Budget Stylista: The New Flat

So, what I’m about to tell you is not going to make me look good. Don’t judge me. Don’t send hate mail. OK? OK.

I want to be Olivia Palermo.

To be fair, I don’t want her attitude. Or her brains (or lack thereof). Or her annoying, drunk cousin who is always loafing on her couch. I don’t even really want to be on The City. I really just want her wardrobe, namely those adorable men’s inspired flats she started rockin’ around town last season.

It was love at first sight, really. Shiny, chic flats that didn’t make you miss the 4 inch heel with the red sole Olivia typically donned. They were different, they were tres chic, they were (at least they looked) comfortable, and they were way, way out of my price range. But then, on a late night shopping spree at Kohl’s with my mom last week, I found these: a cheaper ($19, baby!) version of Olivia’s shoes that are still just as hot, classy and comfy as the designer originals. They were everything I wanted and more, perfect for this weird in-between-seasons business when it’s too hot for Uggs and too cold for Havianas.

So I snatched ’em and before I even got home, I had an entire list of things I could wear with them. These shoes add that extra bit of couture and glamour that a normal flat could not and I believe every girl needs a pair. Don’t believe me? Just look what they can do for these three basic outfits:

Hot and Sassy
This dress is sexy and seemingly vintage all at once, which goes perfectly with these old school shoes. Layer on the tights for a more streamlined leg, then pull your hair back into a messy pony and add this gorgeous, retro headband. If it’s cold where you are, I feel bad for you you can always toss on an oversized black sweater to complete the look.

Dress: Lulus, $29
Shoes: Candies for Kohl’s, $29.99
Tights: Hue, 2 for $20
Headband: Forever 21, $3.80

Sexy & Stylin’
Like most flats, these tuxedo shoes look best with skinny jeans that can show ’em off. My favorite skinny jeans right now are these from the Gap (my butt has never looked better), and I absolutely L-O-V-E this top. A built-in necklace? Genius! Just add a few statement pieces – like a bright, classic bag – and you’ll be the (nicer, smarter) Olivia Palermo of your next bash.

Skinny Jeans: Gap, $69.50
Top: Lulu’s, $30
Shoes: Candies for Kohl’s, $29.99
Bangle: Forever 21, $5.80
Purse: Forever 21, $16.80

Professional/Casual Chic
Got a big interview? Work at an office? Major presentation that is worth 65% of your Econ grade? You don’t have to get all dowdy; these adorable shoes work for all that, too. (Yes, they may just be the most versatile footwear since the gladiator sandal.) Go for a dressier black skinny jean, top off with a flowy camisole and a boyfriend blazer and a fun, bright bag. You’ll look professional yet chic, and your feet won’t blistered and hurting by the end of the day.

Jeans: Macy’s, $19.99
Blazer: Target, $29.99
Shoes: Candies for Kohl’s, $29.99
Cami: Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s, $19.99
Bag: Lulus, $44

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