’re still around. I bought the cutest white slip on Espadrille with floral and fruit embroidery – I wore that thing to death that summer and wanted to go back and buy another one for subsequent summers but of course, they were gone…sigh. That probably started my deranged practice of buying things in two in case they get discontinued or if I destroy them.
Anyway, continuing on with the ritual, I tried and ordered the $18 slip ons (from JCPenney’s) you see below. For less than $20, it’s very comfy and fit me perfectly (true to size) with the size 6. It also comes in stripe pink, chambray/denim and a color block version. Of course, if my budget could afford it, I would probably rather pick up the Tory Burch version which I assume would last longer but alas…not practical for my wallet at the moment.
What about you? Do you have any summer staples? Do you like Espadrilles?
Click on the images above to view these Espadrilles closer.