You know that good style isn't necessarily about what you're wearing, but more about how you're putting everything together (otherwise, every Theresa, Darlene, or Henrietta who's purchased a logo-splashed designer handbag would automatically be considered stylish — and you know that's not the case). For us, it's all about the mix. We wear T-shirts to the office (under blazers, of course), sparkly baubles to the park (they look great with our sundresses), and jeans out at night (what else would we pair with our bustiers?). And, the ultimate contrarian mix-up in our repertoire? Wearing tough black flats with our pretty summertime clothes.
Whether they're winter boots, fall loafers, or a pointed, patent flat you're supposed to wear with trousers, black shoes are our secret weapon when it comes to putting some teeth into our summertime outfits. Of course, we switch them out for a sandal when the weather makes a closed-toe a no-no, but they're our standard fare to livening up a frilly dress, a stoic pencil skirt, or a casual cut-off. Click through to see five women who already got the memo.