Budget Stylista: Rock the TOMS

If you haven’t heard about TOMS shoes yet you are really missing out. Not just because the shoes are cute. And not just because the shoes are so comfy it feels like you are walking around campus in slippers. Or on clouds. Or marshmallows. (Hm. I could totally go for a s’more right now… but I digress). But because the premise on which TOMS shoes exists is pretty remarkable.

For every pair you buy, TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a child in a developing country who is in need. And since beginning in 2006, TOMS has given over 600,000 shoes to children in need. Talk about your purchase going to a greater good (and I’m not just talking about the greater good that is you looking totally cute, although TOMS shoes do that too).

So here are four of my favorite ways to rock the TOMS, wherever you may be going. And four pairs for you means four for kids who REALLY need the shoes. Fashion has never felt so good.

Gray TOMS:
The gray TOMS happen to be my personal favorite. They are the new neutral and are perfect with boyfriend jeans and complimentary colors. (I love pinks or purples with gray. Blues, corals, oranges and most pastels look great too. And, of course, black, red or white!) Leave this cute bomber jacket open and tuck in the tank since the jeans are slouchy. By keeping the top fitted and the bottom loose, you can still show that you have a figure and aren’t just trying to hide the past month of late night pizza.

Product Information: Shoes: Toms, $43.95; Jeans: Old Navy, $14.99; Jacket: Old Navy, $29.50; Tank: Lulus, $33.

Silver Glitter Toms
I kept this look simple. For all of us who have far too many plain black dresses in our closet, now we can let our feet do the talking. Fun enough for day and dressy enough for night (and so much more comfortable). Also adorable with black skinnies, a solid bright color scarf (think hot pink) and a black, white, or gray tank. [Note: I hate that necklace in the photo and do not, under any circumstances, want you wearing it with those shoes.]

Product Information: Shoes: Toms, $54.95; Black dress: Express, $39.50

Neutral Toms
Pair with a cute sundress, any cute sundress; it’s pretty hard to find something that DOESN’T match these. Add some bold accessories and start frolicking. I love the juxtaposition of the girly dress and the more masculine shoe. Adorbs.

Product Information: Shoes: Toms, $43.95; Dress: BB Dakota on Lulus, $50; Bracelet: Forever 21, $5.80

Red and White
These shoes go with that beloved nautical theme everyone’s so excited about this season. Another reason to get them? Their cute-ness should be reason enough. This time, the shirt is roomy and the shorts are tailored. If short shorts aren’t your thing go for a fitted pant like a skinny jean or mid length short.

Product Information: Shoes: Toms, $68.95; Top: Lulus, $32; Shorts: Delias, $34.50; Purse: Forever 21, $27.80

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