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The London Closed Toe Sandal by Birkenstock: The “Shandal” that is set to take the Shummer of 2022 by Shtorm

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With the sun finally shining and Summer fast approaching it’s that time of year when we generally start thinking about our Summer wardrobe and some nice new Summery footwear, and to be honest with you, especially after the last couple of years of Pandemics and Lockdowns – why the hell not!

Now, I do understand that for some of you, the thought of unleashing your toes on the public may in fact strike the fear of God into you, especially if you have toes like a Pangolin that make small children hide behind their mothers skirts.

Help is at hand however and the genius product designers at Birkenstock have come up with the perfect solution in the form of their closed toe sandal, the London. I know right, closed toe sandal? That’s like, a shoe .. right?

Well apparently not and who am I to argue? Birkenstock are the experts after all aren’t they.

Now personally I would have called these comfortable albeit strange looking pieces of footwear as Shandals, which of course needs to be said in a strong Sean Connery accent to get the full effect. However, despite the bizarre name and strange look on first glance, the London is an extremely comfortable piece of footwear and here are my own findings in a little more detail:

Quick Overview of the Birkenstock London Closed Toe

Model of Shoe: The London
Brand Recognition / Shoe Model recognition: A-typically Birkenstock by design – The London is very much like the Boston “Clog” in design with an adjustable strap at the top of the shoe and a close-toe design. However, the London also features a quarter and heel, so other than the fact that the whole shoe part isn’t stitched together it does closely resemble a shoe
What makes it unique: Suede Leather, Shearling, Oiled Leather Upper options. Closed toe and the addition of a quarter and heel
Who is it best for: Men & Women & Kids– Unisex Design
Size Range: Women 4-12.5 (including all half sizes), Men 6-14.5 including all half sizes, Kids 4-8.5 including all half sizes.
Price Range ($, $$, $$$): $170.00 – $200.00

Color Range (Top 3 Colors): Black, Habana and Ginger Brown

Full Review: The London Closed Toe Birkenstock

Style/Aesthetic (Design, Shape, Stitching, Eyelets, Soles, etc)

Another classic, minimalist Birkenstock design that is very aesthetically pleasing once you get used to it. Although branded as a closed toe sandal the London does look more like a shoe and is comparable to the Boston (Clog) but because the heel and quarter aren’t attached to the front part of the sandal that covers your toes, it does allow for air to circulate around your foot which keeps you comfortable all day.

As with the majority of the Birkenstock range of footwear there is no visible stitching and the eyelets are spaced equally along the wide strap for adjusting so you can get the perfect fit. Pin Buckle.

The London has EVA soles with a ridged criss-cross pattern to provide great traction and grip when walking.


The Fit (length, width, ankle support, heel height etc.)

Length: 27 cm | 10.625″ (US size 9)

Width: Regular & Narrow

Weight: 383 g | 13.5 oz (US size 9)

Heel Height: 1.5cm

Two width options available with this style for optimum comfort and fit. The ankle support is superior with the London because there is a back to the sandal as opposed to just a strap.

Read: Birkenstock Narrow vs. Regular Sandals: Narrowing it Down For the Perfect Fit

Comfort and Arch Support

The London has the original Birkenstock footbed – Featuring pronounced arch support, deep heel cup, and roomy toe box. Footbed molds and shapes to your foot once broken in.


Sole Flexibility

The sole is quite stiff and rigid to start with as is customary with the Birkenstock range although is extremely durable and shock absorbing.


Materials

Upper material: Options of Suede Leather, Oiled Leather or Shearling – Thick yet supple leathers without additional dyes to keep the leather breathable, durable and comfortable.

Footbed: The original Birkenstock footbed made from Cork. Footbed molds and shapes to your foot.

Sole material: EVA – Flexible, lightweight, durable and shock absorbing


Durability

Extremely durable and cmfortable as you would expect from any pair of Birkenstocks.


