Insomniac Sale Picks: Printed Mid-height Heels

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Raquel requested a few picks for printed mid-height heels, so here we go:

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Soft Style Fayth - was $59, now $39.95

This pretty pastel peeptoe might seem like it will have limited application going into fall, but pull out that rich burgundy in your outfit and it will feel more seasonally appropriate. This shoe has a 2.75″ heel and 0.25″ platform, so it’ll feel like a 2.5″ heel. Available in US sizes 6 – 12, including some wide widths.

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Bella-Vita Wow – was $95.95, now $36.99 – $71.99

This pump features autumnal tones in a floral cork print that includes subtle flecks of gold. If this version isn’t doing it for ya, also comes in a metallic herringbone, gold crosshatch, bronze snakeskin, black and white geometric, black snakeskin, and solid bronze. 2.5″ heel. Available in US sizes 5 – 12, including AA, D, and E widths. Size availability varies by color.

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C Label Vicky - was $50, now $34.95

Such a great option for retro or rockabilly looks, but would also be fabulous for adding some spice to funky workwear. This is a fabric shoe just like the Soft Style peeptoe, so beware of wet weather. Available in black with white dots and in blue with white dots in US sizes 5.5 – 10. Size availability varies by color.

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Johnston & Murphy Anita - was $188, now $79.99

Plaid! Plaid pumps with a low heel! How fun would these be with some dark tights and a leather skirt for fall? And the heel is only 2″ so incredibly walkable. These also come in black and white houndstooth as well as mustard with a burgundy bow, brown with a pink bow, and black with a teal bow. Available in US sizes 6 – 10. Size availability varies by color.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for printed mid-height heels:

  1. Nine West - Everything from camo to herringbone mixed in there. Though some heels are definitely higher than mid …
  2. DSW - You’ll have to search by keywords like “polka dot” and “floral,” but there are lots of cute options in there.
  3. eBay- Lots of animal print in there, but other prints can be found. Be sure to refine your search in the left rail.

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Dressed for: A Change-up

Already Pretty outfit featuring sheer floral blouse, skinny jeans, orange pumps, J.W. Hulme tote bag

Blouse – courtesy Kokoon
Jeans – Zuma Twill courtesy Karen Kane (also in plus sizes)
Pumps – Easy Spirit (no longer available) – similar
Bag – J.W. Hulme
Earrings – courtesy Bionic Unicorn
Bracelets – Goldy + Mac - similar

I feel a little like someone has flipped a switch inside my head. Suddenly, the heels and fit-and-flare dresses that have been my wardrobe staples for years seem … done. Not done for good, but definitely in need of a little break. Lately I’ve been living in skinny jeans and floaty tops, or slouchy pants and lightweight jackets. And although this outfit features a fun pair of (thankfully comfy) heels, I’ve been all about flats for weeks. I’m still processing and exploring, but once I have a bead on where this desire for change came from and what spurred it on, I’ll share more.

Anyone else feeling the need for a personal style change-up? Are the shifting seasons monkeying with your dressing desires, or is something deeper at play?

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This Week I Love …

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… Aimee Mann.

I consider myself a lapsed musician. I sang from age five with my family, did countless choirs and musical theater productions throughout school, was music director of my college a-cappella group, and fronted several bands. It’s been a long time since I wrote a new song or sang for a crowd, but I’ve done both. For ages. And Aimee Mann has been one of my musical heros since I first heard “Whatever” back in middle school. The clincher for me? There’s a lyric on that album that goes, “And she’s got the river down which I sold her.” Grammatically correct songwriting is my kryptonite. Helps, too, that Mann writes great hooks and amazing story songs, has a uniquely earnest and plaintive voice, and consistently releases albums that are beautifully produced, engaging to hear, and gobs of fun to sing along to.

She was also hilarious on Portlandia. And Buffy. And in The Big Lebowski. My guess is she’s a very clever, fun, ridiculously smart person.

I never gave much thought to Mann’s style until I saw her in concert when she toured for “Lost in Space.” During that time, she mostly dressed like this:

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I loved her take on menswear chic, and I certainly admired her choice to be extremely covered-up in an era that focuses on cleavage and exposure and super-sexy-see-through outfits. Like most people, Mann’s style has shifted quite a bit over time but she’s always struck me as someone who is comfortable in her own skin and makes style choices based on her own preferences. Sure, her looks follow the trends to some extent, but she always looks a little edgy and rebellious, a little tough, and definitely more laid-back than uptight.

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one (album cover, 1993) | two (2012) | three (2006) | four (2014) | five (album cover, 2000)

I love a little mindless dance pop as much as the next person, but when I want to think and feel I’m more likely to reach for an Aimee Mann album. She explores everything from May-December romances, to the links between charisma and narcissism, to the paralysis of depression, to our fascination with bad boys and bad choices. I admire her so much for writing insightful, funny love songs and perhaps even more for writing incisive, emotional, unusual songs about how complicated and trying it can be to be a human. She’s a gifted musician and lyricist, a woman who seems to dress primarily for her own self-expression and pleasure, and I sincerely hope I can cook her a spaghetti dinner someday.

Anyone else an Aimee Mann fan? From Til Tuesday times, or more recent? Have you heard her new collaboration with Ted Leo?

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