Statement (Jimmy) Choos, Statement Shoes: Hot Heels

Jimmy Choo Shoes William William photographer

Graceship New York Bag StyleOnTheCouch

Jimmy Choo Heels StyleOnTheCouch

statement shoesThe allure of my hot pink Jimmy Choo Anouk heels never seems to fade.  I’ve always been lagging behind most girls I know when it comes to shoe collections* but I am trying, Blog Reader, to slowly catch up. It’s also amazing how packing for a three-week trip makes you start prioritising in the fashion department.

A pair of statement heels, I am learning, goes a long way.  I could live a life in monochrome but accessories and shoes then become key.  A capsule collection of some simple dresses with statement shoes is my new best friend for this upcoming trip.  So in this post I was feeling inspired to share my six favourite ‘statement heels’ of the moment. If you have time, be sure to check out Shoes Of Prey  where you can play with a variety of shoe types and fabrics to design your own heels and feel a little Carrie Bradshaw in the process.

Lots of posts to come over the next week, Blog Reader!! Then I’ll be taking a little blog break as I head back to the States for a few weeks. You can still follow my adventures on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

Photos of me: William Williams.  Wearing Theory dress, Cos belt, Jimmy Choo heels and carrying Graceship bag.

Shoes collage, top left to bottom right: Manolo Blahnik Lace Tayler from Barneys; Yasmin Leather Bootie, Sophia Webster; Charlotte Black Sandal by Aquazzura; Sibi suede shoes by Jerome C Rousseau; Romance Was Born sandal from Shoes of Prey and finally, Beverly Hills Red sandal also by Aquazzura.

*Seriously.  My mantra used to be ‘I don’t do expensive for anything that hits the ground regularly.’ Then I realised people with expensive bags just gave them an extra seat at the dinner table.

Get Smart: Theory, River Island & Fortnight Lingerie

I’m on a really smart, simple and classic clothing kick right now.  Likely influenced by the streamlined looks at DKNY and Saint Laurent Paris during the recent fashion weeks, I’ve been wearing my River Island blazer non stop (when Austin weather permits it) and I’ve dug out my smart trousers too.

A couple of weekends ago in Texas I travelled to Lake Buchanan and the weather was cool enough for this outfit, mixing a little lingerie as outerwear with some tailoring. This bralette is from Fortnight who you might remember from one of my Friday lingerie features (here).  I’ll bring you their new collection soon –  I swoon over their bodysuits and slips.

These low slung pants were one of my sample sale finds from New York City.  Oh how I miss those sales – bargains galore.  I find Theory a great place to shop for simple and sophisticated pants and sweaters – these Max C Wool Blend Pants are so flattering because the fabric has a little stretch and the slight flare / great length makes my legs look like they go on for miles.  One potential downside is that I need a very high heel for wearing them.  You could get them taken up if that worries you (watch that this doesn’t affect their perfect flare, mind you).

When I was trying to think of a name for this post I toyed with the idea of ‘smart is sexy’ because I’m really into masculine tailoring with a feminine twist at the moment.  In the end (as you can see) I went with ‘get smart’ – because I don’t think we should ever forget, Blog Reader, the impact of well fitted, tailored clothes.

Wearing: Theory pants; River Island blazer; Bralette, Fortnight Lingerie.

Psychological Theory

Last week Clothingline held a  Theory sample sale in NYC. Dresses were selling for just $45; leather at around $80 and tees for $30.  I read via my sample sale bible onthesly that the first day was crazy busy (given the prices, I’m not surprised!) and on the last day prices dropped even further.  I told myself I wasn’t going to attend this sale, I’ve never been a huge fan of Theory, I justified it this way and that blah de blah.  I think a lot of my reasoning about not liking Theory however is down to the pricing – at around $250 for dresses that seem plain and classic and whilst I admire the simplicity, I can’t quite bear to depart from my favourite Reiss for these kind of clothes as I know they fit me so well.

I explored the Fall collection by Theory online and came over all autumn/wintery all of a sudden – dying for layers, long sleeves, autumnal black and cosy sweaters.  Despite NYC’s hot and humid temperatures I admit I started to wonder if I should see what all the fuss was about….

Elle Magazine did a fantastic feature on Olivier Theysken’s Theory Fall line that you can read here –  Theyskens is the artisitic director of Theory and this Fall he brings us velvet, leather and cashmere with both 70s and 90s influences for his new range.

I found myself working round the corner from the sale on the second day.  Well, that was enough to tell me it was “fate” and led me to pop in during my lunch hour.

I’m very pleased that I did as I found this gorgeous long purple dress for just $45.  I feel like the modern equivalent of the ‘Milk Tray man’ in the dress (perhaps a UK only joke?) but I love the deep purple colour and the slightly sheer panels at either side of the dress give it an elegant evening feel.  I also picked up a flared black wool winter dress at the sale – I’ll feature it in the coming months on the blog.

My top picks from Theory right now are the Mcclaini wool dress and the Bramsy airmix sweater, below:

Wearing: Theory dress; gold heels (just seen) unknown; distressed gold belt from ASOS.

Anyone else in NYC hit the Theory sale?  Any thoughts on this brand? Also – is anyone else thinking of Autumn/Winter right now because whilst part of me felt insane for buying a wool black dress, part of me also felt justified and smug for planning ahead…..