Ladies, just because we're months away from boots season doesn't mean you can't create a major moment with your footwear. Super-chic gladiator sandals only get better in the hands of Valentino Garavani, who proves that drama and comfort can indeed go together with a strappy sandal that laces all the way up your leg. These beauties can take you from day to night, office to offline in a hot second. And here’s how.

SATURDAY: Hermann Park

A day at the park may sound like child's play, but it's not always easy finding summer pieces that feel pulled together. Throw on short shorts with a lightweight tank and let your shoes do the heavy lifting when it comes to style for an al fresco outing. A floppy hat will keep you cool under the afternoon sun, so grab a date—romantic or otherwise—and conquer the Centennial Garden hill, then grab your favorite picnic supplies and catch Houston Ballet's free performance of Giselle on Miller Outdoor Theatre's lawn to seal the deal.

Clockwise from top left: Colorful embroidered top, $50 at Zara; Jules Smith brushed triangle earrings, $44 at Anthropologie; Faux suede floppy hat, $15 at Forever 21; Pearlized chain wrapped bracelet, $30 at Loft; Valentino Garavani gladiator sandals, $1,495 at Tootsies; Frame ‘Le Grand Garçon’ short, $179 at Brooke Feather.

SUNDAY: watching Pitch Perfect 2

Just because the movie theater is dark, don’t think that’s a free pass for slacking on your look. When you and your girlfriends hit theaters for Pitch Perfect 2—because you know you will—dress up your gladiators with a comfy-cute printed romper. With accessories on point and a bag big enough for an array of your own refreshments, you’ll be hitting those high notes along with the Bellas while out-glamming everyone in the audience. 

 

Clockwise from top left: Michael Kors ‘Parker’ chronograph leather watch, $250 at Michael Kors; Gildstitch statement necklace, $35 at Madewell; ‘Zoey’ round sunglasses in white, $135 at Henri Bendel; Storee v-neck romper, $54 at Nordstrom; Valentino Garavani gladiator sandals, $1,495 at Tootsies; Straw bag with suede details, $60 at H&M.

MONDAY: Post-Work Drinks at 1308 Annex

Okay, no one loves Mondays, but you're ready to do battle with the work week in your gladiators, dressed up with a work-perfect shirtdress and a printed scarf. Accented with a colorful necklace that pops and a fringe-clad bag, you can head straight from the office to grab margaritas at the latest El Tiempo with just a brief refresh in the ladies room. Voilà. 

Clockwise from top left: Vince drawstring dress, $365 at Cakewalk Style; BP. teardrop statement necklace, $24 at Nordstrom; Fringed suede bag, $170 at Mango; Valentino Garavani gladiator sandals, $1,495 at Tootsies; Faliero Sarti ‘Tania’ flower scarf, $498 at Abejas.

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