Blake Lively is a street-style icon. Becoming famous for playing the super fashionista Serena Van-Der Woodsen, Lively maintains her status as one of the women with the best taste in the industry. Lively is known not to use the services of a stylist, has a refined taste, and is a trend-setter. So much so that she recently made us doubt ourselves when she wore one particular shoe trend that we thought was rather fleeting and unnecessary. This footwear choice is a rather polarizing one and, due to its nature, transparent.
That footwear is… the jelly sandals! For several seasons now, every once in a while, fashion sites declare the return of the jelly sandals, take an ambivalent stand towards the comeback of this ugly-nostalgic item, and continue to the next retro trend. However, in a recent appearance in the streets of New York City in fisherman jelly sandals, Lively has single-handedly caused the resurgence of the shoe you most likely owned in the past. Lively wore her jelly sandals with a printed maxi dress from Mango that looks as comfy as ever, a striped Aritzia coat, and a $7,050 Louis Vuitton handbag.
In a different look from the week before, while outside with her husband Ryan Reynolds, Lively matched the same jelly sandals with a Reformation sundress that’s currently sold out. Clearly, she loves wearing the shoe with midis and maxis, but they’d look just as good with jeans, shorts, and skirts. Lively makes her jelly sandals – brown, flat, nonchalant – seem like such a reasonable and right choice. A great plus about the jelly sandals is that they are extremely affordable and could be yours for as little as $18 on Amazon, for example. So yeah, these are “summer camp shoes,” a reminder of a childhood that probably wasn’t particularly fashionable. So what? Blake Lively has officially opened the jelly sandals season, and we are ready to tag along. How about you?