Overdressed: And kickin’ it

Fashion columnist Morgan Young on the coolest shoe of the season

There are a couple of things in the world of social media and entertainment that should never have happened. One being “Mean Girls 2.” Like, who even? Just no.

Another is the ability to post videos on Instagram. Or at least that’s how I felt when I first heard the idea. I had just started to accept that Vine was thing, so the idea of videos of people licking things and making duck calls on my Instagram feed was a little disheartening.

In the past few weeks, however, I have had a change of heart. I have fallen completely and utterly in love with the addition of videos to Instagram. Why? Two words: Fashion Week.

For the past two weeks, all my favorite fashion bloggers and friends who go to the Parsons New School for Design have been posting close-up videos of the shows they’ve gone to. Despite the fact that this has resulted in me paying pretty much no attention during lectures, this is a beautiful thing.

While each line offers something fresh and distinct for the upcoming seasons, there was a consistent theme that every brand seemed to follow: the “cool” factor.

Trends fade in and out of popularity, resulting in an indefinite number of interchangeable explanations of what it means to be cool. Regardless of what is “in,” however, there are some things that will forever give off that chill, “I just so happen to look this chic even though I couldn’t care less” look.

Most of these things are obvious: cue little black dresses, red lips and off the shoulder sweaters. However, I don’t have enough LBDs to solely rely on them, I drink too many pumpkin spice lattes to always be wearing lipstick, and sometimes my shoulder gets tired of being exposed.

So, in an attempt to rekindle my cool, I took a little road trip to St. Louis (where there are actual malls and Chick-fil-As). As my roommates and I were navigating the highway to find the biggest mall, we were sidetracked by the new outlet mall that had just been completed a couple of weeks prior. Obviously, we had to stop.

While on our little excursion, I stumbled across a sign that indicated a big sale at the Converse store. Despite my mother’s opinion, I needed more shoes. So, without hesitation, I headed to the store to see what I could find.

I picked out two pairs. One was a set of high top Chucks in a dark green, almost grey color. The others were just classic white. Of everything I got that day, those shoes were my favorite purchases.

Converse sneakers are the perfect combination of laid-back and put together. They have a simple masculine edge to them, but they are too cute to be ruled out of feminine outfit ideas.

So far, I have rocked my dark green high tops with a bodycon party dress to avoid looking too made up, and with a regular T-shirt and shorts to add a little bit of interesting flair. Both looks were, well, cool. Mission accomplished.

What makes anything look cool is the ease with which it is worn. If you feel comfortable and attractive at the same time, that radiates.

This fall, everyone will be sporting riding boots and heeled booties. And why shouldn’t they? Both are extremely cute and “in.” Part of looking cool is being unique and looking confident.

What’s more comfortable (and socially acceptable) than tennis shoes? Nothing. So, what’s better than wearing some and standing out for all the right reasons? Still nothing.

Whether you’re dressing to impress or just trying to chill out, Converse will always be there to help you put your best foot forward. And unlike many trendy things, they’re not going anywhere.

Just ask your mom.

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