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The 1990s are calling and they want their trends back.
Katie Holmes is the latest star in an endless rotation of major names who are revitalizing styles from the end of the 20th century, stepping out in New York yesterday in retro-chic fashion. The “Dawson’s Creek” alumna headed to dinner wearing a classic white tank top matched to silky drawstring pants with a low-rise fit.
Low-rise bottoms, like halter tops and narrow-frame sunglasses, were a common sight decades ago as stars elevated their off-duty attire with bold tube tops and square-toe sandals amongst other major trends.
To top off the chic attire, the actress brought back one of 2020’s biggest footwear trends: “ugly” sandals. Typically considered “ugly” in the world of fashion, the new appreciation for comfortable sandal styles comes with an increased desire for ease of wear and stability in the fashion world amidst the current environment — and for 2021, too, it appears the shoes are here to stay. Brands like Teva and Birkenstock are at the forefront of the trend while celebs including Britney Spears, Tracee Ellis Ross and Sofia Richie can oftentimes be spotted in the silhouettes.
When it comes to Holmes’ own chic style, the star of “The Secret” movie oftentimes favors on-trend silhouettes that are just as stylish as her outfit of choice. The 42-year-old is known for her top-of-the-line style, matching her go-to fall combo — relaxed pants, an oversize coat and a casual top —with everything from Veja sneakers to Re/done kicks and flare-heel Dorateymur boots. As the weather heats up, though, you can find the hit actress in flowy dresses, more lightweight tops and a rotation of easy-going pieces like trending black “ugly” double-strap sandals.
Beyond off-duty style and impeccable footwear taste, Holmes’ experience in the fashion industry earned her the title of an Olay brand ambassador; she also previously served as the face of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Miu Miu, Ann Taylor and more top brands throughout her successful career.
Give your take on the “ugly” sandal trend for yourself in these pairs inspired by Katie Holmes.
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Buy Now: Birkenstock Arizona Sandals, $150.
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