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Like it or not, we're all familiar with a certain kind of apathy that seems to hit in the mid-summer. You know those weeks when it's way too sweltering outside to put any kind of extraordinary effort into daily dress-up? When this affectation strikes, the real trick to truly nailing warm-weather dressing is being prepared (à la your Girl Scout days), and finding ways to incorporate stand-out pieces even when you're sweating.
Finding a pair of embellished sandals to carry you through the season are the key to instantly elevating your usual spring and summer staples without (ahem!) a whole lot of extra effort. And with every detail imaginable—from plated ankle straps to oversized crystals, and even sculptural floral detailing or Art Deco beading—there's a wide range of embellishments to consider, from the dialed-down to the ornate. The end result? Just a little embellishment really does go a long way.
Zara metallic sandals with rhinestones, $80, zara.com.