Okay I think I’ve cracked it: The best shoes to wear with denim flares. Not only the best shoes, but the best SUMMER shoes.
Now I love the fact that full-on flared jeans came back in. Not just the awkward bootcut shape of the 90s, but proper flared 70s-style jeans. The problem they pose? What shoes to wear with them. They are a NIGHTMARE to get right (or rather, they’re so easy to get wrong).
I usually wear them with sneakers (Stan Smiths or Adidas Originals), platform heeled boots or ankle boots, but it’s the summer that poses a problem. Flat sandals are okay (you end up with a bit of a boho vibe) but sometimes you want more of a shoe than a boot or a sandal.
Here’s my theory: ALWAYS wear them with a round-toe shoe. As soon as you put on a pointed-toe shoe with a flared jean, it starts giving you that early Noughties feel which is a bit dated now (think Charlie’s Angels movie). So in my quest to find a suitable summery shoe with a round toe, I found these fabulous espadrille wedges. They’ve got that slight 70s feel to them so are perfect for a flared hem.
SHOP THE LOOK:
My F&F espadrilles were bought in store (these Asos ones are similar) – the wedge and the low ankle strap actually elongates your legs rather than chops them off so they’re so flattering with skirts as well. I probably thought of trying them because I featured a selection of espadrilles in last week’s newsletter – click here if you’d like to read it (and subscribe top left if you’re not already receiving it to get more exclusive content like this) – they’re THE summer shoe of 2017 and come in so many variations, the choice is endless.
AS SOON AS YOU PUT ON A POINTED-TOE SHOE WITH A FLARED JEAN, IT STARTS GIVING YOU THAT EARLY NOUGHTIES FEEL WHICH IS A BIT DATED NOW.
Shoes and flares aside, I patterned mixed my patterned pyjama shirt and favourite window pane duster jacket… Not sure why I’ve not thought of wearing these two together before! I think it was the last time (for a little while at least) that I’ll need to wear a jacket of any kind: The weather is predicted to get hot (yes, hot!!) in the UK over the next week or two – hot in May is almost unheard of so it’s kind of a big deal. I’m off to London for a few days for a crazy-exciting event on Friday (check my Instagram Stories for details) and gloriously sunny weather is going to be the best thing EVER EVER EVER for it.
More about that later in the week… Meantime Happy Monday lovelies, and don’t forgot to link up below (links are random so you’ve every chance of being seen at the top no matter when you link up)!
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Pyjama shirt: ASOS
Jeans: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Bag: Accessorize (similar)
Sunglasses: Lulus c/o (love these)
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