Do you take a key piece like a well tailored jacket and then build the outfit around it?
Or maybe you start with a particularly striking colour combination or unusual print?
Or perhaps it starts with a knock out accessory?
Sometimes though, it starts with the shoes. But not just any pair of shoes. No, no, no.
A smokin' pair of snakeskin print, block heeled, 3 strap pair of shoes.
You see, not all shoes need to be towering, spindly creations
to be fierce enough to be the starting point for an outfit.
to be fierce enough to be the starting point for an outfit.
These babies were a recent purchase because... you know... I need another pair of shoes like the Sahara needs more sand.
'Why, oh why?' said small voice of reason.
'Because I could smell their fierceness as soon as I walked into the shop. It lured me in and I was helpless to resist, just as the smell of warm bread wafting through the door of a bakery pulls you in to buy croissants and crusty loaves.' I said.
'Well, fair enough.' said small voice of reason. 'Can't argue with that.'
These babies were champing at the bit to strut around town and what better way to debut them, than a night out on the town. So the shoes became my starting point for a fierce yet feminine outfit for a date night with Tall Brown Fox. I was building the look from the bottom upwards with rock solid foundations.
You can be feminine without going down the obvious route.
There can be many different ways of expressing sartorial femininity, without having to put on a dress and sky scrapper heels, especially for a night out. Or even being more obvious and showing excess skin or cleavage. Now don't for a minute think that I'm against dresses, I'm not. I don't wear enough of my dresses! Nor am I against showing skin or cleavage; I'm quite comfortable with both. I just don't always need to put on a dress with ridiculously high heels to feel feminine.
What I'm interested in, is dressing to feel confident as well as comfortable. That in turn makes me feel feminine and that will sometimes involve dresses and / or heels. I don't have much truck these days - in fact I never did, if truth be told - with sky scrapper heels! Despite being short in stature, I have no desire to knacker my feet, thanks very much! Plus, I have more than enough chutzpah to make up for my lack of inches.
Which is why I love these shoes, where the snakeskin print is carried onto the uber comfortable to walk in block heel. They're feminine but with an edge; a great choice for when sandals don't work with London Summer weather conditions.
Their dainty straps and their 'don't mess with me' pointy toes
quietly ooze sexiness, without having to shout about it.
So what to wear with my new fierce shoes?
- Simple black bistro pants. The shorter length is ideal for showcasing eye catching shoes, with the snakeskin really standing out against the black.
- An abstract print blouse in pastel Summer colours of coral and green.
- A sheer lace bomber jacket. The sheerness adds a subtle sexiness to the design of the bomber.
Straight legged, ankle skimming bistro pants are a great staple for any wardrobe, whatever the season and my plain black linen ones were the ideal choice for date night last week, when it was mild enough to be out without a coat in the evening but not necessarily warm enough to wear a floaty dress and sandals.
Playing with textures and fabrics always gives depth to an outfit. The lace of the bomber jacket acts as a counterpoint not only to the snakeskin but to the abstract print of the blouse - a little pattern mixing if you will. I love the fact that lace has been used in a garment that is usually more utilitarian in style.
The lace bomber, like the shoes, was a fairly recent purchase. I fell in love with it when I saw Kelly from Alterations Needed style it, back in May. The soft lace with the feminine, open toed sandals play off the masculine feel of the classic menswear striped shirt and distressed jeans.
Kelly's nailed that feminine yet fierce look with masculine undertones, right on the head.
I slightly softened my look with a tie neck blouse.
Can you mix different snakeskin prints together?
Of course! Just as you can mix different leopard prints together such as in my Leopard Print & Plaid Accents post.
Snakeskin comes in various shades from orange-y browns to silvery greys. The tip is to keep them to the same tone and colour as I've done here. Although my clutch has a slight iridescent sheen to it, the size of the snakeskin prints of the bag and the shoes are similar.
Zara Black Lace Sheer Bomber Jacket currently reduced in the sale. They also have this Plain Black Sheer Bomber Jacket
If you like the idea of a lace bomber without it being sheer, here's a Petite one new in at Marks & Spencer Lace Front Petite Bomber
Camaieu Linen Bistro Pants (old)
J for Jasper Conran Tie Blouse (old)
Vera Wang Snakeskin Clutch (old) Seen here previously on the blog. Jane Norman Snakeskin Clutch
Snakeskin Shoes from T K Maxx. A pretty Pink Snakeskin Block Heel from ASOS
Where did my fierce shoes go on date night?
Off to the circus, that's where!
Now if any man can pull off wearing a giant glitter ball around their torso, whilst standing in the middle of a giant hula hoop, a big, muscly, bearded man from Canada can!
We had such fun last year watching the Australian circus troupe Company 2 at London Wonderground's Spiegel Tent, when I wore my Polka Dot Circle Dress, we returned to see this year's resident show, Barbu performed by Canada's Cirque Alfonse.
I can definitely vouch for their poster tag line of
'DARING, DAFT AND SEXY AS HELL'
I'm quite partial to bearded men, what with Tall Brown Fox being a bearded wonder. The gents in the troupe had mighty fine beards and coupled with them dressed in only black underpants for alot of the show - yes, I know, oh là là - whilst doing amazing and ridiculously dangerous hand and body balancing, and acrobatics nearly gave me heart palpitations!
I had to calm myself down with an alfresco, post show tipple, as we basked in the after glow of the evening's entertainment.
Smokin' Snakeskin Footnote
Don't be fooled into thinking that all shoes need to be towering, spindly creations to be fierce enough to take centre stage when building an outfit. Print, shape, style can all easily trump the height of the heel. And yes, that goes for petites too!
And with a print such as snakeskin, you've the perfect playmate with which to mix textures and prints for visual interest.
Bearded men are an optional accessory!
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