Fashion Math: One Pair of Sandals, Five Ways

Packing can be easy when you've solved the equation for making one pair of sandals go five times as far. Here's how to do it!

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When luggage space is limited, it might be time to rethink your shoe situation. After all, shoes are what takes up the most room. The answer? Pack just one pair, but make them the best pair, the pair that goes with everything, the pair that always brightens up your look, whatever the occasion.

Here, we show you how one pair of sandals (the obvious vacation shoe) can complete five outfits.

The Sandals

Dainty Heeled Sandal, $48,
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Pretty with a floral print, these are the ideal vacation-heel height, when hours of sightseeing and shopping are sure to end up on the itinerary. Even better, the print helps them translate from casualwear to attire suited for fancy dinners and fun nights out, too.

Vacation Plans: The Beach

Zephyr Crochet-Trimmed Point D'Esprit-Paneled Swimsuit by Zimmermann, $375,
Straw Hat, $15,
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When you want to look a little more put-together by the beach, actual sandals go a lot further than flip-flops. And this is where our sandals step in nicely. The white bathing suit with a big-brimmed hat and the floral print of the shoes makes this altogether a cool and feminine beachside look. Add a red lip for extra fun.

Vacation Plans: Sightseeing

Cotton Broderie Anglaise Dress by Vanessa Bruno Athé, $300,
Whip Stitch Shopper Bag, $70,
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Whip Stitch Shopper Bag, $70,

As comfortable as a simple pair of Converse are for a day of shopping and sightseeing, sandals make the activity feel more like an event. Try an easy, lightweight dress—something in cotton, linen, or denim—and add a big leather bag, so you can snag as many souvenirs as you want!

Vacation Plans: Dinner Out

Bixbite Rainbow Cloud-Print Dress by Mary Katrantzou, $940,
Metallic Color Block Clutch by River Island, $41,
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The new rule of prints is that one is never enough; clashing is the way forward. So a dress in a colorful print makes the ideal companion for our sandals, which we'll also be wearing with a pair of black ankle socks and a geometric-patterned clutch—because it's dinner out, after all, and nothing says "Here I am" quite like a clutch with personality.

Vacation Plans: A Night Out With Friends

Short Twill Skirt, $25,
Cropped Ribbed Stretch Knit Top by Cushnie et Ochs, $695,
Necklace With Pendant, $8,
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Vamp it up with an ode to Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love": a black miniskirt, fitted roll-neck top, and some gold jewelry. And remember how we said that heel height was perfect for sightseeing and shopping? It's great for dancing, too.

Vacation Plans: Chilling Out

Slim-Fit Cropped Jeans, $99,
Cotton T-shirt, $39,

From one staple to another, your newfound universal sandals are the perfect way to update your faithful old-jeans-and-T-shirt combination. The sandals bring a bit more finesse to the look than a pair of sneakers or flip-flops would, and it's an outfit you can easily take back to the city and wear to work—just switch out the denim for a sleeker, cropped pair of pants.

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