Friday, December 21, 2012

Shoes for special occasions: Open

Warm weather options
Open-toed options like a pair of strappy sandals or peeptoes in satin or metallic leather are always a good investment that will be the answer to any special event needs when it's nice outside.
Satin shoes can be found in all price ranges. Check that they are well made (no puckering, no bubbles, no glue visible anywhere, no stains) and that they are comfortable, which means they should be made of leather inside. It could be a good idea to treat them with some kind of anti-stain product (like Scotchgard), though it will darken the surface slightly.
Choose a colour that matches exactly your outfit or contrasts greatly with it (think complementary colours), and black is always a classic option. Metallic leathers come in many different shades: silver, pewter, bronze, copper, gold. Choose the metallic colour that better suits your colouring.
Make sure you choose a wearable heel and think first about what you will be doing at the event (standing up or sitting down, dancing...) to choose your ideal heel height. Consider adding some kind of insole cushioning (Insolia, Dr. Scholl's pads), or even send them to the shoe repair store to have a professional fit them under the leather sole of your shoes.

Armani Collezione Velvet Jacket / Matthew Williamson Lace Pearl Beaded Dress / Yves Saint Laurent Opera Satin Clutch Handbag / Lulu Townsend Fashionista Sandals / Rose and Rose Sequin Scarf / Pure Pearls Pink Pearls / Dolce & Gabanna Lipstick in Violet / Yves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer in Violet Baroque.

Emanuel Ungaro Silk Dress / Debenhams Black Marabou Shrug / Manolo Blahnik Fertilia Sandals / Roger Vivier Clutch Handbag / Katherine Alexander Green Bee Bracelet / Martine Wester Angelina Earrings / Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Red Tango / Revlon Nail Lacquer in Fiery Hot.

Styling tips for velvet: The Coat
Special Events: Embellished Peeptoes by Caroline Grant. [Style: Ladylike with a Twist].

Hobbs Invitation Tasmin Velvet Coat / La Rue Short Dress / Kotur Margo Brocade Minaudière / Badgley Mischka Gayla Peeptoe Pumps / Pure Pearls Black Pearl Necklace / Alexis Bittar Ring / Tom Ford Lipstick in Wild Ginger / Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Ginger Fire.

Suit Sleek
Special Events: Velvet Mules by Caroline Grant. [Style: Urban Tweed].
Elizabeth and James Avery Pewter Brocade Suit / Coast Rebecca Top / Manolo Blahnik Eufra Mules / Whiting Davis Mesh Handbag (vintage) / Monsoon Priscilla Stole / Dannijo Omala Necklace / St. Erasmus Chanda Bracelet / Estée Lauder Lipstick in Modern Mercury / NARS Nail Lacquer in Tokaido.

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