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Sale Alert: 42 Summer Shoes from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

It’s that time again. The (StyleCarrot partner) Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale during which thousands of items, including over 3,500 pairs of shoes, are discounted up to 40 percent through Sunday, June 4, 2017. That means you have 10 shopping days left, but don’t wait til the last minute because sizes sell out fast.

To make it easier for you, and well, because I like to shop for shoes, I sifted through most of the 3,500 plus sale shoes and distilled the many amazing choices down to just 42 goodies. I tried to include a mix of colors and styles, focusing on  neutrals, though I did through in a few brights. Most are casual daytime looks, but a few heels can play dress up.

While most of my Nordstrom sale shoe picks are summer styles—open toe sandals and plenty of espadrilles, plus a slip on sneaker or two—I also included a smattering of boots, including #7 and #22 Hunter rain boots (because it’s raining today and I desperately need some) and two winter staples—#13 Rachel Comey Mars bootie and #31 Rag & Bone Ashby bootie. Take your pick, but buy one. You will thank me come fall.

I need to make a few other shout-outs. I’m seriously considering the Joie studded bootie for a some fall/winter whimsy. I already own the Dolce Vita Loki Slide, which I actually didn’t include below, but is on sale. It runs seriously wide (go a half size down), but it works fine enough and is super comfortable.

Last year on a press trip to the Vineyard I bought #8 Toms Majorca Perforated Mule which has a chunky, not too high heel. I thought the under $100 price was a bargain, but now at under $55 it’s a no brainer.

I ordered #14 Opening Ceremony Elena Sandal yesterday as a stylish every day sandal when I’m not wearing my incredibly comfortable (but kinda middle aged lady) Skechers slip on sneakers. I also ordered #30 Vince Thalia Sandal thinking it will elevate pretty much any outfit I throw on. I got a pair of distressed marine blue Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Low Tops too.

I was a bit indulgent yesterday. But when you see these and start browsing I think you may just have a hard time restraining yourself too. Let me know what you picked!

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

S H O P P I N G

1 Kork-Ease Pearl Sandal, $94.90 

2 Tory Burch Shaw Fringe Espadrille, $117.25  

3 Joie Lacole Studded Bootie, $226.80 

4 Loeffler Randall Mara Espadrille Flat, $134.98  

5 Alexander Wang Devon Espadrille Flat, $243.75 

6 Bill Blass Calf Hair Niki Mule, $134.9840 

7 Hunter Original Refined Rain Boot, $110.55 

8 Toms Majorca Perforated Mule, $58.77 

9 Tory Burch Sonoma Embroidered Ghillie Flat, $177.55 6

10 Ugg Adley Slip-On Sneaker, $71.96 

11 Botkier Pilar Ankle Strap Sandal, $77 

12 Marc Fisher Vally Lace-Up Platform Espadrille, $89.90 

13 Rachel Comey Mars Bootie, $255.60 

14 Opening Ceremony Elena Sandal, $116.98 

15 Kork-Ease Amboy Slide Sandal, $99.90 

16 Rebecca Minkoff Erika Pompom Tassel Sandal, $65.96 

17 Tory Burch Patos Sandal, $130.65 

18 Splendid Julie Platform Sandal, $89.60 

19 Sam Edelman Patti Ankle Strap Sandal, $69.96 

20 Dolce Vita Casta Sandal, $59.96 

21 Kate Spade Daisy Wedge Sandal, $118.80 

22 Hunter Original Short Adjustable Rain Boot, $110.55 

23 Sam Edelman Lynda Espadrille Slide Sandal, $69.96 

24 Steve Madden Getdown Sandal, $40.16 

25 Loeffler Randall Suze Wraparound Sandal, $176.98 

26 Jack Rogers Whipstitched Thong Sandal, $79.95 

27 Birkenstock Arizona Shearling Lined Sandal, $115.96 

28 Frye Chrissy Sandal, $208.50 

29 Tod’s Platform Derby, $374.98 

30 Vince Thalia Sandal, $176.98  

31 Rag & Bone Ashby Bootie, $314.98 

32 Sam Edelman Verona Espadrille, $31.46 

33 Vince Blake Sandal, $194.98  

34 Steve Madden Fara-S Sandal, $77.96 

35 Sam Edelman Patsy Wraparound Wedge, $79.90 

36 Botkier Anna Sandal, $71 

37 Aquatalia Zaira Oxford, $296.98

38 Charles David Birch Block Heel, $202.46 

39 Rebecca Minkoff Susie Studded Slide, $74.96 

40 Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker, $60  

41 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Low Top, $35.98 

42 Soludos Banana Espadrille Slip-On, $52.99 

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Street Style: 20 Culottes and Gauchos Made Stylish on the Street

Trend alert: There are simply too many street style photos of stylish bloggers, models, and editors wearing abbreviated and often voluminous bottoms to ignore it any longer.  But the question is, what do we call these short, wide pants—”culottes” or “gauchos”?

The Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion defines the split or bifurcated skirt as any garment which hangs like a skirt, but is actually pants.

