4 Ways to Try Pumps, the Universal Problem-Solvers
Jessie Ajluni | Tuesday December 19th 2017
One of the things that I had to learn quickly after moving to New York was how to manage my wardrobe space. A self-confessed fashion hoarder, it has always been extremely hard for me to part with practically anything, but, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And I have had to be VERY inventive when it comes to working with the limited space that is a Manhattan closet.
Luckily for me, with a little patience (and a lot of trips to Ikea and the Container Store), I have become a true pro when it comes to mastering an organized closet space. But, no matter how perfectly put together my wardrobe feels, I am extremely cutthroat with what stays and what goes each season. The qualities that I almost always look for in a new piece are versatility and multi-purposedness. And to me, there is absolutely no shoe more exemplary of these qualities than a pointed–toed pump. Perfect for even the harshest of weather, great for almost every occasion, this little shoe packs a big punch in dressing up my daily ensembles.
So, in special tribute to these fashion chameleons, I have scoured our ATPB photo database and selected some of my favorite looks shot by Tamu, featuring the best in these pointed–toe beauties. Witness: the cunning combinations of some of our favorite street style stars.
Lace Up Lady
Feminine dresses and pointed toed pumps are the fashion equivalent of PB&J; the perfect pairing that just about everyone loves. But, why not try jazzing up this staple combination with a pair of lace up pumps and a bold graphic print dress? With a little more detail than a traditional pump, and paired with one of our favorite print trends of the season, this is the perfect combo to carry you into the dreary winter days ahead. Just don’t forget to throw on a jacket as well. We suggest a fabulous fur for that extra layer of warmth and style.
There is nothing cooler to me than seeing a total #girlboss in some seriously awesome menswear–inspired dressing. Perhaps it is my love for cult-classic 80s movies like Working Girl, but this is one of my absolute favorite looks. And the MVPs of this ensemble is for sure the patent pumps. But these ain’t your momma’s footwear, with bright pops of color like cherry red or asymmetrical bows and scalloped detailing, these pieces prove that dressing for business doesn’t always mean being basic. We suggest styling these with an oversized blazer to complete your look.
Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that we love prints, and in particular the fine art of mixed–print dressing. And if you’re already a pro at this classic trick, why not try throwing your feet into the proverbial print mix? Pair the patterned pumps with an equally cool printed skirt. While you’re at it, go for top honors by finishing the look off with a logo sweatshirt, granny scarf and warm parka for the ultimate cool–AF–without–even-trying look. A pro tip for dressing with clashing patterns: stay in similar color families for a look that says more style star than style slob.
For those girls that dare to be different, this is the ultimate look. On bottom you have your glitzy OTT heels, and on top, perhaps one of the biggest fashion trends of 2017: the boiler suit. What I truly love about this combo is the juxtaposition of the slouchy masculinity of the coveralls and the hyper–feminine style of the pumps. It’s also the perfect look after the over-indulgence of the holidays, being at once oversized and comfortable, and also sexy with the addition of the heels. Are you daring enough to try this tricky trend?