When all is Said and done, the Closed Toe London’s win my heart

Once you get your head round the fact these are a sandal and not a shoe then there will be no stopping you. As with all Birkenstocks they do take a while to break in which I guess is the only downfall with the London but once you’ve gone through the initial pain these are one of the most comfortable Birkenstock sandals I have worn.

Personally I think they look great with Jeans and Linen Trousers although in my opinion they do look a little odd when teamed up with a pair of shorts or a skirt but that’s down to you and your personal style choice of course.

The London sandals aren’t cheap but they are an investment. They are extremely durable and I am expecting mind to last for a good few years to come, as long as my dog doesn’t decide to eat them!. Great for long walks across different terrains (the grip is pretty outstanding), messing around in the park or even sightseeing.

If you’re looking for a good all round sandal for the Summer then I would recommend the London.

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The Great Birkenstock Footbed Debate: Soft v Regular, Is there a Difference? Does it Matter?

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Mephisto vs Birkenstock: Who Is Best?

Birkenstock Boston Review: The Ugly-Clog that’s a Colossal Hit when it Comes to Comfort

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Okay, so call me naive but I always thought clogs were those funny looking wooden shoes favored by people from Amsterdam and the fact that they are pretty comparable to the Crocs that I have always hated with a passion, mainly down to their lack of style and pure ugliness.

Late last year however I stumbled upon the Boston from Birkenstock, not a bit of wood in sight unless you count the super comfy cork footbed and a design that, although isn’t what I would call uber-chic, definitely caught my eye so much that I had to buy a pair.

Now, my review is for the Boston Clog with the suede leather upper although they do come in a variety of finishes including oiled leather, wool felt, vegan and shearling which I will cover more a little bit later.

Birkenstock Boston Overview

Model of Shoe: The Boston Clog

Brand Recognition / Shoe Model recognition: A very robust looking Clog style of slip on shoe which is instantly recognizable as Birkenstock

What makes it unique: The Birkenstock footbed that molds to your foot and the EVA sole

Who is it best for: Men & Women – Unisex Design

Size Range: Women 4-12.5 (including all half sizes), Men 6-14.5 including all half sizes

Price Range ($, $$, $$$): $120.00 – $230.00

Color Range (Top 3 Colors): Black, Mink & Taupe

Read: Complete Guide To All Birkenstock Sandal Styles (For Every Personality)

My Birkenstock Boston Full Review

Style & Aesthetic

The Boston is a robust slip on clog style sandal that is much like a mule in design although does have an adjustable strap with perfectly spaced eyelets and a pin buckle for the optimum fit.

The Boston is made up of clean lines with no visible stitching and the soles are made from lightweight EVA which is ridged for great traction and grip when walking.

The Boston also has a supergrip option.


The Fit:

Length 27 cm | 10.625″ (US size 9)

Width: Regular & Narrow

Weight 383 g | 13.5 oz (US size 9)

Heel Height: 1cm

Two width options available with this style for optimum comfort and fit.

Comfort and Arch Support

The Boston Clog has the original Birkenstock footbed and also comes in the soft footbed option – which features pronounced arch support, a deep heel cup, and roomy toe box. Footbed molds and shapes to your foot once broken in.

Sole Flexibility

The sole isn’t very flexible when you first take your Bostons from the box but anyone who knows the Birkenstock range of footwear knows that this is the norm as all Birkenstock sandals, clogs and flip-flops need breaking in properly.

Materials

The Boston Clog comes in a huge range of options when it comes to the uppers so there really is something for everyone, whatever your preference.

Upper material: Suede Leather, Oiled Leather, Embossed Leather, Wool Felt, Birko Flor, Natural Leather, Football Leather, Microfibre and Shearling

Footbed: The original and soft footbeds made from a mix of latex and Cork. Both footbed mold and shapes to your foot.

Sole material: EVA – Flexible, lightweight, durable and shock absorbing

Get in the Know: Birkenstock Birko Flor vs Leather (Which Should You Choose?)

Durability

Extremely durable and robust.


