Kate M.W. ~ Despite the fact that I’m a strong advocate for flats, sometimes a pair of, say, suede platform wedge t-strap colour-blocked heels just catches my eye and I’m hooked. Completely practical? Perhaps not. But there’s something about these Darnell Wedges from Jeffrey Campbell that seem both playful and grown-up, appealing both to my inner child and my subtle chic older self. The mix of black, grey, and maroon provide a palette that’s versatile and easy to work with.
Kate M.W. ~ I’ve still got Fashion Week brewing in the back of my head, and while the runways may have been looking forward to spring, September + Fashion Week always equates chic fall ensembles of grey and black in my mind. Because it’s all happening in New York, I’ll add a dose of “polished edge” – which is precisely what I thought when I saw this ring by Kelly Wearstler. There’s something industrial about the gunmetal setting, but light and crisp about the clear quartz.
Perforated Quartz Ring, Kelly Wearstler, $145
This fall, the fashion world is revolving around the deep toned colour of oxblood (or bordeaux, or maroon…), but instead of sporting it in coloured or coated denim, I’ve opted for a sleek rolled sleeve shirt. Maroon and grey are the stars of the narrative this week, so while I’m always an advocate of your favourite dark wash skinny jeans – try swapping them in for a worn-in slate tone. They’re equally as versatile as traditional indigo or black (pairing with all nearly all neutrals) but just ever so slightly unexpected.
Building off of the colour palette inspired by the ring, I’ve kept the rest of the details humming along in perfect pitch. An oversized men’s gunmetal watch grounds a classic ensemble but plays off the hard industrial tone of the ring, and the small sparkling studs bring in just a touch of femininity. Both tie in edgy studded smoking loafers. Stuck with your indigo skinnies? Add a patterned grey scarf. Opted for grey? Emphasize solid neutrals with a simple black scarf. Either way, keep the overcast colours consistent with the bag – I like this particular selection as the python print and shape are just ladylike enough, and the leather trim brings in the oxblood colour. And since your focal point is a ring, be sure to paint your digits! Stick with the narrative in a chimney soot grey, or set off the grey/gold combination and contrast the bordeaux top with a green-toned deep gold.
City Storyteller Scarf, Madewell, $60 / Chimney Sweep or Wallis, butter London, $14 / M.A.B Mini Python Colorblock, Rebecca Minkoff, $525 / Natalie Watch in Smoke, Fossil, $145 / Brilliance Studs, Michael Kors, $75 / Black Silk-Cashmere Wrap, J.Crew, $75 / Martini Studded Loafers, Jeffrey Campbell, $170
This week’s equation? Polished edge + gunmetal + oxblood = a chic and ever so slightly industrial ensemble that’s all in the details.
Today’s guest post comes from a favorite blogger of mine, Kate of Anonymous Chic. She’s a first-class writer with serious style, and she’s not afraid to speak her mind. Oh, and she’s Canadian to boot (which means, among other things, that she gets to spell “colour” with a “U” – jealous!). With all that going for her, I knew she’d fit right in. So, I was thrilled she agreed to school us on a topic near and dear to my heart this time of year: fall footwear.
Fall and winter are a time for indulgence in fabulous boots, but I refuse to lock myself into one footwear genre for two entire seasons…and I’m sure I’m not alone in that opinion. My go-to solution once the colder months roll around is a great pair of loafers. They are absolutely appropriate either barefoot or paired with socks (my inner preppy craves subtly coloured argyle or bold stripes). The great thing about loafers is the degree of creativity that they allow. No matter your taste, there’s a pair for everyone.
A key when considering them for colder months is their level of “weather appropriateness”. I live in that snowy place north of the 49th parallel (…that’s Canada, for those of you who are geographically challenged), so I’ll always opt for something with a good structured sole and patent leather. The only time I break that rule is when I’m looking for a good excuse to change out of horridly practical winter boots, but into something that still accommodates comfort and warmth. Considering there’s a serious collegiate kick in a lot of Fall/Winter styles this year, loafers are the kind of nostalgic nod that could be a practical and fashionable addition to your footwear wardrobe.
At one end of the spectrum lies your “fits like a glove” driving loafers. These are the pairs I’d recommend if you’re looking for something stylish for a commute that isn’t slippery, or as something comfy to change into at the office. The defining pair from this category is clearly Tod’s, definitely an investment piece in any wardrobe, but I will testify, they are well worth saving up finding your favourite.
Tory Burch has recently done a couple of great metallic versions that definitely add a little subtle sparkle to the mix if you’re look for a petite bit of pizzazz for these bleak months.
If you’re in the mood for something more weather-friendly or structured, head to the classic penny loafer. Bass or Sebago are classic preppy staples (the addition of a shiny new penny is absolutely optional). I’m thinking that this version in navy might be the next addition to my collection.
Another great option comes courtesy of Cole Haan. Great colours and contrast stitching, coupled with patent leather, equates to positively weather-friendly options. Two-tone options are also available if you’re up for being a touch more daring.
Cole Haan Air Sloane moc, $168
Need an in-between option? This patent leather version from Jeffrey Campbell will work for wet weather, and the driving loafer style means that you’ll feel as though you’re taking your daily stroll in custom-fit slippers all day.
Whatever you choose, here’s hoping that a great pair of loafers can be added to your fall and winter footwear fashions.
I’d also like to take an opportunity to thank Becki for two things: first for having an excellent blog, and second for having me on here. It’s always a treat to not only be reading one of your favourite blogs, but also to be contributing to its greatness makes it extra-special. —Anonymous Chic
**The love is mutual, Miss Kate! xox, Becki**
it’s been years since i spotted a jeffrey campbell shoe i liked. lately, i’ve been lumping them squarely into the ‘steve madden’ category: generally uncomfortable knockoffs of designer styles, with nary an independent thought to be found. but i went out for a little impromptu shopping spree with a friend this afternoon, and came across the sweetest suede flats. they came in a bright cherry red and a bold violet, both with a perfect little hidden mini-wedge. and it turned out they were jeffrey campbell (and, therefore, under $100)! sadly, i can’t track them down anywhere online (but believe me, when i do, you’ll be the first to know). but i did come across these:
aren’t they fabulous?! i love the zipper accent, but it’s not too big and bold to keep these from being perfectly wearable. this chic detail, along with the elasticized collar, make these shoes look much more expensive than their $110 pricetag. and, while photos can be deceiving, the leather quality actually looks quite good. i generally shy away from black shoes (ditto for black bags), but these are so stylish they’re worth breaking my rule. if you’re in the market for a new black flat, these are anything but basic, and would make a perfect addition to your shoe rack – nab them at shopbop before fall arrives and everyone else realizes they need a new black flat too!
here’s hoping the peeps over at jeffrey campbell keep up this lovely work…at this rate, i’m ready and willing to be a newly devoted convert.