With spring trends now firmly in focus, there has never been a better time to explore and elevate your style using the shoe as a starting point….
Beautifully crafted and artful in design, a timeless pair of shoes can act as an anchor for a more creative aesthetic, providing the perfect base for a new signature look. To help get you inspired, we’ve asked two top fashion bloggers how they’ll be styling the classics this season…
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A good brogue can smarten up any outfit – I like to team mine with a loose-fitting pair of cropped jeans and an oversized, crisp white shirt. To complete the look, invest in a dark grey or bottle green fedora, a small crossover bag and a delicate necklace.
Full-circle midi skirts look amazing with high-heeled sandals. For extra style points, wear a silk camisole on top with an edgy leather jacket thrown over your shoulders. You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped out from the pages of an editorial.
The Chelsea boot
The Chelsea boot is an all-year-round wardrobe saviour. Perfect for off-duty looks, just add skinny leather trousers, a button-down shirt and a tailored blazer. For more movement, try a slim scarf and sturdy leather tote for your belongings.
King of the office wardrobe, the court shoe also makes a great companion for chic and casual outfits. Go for grey skinny jeans, a white t-shirt and a long wool coat for sartorial elegance. A blanket scarf will polish off the look and keep you warm on those cooler days.
The ballet flat
When it comes to ballet flats, I find pointed-toe pairs the most endearing and think they’re best worn with cropped tapered trousers, striped tops and textured gilets. To master proportions, make sure your ankles are in sight and that the gilet is no longer than the knee.
Sneakers were in the spotlight last season and it seems they’re not going away anytime soon. Although tempting to wear with sportswear, style with casual maxi dresses and faux fur coats for show-stopping appeal.
Wear your favourite pair of brogues with smart trousers and a fitted shirt for a refined, classic look. To make more of a statement, build upon the shoes with fine accessories such as braces or a tailored waistcoat – just ensure it’s the same fabric and colour as your trousers.
The Chelsea boot
Chelsea boots go perfectly with ankle-skimming trousers and a patterned shirt. My preference would be dotted, but be sure to choose a print to suit your style sensibility. Combine the shirt with a beanie for an effortless edge and you’re ready to go.
Oxfords look super stylish next to black skinny jeans and a soft cotton shirt. As a final layer, wear a long, tailored coat in a similar shade – the perfect combination for looking smart and casual all at the same time.
Loafers have the ability to make a subtle sartorial statement and should be the central focus of each look. Rolled slim-fit trousers highlight the shoe and should be paired with a colourblock tee to keep pattern and print to a minimum. Complement the look with a fashion-forward fedora.
The sneaker should take your look back to basics with a focus on comfort. Combine your favourite pair with chinos and a plain white tee for casual simplicity. If that feels too modern or minimalist, layer over a denim shirt and white sweater to protect against the cold.
Follow Gerard’s style