After care:

  • Extreme temperatures can harm cork footbeds and EVA soles, so try to keep them away from campfires, radiators and fireplaces. On hot days, don’t leave your Birkenstocks under direct sun or in closed environments like closed vehicles.
  • Some Birkenstock shoes are waterproof, but the majority are not, and should not be submerged in water since the sealants may be compromised. If your shoes get wet, allow them to dry naturally.
  • The exposed cork edge of Birkenstock flip flops and clogs is lightly coated with cork sealer. This safeguards the cork and keeps it from drying out. If the cork appears to be drying out, apply a thin layer of Birkenstock Cork Sealer to safeguard it from the elements.
  • Spritz the whole footbed of your sandals with Birkenstock Cleaner & Refresher and gently wipe excess moisture and dirt with a cloth to keep your footwear fresh. To restore the nap on suede and nubuck footbeds, use a Nubuck/Suede brush.
  • Spray Birkenstock Water & Stain Repellent on leather, suede, and nubuck surfaces on a regular basis to keep them protected. Uppers should be brushed with either a Nubuck or Suede brush to remove dust and dirt and restore the nap.
  • Simply wipe Birko-flor and Birkibuc uppers clean with a damp cloth. To remove stubborn stains, use soap and water.

Read My Other Birkenstock Reviews:

The Birkenstock Milano: The Classic Dad Sandal You Will Want to Wear

All About The Birkenstock Madrid Sandal

The Great Birkenstock Footbed Debate: Soft v Regular, Is there a Difference? Does it Matter?

So, is the Birkenstock Boston worth it?

On first glance it looks like the Boston Clog might just slip off your foot when you start walking however this couldn’t be further from the truth thanks to the roomy toe box area which provides great grip for your toes and also the adjustable strap which runs across the clog.

The Boston is a super-comfortable clog which is not only robust and hardwearing but also stylish in an ugly-clunky-homely-preppy kind of way.

If you are looking for a good all-rounder that you can just slip your feet into then the Boston is definitely the Clog for you and considering it is one of Birkenstock’s best sellers I am not the only one who thinks so.

The Great Birkenstock Footbed Debate: Soft v Regular, Is there a Difference? Does it Matter?

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Okay, so as a mid-forties, semi-stylish broad and a self confessed Birkenstock-aholic the Great Birkenstock Footbed Debate has intrigued me for a while.

Back in the 90’s when I purchased my first pair of Birkenstocks with the regular footbed it was, to my utter dismay, “the norm” to have to wear them indoors for a couple of weeks before venturing outside in them; largely down to the fact that they were so darned uncomfortable and took that long to break in!

Fast forward 20 years and Birkenstock started to manufacture a “soft” footbed which was essentially a foam layer placed between the suede liner and the cork layer, allowing for long lasting cushioning and a rebound capacity.

For those who are unfamiliar with Birkenstocks, what distinguishes them is the footbed. That is, after all, the whole point of investing in a pair of these Ugly-Chic sandals in the first place.

Wearing Birkenstocks has additional advantages for anyone who suffers from plantar fasciitis, mortis neuroma, or high arches, which can be uncomfortable in normal flat shoes. The structural mouldings have been designed to relieve pressure on your feet, joints, and back whilst you walk.

So lets see what all the fuss is about shall we?

What is a Birkenstock Footbed and its Different Sections?

For anyone that doesn’t know what a footbed actually is, it is the inside part of the shoe that runs under the bottom of the foot, sometimes known as the insole.

So the Birkenstock footbed is made up of four sections.

The core of the footbed is the most important portion. It is constructed of a flexible and shock-absorbent cork and latex blend.

The footbed core is then placed between the two layers of natural jute fabric, which both stabilises and flexes the core.

The suede lining is the final layer. It has a pleasant, soft feel to it and is not only super-comfy against the sole of your foot but also retains moisture well, ensuring effective odour control, so no more cheesy feet!

Main Differences Between Regular and Soft Foot Bed

The original Birkenstock footbed is a hard footbed which takes a while to break in and yet despite this, it molds to the shape of your foot pretty darned quickly.

