Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Full Fashion Disclosure: Payless Summer Collections

I am bereft. Why? I have seen the Abaete for Payless summer collection on 34th Street and I only want one thing. This "Big Sky Collection," inspired by a trip to Montana, isn't doing it for me. I would love to find myself in Montana, but not so much in these shoes. Sandals with beaded accents skew American Indian, a style favored by many women in my family but not fully embraced by myself. I can take a tiny bit of fringe (not on denim, please), a little silver jewelry, MAYBE a few beads, but I can't get on board for the whole shebang. And while these shoes aren't at all too beady, I'm just not thrilled:

Then, while commiserating with self over Big Sky sandals, I suddenly spotted something adorable:

Summer Lela Roses. Isn't that blue sneak/flat thing cute? And that green flat is so simple and such a pretty hue, I'm charmed. Both are $30. And here's the blue thing in tan, from the Payless website:

Is it, could it be, kind of preppy? Am I, in my old age, rejecting the downtown girl aesthetic and replacing her with an uptown sensibility? Well, for the 2008 Payless summer collection, yes, I am. But I'm not giving up on Abaete, never. I'll still be scouring Payless in August, keeping a keen eye out for her always fabulous boot collection.

Payless, 110 W. 34th @ Broadway


Anonymous said...

While I certainly agree that it's very easy to go overboard on 'American Indian' themed accessories, I'm pretty crazy for all of the ones I've seen on UrbanOutfitters.com. All of the jewelry has just the right amount of flair to make it fun and not as if you're trying too hard.

Rebecca, A Clothes Horse said...

The two-tone shoes with the little bows are adorable.

Lipstick said...

I love Payless. Wish there was one near me. When I was in junior high I had the cutest little pair of black shoes with silk ribbons on them from Payless-I always got loads of compliments and they were super cheap. I agree with you about the Native American shoes-just not in love with those. I think the strap that goes across might be itchy...

Tricia said...

yes, the two tones are so cute! bravo, lela.
and the strap does look itchy, although the abaete's are usually a lot more comfortable than they look.
hmmm, have to check out the urban outfitters, thanks cupcakes b/c I do have it in my blood!