A Style Party with Kathryn Martin

This past Wednesday, in honor of Spring2Action and Boutiques Give Back, we hosted a style party with local stylist Kathryn Martin. Most importantly, 10% of all sales that day went to either the YMCA Alexandria or the charity of the shopper’s choice. It was a very successful day for all! There was that evening, however, a heavy dose of style so for those of you who weren’t here, let’s catch you up.

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Elizabeth and Kathy setting up before the party. (Um, that necklace!!)

Kathryn selected the shoes that best represented current Spring and Summer trends and let us in on why we all should get on board. First (starting from the front), the return of the mule. While Kathy hasn’t really bought into the trend in the past, this time she’s all about it. This time around they are more feminine and interesting, often including embellishment or metallic touches. A customer came into the store yesterday and felt that mules were only to be worn with denim. While everyone’s style is different, we disagree. These mules would look great with a white dress in summer or printed skirt in spring.

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Second, cork. DVF has a beautiful all-cork kitten heel. Sofft has its cork wedges. But we are particularly fond of Superga’s cork (and neon) sneaker. It’s been very popular though so if you’re a fan, come by quick and snatch up your size.

Next up is what Kathryn calls “global.” Elizabeth calls it “tribal.” Christen calls it “ethnic.” Whatever you call it, it typically involves a print that is heavy on neutral tones, making it both interesting and very versatile. Pair it with gobs of jewelry in wood and gold, with a maxi dress and maybe even a fedora for a Kathryn-worthy look!

Next to last is the bow. Kathryn came in prior to the party with an idea of the trends she wanted to represent. Bows were on her list and to her surprise there are a TON of bows in store right now. Her personal style doesn’t involve a lot of bows, but this Candela style is a totally different take on the trend that Kathryn loves!

Finally, cage heels are still very much de rigueur. What really drew Kathryn to this pair though is Elizabeth’s stamp of approval. Elizabeth wore them one evening for an event this week and claims to have worn them all night! For someone who never wears heels because of discomfort, that is really saying something.

So, which is your favorite trend?

(And a huge thank you to Kathryn for joining us on Wednesday!)