Trend focus – Coloured shoes

One of the easiest ways to get colour into your wardrobe is through accessories. Brightly coloured handbags and stylish scarfs are certainly one way to brighten up a simple outfit, but my favourite way to add colour to my wardrobe is through shoes. And it seems that this is a popular trend at present.

A whole host of stylish celebrities have shown how a bright shoe can transform an outfit into somthing special. Molly Sim and Nikki Reed have used reddish tones to add interest to black trousers, whilst America Ferrara and Cobie Smulders have opted for bubblegum pinks to contrast against their evening attire. I particularly love America wearing pink with animal print – I would’ve opted for red, but this is a great contrast of the sweet and the foxy.

My favourite example of adding a bright colourful shoe to change an outfit is that worn by Olivia Munn. Her green satin heels are simply gorgeous, and teamed with her unusual midi skirt and crop top combo, this creates a real eye-catching outfit.

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Molly Sims

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Nikki Reed

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America Ferrara

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Cobie Smulders

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Olivia Munn

Bright shoes from Spartoo

Charles-Jourdan OCTAVIE 3 Red  £ 305.99 click to visit Spartoo

Charles-Jourdan OCTAVIE 3
Red
£ 305.99 click to visit Spartoo

Carvela  GLACIER Pink  £ 99.99 click to visit Spartoo

Carvela GLACIER
Pink
£ 99.99
click to visit Spartoo

Nine West  ORLEGA Green / Blue  £ 113.99 click to visit Spartoo

Nine West ORLEGA
Green / Blue
£ 113.99
click to visit Spartoo

 Marco Tozzi BLAVHOU Blue £ 31.99 click to visit Spartoo

Marco Tozzi BLAVHOU
Blue £ 31.99 click to visit Spartoo

 Fornarina DEMY SALMON / Suede   £ 103.19 click to visit Spartoo

Fornarina DEMY
SALMON / Suede
£ 103.19 click to visit Spartoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Christmas – visit a Charity Shop.

An Oxfam charity shop in Covent Garden, London...

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It seems to be getting harder to find a Christmas gift to suit a fashionista. Despite the ‘credit crunch‘ we still seem to live in a society where we buy what we want, whether that means saving for the ‘real thing’, or buying the Primark copy. For many of us, asking someone what they want for Christmas is met with a shrug of the shoulders, or worse still, that fatal statement ‘just get me anything’.

Christmas is also called the ‘party season’. Lots of excuses for wearing your best frocks and glitter and drinking, eating and dancing to excess. The main questions this raises are ‘WHAT SHALL I WEAR?’ We worry that we will be under-dressed, overdressed, or, worse case scenario, wearing the same dress as someone else!  All this leads me to believe that this is the year we should visit a Charity shop.

Forget any notions that charity shops are dirty, dusty or full of clothes belonging to dead people, charity shops are, on the contrary, filled with designer goods just waiting to be discovered, and vintage bargains crying out for new owners to love them. Just this month I have found a Marni tunic for £5.99, a pair of Charles Jourdan lace up shoes for £7, an original beaded 1980’s top that’s a dead ringer for designs from Kate Moss Topshop, that I bought for £3.50 and will wear on my girls night pressie swap, a 1950’s Kelly style bag, and best of all, an original 1970’s brown fake fur coat with rose buttons that I haven’t taken off since the weather became so cold. Clearly charity shops have a lot to offer for any diva looking to extend their designer or vintage wardrobe.

Just like all the main high street stores, charity shops all full of glittery, glitzy party wear and accessories, but, unlike the High Street, you have more chance of finding something unusual and original. You may find High end high street clothing for just a few pounds, or an absolute vintage gem.

 

bags, shoes and scarves neatly coordinated by Acorns, Wednesbury

Fab 60's style dress I saw on the window of a Scope shop.

But Charity shops are not just about fabulous clothing. One of my favourite finds of recent times has been a signed copy of the Gordon Selfridge biography ‘Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge’ by Lindy Woodhead. You can also find cute teacups, vintage paste brooches which you could put into a little voile bags to give as quirky gifts for your friends or sisters. Most charity shops these days also have a range of new goods, from Fair trade chocolate and jewellery at Oxfam, to knitted scarves at BHF. All stores sell eco bags, which you could use to put your presents in as a nice alternative to Santa Sacks.

 

cute tea cups found in a charity shop

So, when you do your last-minute Christmas shopping this year, give charity shops a go – after all – it is Christmas, so why not share the love!