Especially when the Summer is doing its usual "Summer" thing of err.. raining.
And I've got to pack for next week which, as I'm going to the seaside here in good old Blighty means that, whatever the forecast, you need to take clothes for every eventuality. As the weather never does quite what you think it will. What am I talking about? We know at some point it will rain. That's code for movie night, fish and chips and popcorn in our holiday house.
Not to mention, new boots....
Perfect timing therefore, for another of my must have items for a modern capsule wardrobe and that's a pair of tan ankle boots.
I have already got mine sorted - a simple, low stacked heel, classic version, new from Seven Boot Lane. I've supported Seven Boot Lane for the past couple of years now and have been over the moon with the boots they've been kind enough to send me. Last Winter, I think I pretty much wore their Caitlyn Biker boots every day.
And this season - just in time for holiday - I've chosen the Delphine ankle boots in tan.
These will go with shorts and dresses now in those wet days when sandals just won't work. And perfect for into the Autumn and Winter with boyfriend jeans, skinnies, midi dresses and with flares.
This season, as I have my Toga Pullas in black which are rather detailed (to put it mildly), I wanted a pair of tan ankle boots that weren't overly complicated - just simple and elegant and these fitted the bill exactly.
The idea with my capsule wardrobe is that they are all pared back, classic pieces that you can then put together as your basics. Then add *jazz hands* in the form of whatever takes your fancy from all the on trend bits that are going to start flooding the stores shortly.
Definitely going in the suitcase. And perfect to wear today when the heavens opened.
The Delphine boots in tan £165 from Seven Boot Lane. Currently there's 15% off these boots with the code Delphine15 till August 31.
Lots of other options out there though if perhaps the shade isn't your colour or you'd prefer suede. Or even more detailing.
For example at Boden - the Keira Boots £129 - 20% off with A2T5. Darker shade of tan (to be honest, for me this is brown but they call it tan...) and straps. I'm going to keep my straps to my biker boots and I was after a 70s style stack heel but these will offer the best of both worlds to some.
Personally I prefer the lighter classic wood toned heel but this is more of a take on a heeled Chelsea boot and slightly higher. Useful cleat sole for those wet leaf days.
KG by Kurt Geiger Saloon Block Heeled Boot in tan £160
Sublime in suede at LK Bennett Fenick Suede Ankle Boots £275 in Sand (dear lord, make sure you spray these ones with protector before you go out there)
However there are still some bargains left to be had (which is a relief after not much success on the biker jacket front yesterday) although the sales seem to have all but disappeared. And there isn't the hugest amount of new season stock yet, so thank goodness we can shop clever which is what is left.
More suede but in an interesting two tone effect.
ASOS Reema Pointed Suede Boots were £45 now £31.50
Sleek and all leather at Topshop - no these aren't in the sale but the prices in Topshop seem to have really levelled out over the last year or so and they now offer amazing value for leather and suede.
Megan Chelsea Boots £69 and yes they are leather
Super pointy and again with a dark heel and this time a back zip at Topshop.
Midnight (that's the name - your eyes are not deceiving you, they're not in fact any sort of shade of dark blue. Only me who was confused? And not, it doesn't take much) Leather Zip-back £75.
Suede again but with leather detailing reduced from H by Hudson at ASOS.
H by Hudson Lumo Suede Tan Ankle boots were £160 now £112
Not in the sale, but finishing with bargain suede strap numbers (and yes, real suede) at New Look. They don't have many real leather boots but generally the ones they do have are always a really good buy. Again, not simple simple, but the colour is perfect, the heel height is the ideal day height and some people love a strap or two.
Blanche Ankle Boots £44.99
Now if you did want to let your boots do the talking, I shall be back shortly with boots that tell their own story. Today though, it was all about a classic, tan, simple boot.
Do you own a pair and if not, how have you managed to live without them so far?
Here I am in mine today and yes, what did happen to Summer today?
Chambray striped shirt - Mango
Saxby boyfriend jeans - ASOS
Navy fitted blazer - Me+Em
Delphine tan boots - Seven Boot Lane
Whiskey Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe
I'm on a classic roll with my outfit today and I still have to pack so inspiration still swirling around as I'm waiting till the last minute to see if the weather might stay vaguely consistent (one can dream....)..... tomorrow I will hopefully be back as my day in London has been totally kiboshed, thanks to the tube strike. I'm saying nothing as I now have the rest of Bake Off to watch with a glass of wine. Although we're playing Mary Berry "Laire (layer)" bingo so I may need a bottle.