t’s not yet Independence Day, yet already we are starting to get inklings of how we want to look come fall. Now, Yves Saint Laurent gives us more than a hint that the seasons will change before we know it. Their famed “Tribute” shoe has taken a sober turn. It feels like just yesterday we were fawning over the metallic gold sandal. (Well, maybe because it practically was!) From shiny to matte, strapped to laced, so is the natural order of fashion. Here is a sleek, refined, paired-down oxford-bootie that means business. Maybe even too temperate? A thin, concise lace-up front is surrounded by a smooth sea of black leather. Fortunately, the shoe-boot is so sculpted – with a toe that treads the narrow line between pointy and round – that it announces the emphasis is on the intelligent silhouette. And while there’s nothing crazy in the back, a row of perfect stitching sets your heel on a pedestal. Trust me, what looks austere at the moment will be on your wish list come September. On Net-a-Porter for $1,085.
Pair with: You might be serious, but you’re no dowdy librarian! Flirt it up with Fausto Puglisi‘s flared wool-crepe skater skirt, in the transitional shade of pale aqua. Much more schoolgirl than schoolteacher. On Luisa Via Roma for $1,057.