They’re Not Just for Kids Anymore: How to Be Chic in Your Jellies This Summer

July 6, 2012  |  
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Remember the days when putting on your jellies meant spending all day in the backyard on the Slip ‘n Slide, or drawing a hopscotch board on the driveway with jumbo chalk? Well, you can bring those simpler days back—well, the footwear aspect, anyway. Jellies are all the rage this summer, and while the most sophisticated fashionistas may be a little skeptical about just how stylish these plastic shoes can be, there are a few styles that may have you thinking twice before you walk past the jellies while sandal shopping.

These comfy jelly flats will complete your relaxed casual look (think boyfriend jeans and a loose-fitting tank top). The small, peep-toe embellishment adds a little more character to the jelly–especially if your pedicure features a bright, summery shade. These eco-friendly Melissa jellies sell for about $85, and you can pick them up in this chic clear look, or try them in black here.

Want to get a little dressy with your jellies? These Mel by Melissa Apple II ankle-strap heels are adorable, but still have a ladylike edge to them. The bow accent makes the shoes whimsical, but the apple red hue means you can wear them with both neutral and neon-colored outfits for some pop. You can find these ravishing red beauties on websites like Nordstrom for as little as $59.95:

That’s right–Moschino makes jellies, too. These stylish and strappy sandals will make a romper, shorts, pair of skinny jeans, or a mini sundress look especially darling. The shoes are very comfortable, and add a bit of color and cute-ness to even the most plain casual outfits. These adjustable gladiator heels are a fun orange and are perfect for the hot weather. You can shop for these high-quality sandals on Zappos for $89.99.

If you’re a bit of a fashion risk-taker and don’t want to let go of the girlish charm of jellies, these F-Troupe Lace-Up Mauve jelly tie-up flats are perfect. The bright pink shade looks especially summery with white skinny jeans, and can make a simple outfit of a graphic t-shirt and cut-off jean shorts a bit more interesting. Mary Meyer carries these interesting jellies for $45, and I’m pretty sure they have your name on them!

These light lavender jelly wingtips by Mel are appropriate for a casual day at the office, or with your favorite pair of dress shorts. Wearing a masculine-inspired look for the day, like an over-sized Oxford and a boyfriend watch for example, will enhance the shoe’s fashion theme. These super-cute shoes are available on Mr. Shoes, a British retail company. The shoes sell for 24.99 British pounds (GBP), which is about $40 USD.

Class up your jellies by purchasing wedges made of jelly material, with an ankle strap for added cuteness. These peep-toe shoes are ideal for a day of running errands or a night out with friends, and are equally eye-catching with shorts, jeans or a skirt. The red bottom and stripe across the back are an added kick. You can find jellies in this style on the Footnotes website for about $112.

Need something simple but playful? The Owenn women’s sandal from BCBGeneration will do just the trick. Pair it with a favorite pair of jean shorts, tights or a short dress and show off your latest pedicure while being fashion forward. The leather strap is there to keep the sandal on tight and the color will have all eyes on you and those pretty feet. You can find this pair (there’s also an orange shade) at Dillards for $39.99.

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