When It Comes To Shoes, Keep It Simple

Simple has become my new motto when it comes to shoes. My wardrobe in the past 1 year has become largely monochrome (black, white, grey, navy) as opposed to floral and colorful like before.

Believe it or not, shoes can easily make or break an outfit. I feel much more confident when I wear shoes that match my outfit in terms of mood and occasion. That’s why I stick with black and nude – two basic colors that go with many types of outfit and occasion. Taking inspirations from style icon Kate Middleton, I’ve come up with a list of footwear essentials:

My go-to shoes

– Black strappy heels: for warm weather and casual occasions. I have a pair of espadrilles that are very comfortable. Although the wedges, as a result of being soft, wear out very fast.

– Chunky black strappy heels (gladiator-like) are good for going out/clubbing.

– Black suede pumps or wedges: can be worn to work as well as dressy evening events.

– Black patent leather flats: great for casual days, worn with tights. Patent is better than suede in case you get caught in the rain.

– Nude kitten-heel slingbacks: a little old school but very comfortable. The nude color helps in blend with your laid-back summer dress or lengthen your legs in short shorts.

– Blush-pink (nude) pumps: key elements of dressy occasions, can be worn with tights in winter. I haven’t yet acquired a pair that is nice and comfortable enough, but I hope to soon.

So what are your go-to shoes? Stick around for a boot version of my essential footwear. 

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Business casual

Friday was Honors Visit Day at CLU. Prospective high school students visited our campus, got to know the Honors programs and had interviews for the Presidential scholarship. At several points throughout the day, I saw kids flocking out of buildings looking disoriented. Anyway, the point is that most of the girls had on some kind of black garments and the boys all seemed to wear some shade of blue. So I thought about putting together some business casual outfits that are age and occasion appropriate, something pretty and not uptight. 

1. Pop of color:

 

To start off, we have a very neutral outfit with grey flared pants, stretch off-white button down shirt and matching grey flats. The cardigan adds sophistication and femininity, although it can come in many other colors besides black. But the finest touch is the neck scarf, completing the look with a pop of color.

2. The blues:

 

Now it comes to navy, one of my favorite neutrals (besides grey). I start with these white straight-leg pants as the background to navy. The button-down shirt is white with blue stripes and is layered underneath a fine V neck cardigan. Add the scarf if you’d like, but the focal point of this outfit is this pair of blue multi-print heels – not too tall to maintain comfort and professionalism.

3. Feminine touch:

 

Save the best for last, this outfit is my ultimate favorite. The suit is basically black but not uptight. The pants are cropped, making them youthful and fun. The ruffle tank comes in a sophisticated shade of salmon pink. Plus those matching patent heels are to die for. A classy accessory with pearl would be the finishing touch to the ensemble.

Items from this post are mostly imported from GAP.