Cargo Chic

Top: Equipment; Vest: Old Navy (olive green is sold out, but here is the khaki version or I love this puffer version from ShopBop ; Jeans: Zara, old; Shoes: c/o ShoeMint; Earrings: Bauble Bar

Sometimes, casual is the only option. But make no mistake, just because you are in the mood to wear jeans and a cargo vest doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice looking chic.

So how do you jazz up your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans?


These gorgeous silver glitter spiked stilettos are ShoeMint’s Featured 1 Year Anniversary Pair, and today they are my Christmas Giveaway! Follow the rafflecopter below and you will win a ShoeMint credit which is good towards one pair! (If the rafflecopter doesn’t load, just refresh your browser!)

NOTE: In order to be eligible to win the ShoeMint credit, you MUST be registered and have an account with them.  Don’t have one? Don’t worry! YOU CAN DO IT BY CLICKING HERE! (Note: A registration is necessary so ShoeMint can credit the winners’ account.)

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Ps. Want to shop the ShoeMint site today and pick out a perfect pair right in time for the holidays?! Use the code RACHEL20 today and get 20% off any pair! Click here to shop!


  • Talia

    I must admit, I am a Shoe-aholic! (Sidebar: it took my friend Devin two and a half trips with his dolly to get my shoes into my new apartment… and that’s excluding the ones that are still at my mom’s place!) But one of my absolute favorite pair of shoes, are my Steve Madden Wren wedges. They are a classic cognac brown, but I can rock them with anything–boyfriend jeans, a summery dress, fitted skirt. I mean you name an outfit and I will rock these puppies in it ’til there is no tomorrow!

  • Suzy

    LOVE the shoes. I want them!

  • Penny Pincher Fashion

    I adore simple, pared-down looks like this…you can’t go wrong with the basics 🙂

  • Courtney Zeggert

    Love the entire outfit, especially the way the shoes make the entire look edgy! I would love to rock these heels:)

  • Alissa

    I am signed up for Shoemint – and my favorite pair is the Eileen in gold. They’re THE perfect party shoe! I’d walk a lot more sassy when I wear them because they’re sparkly gold and fabulous… how could you not walk sassytall?!


  • Meaghan Moynahan

    My favorite pair of heels is a simple black pointed toe pump I recently found at Aldo. They have gorg gold piping & an embroidered heel that is out of this world. They make any outfit that much more special & I always feel fab in them!

    xo Meaghan

  • Lizz

    My favorite pair of shoes are any of my Jack Rodgers. I admit, it sounds awfully plain, but in Palm Beach these shoes are both a staple and an icon of great style, effortlessly polished looks, and true South Florida living. I feel all of those things when I slip on a pair.

  • Megan H

    Those shoes are soooo fabulous! Love this outfit.

  • Tiffany Elam

    I have so many shoes, I can’t pick just one pair! I generally gravitate towards shoes with a platform or something interesting. I only have a few pair of black shoes- never boring!!


  • Julie

    Love these shoes!!!

  • Kaolee

    super cute shoes!

  • Jackie W

    I have so many shoes, but my favorites have to be my black Badgley Mischka d’orsay pumps! I got them for a STEAL at the Zappos outlet, and I love them. Great with jeans and a blazer or a cute Alice + Olivia dress, they are to DIE for!

  • Meg

    Nothing beats a pair of sky high black pumps! I love how they make my short legs seem longer!

  • Meaghan Biederman

    I have been obsessing over these pair since they put them on the website! These are SO awesome and kick ass! I actually just ordered the Joanna from Shoe Mint and they instantly became my FAVORITE pair of shoes. With the adorable bow and the style of the shoe 🙂 I paired them with my black sequined blazer 🙂

  • Sara

    I don’t know if I could pick a favorite shoe from my collection. It almost feels like picking a favorite child, they are all my favorites.

  • Brenda M.

    My favorite shoes are always whichever ones are the most comfortable since I travel a lot.

  • Katey Warren

    love wedge booties- they give me stability and height and are SO comfortable!

  • Stephanie

    Love this look! The sassy bun, the cargo vest and the studded pumps!

    I can’t believe how well Shoe Mint as done over the past year! WOW!

  • barefoot duchess

    your shoes!! I DIE!!!

  • Tiffany Acord

    I die for those shoes.

  • Abbie

    My favorite pair of shoes is a pair of Black and Tan wedges. They are so comfortable and really make my legs look long while making my huge feet look small so I always love wearing them.

  • Tarynn

    Those shoes are amazing Courtney! Your style is what every girl wishes they could pull off!

  • alisha thompson

    My fave pair of shoes are a pair of red suede heels I got at Payless! Yep, Payless. I find a reason to wear them whenever possible. I have a pretty red and white polka-dotted dress I love to wear them with.

