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Jump Up, Jump Up, Jump Around

Published August 31, 2014 by iftheshoefits

I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with jumpsuits.  I can’t decide whether it’s because I’m a child of the Seventies and I’m still lamenting the loss of my Charlie’s Angel dungarees or whether it’s the easiest way to get dressed ever – throw it on, accessorise, add some shoes and walk out the door.

I also appear to have one to suit all occasions:

  • Navy pinstripe one for work
  • Black tailored strapless one for black tie events (throw on a tuxedo jacket and heels – effortless yet edgy elegance)
  • Wide leg chartreuse number for weddings / garden parties
  • Black jersey one for “emergency, I don’t know what to wear to that party” panic buy avoidance
  • Denim dungarees for lazy summer days

As I student in the Nineties I opted for playsuits and chunky boots – favouring ditsy prints, crushed velvet or distressed denim.  It was just so much easier than wearing dresses – and when you grew up in the windy wilds of Scotland, at least a playsuit kept your dignity intact on particularly breezy days.

I admit that jumpsuits are not for everyone, they can involve some snazzy yoga moves to get in and out of them (sometimes with a bit of jumping to release yourself completely), underwear choices are critical, and you often have to plan bathroom breaks well in advance.

But, I still find myself yearning for more…

And I’m not alone, the fabulous people at  StyleMeTraining show how it can work for you.

 

 

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Celebrate your individuality

Published July 30, 2013 by iftheshoefits

Self-expression is an important part of who I am.  Just because I have a responsible job in the business world does not mean that I have to dress in a corporate uniform.

I carefully choose clothes that are smart (they have to be) but which are also quintessentially me.  I do wear suits occasionally, but I usually compensate the severity of the suit with a flamboyant scarf and killer heels.  And with messy, plenty of volume hair.  That’s how people usually remember me – either for my hair or my shoes, often both.

And that’s ok, I don’t want to blend into the crowd.  I like to look different, I like to be colourful in a grey world.

I encourage everyone I work with to be themselves, just because we have to be smart on a client site, doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on who you are.  Be yourself, be authentic, be memorable.

Wedging my way through summer

Published July 20, 2013 by iftheshoefits

These beauties from Boden – http://www.boden.co.uk/en-GB/Womens-Shoes-Boots/Wedges/AR577-TAN/Womens-Tan-Colourblock-Wedges.html – are seeing me safely through the summer.  I can’t express how comfortable they are, they have a slightly cushioned in sole which make them feel more like trainers than anything else. I have two pairs of these in different colours and they’ve barely been off my feet.  What’s not to like? They give me some much needed height – but aren’t too high that walking downhill becomes precarious.

If I had to pick a style of shoe that would be my all time favourite – it would be wedges.  I have a few pairs of 5 inchers – they look beautiful on, but I do need to be on the straight and narrow when I’m wearing them.  It’s the dip at the front of the platform that’s pretty vertiginous when you’re going downhill – and don’t even try to take on a significant camber, at least without clinging onto a lamp-post on your merry way round the bend.

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