Whilst I so enjoy wearing colour (and in my repertoire, virtually no colour is off-limits!), I love the power and simplicity of black and white. Nothing particularly compels me to wear black and white (such as a ‘I’ve nothing to wear’ day, a ‘ I’m feeling down’ day or a ‘I’m evoking a certain mood/aesthetic’ day) , but today’s outfit was built around the wardrobe staple white long-sleeve tee (this one is by Portmans and I picked it up for $9.95 in their recent end-of-year sale).
I paired it with a flippy little skirt I purchased from the Cue store in Harbour Town, reduced by 70% to approximately $45. The shape is super flattering on curvy figures yet gives shape to tomboyish/athletic figures. Even though I avoid mini-skirts now at all costs, the volume in the skirt disguises the real length and in my opinion, makes my legs look slimmer (and who doesn’t want that?!?).
The jacket/cardigan is by Veronika Maine and was also purchased from the Cue store in Harbour Town, marked down by half price to approximately $62. I like to belt this cardigan because it not only gives me shape but creates a mini-peplum effect at the hem (a peplum works to visually reduce the size of the waist and again, who doesn’t want that??!!). I used a cherry-red leather belt from Sportscraft (this too was purchased from Harbour Town!), as the pop of colour broke up the black and white.
I have had these Giuseppe Zanotti ankle booties for years – I bought them on eBay about 5 years ago and this is the first time I’ve ever worn them with a skirt. I sometimes worry I don’t have the leg shape to wear ankle boots and short hems, but I think the chunky inner hidden platform and sculptural heel balance out my calves. The almond toe and a lack of ‘bells and whistles’, bar the elastic gusset, elongate the leg. These shoes are so comfortable (I believe it’s the hidden platform) and have just aged so beautifully. I have several pairs of Zanotti shoes and I totally understand why he has such a legion of devotees. His shoes are synonymous with sexy and fierce and I dare you to find a woman wearing his shoes who doesn’t feel fabulous. As I recall, I nabbed these booties for about $40 – Zanotti boots, which are all Italian-made, start from $1,000.
A fairly successful start to the work week, no?!?