  • AmandaO

    I have a pair of nude pumps with black lace overlay. They are gorgeous and I feel like a model in them! I also love love love my Corral cowboy boots. I feel cute AND comfortable in those- quite a challenge!

  • Wen

    Those shoes are BadAss! Just like you! 🙂

  • Neris

    those shoes are so fabulous! in love with this look!


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  • Kalli

    I have an amazing pair of bronze strappy, stacked wooden platform stilettos by Michael Kors that I got for a steal at DSW a few years ago and I love them! Definitely a sassy statement shoe!

  • Chelsie

    love that cargo vest! so chic!

    chelsie |

  • Haley Roberts

    I LOVE a pair of hot pink/silver/brown pair of Tory Burch High Heels. They can make any casual outfit look so much more fun! I love reading your blog! Your fashion is amazing!!!

  • Leah Watkins

    Hands down the shoes you are wearing…metallic…studs…amazing

  • Erin Martinson

    These would be a perfect addition to a NYE outfit. My favorite shoes are my black suede booties that make my legs look longer and leaner when paired with a fun colored jean! : )

  • emily johnston

    At the moment I am obsessing over my black high tops that have a hidden wedge from Urban Outfitters. I didn’t realize they had a wedge when I bought them and you can’t tell when you look at them but having that little bit of height added just makes me stand up a little taller!

  • Jennifer Hines

    I love my black platform steve maddens!! Nothing like feeling tall and skinny haha Love the extra height they add especially on those “feeling” frumpy days!!

  • Katie

    I love my Wanted tan glitter booties because they are casual and comfy, but they add a little sparkle to any outfit. They are so versatile!

  • Lindsay

    Love the shoes and the vest!

  • Lindsey

    For the winter, my go to shoes would have to be my riding boots, but I’m obsessed with my Tory Burch flats!

  • Courtney

    those shows are beyond!!! i need them in my shoebox of a closet 🙂

  • Diane

    Love the shoes!!!

  • Lindsey

    So in love with these shoes!!! Gorgeous, I need them to add to my shoe collection.

  • Sami

    My favorite pair is actually from ShoeMint and my very first pair at that! My leopard Jolly wedges! Love them to death! Everyone walks a little sassier in leopard 🙂

  • brittany stone


  • Isabel A.

    i am obsessed with shoes. i love the ones you’re wearing. i have been eyeing them bc they look like the CLs. my favorite pair of shoes are black patent leather pumps bc they are classic and add oomph to any outfit. plus, heels give me height since i’m so short so that’s always a plus!

  • Lindsay

    I love my new Sam Edelman cheetah smoking slippers! They’re so comfortable and cute!

  • Tara

    Agree with another commenter in that picking my favorite pair is like picking a favorite kid- just plain wrong. I do love my black suede pointed toe Zara heels. They give me extra height and are classic, so they match all of my crazy clothing choices.

  • Katie

    Great look, love the utility vest over a classic top! and obvy those shoes are killer!

  • Allison Shorr

    My favorite pair of shoes are my purple Steve madden heels. They are the perfect color to spice up any outfit and even though they are the highest heels i own they are the most comfortable. i love them!

  • Sarah Swindell

    My fave pair of shoes are my leopard stilettos! They spice up any outfit and I feel like I can take on the world in them!

  • Erin Legg

    I love my brown Frye boots this time of year. They match almost everything.

  • Kelly


  • Stephanie Florez

    My favorite pair of shoes are my black velvety wedge sandals!

    I feel so sassy with them because they are sexy, they go with pretty much any outfit, and they are SO comfortable! I could run a marathon and look fierce at the same time in these shoes!

  • Eva Downes

    My fav pair are black suede wedges that I got in Berlin. I love shoes that you can wear a hundred different ways.

  • Samantha Gray

    My favorite pair of shoes is any classic black stilleto. They can class up any outfit. My fantasy show is the Tribto Yves Saint Laurent in patent black!

  • Nia Beynon

    My favorite pair of shoes are my tory burch leopard flats.
    I love them bc they are just sassy enough with the bit of lepoard. I can wear them anywhere.

  • Stephanie

    As a displaced Texan in NYC, I’ll admit my boots are still my absolute favorite to rock whether I’m strutting the city or home in the lone star state. Give a girl the right boots, and she’ll walk for miles 🙂

  • Alyssa

    My current favorite pair of heels are studded black Giuseppe Zanotti….I love wearing them because they add a little touch of “fierceness” to any outfit. Although I feel like these Shoemint shoes could offer some stiff competition as they’re pretty fierce themselves!



  • Donna

    Love how simple this look is but so chic! Great styling!

  • Amy

    This is my favorite outfit you’ve featured! Its so casual but chic. I’vr always wanted to join ShoeMint and this was the perfect excuse! I love a spiked stiletto!

