Saturday was a tease, weather wise. It gave us a fleeting feel of an Indian summer. The perfect day to wear a light-weight, denim shift dress. After last weekend's 2 day specialist Pilates course, this weekend was all about taking it easy, running a few errands, with a late lunch at a local café thrown in.
As the dress and the boyfriend cardigan are dark, block colours, it meant I could bring in some lighter pattern mixing with my accessories and shoes. As one of our errands was shopping for a new fridge/freezer for our kitchen - oh the glamour, London Fashion Week, ain't got nothing on my kind of high-end shopping - it meant heels were out, flats were in.
I want to show there can be an alternative interpretation of statement shoes/boots. They don't have to be ridiculously high heeled or ott in shape or pattern, unless, of course, you want them to be, which is fine. They can still make an impact by being quietly understated.
Nor do they have to be expensive. I bought the boots preloved for £11.47! They are River Island and currently, their plain Chelsea boots are retailing for upwards of £40. No wonder I'm smiling!
The necklace hails from Chile, not a place I've visited. It was a gift from my mum-in-law who went a few years ago. Sadly, I've know idea what the stone is, as she bought it in a local market. The surface of the disc is so beautifully smooth and brings out the caramel colour of the stitching on the neckline.
I don't tend to do well with clothes from charity shops (I'm far more successful on e-bay for that) but I am rather good at snapping up jewellery and handbags. This plaid or check patterned, wooden handle bag was another local charity shop purchase at the princely sum of £4.99.
I chose it for the outfit because I'm drawn to it's texture and shape, as well as its unusual pattern. The red running down it tied in neatly with the red of the boyfriend cardigan. The smoothness of the handles, which are a semi circle shape, matches the smoothness of the necklace, which is a circle. You might not have even been aware of that on a conscious level but I bet you've now whizzed up to the necklace photo and whizzed down to the bag and gone 'Ah, so they are'! Being a kinesthetic person I get a big kick out of those sorts of detail.
And whilst we're on the subject of shapes, check out the button on the bag's fastner.
The bracelets were bought in a local charity shop for a total of £6. The leopard print one was in the window display but I didn't have time to stop and go in at the time, as I was on my way to one of my Pilates clients. After the session though, I scuttled back wondering if it still might be there and lo and behold, it was! I only had to say 'there's a leopard....' and the lady in the shop had already pulled out a long grabber stick and was gleefully uttering
'I know which one you mean'.
She delicately and expertly air lifted it out from the window display without knocking anything over. I was chuffed to bits when it fitted, as most bracelets fall off my arm; the downside of having thin wrists.
I wandered around the rest of the shop and spied the other two I'm wearing. When I took them to the cash desk to pay, the lady told me they had all been in the same donation which had included roughly 70 pieces of costume jewellery. Sweetly, she added that she was very glad that I was buying these 3 and thus keeping at least a few of them together!
How cool is the fact that even the heel is the same pattern as the rest of the boot. And look closely in the second photo and you'll see they even have a leather knot tassel on the end of the zip.
Denim Shift Dress from TKMaxx
New Look Red Boyfriend Cardigan (old)
Necklace from Chile; a gift from my mum-in-law when she visited there
Leopard Print & Amber coloured glass Bracelets (thrifted)
Plaid, Wooden Handle Bag (thrifted)
Leopard Print Ankle Boots (preloved)
My thrifted/preloved finds and statement boots hanging out together, enjoying a sunny September afternoon.
What do you consider to be a statement shoe? Have you managed to score some great thrifted or preloved finds - jewellery, shoes or otherwise? I'd love to hear about them below, if you have.
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