Fash Flash: Summer Shoes

There were some murmurings on Twitter recently about work appropriate shoes for summer and it can’t be only me who has been feeling stifled in shoes during these warmer days.

I’m in the market myself for some smarter sandals that are work appropriate so thought I’d have a look for some options – the bonus is that many of these are in the sale or will soon go in, so there are bargains to be had!

Obviously, ‘work appropriate’ is a relative term and really depends on your place of work. I am lucky enough to be pretty flexible about what I wear but I appreciate some offices may be much more formal and other places more accepting of trend led styles.

Tips for keeping it work appropriate:

  • Check your work policy about open toed shoes
  • Choose Tan for a classic look that goes with your whole wardrobe or modern neutrals (white/nude/khaki/navy/animal print/metallics)
  • A low wedge can look smarter than the same shoe when flat soled.
  • Done right, a block colour can lift a conservative outfit and not look casual.
  • Look for good foot coverage – i.e. wider straps and formal details for fastening
  • Avoid ‘thong’ or flip flop toe post styles
  • Unless you work in a high fashion environment, avoid ‘flatforms’.
  • Avoid woven or punched leather and canvas finishes.


Dawn orange suedette flat £45 (also available in white) // GAP two band tan leather sandal £29.95 (also in black) // Kurt Geiger London Dahlia gold sandals £99 (also in nude or leopard calf hair) // Flexi-P calf hair blue sandal, Steve Madden at Dune £32 (also in B&W animal print)

Flats this season are all about the wide strap which is lucky as it’s a little more office appropriate if you are allowed to get your toes out. Metal plaque details also up the smart factor.

Maximilla navy low wedge Nine West £99 (also in white, black and nude) // Baylee6 gold low heel court, Anne Klein at Kurt Geiger £65 // Amber blue suede low wedge, Carvela £65

If you feel better with a little lift, but can’t face a proper heel, the mid or low heel is also bang on trend and wedges work really well for summer. Peep toes are perfect for a bit of cooling ventilation too.


GAP tan wedge £45 // Silver wide strap heels, Office £60 // Unice leather wedge heel, French Connection £95 // Gia buckle heel navy shoe, Whistles £185

For higher heels, look for a block heel or wedge and again those wide straps to kept the look fresh and modern, although I take my hat off to anyone with the patience to wear a pair like this to work when it’s hot!

Have you seen any work summer shoes readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Carrie does Denim.

Those of you who are particular Whistles aficionados or perhaps dedicated followers of fashion, may remember this skirt, the Carrie skirt by Whistles. It was a sell-out and I was lucky enough to snag one, but then actually haven’t worn it very much since. For no good reason at all, I couldn’t quite decide what to pair it with and so it was to sit in my wardrobe waiting to be let out until I finally picked up one of my Summer lust-haves, the chambray shirt, in the Dorothy Perkins Sale.


Shirt, Dorothy Perkins Sale // Skirt, Whistles // Bag, Mulberry // Necklace, Zara, Tiffanys // Shoes (old), ALDO

For a trip into town on a breezy day, the somewhat flimsy skirt seemed a bit more anchored and appropriate for the possibility of showers.


Nails (top image): Rimmel (312) Ultra Violet and Ciate Caviar manicure in ‘Rainbow’

I paired them both with my go-to summer wedges… I really must look for another pair but they are insanely comfortable, and a touch of neon with my current favourite Zara necklace (also available in neon Coral) and not in the sale.

The skirt is so much fun to wear, particularly on a breezy day as it billowed and flipped up so prettily. It was the perfect partner to my trial Ciate nails Caviar manicure nail – ridiculously girly and full of fun.


My other quandary has been with my Bayswater, quite a blue-ish fuschia that I have so far chickened out of pairing with some of my other cooler toned pink wardrobe staples. I think it works quite well here though.

So have you been wearing any of last year’s key pieces again? I’d love to hear how…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Neon

So, I’ve been talking a lot about neon fashion lately. First the Fash Flash a little while back, then I got all excited about neon skirts. Today I’m sharing probably one of my favourite looks so far,and what do you know, it’s neon!


Shirt, French Connection // Shorts, Reiss (old) // Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs // Wedges, ALDO // Sunglasses and Bangle, Banana Republic

Clearly it’s a holiday look, and massively helped by the weather and slight tan. I totally fell for this longer back silk shirt from French Connection (Shhhh! It’s in the sale!) a while back and figured it would be perfect for holidays. It’s cool and comfortable but obviously has a touch of fashion about it in the colour.

I’m not going to lie, Neon is a hard cookie to crack and I think I like it best with neutrals. It depends on the neutral of course and in this case I think it went particularly well with my city shorts. (Yup, they’re the same pair I wore all around Yosemite – that’s double duty dressing for you!) A bit of height from the wedges stopped my legs looking too short and of course, I had to wear my neon edged Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.

Looking back at the photos I love the whole look. Summer in the city eat your heart out. Not feeling so brave? Whack on a whopping great pair of sunglasses 😉

Tempted?

love,
Rebecca
xo

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