Style Guide: Summer Parties

Published by Englin's Fine Footwear on 30th Jun 2017

With the 4th of July just a few days away, many of us are looking forward to a long weekend, or at least an Independence Day celebration. Whether you're throwing some hot dogs on the grill, watching fireworks with your honey, or jetting away for a much-needed vacation, you'll want to look your best. Summer gives you the chance to wear a variety of fashion favorites, from breezy dresses to stunning sandals. We've created some cute summer party looks on Polyvore to inspire you. Find the outfit you like best, shop the shoes, and enjoy the weather!

4th of July with the OluKai Luana

4th of July feat. OluKai Luana in White/Black

Featuring the OluKai Luana in White/Black. Also available in Coral.

The 4th of July is your chance to wear your patriotism on your sleeve—literally. Deck yourself in red, white, and blue from head to toe! If you want something a little less cliché than flag-print everything, keep it subtle with red-and-white gingham. Paired with classic denim shorts, this ruffled top has a wholesome Americana vibe that perfectly suits the spirit of the holiday. Leave it at that if you wish, but you can also accessorize with some American flag earrings or a cute stars-and-stripes headwrap to really complete the look. Enjoy the free pass to flaunt your American pride!

We evened out the red, white, and blue of this outfit with the white OluKai Luana. This simple OluKai sandal is vegan-friendly, made entirely of synthetic materials and no animal products. The other great thing about these materials is that they're water-resistant, quick-drying, and lightweight, built for use in and around water. Hitting the beach? Bring the Luana! This sandal is built using OluKai's Outboard Strap Construction, so the straps are attached to the outside surface of the sidewall instead of the footbed, enhancing the Luana's comfort without sacrificing a secure fit. The Luana's non-marking rubber outsole will not scuff any surface and is durable enough for long-lasting wear. Choose the Hawaiian-inspired OluKai Luana and celebrate freedom in style.

Summer Sunflowers with the Birkenstock Iona

Summer Sunflowers feat. Birkenstock Iona in Black Leather

Featuring the Birkenstock Iona in Black Leather.

One of the most recognizable and timeless icons of summertime is the bold sunflower. These tall, yellow beauties are native to America and thrive during long, hot summers. Channeling the glory of nature is an easy way to look your best during warm weather, and with its vibrant colors and American roots, the sunflower is sure to liven up your style for a summer soiree. Here we've paired a knee-length, sunflower-print skirt with a lacy tank top in matching yellow. Sunflower earrings and a gold cuff bracelet make perfect accessories for this look, while a leaf-green bag ties it all together. The makeup side of things can go one of two ways: natural and light, or bright and bold. We opted for the latter with crimson lipstick and nail polish, but the choice is yours!

We picked the Birkenstock Iona mary-jane for its simple, youthful grace. The black leather upper pairs well with the skirt, and it's both durable and breathable enough for summer wear. A hook-and-loop closure at the instep keeps the fit easily adjustable. The Iona features a classic Birkenstock footbed minus the toe bar, so you can enjoy the comfort and support of cork and latex. This footbed molds to your foot's unique shape over time for a truly personalized fit! A rubber sole completes this adorable, classic style. With the Birkenstock Iona, you'll be as radiant as the sun itself.

Something Blue with the Dansko Daniela

Something Blue feat. Dansko Daniela in Teak Vintage Pull Up

Featuring the Dansko Daniela in Teak Vintage Pull-Up. Also available in Black Full Grain.

While you're appreciating the beauty on the ground—like those lovely sunflowers—don't forget to enjoy summer's endless blue skies. Sky blue is a more subtle color for summer fashion if you're skipping the bright, floral yellows and pinks. Here, a chiffon skater dress with a thin, braided belt effortlessly captures the splendor of a cloudless sky. A brown bag and shoes keep the look grounded, while yellow jewelry lends a small pop of eye-catching color. Add a swipe of matte lipstick with a brown undertone, and you've got a dressy yet laidback look.

Dansko is known for their comfortable clogs, but even their sandals, like the Dansko Daniela t-strap, are dreamlike for your feet. The leather-wrapped, cushioned footbed with arch support will make you feel like you're walking on clouds. The upper, which is crafted from gorgeous pull-up leather with stud accents, has an adjustable, buckled back strap to provide you with a secure fit. The Daniela's wood-grain inspired block heel sits on a shock-absorbent polyurethane sole. The Dansko Daniela is perfect for any true-blue summer outfit.

