Happy Friday! It is Friday, isn’t it? I’ve been confused all week, what with the holiday on Monday and me posting a video on Thursday. Hahaha! Well, let’s see if we can return to a little normalcy and routine today. I’m continuing our Oh So Pulled Together mini-series and posting the third of my seven style formulas. Today we’re learning how to pull off a Shoes On, Show Off! style formula with panache.
Style Formula #3 – Shoes On, Show Off!
I hope my title hasn’t thrown you. Basically what I’m trying to convey is “you got your bright colored shoes on…now show them off!” The formula looks like this:
1 Pair of Showy Shoes + Everything Else Pared Down = 1 Stunning Look
I decided months ago when I compiled my Wardrobe Wish List that I wanted to add a pair of red pumps to my wardrobe. I’d noticed several outfits in Pinterest created around colorful shoes, and I thought red pumps would be perfect for my wardrobe neutrals, which are black, grey, navy and brown.
I bought these red suede pumps on sale at Nordstrom. I can’t remember if they were in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale or in a Price Match, but they’re no longer marked down. However, these Marc Fisher pumps are marked down in other colors, including a drop dead gorgeous orange.
I know this all dark grey look appears a little heavy right now to our eyes, since we’re still accustomed to seeing summertime brights and lights. But come late fall or winter, this monochromatic outfit with just a splash of red will feel and look oh so chic.
I was delightfully surprised to discover that my cashmere wrap sweater in pewter twist is still available and, more importantly, still marked down under $75. I purchased it during Everlane’s “early Covid sale” (that’s my name for it; not theirs). It’s available in a few other shades, too, including a true black. I’m wearing a TTS medium.
I’m wearing the black slim ankle jeans from Talbots, but as you can see they look more like a dark grey. They’re definitely supposed to be ankle jeans, but even at 5’8″ they hit me well below the ankle. So I just grabbed my good sewing scissors and cut them off to a more appropriate length. You want your ankle jeans to hit right at or above your ankle bones. And since a raw hem is very “in,” I really like the effect.
The keys to pulling off the Shoes On, Show Off! style formula are:
- keep everything else pared down and simple. Can you add a splash of color in your earrings or with a scarf or handbag? Sure, if you’d like. These aren’t rules. Fashion should be fun. Do what you like.
- choose shoes in a color that makes you happy. Since you’re not wearing them close to your face, you don’t have to worry about whether they’re “your color” or not.
- consider wearing a favorite neutral in the rest of your outfit. Colorful shoes look great with navy, black, brown, camel, white or grey.
- consider wearing a monochromatic look, other than your shoes. Let your shoes hog the spotlight on this one.
- if you wear a red, pink or orange shoe, add a corresponding splash of color with your lipstick and/or nail polish.
- choose a colorful shoe in the style that works best for you. You can wear a colorful flat, loafer, mule, pump or even sneaker.
If you’ve missed the other style formulas I’ve shared, you can check them out here. I’ve now shared three of the seven.
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Do you have ears to hear? That’s a question I must ask myself often. If I want to learn and understand, even to a limited capacity, the things of God, I must cultivate a teachable spirit.
We can develop a teachable spirit by asking God for one. We can also be more teachable by having a daily practice of confession and repentance. Finally, we develop a more teachable spirit as we spend more time consistently in God’s Word, asking Him to change us through the reading of Scripture.
Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? ~ John 3:11-12