What to wear with bright pink shoes

Putting an outfit together is something that has always come naturally to me, hence one of the many reasons I write this blog—and hopefully it's something that you, dear readers, find helpful. However, I occasionally get stumped by certain items. Rockport sent me this delightful (and very comfortable) pair of hot pink suede sandals, and I truly couldn't figure out what to wear with them. They looked too matchy-matchy with pink or printed dresses, and they just looked wrong with jeans. I was at a loss. Thankfully, we all get by with a little help from our friends, and when I saw Nancy's post on her last summer outfit, all of a sudden I knew what to do: pair them with a soft green cargo pant and classic white shirt. 

I am a firm believer in the classic look and feel of a cargo pant. If you've followed my OOTD stories on Instagram, you know that I wear these Ulla Johnson pants in real life all the time, however this is the first time I've ever built an outfit with them here on the blog. They have a cargo-safari vibe but are feminine and refined, without the bulky pockets; they're almost a paperbag-cargo pant hybrid. They are also quite comfy, both in terms of the adjustable waistline (food-baby friendly) and the softness of the fabric. They are sadly several seasons old, but I've linked several very similar pairs below. 

I was kind of wah-wah on this Madewell shirt the last time I featured it (with a slip skirt), and while it's not perfect, it's pretty darn good as far as white shirts go, and it's getting more softly broken-in the more that I wash and wear it. I hadn't thought to pair it with these pants, and I was pleased with how classic and easy they looked together. 

But back to the shoes. When Rockport first reached out to me, I'll admit that the brand stirred up certain connotations, but once I saw these, I knew I had to try them. The heel is study and the insole is soft yet supportive, but more importantly, the color is cheerful and unexpected. Who knew comfort shoes could be so much fun? I have worn these all day to work, then out at night, and my feet have been comfy the entire time. And—this is important with slides—they stay on your foot in such a way that you don't feel like you have to clench or grip them. And they run true to size; I'm in my usual 8.5. 

To play up the eco-safari vibe of this outfit, I accessorized with my current-favorite faux tortoise hoop earrings from Target and a rattan purse that was gifted to me. I impulse-bought the earrings one morning when I was buying dental floss, and let me tell you, it's nice to be able to wear jewelry that just speaks to you. (My last job was with an accessory company, and it was definitely frowned upon to accessorize with jewelry from other brands.) The bag is perfect for summer (although I know that's almost over) and/or a tropical vacation; it will come in handy for both at some point in the future.

You may recognize the setting of this shoot—we shot this transitional look there in April—but it just felt so right for the theme of this accidentally millennial outfit. We noticed while we were shooting there that the building was still for sale, but on further investigation, it looks like now they're trying to sell it as three separate tenancy-in-common units. Um, good luck with that (although I'd love to have you as a neighbor)!


kelsey bang said...

I love the pink and green combo! super cute look1

Laura B said...

I'm loving the unexpected pink shoes! They really make the outfit stand out more! They look great with those pants!

Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom said...

I have to say that I REALLY love this outfit! The pink really pops and I love green with pink and I also love this style of those pants. SO pretty!


Nancy 's Fashion Style said...

Oh I had not even seen this post! That is so lovely that you were inspired! What a good outfit it is and what a fabulous shoes! Thanks for the feature Cheryl!

Mica said...

What awesome shoes! they are such a big bold colour and look so good as a pop with the olive. the cargo pants and the white shirt are such a classic combo so the pink shoes are a fun twist! :)

Hope that your week is off to a great start :) Thanks for joining the #weekdaywearlinkup!

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Shelbee on the Edge said...

I remember Nancy’s outfit with the bright pink shoes! And I loved it. And I love your outfit, too! So much so that I may need to be copying it soon. I have a few pairs of bright pink shoes and I actually do wear them more often than one would expect. You will find more ways for styling these pretty little things!


Elise Von E said...

Wonderful casual look!! The pop of pink really elevates the look!! Gorgeous!

xx, Elise

Jessica Jannenga said...

Oooh, I love your bag! The shape is fabulous. I adore a safari look and these are great pieces on their own. Love the magenta sandals too gives some beautiful color to the look!
jess xx

stylesplash@live.co.uk said...

The shoes are gorgeous! I love the colour, which really contrasts with the khaki cargo pants and white shirt. It's great that we get inspiration from other bloggers...fabulous outfit! Thanks for linking up!

Emma xxx