Birkenstock describe this regular footbed as follows:

  1. Extra Toe Room – Allows for natural toe movement, which promotes better balance and proper foot alignment.
  2. Elevated Toe Bar – Encourages natural foot gripping motion.
  3. Contoured Footbed – Four arches ensure proper posture and even weight distribution.
  4. Deep Heel Cup – Essentially cradles the heel and maintains natural cushioning beneath the heel bone.
  5. Shock Absorbing Sole – Flexible, long-lasting, and light.
  6. Jute Fibers – Two layers – one adds strength, the other “wicks” moisture away.
  7. Cork Footbed – A firm, pliable cork/latex base for extra support.
  8. Footbed Liner – Soft suede helps to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

The Soft footbed is practically identical to the regular, with the exception of a soft foam layer sandwiched in between the suede and cork.

A common misperception about the soft footbed is that it is as soft as a trainer or a sports shoe; however this isn’t actually true.

Yes, it is softer than the regular Birkenstock footbed, but it still delivers a more stable footbed experience, which is vital for the health advantages of Birkenstocks.

Birkenstock have described the Soft Footbed as:

  1. Lining in Suede Leather
  2. An additional layer of foam
  3. Jute Upper Layer
  4. Core of Cork-Latex
  5. Jute Layer at the Bottom
  6. Outsole made of EVA


So the main, and only difference, as far as I can actually tell is the extra layer of memory foam between the top jute layer and the suede lining, which, in essence means that although the soft footbed is more comfortable and springy, it will take longer than it does with the regular footbed to mold to the shape of your foot, predominantly due to that extra pesky foam layer between your foot and the cork core.

Soft Foot Bed Pros

• An easier transition from regular shoes to Birkenstocks.
• Out-of-the-box comfort.
• Ideal for anyone with a low arch that hasn’t fallen.

Soft Foot Bed Cons

• Because of the memory foam, it may take longer to ‘properly’ mould to the shape of your feet, so if it is comfortable for you out of the box, it will tend to stay that way, but don’t expect it to shape to your foot quickly.

Regular Foot Bed Pros

• Once broken in, they quickly take the shape of your feet.
• Long-term comfort, as they will always stay in the shape you have chosen. • Excellent for supporting the arches of your foot for anyone with high or low arches.

Regular Foot Bed Cons

• Breaking in can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks. Wear them for 2-4 hours every day at first, then gradually lengthen the amount of time you wear them to break them in gently.

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Which Sandal is Most Comfortable Over All?

Personally I found the soft footbed much more comfortable. The regular footbed is hard until broken in but I really do think that this is down to personal choice. The regular footbed does get much more comfortable over time but if you are looking for comfort straight out of the box then the soft footbed definitely wins hands down.

Do Birkenstocks Get Softer Over Time?

The breaking-in process for Birkenstock clogs and sandals requires patience, commitment and a whole lot of Band-Aids!

Yes, they do get softer over time but in all honesty you will be looking at anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks before your Birkenstocks are ready to face their public.

What is the Softest Birkenstock Sandal?

Okay so my own personal choice? I would definitely pick the Papillio Arizona Shearling Big Buckle Sandal. They are soft and fluffy and just super comfortable, especially with the soft footbed. I can only liken them to wearing two plush teddy bears on your feet!

Obviously again, it’s down to whatever you feel more comfortable in – but you have to try these puppies – they are to die for!

Best Birkenstock Soft Foot Beds Sandals

The Boston clog is a timeless design that can be worn all year. The soft footbed provides extra comfort and pampers feet all day long thanks to its additional foam layer. Its natural design stems from the upper, which is made of especially soft suede and hugs the foot like a second skin. These classic clogs come in both regular and narrow fit and comes in a variety of colors and a full range of both men’s and women’s sizes.