On Vacation with the Spring Step Claudia

On Vacation with the Spring Step Claudia

Featuring the Spring Step Claudia in Navy. Also available in Red and Taupe.

Beach party, anyone? If you're hopping a plane to a tropical getaway this summer, you'll want a breezy maxi dress or two in your suitcase. You can't beat coral for an island vibe, so we picked a solid coral maxi with a shirred skirt hem for this vacation look. Navy accessories complement the coral beautifully. Here we've chosen a statement necklace and a pair of simple stud earrings for the jewelry. A wide-brimmed straw hat with a big navy bow will keep your face in the shade and your style on point. If you're carrying around all your beach needs—a suit, a towel, sunscreen or tanning lotion—you'll want an oversized bag like this blue sisal one to keep it all together. Navy nails are optional—you could also get a tropical-themed manicure before you jet off to paradise.

Spring Step is known for their colorful, artistic shoe styles, and the Spring Step Claudia is no exception. With its French-inspired design and hand-painted leather upper, the Claudia is a work of art in and of itself. Contrast stitching and a floral metal button add an extra level of style to this trendy shoe. Hidden hook-and-loop closure makes this thong slide's fit easily adjustable. A padded insole covered in synthetic suede gives you the comfort you deserve when you're on vacation, while a cork-wrapped wedge heel adds height. Slip into the Spring Step Claudia and enjoy your fun, relaxing getaway.

Summer Classic with the Spring Step Allenisa

Featuring the Spring Step Allenisa in White Multi Leather and Textile. Also available in Camel Multi Leather and Textile.

Classic, casual, and cool: That's how we'd describe this look. This one's for those spontaneous parties with friends, those evenings around the bonfire in someone's backyard, when you want to subtly impress but also stay laid-back and comfortable. Earth tones and denim shorts are always good style choices, and this cropped, floral-embroidered cami gives you a flirty cuteness. Accessorize with oversized sunglasses, a floral choker, and a beaded bracelet for a relaxed, hipster-like vibe. Keep your red lipstick close at hand with a simple, stylish raffia purse. Call up your friends, head to your local hangout, and party like summer will never end.

We turned to Spring Step again for this look, and it's impossible to deny that the Spring Step Allenisa is the perfect finishing touch. Its leather and woven textile upper matches the down-to-earth sense of style. The Allenisa features an adjustable buckle at the ankle, so the ankle strap will never be too tight or too loose. Cork wedges are an enduring summer favorite, and the Allenisa's 2¼-inch cork-covered heel will keep you standing tall while its padded insole pampers your hardworking feet. Keep it simple (but cute!) with the Spring Step Allenisa.

Cool Elegance with the Munro Darling

Featuring the Munro Darling in Taupe Metallic Combo. Also available in Black Combo and Pewter Metallic Combo.

Summer is all about relaxing and staying comfortable, but now and then, you just have to get dressed up. Whether it's a wedding or another elegant occasion, you'll want to look sophisticated but still stay cool when the temperatures are high. The solution? A strapless mini dress like this one in emerald green. Glam it up with glittering jewelry, like these diamond pavé earrings and bracelet. A sleek, knotted updo shows off the natural beauty of your face. Grab a taupe clutch to match your shoes and apply some pink lipstick, and you'll be the belle of the ball!

How many times have you had to kick off painful, pinchy heels so you can dance the night away? With the Munro Darling, you'll never have that issue. A low, stable block heel, a supportive steel shank, and a contoured, microfiber-wrapped footbed combine to deliver ultimate comfort. The elastic strap at the instep ensures a custom, cozy fit. This dress sandal boasts a flexible, shock-absorbent outsole of latex rubber. And don't forget: Munro offers extended sizes, so there's a Darling to fit your foot, no matter how small or large it is. Own the dance floor for hours on end in the Munro Darling!

What's your summer style like? For more of our favorite summer shoes, check out these blog posts:

Top 10 Summer Sandals

Summer 2017 Season Preview

Trend Alert: Strappy Sandals

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