20
Jul
09

Cut it Out!

Though few of us turn to health and fitness tomes for our fashion advice, Self Magazine (http://www.self.com/) used its athletic prowess to get a jump on fall trends. In its August issue, the glossy mag lists cut out shoes as a must-have for the coming cooler months.

Though fitness periodicals are rarely the go-to for fashion advice, Self Magazine used its athletic prowess to get a jump on fall trends. In its August issue, the glossy mag lists cut out shoes as a must-have for the coming cooler months.

Jeffrey Campbell's Lattice Heel at Urban Outfitters

Jeffrey Campbell's Lattice Heel at Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters’ recent email newsletter confirmed the trend. The retailer  offers up 10 styles for fall, ranging from edgy-conservative oxfords and flats to lattice heels and wedge boots.

With cage heels and gladiator sandals stocking everyone’s closet all summer, the cut outs are only the slightest of departures from current strappy complexities. Open toed and laser cut, they reveal skin without being sandals; they hint at nudity while also offering support. And style aside, cut outs are a great transitional shoe for the not-so-hot-but-not-yet-cold days ahead. Imagine them with painted toes and tweedy skirts, or with colored opaque tights once the temps dip. Super-cute!

Manolo's fall collection

Manolo's fall collection

Says blogger Obsessed With Shoes, “This cut out wedge trend isn’t going away any time soon, as evidence by the various designers, both high and low end, making this style for Summer as well as upcoming Fall.”

Web site BecomeGorgeous.com adds, “The suede cut out pumps are just a few of the Manolo Blahnik Fall 2009 shoes worth attention.”

Rasta bootie by L.A.M.B.

Rasta bootie by L.A.M.B.

If the highly sculptural and high-end Manolos seem a bit intimidating, turn to the Polyvore blog for advice on how to wear cut outs, and then cruise on over to Polyvore itself, where you can virtual-style your own outfit and test-drive the new look. (You can view my Polyvore set, complete with a pair of sexy-tough L.A.M.B. Rasta booties.)

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