Tuesday, June 15, 2010
These shoes are obviously cooler than me. They were also a wee bit too tall for my comfort, but luckily, Sam the shoe man a block from our apartment shaved off about 3/8" from the heel for a mere $12 (Thanks for saving my ankles man).
The problem is that I don't want them to be one trick ponies. Even though they were discounted and I had a coupon, I'd like to be able to wear them (relatively) regularly. But the only outfit I can think of with these shoes is skinny jeans, dark top, and blazer. Maybe darker denim jacket. I tried them with all my summery dresses and skirts, and they look a little too hard. Basically, they are a sandal bootie version of a motorcycle jacket, but unlike the motorcycle jacket, which can balance out frilly cutesy, they are more like a little harder edged afterthought. So I need help. And also, I want to challenge myself to wear these shoes at least 5 more times this month, not including the wedding.
Angie at Youlookfab had this post yesterday about which outfits would you wear if you were younger. There were really interesting comments, and I thought about this a lot. There's no reason for me not to wear "younger" clothes in the summer. My body hasn't changed since I was 21 (appearance wise. Some of that stuff is softer. I prefer to think of it age creating a "cuddle" premium) and most days, I don't have to represent myself as a competent professor.
But at the same time, since I've gotten older, I am drawn to lower hemlines and more modest looks.
When I was in high school in the 1990s, I was the queen of midriff baring. Well, maybe I did it less than others but this was the one sort of more daring form of dress that I would do confidently. It's one of the positive trade offs for having a longer torso, although I didn't realize that at the time (I just thought my abs rocked). These studded black sandals are transporting me back, temporarily, to that faraway moment when I showed off my belly so much that my mother yelled at me for jeopardizing my future fertility.*
Are there any looks that you feel "too old" for but kinda maybe want to wear?
Lula says hello, and that she would like very much if that pesky kitten went away forever. Sorry, Lulz, but he's gonna be your play mate for the rest of your life.
*Evidently, Koreans believed that ladies should cover their midsections and keep it warm all the time. My great aunt yelled at me about this in Korea too.
Shirt: old GAP long sleeved T, chopped up by me
Skirt: Uniqlo, thrifted
Necklace, from a fruit basket chain
Sandals: Tahari, via DSW