  • Heather

    LOVE the shoes! heels are an absolute must to spice up any outfit =)

  • Laura

    My favorite shoes are some black wedge booties I got from target!!!

  • Ivannah


  • Lindsay

    Love, love, LOVE those shoes and this entire outfit!

  • monique

    I love these pumps.. the colour can go with anything!

  • ashley macias

    My fave pair of shoes are some red suede kelsie dagger heals with red spikes on then.. One, they r super comfy and fierce!

  • Jessica Pridgen

    wanttttttt! Love these!

  • Nikki

    Love this casual look!

  • emily anne-marie

    i love my aldo leopard print smoking slippers! they are comfy, refined with a bit of sass and add just the right amount of style and attitude to any outfit. i love them!


  • Megan Myers-Bell

    I love ShoeMint and these silver stunners!

  • Kate

    Those shoes are fabulous! The spikes give the outfit just enough spunk. Amazing!

  • Patti

    I am gonna get that vest! I love how the shoes add a little glam and chic to the outfit! I am new to your blog and I must say I am definitely a fan! Keep up the fab work! 🙂 The shoes go with anything! It’s casual understated glam.

  • Lyndsy

    love those shoes!

  • Abby Rose

    Love love love my cheetah heels….they just add that certain sass to my frass

  • Melissa Fielitz

    Love the Zoe Shoe!!

  • Sheri Ann

    My favorite pair of shoes are my black ballet flats. I love them the most because they’re comfy, chic, and classic. They go with everything!

  • Debbie Gonzales

    Great oufit! I love your style. 🙂

  • Tiffany Berken

    My favorite pair of shoes are my black leather zara heels. they go with EVERYTHING, they’re comfortable and instantly turn an outfit from ‘meh’ to ‘mwuah!’ Love you’re look today!

  • emily

    I have a pair of sky-high cut out wedges that I adore. The cutout makes the typical wedged look puts a little more sass in my step!

  • Kristin T

    I love my riding boots. They go with everything!

  • lacy

    love my suede booties- go w pants and dresses!

  • Cristina

    My new fav pair is Candy from Shoemint in the Wine color! (identical to your beloved Zara booties). I’m totally obsessed and I wear them with everything.

  • Krista

    I am loving everything about this look, the shoes definitely make it look less laid back!

  • Deidre

    I love my Sex in the City Blue Manolo’s…I feel sassy, sexy, and I can dress them up or down and I always feel FABOO!!

  • Samantha

    My favorite pair are my Loubitan wedges. I always think of the quote “walk like you have three men walking behind you”.



  • Alex

    I love Hillary!

    XO Alex

  • Maria

    Those are one heck of a pair of shoes! And they look fabulous with that vest. Me likey and want in my closet 🙂

  • Adrienne

    I love heels! I look for an excuse to wear heels every day. I love Steve Madden! It is a life goal of mine to get a pair of Louboutins. It will happen one day!

    You can never have too many heels in your closet!


  • Erin

    If I were to win I’s definitely be picking the Zoes! My fav pair right now are the navy suede lace ups I actually got last month from Shoemint!


  • Christina Murphy

    Very chic!!

  • Sarah Paxton

    That might be my ideal pair of shoes. Like, in heaven, I will be wearing them. The end.

  • D'Ann

    Those shoes are awesome. My current fave pair is a pair of Vince Camuto pumps – purple patent with snakeskin on the toe and fuchsia suede chunky heels.

  • Lauren

    love those shoes! i wish that vest wasn’t sold out in green because i really like it (but not so much in the khaki)!


  • Christal

    obsessed w/ these shoes omgg gorg

  • Stephanie

    I’m obsessed with these shoes. Your outfit. Your sock bun. And you. That is all 😉

  • Lauren Bartels

    I absolutely love this look! I just bought the plain silver pumps @shoemint (the studded ones were sold out) for Christmas Eve and was wondering what else I could pair them with–thanks for the idea 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Merry Xmas

  • karrie harper

    My strappy silver Kate spades! Love pairing them with a fancy dress or tshirt and jeans.

  • stylelista

    I got these heels too and I literally am in love with them! They look great on you!
    xoxo stylelista

  • Kayla

    my favorite shoes are black colorblock wedges, they are comfy and look so good! love them!

  • Lindsey

    LOVE…per usual

  • Q


  • Camila

    You’re so good at juxtaposition! Lovely look & great giveaway xo

  • KatieB

    The pink heels I got married in!

  • Aryn

    Love how funky and versatile they are! Any chance they’re comfortable too? Or would that just be too good to be true

  • Courtney

    It is a proven fact that a woman walks with more confidence when wearing a good pair of heels. I love shoes and I dont think a woman can ever have too many pairs. You have to wear shoes almost every single day and different shoes match different outfits. I live for a classy black wedge because it can be worn season to season and wedges are so comfortable yet so chic!

