Clearly that's not the technical term. "Transitional pieces" are what I believe we should be terming it, with our fashion hats on. However it's more accurate to say "that fiddly inbetweeny time" no?
Which, as I fear I may mention every Spring, happens to be the majority of our Summer. Bar those couple of days when it's properly scorchio and we crack out the shorts, the strappy tops and the summer dresses. And then after day three realise that we have "nothing to wear" for when it's super sunny and so order a shed load more. Only for the temperature to drop and the rain to start when the lovely DHL man delivers your goodies. Sound familiar?
So this week, I'm on a mission for inbetweeny bits. That we do in fact end up wearing most weeks till November. (yes Suffolk and Ireland, I'm looking at you...)
And the easiest way to make last year's wardrobe feel fresher is with a new pair of shoes. Oh how I love shoes. I can now also say that I am officially wedded to flats. I can't remember the last time I wore a pair of heels during the day (am still a complete heel whore for evenings out). Flats flats and more flats.
So I love my trainers but how many pairs of trainers can you have? And no my blog hasn't been hacked, this is me writing this. I have four pairs which many would consider too many although I do know some would consider woefully inadequate.
But I'll be completely honest, they do all do the same thing. I do have them in different colours and (very slightly I will acquiesce) styles but they do pretty much do the same job. It's not like there's one pair that I can wear with a dress that gives it a completely different look, they're all too similar a style to offer different functionality.
Which is the best justification in the world, surely for a different pair of shoes.
I *say* different but they are (slightly...) similar to a pair that I got last year. My pony skin flat mules from Anthropologie. Well this year, they're everywhere.
Ok so that might be over egging the pudding slightly as they're not exactly everywhere as I found out earlier when I tried to find a plethora of them. But there are a few which I needed as a comparison to a pair (I saved the best till last) I have had on my mind for a while now and have become vaguely obsessed with. I have tried to find another option, I really have (and so the justification commences).
Saw these in Zara today and they're definitely an option.
Flat Leather Slipper Shoes £35.99
Slightly more detail and slightly more unique but then slightly (a lot) more expensive...
Liviana Conti Open Toe Mules £122
Suede at Whistles.
Whistles Brya Flat Mules Shoes were £120 now £63
Loafer Style. Enough said. If these aren't your bag by the way and you prefer a full on version, I have a proper loafer blog in the offing as these are such a great transitional shoe when you need something for in between boot and sandal. They're also a classic which will last for years and I'm pinning my badge to the mule version being as versatile and a stayer.
Navy Premium Leather brogue mules from Next £50 So apparently these are brogue mules... they look like loafer mules to me. Perfect with a bit of lift if you don't want flat flat. For me, if you're going to go flat I like them flat but I know lots do like a mid heel.
And in the nude
These I would say are brogue mules... Love the white. Bring on the Spring in these.
Alberto Zago Alley Sandals in bianco £120
Oxford lace up style now.. in navy.. LOVE these but sold out in my size. Foiled.
ASOS Mile End Pointed Mules in navy were £30 now £21
And now onto more traditional loafer style.
ASOS Monument Leather Loafer Mules in grey £45
And in the black patent leather £45
Jeffrey Campbell Belan Mules £84.65 ($122)
And the grey version which is approx £88.18 (approx.. ha ha) $125
Bargain of the day though and as they're such a steal now, I've forgiven them the slingback.
Office Luther Slingbacks were £68 now £29.60
But but but, these are the ones that are screaming BUY MEEEEEE. Except in a really classy Italian accent.
Gucci Princetown leather slippers £380 I'm going to *think about it*...
So off I trot to ponder if I really need a pair of these mules. Obviously now, in my head, they go with everything in my wardrobe. *obviously*.... To be honest, I'm not sure if I need a 39.5 or a 40 (any pointers greatly received...) and I am now kicking myself that I didn't just nip over to Bond Street today when I was in London. Had a lovely day as part of a focus group for Gloverall about children's outerwear (and came home with a duffle coat for the 9yr old who absolutely loves it. Who would have thought? The little boy who normally won't wear a coat for love nor money thinks his new coat is cool as, because "Sam Smith wears one". (apparently... not convinced he does but his friend who came round this afternoon was in awe at his "Dr Who coat"!) And I chose an amazing navy coat which I shall be cracking out tomorrow.
This is what I wore today - completely loving this warmer weather. (although I'll be honest - it was slightly chillier than it looked). Bolted home from London and walked to school with the dog to pick the kids up (they are always SO thrilled when we walk... dear lord, the moaning. Suck it up mes enfants. I've walked there and back).
Grey cashmere jumper - Me+Em
Grey flannel blazer - Me+Em
Black leather leggings - hush
Red Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Red Soho Disco bag - Gucci
On a roll with the inbetweeny stuff though and will be back with more ideas tomorrow. As I ponder the Guccis and sit on my credit card.....