Long, split skirts were developed for horseback riding in Victorian times so that women could ride like a man (side-saddle simply wasn’t practical). Later, split skirts were worn so women could garden, ride bikes, and such and still look like they were wearing a skirt.

In the 1970s, the trend came back into fashion, hailed as the more comfortable version of the former capri pant. This era also saw the introduction of the palazzo pant trend, which has a similar billowing silhouette, but which hangs to the floor.

Let’s set this straight—gauchos and culottes are cropped. If you’re referencing a flowing full-length pant, please call it a palazzo pant.

So that’s how the gaucho trend / culotte trend came into vogue, but are they the same thing? Glamour  says yes, gauchos and culottes are one and the same, and uses the terms “culottes” and “gauchos” interchangeably. WhoWhatWear calls them “gauchos” as does Lucky.  The Telegraph dubs them “culottes,” as does Elle, Marie Claire, Stylecaster, and Refinery29. Perhaps more importantly, moste street style images on Pinterest label these lush, calf-grazing wide pant/skirts as “culottes.”

The term “culottes” was co-opted from the original French definition of the word to describe these split riding skirts. As for tracing the term “gauchos,” Wikipedia’s gaucho entry only references the Argentine cowboy, not the clothing style. Dictionary.com defines gauchos, or gaucho pants, as wide, calf-length trousers based on the pants worn by South American gauchos. 

Unwilling to dig any deeper (I’m writing a blog post not a fashion thesis), I will concede that the term “culotte” and “gaucho” are synonyms. BUT, I am unwilling to use it as a blanket term for billowing pants that look like skirts. Use the term “gauchos” and “culottes” for split skirts. That is, pants on the wide side (a more tailored short trouser is just that, a cropped pant). Also, they must be cropped—below the knee, hitting the calf, or at least above the ankle.

I wore gauchos in junior high, but I’m not so sure about wearing the culotte trend now. These ladies wear them well. Below are 20 street style photos of style bloggers, editors, and influencers pulling off gauchos/culottes beautifully.

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Fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell in green culottes at Paris Fashion Week AW13.
Photo by Vanessa Jackman

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Blogger Alexandra Periera of Lovely Pepa in Madrid wearing a culotte
and colorblock look from Marks & Spencer’s Arts Trend collection.

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Blue wide leg culotte from Topshop.
Photo by Karen Blanchard/Where Did U Get That

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ASOS Fall 2014 Lookbook

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Model Laura Bailey at the Vogue UK Festival in pink culottes,
striped boucle jacket, “Breathe” tee, and blush sunnies.
Photo by Dvora.

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Style blogger Olivia Gold wears leather culottes by Zara,
Alexander Wang x H&M top and Stuart Weitzman sandals.
Photo by Paul Akinrinlola

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Editor-in-chief of Costume Norway Hege Aurelie Badendyck
wearing spotted drawstring culottes by Acne.
Photo by Adam Katz Sinding

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Parisienne Camille Charrière of style blog Camille Over the Rainbow
in London for the SS14 shows wearing voluminous white culottes from Tibi
paired with a Zara top, Jimmy Choo sunglasses, and Joseph cut-out boots.
Photo by Diego Zuko

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Kate Hudson in Alice + Olivia culottes.

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Danielle of style blog We Wore What pairs Zara black leather culottes
with an H&M tank and Guess? lucite and snakeskin slides.

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Style blogger Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific goes bow crazy in Tibi culottes
with a matching shell over a black Vince turtleneck.
Heels by Gianvito Rossi and sunglasses by Karen Walker.

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Camille Charrière of style blog Camille Over the Rainbow
during NYFW SS15 in black culottes with
boxy grey sweater, flats, and a fringed clutch.

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Culottes with a shearling-lined moto jacket at NYFW SS15.
Photo by Victoria Adamson

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Journalist and jewelry expert, Avril Groom, at London Fashion Week
wearing Whistles culottes, J.W. Anderson printed blouse,
Schumacher coat, Dior sneakers and Louis Vuitton tote.
Photo by John Nguyen  •  Telegraph

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Jenny Kennedy, Junior Fashion Editor of ES Magazine,
wears blue culottes by Whistles and a black turtleneck by Wolford
accessorized with sparkly cobalt chain strap bag by Jimmy Choo,
and white and silver metallic oxford shoes by Marni.
Photo by John Nguyen  •  Telegraph

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Danish street style star Pernille Taisbaek in black culottes,grid print top
and contrasting grid ankle socks, topped with a fur.

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White culottes with a white crop top and pointy pumps at Paris Fashion Week.
Photo by Tim Regas/@wheresmydriver

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Blue culottes with sensible tassel loafers during Fashion Week.
Photo by YoungJun Koo/I’M KOO

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Joseph‘s Social Media Editor Monica Ainley in leather marsala culottes
paired with a boxy top, peep-toe mules, and colorblock Céline clutch.
Photo by A Love Is Blind

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 Black gauchos worn with knee socks and colorblock scarf
at the Spring 2015 couture shows.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel Pryce  •   Vogue

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