shoes by Malone Souliers | top by Isabel Marant old (similar here and here) | skirt by Clover Canyon sold out (similar here and here) | clutch by Hugo Boss
Shoes can create the outfit and the designer of the pair of shoes I am wearing agrees. Mary Alice Malone, creative director and co-founder of the brilliant emerging label Malone Souliers, says “shoes are really the one thing in a look that determine the rest of the look, whether you picked them first or last in choosing your outfit, they make you rethink.”
Many days I wake up and just don’t have it in me to put on a busy print or try very hard. With a few basic, solid pieces all I need is a spectacular pair of shoes to do the work for me. This is one of the easiest ways to have a little extra edge and still remain sane getting all of your crazy morning tasks done and out the door on time.
I have picked some of my favorite shoes that can make an outfit easily below.
Other Statement Shoes:
sweater by Isabel Marant | shoes by Joie | skirt by Nordstrom
I just returned Key West, Florida where the temperatures were sultry and was surprised to find that DC is once again cold. Fortunately the sun is shining bright out today, but it reminds me just how unpredictable the weather is this time of year in our region. It’s hard to not want to remain bundled up in the dark, blankets from winter and to stay fresh with your look so you can ease fashionably into spring.
One of my favorite ways of pulling this maneuver is by wearing comfy, color and fabric appropriate sweaters with skirts and pants. This sweater by Isabel Marant is chunky enough to keep me warm, but is definitely a spring staple. The navy and neutral stripes also make the outfit light, but I have no problem mixing these colors with black to keep things understated. I think this look is a great way to feel comfy at the office, but also hip to the fact spring is trying to make a landing.
Here is the same and similar sweaters:
Similar shoes (there are SO many good ones this season):
Photo Information: Photos taken by Anna Meyer in Blagden Alley.
coat by Isabel Marant
Isabel Marant is a French designer and her brand was established in 1994. Isabel Marant continues to be one of my all-time favorite designers for her simple, bohemian designs that can be dressed up or down. This coat is from her Fall/Winter 2015 collection and is called the “Dillon 70s Coat.” I found this coat on sale for 60% off, and many stores are still selling with this hefty discount.
styled with: purse by Mansur Gavriel; black jeans by J Brand; boots by Tory Burch; earrings by Lizzie Fortunato (also like these)
This coat and other statement coats I like:
We must be halfway through “outerwear” season, although I wish I could say we were further along. I feel like all I do it throw on coats and bundle up lately, and when I see people it’s always with a coat on.
A few years ago I got wise and realized it really matters less in the winter what I wear, because people see me in my coat about 70% of the time. The coat I am wearing is also the first impression I am making. So I decided this year I would shake things up and add a fun statement coat to my wardrobe.
Once you have your basics covered, or even if you don’t, a statement coat is a great way to keep your spirits lifted throughout the long winter season. A statement coat keeps your wardrobe interesting and exciting. Right now is a great time to buy a coat too because winter clothing is on clearance at most stores and you will still get a lot of wear out of a coat this year.
A statement coat is great for most occasions. The only time you may want to re-think a statement coat is for formal events, however it really depends on the individual piece. I would not wear this coat to a formal event.
Photo Information: Photos taken by Anna Meyer in North End Shaw.