This post is brought to you by Havaianas. The world’s most stylish and comfortable flip flop has expanded their recently launched collection of lifestyle espadrilles and sneakers with brand new styles and colors for 2012.

Havaianas asked me to create Summer ensembles with their new closed toe footwear collection. I really like the ballerina espadrille and classic espadrille from their new line because they bring back fond memories of when I wore basic white espadrilles in the ’80s. The modern Havaianas versions are better than what I wore back then because they’ve got the spongey Havaianas flip flop sole that’s pretty comfy. 

Two uber casual outfits come to mind with flat closed toe canvas espadrilles. One is with a dress, and the other with a pair of shorts. Both ensemble formulas are great for the park, a picnic, the seaside, a barbecue, or any other extremely casual setting. 

I’ve paired a bright casual midi dress with lime green Origine Ballerinas because we’re diving into Summer with bright happy colours. I added a gauzy extra lightweight Summer scarf for interest, AND because Summer scarves can feel quite soothing in the heat. As a nod to this season’s pattern frenzy, I chose a casual canvas striped tote, which picks up the canvas of the espadrilles. Add a fun straw hat, eyewear, watch and jewelry as desired. 

The shorts ensemble is neutral and even more casual. I’ve paired an oversized on trend sleeved t-shirt with a pair of denim short shorts. I love how the roominess and coverage of the Tee takes “the sexy” out of the shorts – much like how you can de-bombshell a pencil skirtSemi tuck the tee for more shape if that tickles your fancy. The Havaianas Origine Espadrille in navy adds a classic touch. I’ve chosen an eco friendly canvas tote with a fun vintage design to complement the espadrilles, and a fedora, eyewear and leather cuff to finish off the outfit.

I sow the seed of an outfit idea with these formulas. The next important step is to substitute the items so that they are to YOUR taste and in line with YOUR style persona. Perhaps you’d prefer a mini dress and denim vest. Leave off the scarf. Add a crossbody bag in a weathered brown leather. Perhaps you’d prefer wearing longer denim shorts, clamdiggers, or boyfriend jeans. Throw in a fitted Tee if that’s more your look. Tuck in the top and add a belt. Wear a peasant blouse instead of a t-shirt. Leave off the hat. Sport a necklace. Get those creative outfit juices flowing!

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