13 Pairs of Slides Perfect for the Pool and Beyond
Summer is in full swing, people, and it’s all about keeping it chic from the beach to the streets. Just in case you didn’t get the memo: Pool slides are officially having a comeback. And no, they aren’t restricted to poolside shenanigans and glamping adventures. Between running weekend errands and meeting bae for drinks, a playful pair of slides (or two) is more than deserving of a spot in your list of summer style essentials. Decked out in punchy tropical prints or sassy phrases, they’re guaranteed to lend a serious punch to every #OOTD and kick your favorite summer slip dresses into next-level territory. What are you waiting for? Usher in the dog days of summer with these 13 pool slides that will make you think twice before tossing on the same ol’ jellies.
1. Kate Spade New York Izella Slide Sandal ($110): Summer fling? Puh-lease. These cheeky blogger-approved slides will become your main squeeze as you proceed to style ‘em alongside beach cover-ups, LWDs and easy breezy rompers galore. TBH, they’ll never do you wrong.
2. The WhiteBrand Black Beach Please Slider Flat Sandals ($29): Didn’t think you could rock sporty slides beyond the pool? Beach, please. Proceed to channel your inner rockstar with a come-hither bodysuit and denim culottes for an I-just-woke-up-like-this look.
3. Kat Maconie Fifi Blue & Red Gem Slider Flat Sandals ($210): Nothing to wear? Not a thing — at least not when these party slides are in the equation. When your platform flip-flops read meh, these embellished color-block slides will give your outfit instant ‘tude.
4. Topshop HAVEN Pool Sliders ($26): Strike up a convo with your summer crush by letting your stylish footwear do ALL the talking. These girly pink slides are not only the definition of casual-cool (just pair them with denim cutoffs), but they’re comfortable enough to wear around the clock — bye-bye, blisters.
5. SixtySeven Ariel Slides ($49): Aspire to do less this summer by embracing a minimalist aesthetic that will have you ready for a laid-back weekend in Montauk. Pair these streamlined slides with a white tennis skort and a borrowed-from-the-boys baseball cap for a look that slays on and off the courts.
6. Opening Ceremony Jourdena Leather Criss-Cross Pool Slides ($195): Good design speaks volumes, especially when it comes to hitting the pavement in style a la these navy and burgundy striped slides featuring criss-cross straps. For a casual Friday getup that’s part athleisure, part profesh, pair these bad boys with a streamlined dress and structured satchel. HR ain’t got nothing on you!
7. Beek Blackbird Slides ($300): Get ready to rack up the steps (and compliments) with these versatile leather slides that have been indigo-dyed to perfection. When styled with a flowy maxi or tie-waist paperbag shorts, you’ll be more than ready to take on a slew of summer RSVPs (think: beachside nuptials and outdoor concerts).
8. Fila Pool Slide ($35): Fit girls will flock to these Fila pool slides that deserve major street cred, whether you’re sporting a fierce wetsuit or a striped t-shirt dress. Between surf lessons on the beach and afternoon strolls along the boardwalk, we can’t think of a more foolproof pair of sandals to pack in your beach bag.
9. Marc Jacobs Cooper Sport Slides ($125): Calling all fashion girls! Before you declare rubber slides a sartorial no-no, you’ve gotta try this luxe pair on for size. Sparkle factor aside, the striking red soles will add major pep to your step and give you an excuse to dress down more often.
10. Birkenstock Papillio Metallic Charlize Slide ($125): Sorry (not sorry), but these metallic Birks are about to put your ugly-chic Teva sandals to shame. Thanks to the sleek design and extra cushy sole, there’s a good chance you’ll never want to take them off.
11. The WhiteBrand Stars & Stripes Slider Flat Sandals ($29): Fact: It’s not a Fourth of July-themed bash until you’ve got a patriotic pair of slides on standby. Adorned with stars and stripes, these open-toe steppers will complement your RWB attire with a nod to nautical style.
12. Tropical Sliders by Slydes ($35): Start channeling those jungle vibes STAT with these rainforest-inspired slides that were made for a stint in paradise. Easy as slip-on-and-go, they can be teamed with a sports bra and high-performance leggings for the ultimate off-duty uniform.
13. VFILES White Whatever Slides ($65): Cue the summertime vibes with these slogan slides that demand attention (and respect). Nobody tells you how to dress: Break all the rules by pairing them with a ruffled off-the-shoulder top and cropped flare trousers for a Man Repeller-approved look.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com