Laid Back Suiting

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Suiting isn’t all jackets and heels. I’m loving this casual take with dress pants, an over-sized men’s sweater with bralette ( which could easily be replaced with a t-shirt or camisole) and as my neighbor calls them “fancy sneakers”. It was perfect for a casual lunch meeting and then some football. And these “fancy sneakers”? I didn’t think I’d jump on the flatform bandwagon but I may be sold–super comfy and gave me just enough height to not feel as if I need heels. You may need to try them!

Hope Monday is passing painlessly! XO RA

Details:

Sweater: Old and from the Men’s Section of Gap. If you haven’t tried it for your sweatering needs I can’t recommend it enough

Pants:Banana Republic, old, similar here
Bra:Alexander Wang
Shoes: Finery London

What Color Shoes Do I Wear?

I love shoes, LOVE them. And one of the things I love about them is the power they have to make an outfit pop. I don’t believe your shoes have to match your outfit exactly, they can make a great statement, but let’s be honest–some colors go better together than others. In fact, the question I get asked most often is what shoes should I wear with this color?

Now, these are not hard and fast guidelines, the best bet is always to try and see. Remember in theory shoes should be darker than your hemline (there are exceptions!), and factors such as hem-length, how thick the shoes are, etc will affect the look. But here are my thoughts!

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Black Hem: I actually think this option gives you the most freedom! Even nudes can work – although that is something to test, but I love black with prints (like leopard), bright colors (red) and you can’t go wrong with black!

Be cautious of : pastels. If the dress/skirt/shorts are on the shorter side a pastel shoe might work but in most cases black looks better with a brighter shade

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White Hem: You still have a surprising amount of freedom with white-you can do a print or a color, white, or a neutral.

Be cautious: Sometimes black or bright shoes can overwhelm white. They can be a great statement, but make sure to check the look as a whole!

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Blue: I have a friend who asks me about this combo often! I think blue looks best with a neutral print, or a neutral/nude shoe

Be Cautious: Unless you’re a bridesmaid matching blue shoes to your outfit can be overwhelming (I’ve seen it work but you need to check it). Black shoes can also work–again just check the look as a whole

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Nude Hem:Β  This looks best with a nude, neutral or neutral print

Be Cautious: Of going too dark with your shoes. There’s nothing sexier than nude shoes making your legs look longer–make sure you don’t break up the line!

Red Hem: Usually looks best with Black. Anything Else can be tricky.

Printed Hem: Safest bet is to go with the darkest/most prominent color in the pattern. Nude and blacks are also a good bet!

 

I’d love to know–what are some of your fave shoe combos? Are there any colors you have issues matching shoes to?

Happy Wednesday! XO RA

Some similar shoes I love:
Caged Nude Schutz
JCrew Brown Mules
Valentino Rockstud
Great Leopard Print

It’s a Short Thing

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You may remember this denim jumpsuit that I’ve absolutely loved. So much so, in fact, that I made it my mission to find a short version for summer. And, good news, mission accomplished! This Jcrew version has seen me through BBQs, road trips, brunch, sandals, flats, sneakers (yes), and fancy wedges. It may be my fave summer workhorse!

Happy Friday! xo RA

Details:

Romper: Jcrew
Shoes: Tibi and on sale!
Purse: old

Architectural Detail

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There’s something about a piece that has such structural detail, it can be beautiful in its own right- and paired correctly they can make you feel so incredibly special. This skirt is the heaviest thing I own- and needs no help to stand out; making it perfect for everything from formal events to casual events where your presence needs to be felt. And the shoes! I cannot count the number of compliments I’ve gotten- or tell you how I’ve worn them for a week straight (with everything) – and that the only thing better than this wedge might be the heel version!

Hope that the Monday after your holiday wasn’t brutal- or that you got something special to wear to help you through the day! XO RA

Details:
Shoes: wedge, heel, and flat version Schutz
Skirt: Eddy Anemian for H&M try eBay
Shirt: Target

Causal Friday

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Sometimes things don’t go the way you planned. Sometimes your clothes wrinkle no matter how much you iron them. Sometimes your hair decides to take hours to dry. But it’s Friday, and it’s gorgeous, and I found it hard to complain when I could sit in the sun, let my hair air-dry. And then there are these fabulous shoes. So sometimes things not going the way you planned still work out. I hope everything goes your way today, and your shoes make you feel amazing!

Happy Friday! XO RA

Details:

Shirt: HM, old similar here
Jeans:Citizens, old, similar here
Shoes:Clover Canyon

Sexy Overalls

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I don’t think it’s any secret that I love overalls–they easily pull an outfit together, are super comfy, and if you find the right ones super flattering and sexy! I love the little flares on these-I’ve worn them with heels and flats and it looks great with both. They come up just high enough on the sides that I can get away with just wearing a bandeau underneath–but I’ve also worn a variety of tops and that looks amazing. Basically what I’m saying is that I haven’t worn these in a way yet that I don’t love–and I feel attractive in them, it’s a win-win!

Details:
Frame Overalls

Something About the Kicks

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If pressed I would tell you I’m a ballet flats woman–not that I don’t love sneakers, but I find myself reaching for the ballet flats first. In developing that habit I may not have been aware of kicks like these. In all honesty I didn’t find them, a teenager I know did, but as they say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery–I can’t resist getting a pair for myself–and I’ve been living in them ever since. I’m also loving the combo of a semi-sexy dress with the sneakers! They seem to balance each other out and leave me with thousands of combinations!

Happy Friday! xo RA

Details:

Dress: old similar here and here

Shoes: Addias

Not Your Average Shirtdress

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There is something absolutely classic about a good shirtdress– you can dress it up or wear it casually and they flatter everyone. So when I found this one in a bright pattern on Etsy I fell in love! I can shy away from big patterns and colors just as much as the next person, but this dress made it easy to get just a tad bit out of my comfort zone. It’s become a go-to in my closet and a great update!

Hope you’re having a great Memorial Day! XO RA

Details:

Dress: Etsy

Shoes: last season, similar here and here also love these

Iconic BackGround

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There’s a shot of LA that’s in a ton of commercials lately– the LACMA light installation. I could not think of a better place to show you some of the most amazing shoes I own (and that’s saying a lot). The early morning light filters in slowly here–but it can still capture the shoes–even the security guards loved them.

It’s Monday–hope you have spectacular shoes to get you through the day!

XO RA

Shoes: Miu Miu, sold out, similar here

Dress: HM, sold out, similar here