Category Archives: Shoes

Micro Trend: Metallics

What better way to brighten up these dull winter days than with a bold flash of mighty metallic? From shimmering separates to glitzy accessories, we’re going for gold (and silver!) to relish the embellished this season.

L to R: Ashish AW14, Isabel Marant AW14, Blumarine AW14, Isabel Marant AW14

L to R: Ashish AW14, Isabel Marant AW14, Blumarine AW14, Isabel Marant AW14

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Workin’ It: How to Take Trends to the Office

A new season, a whole new set of trends. And what a shame it would be to wear them just two days a week. Whether your office dress code is smart and sophisticated or creative and casual, adding a dose of style to 9-5 (without HR having a hissy fit) is easier than you think. We take a look at three of AW14’s top looks and how you can effortlessly transition them from weekend to workwear.

Winter pastels

Autumn calls for a more muted approach to pastels, making the move into the office a little easier. Shades have a decidedly more icy tone and work well paired with black pieces, such as dark tights or brogues. Stand out from the sea of earthy autumnal tones and wear your powder pinks and baby blues in the form of a chic A-line skirt, on-trend white shirt and pretty (but executive) pastel accessories.

Workwear: winter pastels

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When Good Jeans Go Glam

By Olivia Watkins

Want to dance the night away without fear of flashing your knickers? Are there times when a dress just doesn’t cut it? No fear – we have the solution. Keep those pins warm in your fave pair of trusty jeans. No longer should they be relegated to the back of your wardrobe come party time, these versatile babies are your new BFF. Create a killer party look with a jeans and top combo or simply take your outfit from day to night with a few accessories. Remember – it’s all in the details.

Whether you’re a flare wearer or rock a mean pair of skinnies, we’ve put together three gorgeous outfits for those glam nights out.

Full of flare

Channel 70’s style in this uber-cool flares and wedges double whammy, with touches of gold for added glamour. But don’t forget what decade it really is – wear the must-have item of the moment, the kimono, for on-trend styling. Kimono? More like kimoyes! (Sorry…)

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The 9 Stages of Dress Shopping

1. Desk-Based Research

Big day coming up. Better check the ol’ wardrobe for an acceptable dress. *Knows full well that lovely, worn-once, floral shift would suffice but convinces self that new dress absolutely needed.* Check online for latest trends. End up buying PU trousers, weekend bag and tennis racket. All essentials.

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Five Wedding Day Must-Haves

In a perfect world, the biggest day of your life starts bright and early after a fantastic night’s sleep, with the sun shining, birds tweeting and every single thing – from the violinist to the vol-au-vents – arriving on time.

Of course, this isn’t the perfect world and only the very fortunate manage to get through their wedding day without some sort of mishap. But your heels snapping, make-up smudging and speakers breaking doesn’t mean the day is ruined; far from it. In fact, the odd calamity is all part of the (rather stressful) fun.

To at least try and make getting hitched go without a hitch, take a look at these five essential things to invest in on your wedding day… Wedding mishaps

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

She gave you the gift of life, so you should definitely give her a gift she’ll love. But choosing the perfect gift for your mum on Mother’s Day can be tricky, particularly when your persistently met with ‘Oh it’s fine dear, just get me a nice card’ when you ask if there’s anything she’d like.

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Trend Alert: Vanity Fair

With a selective nod to SS14’s primmest, prettiest looks, Vanity Fair takes cues from high society’s finest to deliver a chic, floral infused edit. Cut in soft feminine shapes and painted in saccharine shades, look to ladylike separates, candied pastels and garden variety graphics for this upper-crust get-up. But it’s not all super serious sophistication; add a little fun to the prim parade with conversational prints and unexpected fabrics…

We’ve taken some of our favourite pieces from the Vanity Fair lookbook and styled four gorgeous outfits to see you from spring soiree to high tea!

Sundae girl

In a palette good enough to eat, this ice cream coloured collection gives the ol’ pencil skirt and smart shirt combo a sweet shakeup. A stylish evening look, pair this statement set with a blazer and switch your clutch for a grown up tote for work-worthy in a flash.

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Flats vs. Heels: The Great Debate

Just like starter or dessert*, Edward or Jacob**, flats or heels is one of life’s big decisions. Is it really a case of fashion vs. functionality? Or can we have the best of both worlds? We ask the Simply Be team where they stand on the great debate and bring you our top picks from both camps.

Annaliese – Flat out fabulous

“My love affair with heels has been a rocky one, fraught with stumbling blocks (emphasis on the stumbling) and more twisted ankles than I’d care to mention. While I can’t deny that heels are often the icing on my outfit’s cake, they are also be the reason I fell over on the dance floor at the office Christmas party and my feet were too sore to walk on the next day. I have to ask myself: is it worth it? Continue reading

Measure Your Feet Day! Wooh!

Quick! Balloons, streamers, CAKE! Today is Measure Your Feet Day people! Who’s with me?

Anybody? …No?

Okay, so it’s no Cheese Day (yes, that one exists too), but if there’s one thing we should take from this slightly random but no less helpful day, it’s that we should all know how big our feet are. Both of them.

Last month, we brought you a blog post which showed you how to do just that (and how to measure your calves to boot). You can check it out here.

We’re not sure why the good folk in Iceland originally dreamt up Measure your Feet Day, but for us, it’s all about feeling comfortable and confident in your own shoes…and being able to fit into these beauties…

These boots are made for walkin’…

With summer still a distant dream, there’s life in the boot yet. These fab pairs will see you through the chillier months and well into spring.

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Footwear: How Do You Measure Up?

CinderellaIt fits! Have your very own Cinderella moment with our guide to finding the perfect fit and understanding shoe sizes.

Act your shoe size, not your age!

…But are you sure know your shoe size? You could be there, happily acting like a six year old, when actually you’re a 6½ (and, as any child will tell you, that half is very important)! Put an end to unhappy feet and discover your true size with our handy guide to footwear fitting; after all, life’s too short for shoes that make your feet sad. Continue reading