Power fashion houses, including Rodarte, as shown here, are updating the gladiator sandal, and the look is surprisingly appealing. Be brave, and take on the knee-high strap-tie version with shorts, or channel your chic downtown goddess by pairing multi-strap flats with an asymmetrical hemmed skirt. Check them out at T.Georgiano’s Shoe Salon, Aldo and Dillard’s.
Shake It Up
Ever heard of powder texturizer? It’s essentially what it sounds like, a lightweight powder applied at the roots (think shaking salt and pepper) that gives texture, lift and fullness to dry hair. Plus, I swear it holds my hairstyle for a couple of days. Osis+ Dust It by Schwarzkopf is my fave; it’s a tiny bottle but a little goes a long way. d.cole Hair Design, $22
“Fashion is about something that comes from within you.”—Ralph Lauren
It Speaks Volumes
Women in Clothes reveals how personal style affects women emotionally, based on a 50-question survey given to hundreds of women with varying backgrounds, with questions like, “Have you ever dressed in a certain way to gain a sense of control?” Included are such recognizable names as Cindy Sherman and Lena Dunham. The New York Times Book Review calls it “part advice manual, part anthropological study, part feminist document.” Barnes & Noble, $22.72
Nothing cooler on a little tyke than a stylish pair of kicks. And if you haven’t heard, Stuart Weitzman has a very fun collection from sandals to ballet slippers, most under $60. Your little one will be stoked to slip on these uptown urban canvas skaters before you pop out to Kilwin’s for a caramel-covered apple. Stuart Weitzman, $39