What do Jean Louis Deniot’s beautiful interiors have to do with feet and shoes and flats?
Absolutely nothing except a match with my current mood.
I am feeling a desire for a more womanly approach to dressing and after my hours lost with the new Dior book I am convinced this is a feeling we could all share.
Don’t misunderstand my intentions, I am still wedded to wearing the tailored and will be spending hours in my comfortable athleisure wear; I will also be refining my style and incorporating a little more of the woman within. The streamlined is sharp and it is my most happy place to be but there is something about a flare, a curve and added fullness that appeal.
This approach to femininity can start from the feet up.
This season I am noticing a trend for not only flats but also gloriously girly flats with details and colours to bring to mind these interiors. Lush and pretty textures and softer shapes that make wearing a flat even more ideal.
I do love a flat, which is not to say I don’t worship a great heel too.
In terms of practicality and comfort a flat is hard to beat and when the fashion Gods smile down on us and shower us with an abundance of style and comfort; well, it would be just plain rude to ignore the signs.
Like everything else, there are flats and flats.
Working out which flats with which outfit is a minefield of decision making but the way to success. Do we wear round toes or pointy toes? Are mules better than loafers? Should a flat with an embellishment be worn in the day? Can we wear flats with long? Is a straight skirt possible without a heel? And so it goes on?
Back when the choice of flat involved a pair of sneakers or a ballerina style pump the answer was “No” a lot of the time. Now and in a large part thank you to Alessandro Michele at Gucci, flats are knocking themselves out with originality and creativity. Flats are far more interesting than heels right now.
Win/ win/ win.
When did I ever think I would be advocating ‘comfort over style’? I have no problem running with this trend and only hope I will be able to climb back on those heels when needed. Walking in heels is an art and one of my greatest fears is tripping indelicately and injuring myself. Not a winning posture. Heels are for the dedicated and like flats require a little understanding. For me 8cm is my limit and try as I might, as pretty as they may be and as many kilos as they instantly reduce, a higher heel ruins my balance and cripples me. The same with a flat; too pointy and the pinching is excruciating.
This season flats will be my friends and I will look to the feminine, to the shades of nude and rose, the details of ankle ties and the prettiness of pattern to strike a pose. I may be dressed in the monochrome from head to knee, but from the feet up I shall be girly, gorgeous and extremely comfortable.
Flat out fabulous is all I can say, xv.
Flat Out: From The Feet Up
pretty in pink
go go gucci
Thank you Nordstrom for partnering with, Flat Out: From The Feet Up
As ever their selection of women’s shoes is impeccable.
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