The Mayari thong sandal from BIRKENSTOCK is a funky style with a toe loop. The elegant and comfortable blend of design and durability will see style-conscious women and men through the day in stylish comfort. The upper is constructed of Birko-Flor®, a skin-friendly, long-lasting synthetic textile and of course the footbed is soft, complete with memory foam layer

The BIRKENSTOCK Arizona is a true classic with a timeless design that has won the hearts of both men and women for decades. The soft footbed offers additional comfort and pampers feet all day long thanks to its additional foam layer. The upper is made of extra-thick, oiled nu-buck leather with raw edges.

Best Birkenstock Regular Foot Bed Sandals

The Arizona Platform is still as classy and chic as the original Arizona sandal but with the addition of a cheeky lightweight platform sole it has certainly been taken to new heights. Finished in super soft suede leather and with lovely chunky buckles, this sandal is the epitome of style and comfort. Available in a range of colours and also available as a vegan option the Arizona platform sandal is a must have in your new Summer wardrobe.

The BIRKENSTOCK Atacama is a twist on the classic Arizona that is ideal for anyone that is on their feet all day. Hook-and-loop fasteners have replaced the pin buckles, and now has a reinforced heel.

The Atacama ensures a high degree of comfort as well as excellent functionality. The sporty Adventure Cross-country version is intended for BIRKENSTOCK fans who enjoy being active and seeking new experiences. The color-co-ordinated footbed completes the sophisticated look of the shoe. The upper is made of the skin-friendly, long-lasting synthetic material Birko-Flor®, which has been given a futuristic twist.

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The Birkenstock Milano: The Classic Dad-Sandal You Will Actually Want for Yourself

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When you think of a classic sandal design then the Milano from Birkenstock is right up there with the best of them. I remember when I was a kid and I used to see men “of a certain age” walking around in sandals and socks – well these were the style of sandals that have been etched on my brain ever since and yet, since the preppy-sandal revival of the 1990’s it seems that sandals and socks are “okay” and not just the “retirement rage” that I shuddered at as a small judgmental child.

Okay so moving on and down to the fact that I was desperately needing a new pair of sandals this year I have put the past behind me and bought myself a pair of Birkenstock Milano’s. I can’t really say at this stage whether I will be pairing them with socks but I can say that these sandals are pretty darn comfortable and dare I say it, extremely versatile when it comes to foot fashion.

Don’t get me wrong, they are the a-typical “Jesus Creeper” sandal but to be honest with you, I kinda like that preppy ugly-chic look these days and the thing about the Milano is the sides are quite high so they do make your feet feel pretty secure and not like they will fall out if you’re setting a pace when you’re walking. I’ve written a full review on the Milano but can safely say that if you’re in the market for a pair of “Go To” sandals for the Summer then the Milano by Birkenstock certainly fits the bill.

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Complete Guide To All Birkenstock Sandal Styles (For Every Personality)

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OVERVIEW

Model of Shoe: Milano

Brand Recognition / Shoe Model recognition: Classic Sandal Design. Jesus Creeper/Dad Sandal with two straps across the foot.

What makes it unique: The Birkenstock footbed which contours to the shape of your foot. The addition of a heel strap for added security. Fairly high sides to the sandal that make your foot feel more secure.
Who it’s best for: Men, Women & Kids – Unisex design

Size Range: Women’s 4-12.5 including all half sizes, Men 6-13.5 including all half sizes, Kids 1-13.5 including all half sizes

Price Range ($, $$, $$$): Kids $29.95 $69.95 Adults $99.95- $200.00

Color Range (Top 3 Colors): Black, Mocha, Habana

THE BIRKENSTOCK MILANO REVIEW

Style/Aesthetic

A classic sandal in design with two sturdy adjustable straps with eyelets that go across the foot for optimal comfort and fit with an added heel strap to make the sandal feel much more secure than some of it’s counterparts.

As with the majority of Birkenstock footwear there is no visible stitching on the Milano which features clean lines and a classic design and shape.


The Fit

Length 27 cm | 10.625″ (US size 9)

Width: Regular & Narrow

Weight: 383 g | 13.5 oz (US size 9)

Heel Height: 1.cm

Two width options available with this style for optimum comfort and fit.

