Style Challenge: Three Ways to Pull Off Platforms
Fact: We're long-time devotees of our pointy-toe pumps. We love the delicate "click" of the heels, their sleek, elegant silhouette, and how they pair well with anything we piece together. But with platforms trending for spring (as seen on the Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, and Tom Ford runways, above), we've set aside our love affair with single-sole stilettos in favor for their chunkier counterparts. The result? Three perfect platform-centric outfits that give pumps a run for their money.
Pair platforms with ...
1. A Ladylike Ensemble
Fashion logic would have you believe you can't pair a chunky shoe with a ladylike ensemble, but this is a complete myth. We found that this Dune pair provides just the right balance to Tibi's all-white ensemble. Choosing a neutral color also adds a lightness that keeps this look airy, fresh, and very Jane Birkin.
Dune London platform, $99; dunelondon.com. Tibi corset top, $325; tibi.com. Sylvain Le Hen barrette, $60; needsupply.com. J. McLaughlin basket bag, $195; jmclaughlin.com. Tibi fluted skirt, $465; tibi.com.
2. A Menswear-Inspired Outfit
One of our go-to looks is styling an oversize menswear-inspired shirt with a skinny pant. It's a pairing that tends to beg for a classic single-sole shoe---but works just as well with a '70s-style platform, like this one from See by Chloe. Finish off the look with a silk scarf tied around your wrist.
See by Chloe platform, $335; nordstrom.com. Claridge + King boyfriend shirt, $173; claridgeandking.com. Brooks Brothers silk scarf, $128; brooksbrother.com. Kenzo shoulder bag, $545; net-a-porter.com. J Brand black pant, $210; intermixonline.com.
3. A Date-Night Look
Dressing up a platform is tricky, but this python pair by Michael Kors makes it easy. Style with bare shoulders and small accessories, like a single ring and mini bag, to keep the sandals the singular statement of your sexy look.