I was pretty excited when I found these shoes again. I’ve had them for many years, but I rarely wore them – I think I bought them either before the style had matured or before I had. Either way, these shoes and I were now a perfect match…
And then this happened:
oddly, on both shoes. I suppose I could have taken them to a cobbler, but I didn’t think whatever I’d paid for shoddy Charlotte Russe construction justified it. C’est la vie.
I know I’ve talked a lot about transition pieces, but really, I think dressing for those no-longer summer, not quite cool/fall/winter days/weeks/months (depending on which part of the country you’re from), is one of the hardest parts of fashion.
Which is why I’m glad these long sweaters are back in style. They’re the perfect layer – keep it light underneath, as I did with one of my fave sequin tanks and silky India pants. Or, bundle up with a long-sleeve tee, jeans, and boots. Whatever the forecast, you’ll be cozy and seasonally appro. P.S. My necklace is a product of Eternal Threads, a great non-profit doing all kinds of different types of work throughout the world. My necklace is made by women in Mongolia who have been rescued from sex slavery and reads, “Free Her.” It’s a beautiful way to support the organization and raise awareness about human trafficking.
Based on the following post, you might think I go on mission trips all the time. That would be inaccurate.
These shoes are from Colombia, and are the only remaining souvenir from my time there (I also got a REALLY great haircut, but sadly, I could never recreate it here in the States.)
Super cute, right? They came from the Bogota version of Rack Room Shoes. Very exotic.
It should be noted at this point that I’m bad at finding good deals and/or haggling in other countries. I find reasonable prices by American standards, but not those bargain basement deals everyone else seems to find on the mission field. I’m doing something wrong.
To complete my international look, I wore my favorite pants I bought in India. I bought them knowing that loose, pajama-like pants were still a trend, but had I realized just how big the flowy pants with elastic ankle cuffs were going to become, I would have stocked up.
I love the floral pattern of this pair (I also love that florals are so in right now), but I would have preferred the pockets to be on the side, a la 1995 cargo pants, rather than in the middle of my thigh. I always feel slightly like a clown when I wear them. But, they’re pretty, so I embrace it.
Fashion Tip of The Day: To avoid drowning in flowy clothes, balance is always key. When wearing something loose on the bottom, focus on a more tailored fit on top, and vice versa.