The addition of the heel strap make the ankle support very good with the Milano.


Comfort and Arch Support

The Milano has the original footbed as well as the soft footbed both of which offer amazing arch support, a roomy toe box for extra grip and comfort and a deep heel cup for added comfort and to help with your posture. The anatomically designed footbed molds and shapes to your foot after you’ve worn them for a while.


Sole Flexibility

The sole is quite stiff and rigid to start with as is customary with the Birkenstock range although is extremely durable and shock absorbing once you have broken them in.

Materials

Upper material: Options of Suede Leather, Oiled Leather, Synthetic, Birkibuk, Birko Flor, Microfibre and Nubuck. Thick yet supple leathers without additional dyes to keep the leather breathable, durable and comfortable. Can’t decide? Read my guide on Birkenstock Birko Flor vs Leather (Which Should You Choose?).

Footbed: The original Birkenstock footbed made from Cork and Latex with a covering of soft suede.

Sole material: EVA – Flexible, lightweight, durable and shock absorbing

Weight

Pretty lightweight sandals at approximately 10oz depending on the size.

Durability

I’ve not had mine long but they look pretty robust for a sandal and I am expecting great things from them and imagine that they will last for years to come.

SUMMARY

I actually cannot fault these sandals. After the initial period of breaking them in which was lessened as I bought the soft footbed option with these I have got to say the Milano’s are probably the best Birkenstock sandals I own.

AFTER CARE

  1. Extreme temperatures can harm cork footbeds and EVA soles, so try to keep them away from campfires, radiators and fireplaces. On hot days, don’t leave your Birkenstocks under direct sun or in closed environments like closed vehicles.
  2. Some Birkenstock shoes are waterproof, but the majority are not, and should not be submerged in water since the sealants may be compromised. If your shoes get wet, allow them to dry naturally.
  3. The exposed cork edge of Birkenstock flip flops and clogs is lightly coated with cork sealer. This safeguards the cork and keeps it from drying out. If the cork appears to be drying out, apply a thin layer of Birkenstock Cork Sealer to safeguard it from the elements.
  4. Spritz the whole footbed of your sandals with Birkenstock Cleaner & Refresher and gently wipe excess moisture and dirt with a cloth to keep your footwear fresh. To restore the nap on suede and nubuck footbeds, use a Nubuck/Suede brush.
  5. Spray Birkenstock Water & Stain Repellent on leather, suede, and nubuck surfaces on a regular basis to keep them protected. Uppers should be brushed with either a Nubuck or Suede brush to remove dust and dirt and restore the nap. Simply wipe Birko-flor and Birkibuc uppers clean with a damp cloth. To remove stubborn stains, use soap and water.

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3 of My Favorite Prada Dresses (And How to Style Them)

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Prada dresses are to the body what expensive serums are to the face. I mean, really. We can shop around Sephora for the cheaper, more affordable retinoids and vitamin C serums all day long, but when it comes down to it: you get what you pay for.

When I was an undergraduate student, my skin was terrible… dull and acne-ridden. I finally put down my gimmicky products and saved up for a higher-end treatment for my skin. It was $90, which was a lot of money for a college kid who worked a minimum wage job on campus. Low and behold, after a few uses, my skin was on the mend, and the bottle of product lasted me much longer than my previous $10 serum purchases.

The same can be said for luxury clothing items, specifically dresses. Sure, you can buy a less expensive dress for each event you plan to attend. Having a wide range of options in your closet is important, don’t get me wrong. For those extra special events, however… there is nothing that provides a better sense of confidence and security than reaching for your most luxurious, high-quality gown that has never failed you and will never feel “out of style”.

1. Prada Floral Crepe de Chine Fiore Midi Dress

Though I do have a deep reverence and passion for the over-the-top, glittery, and red-carpet-ready gowns that Prada designs and shares with us each season, I also deeply relate to the need for a perfect casual summer dress.