  • Savannah

    My favorite pair of shoes are the first pair of cowboy boots that I ever got. I love my cowboy boots because they are not only cute but they give me extra confidence. I walk taller in them and just feel like I could take on the day in them. They aren’t the most glamorous pair of shoes but I love them. The day I have to retire them will be a very sad day.

  • Sarah {Raving Fashionista}

    I’m a shoe addict (I’ll admit it) but I have this pair of bright pink heels with big bows down the front that make me feel super sassy and playful whenever I wear them. I don’t wear them as often as I probably should, but that just makes the days I do skip around in them that much more special!

  • Tessa Polumsky

    Love you hair Courtney!

  • Tessa Polumsky

    Fabulous! love your hair and vest

  • Buffy Able

    In love with these shoes and would rock them with jeans or a fun flirty dress. My FAV pair of shoes is a bootie leopard shoe from nine west. Not only does it extend the length of my not so long legs but also they are SUPER comfy! Love your blog Court!!

  • Shannon B

    my fav shoes has to be all 5 of my leopard print shoes. Leopard always makes me feel sassy, sexy and confident all at the same time. Even my Steve Madden chauffeur flats make me feel sexy! But my 5 inch wedges make me feel the most confident. But that may be because I’m 5’1 and these wedges make me 5’6. So i feel like a tall bad ass!

  • Lynn

    my favorite pair is my Diba Zanzibar boots i bought 4 years ago. They’re knee high cognac color with stiletto heels. I feel sassy in them because it makes me feel talk and slim looking. i’ve gotten so much compliments but i try not to wear them much because i don’t want to wear them out. good boots are hard to find.

  • Gabby Portela

    I love the Gelareh in wine! Beautiful!

  • Rebecca

    I love this “what Courtney wore” post! This is my favorite so far. It’s just so wearable for just about any lifestyle. And I want those shoes!

  • michelle

    LOVE LOVE LOVE my boutique 9 rose gold pumps….. I feel taller, confident, sexy, and stylish- even with boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt!

  • Erin B

    I love my Ralph Lauren patent leather boots! Since I’m already 5’11” and they have a 2″ heel – it’s perfect enough to give a little extra tall “punch” to my look and the patent leather adds some sass 😉

  • Morgan

    Already love shoemint – and have my dream pair picked out!

  • Stephanie

    Before shoemint, I relied on shoe dazzle for my fun shoes, so inevitably, it has a special place in my heart. My very first purchase were a pair of tan strappy peep toe heels that have now seen better days since college, however they have seen the best and worst of times and I don’t think I will be sending them to shoe heaven anytime soon!

  • Amelia

    My favorite shoes are my Michael Kors heels that I applied glitter to the heels of once they started falling apart (from obsessive wear). They’ve seen a lot of 6th Street and should probably be retired to shoe heaven, but I refuse to give them up!

  • Abby

    My j crew leopard wedges are my current fav!

  • Lyndsey G.

    Black heels. It doesn’t get any sassier than that!

  • Melanie

    Love these shoes & your whole outfit!!

    My favorite pair of shoes are my Steve Madden ‘Obsessed’ pumps in red! I’m literally obsessed with them! They are so fierce & make me feel like a million bucks! They are my first pair of red heels! I had to purchase them after I saw a post of you wearing red heels! 🙂


  • Christina

    It’s hard to pick just one pair i love, but I can say that my favorite brand of shoes is Hoss. I just love how different they are. They are truly beautiful shoes. Even guys stop me and ask me about them when I wear a pair.

  • Lauren Mills

    I love my first pair of Jimmy Choo’s – classic patent nude peep toes. They take me from 5’2″ to 5’6″ in 2 seconds flat!

  • Laura

    Love the outfit and the shoes!!

  • Hannah

    Leopard Print Pumps!!! It doesn’t matter what I pair with them, they never fail me. My SM leopard pumps add just the right amount of “pazzaz” to my outfit making me feel incredibly confident in my own skin!

  • Brittney Baehler

    My favorite pair of shoes are still a charcoal glitter pair of heels by Nina. I wore them to homecoming when I was 17, and literally cried over them in Dillard’s. They’ll always be my favorites 🙂

  • Andrea

    I love so many shoes I can’t even decide on one. Anything with a heel makes me feel extra sassy!

  • Callie

    Brown leather riding boots because nothing makes me feel more chic!

  • Gabi

    All of my riding boots, they go with absolutely everything!

  • Cat

    My Nude Glitter ChristianLouboutin Open toe pumps, I saved my private lesson earnings for 6 months to get them!

  • Mary

    my fav shoes are my leopard heels, they always get noticed!

  • Caitlin

    This is such a perfect look! Not everybody wants to be dolled up everyday and this outfit adds just enought sparkle to a classic casual look!

  • Amberly

    I have these shoes, and wore them on my birthday last Friday! Love the way you styled them!

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