I present to you: the Prada Floral Crepe de Chine Fiore Midi Dress.

Black and White Floral Prada Dress
Prada Floral Crepe de Chine Fiore Midi Dress

Based on my research, it is clear that 90s inspired basics are going to dictate much of what we wear this summer. And I, for one, am here for it. I love the idea of rocking basic staple pieces in the summer months, because it gives room for everything else: cute accessories, funky sandals, and maybe even those freckles that only show up during the sunny parts of the year.

Clearly, this dress is a bit more bold due to the fun black and white floral pattern. But at the end of the day… it’s still a neutral midi dress that can be transformed into so many different outfits.

Carrie Bradshaw Wearing a Cream Knee Length Prada Dress in New York

This dress would be perfectly paired with either a neutral pair of platform sandals or a pair of chunky white sneakers, depending on the occasion. Consider adding minimal gold jewelry such as these stackable gold bracelets to highlight the natural glow that we all obtain during the seasons of Spring and Summer.

Pair with a basket-esque bag (to pack all of your picnic fixings, of course) and your favorite rounded sunglasses. Voila! A perfect summer outfit that can be worn to an outdoor concert, a dinner date at dusk, or even to the farmer’s market.

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2. Sequined Tulle Dress

Remember when I said that I loved the over-the-top, glittery dresses that Prada has to offer? Yeah, well… Here you go.

Aqua Blue Sequined Prada Tulle Dress
Prada Sequined Tulle Dress

This is one of my all time favorite Prada dresses because it really encapsulates what Prada is all about, with fun and adventurous color palettes, that iconic upside-down triangle logo against an alluring texture, and the reimagination of a classic silhouette with a completely new vision. This trendy babydoll dress is the perfect conversation starter at any cocktail party or festival.

With a dress like this, I can’t help but dream about pairing it with a pair of go-go boots in the same (or similar) cyan color.

However, if you’re not in the monochromatic mood, try matching this mini dress with a pair of tights (whichever color you prefer) and a solid black or white bootie with a slight heel. Silver jewelry is paramount to compliment the badge sewn on to the face of the dress. Chunky silver hoops and a big chain-link necklace would fit the aesthetic perfectly.

While we’re at it, bust out the rhinestones! This tantalizing shade is bold and unique, so get creative with eyeshadow shades and live out all of your Euphoria-vibe dreams.

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3. Lace-up Shirt Dress

The final dress that deserves to be highlighted is Prada’s lace-up shirt dress in white at FarFetch.

White Prada Lace Up Dress Shirt
Prada Lace Up Shirt Dress

I love this fresh and futuristic take on a plain white button up shirt, especially with the corset panel on the front and back of the dress. This dress is the most versatile of the three dresses.

The plain and neutral material combined with the customizable aspects of the dress allows for this Prada number to be a part of your collection for years to come. Wear it loose, wear it cinched, where it unbuttoned… wear it however you’re feeling! That’s the beauty of this piece.

If you’re wearing this to a professional or work event, consider pairing this with platform mules with a fun silver detailing. For posterity’s sake, I’ve linked the Prada mules here (I truly cannot get enough of them), but any sort of mules or loafers would elevate this look. Accessorize minimally, especially if you wear the dress fully buttoned. Finally, polish the ensemble with a slicked back bun and neutral makeup.

If you want to sport this shirt-dress to a party or bar, consider leaving the corset untied like the picture demonstrates. Comfort is key, especially if you’re out dancing! Chunky or embellished black boots are perfect with this dress because it breaks up the structure of the piece.

I would still opt for a bun or high ponytail with this look, though I would accessorize with bright statement-piece earrings. See one of my favorite pairs from Urban Outfitters here; a green chunky hoop that’s sure to act as a conversation starter.

Regardless of the Prada dress you choose to invest in, there are endless ways to style them in order to obtain the absolute largest amount of utility and wear. Consider these three suggestions to get your collection off to a fabulous start, from the club, to the park, all the way to the office. Happy shopping!

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