the basics . . . the pointed toe loafer

i am so over “more” and so into “less” right now.  i have a holiday hangover that is totally māje.  baby, i am in the mood to cleanse and purge!  and, i have my eye on my closet.  i’ve come to the age that i really, really need less in my closet — fewer options — but more high-quality basics and fine pieces.

so, i am getting ready to give away about 85% of my closet and start building it back with basics that are marked by good lines and quality materials.  i need things that can stand day-to-day wear without falling apart because the construction and materials are so poor.  also, high on my list (and i srsly CANNOT believe i am saying this): everything has to be comfortable.  by that, i mean that if there is a zipper that scrapes my neck or a shoe that is gorgeous but i can’t stand for longer than an hour, i will shun these pieces -shun them!- and not allow them to enter my closet.  also, i don’t need anything that pinches or doesn’t quite fit — the time has come when there is no excuse for a poor fit, am i right???  to be honest, nothing ever seems to fit me off-the-rack — the sleeves are too long, the pants are too long. . . the list goes on.  so, patience, diligence and perseverance will be required to achieve success here. but, mentally, i. am. there.

so, here’s to 2015 and the start of a great new closet!  i hope to post “the basics” throughout the year when i come across a piece that i think we all could stand to have in our closet.  and, understanding that affordable luxury means different things to different people, i will try to locate pieces in a small spectrum of pricing, so that there are options for us all.  because, hey! one person’s $750 is another person’s $250, right?

this week, i am starting with the pointed toe loafer.  why?  because it is a loafer.  loafers go with jeans.  loafers go with trousers.  loafers go with skirts.  and loafers are a practical shoe that will add refinement to your day look without sacrificing comfort.

a pointed toe loafer is sure to be around for the next four or five years and, if you grab a quality pair now and wear them for the next four winters, you will feel that you have done the right thing.  and, i especially like the pointed toe (and base my prediction that we have at least four more years of this shoe) because it is universally flattering. . . .  anything that makes everyone look slimmer will have staying power.  the pointed toe draws the eye down the silhouette and out the end, elongating the leg.

my predication is also based on the fact that it really got its start with phoebe philo at céline with her 2014 pre-fall collection last year.  and, the influence is building. . .

you can grab a great pair here, here, or here.  also, below i have hooked you up with nicole kidman sporting some super- fab ptls (pointed toe loafers) in this month’s elle, some céline pre-fall 2014 collection shots as well as some street style picts to help you work out your look.  enjoy!

xo,
cg

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feature image courtesy of hannah seabrook’s gadabout blog, my new fave.  if you aren’t following, you should.

Comments

  1. Elizabeth says

    I found your blog this past weekend and LOVE your writing and style sense. I am 100% with you on purging the closet – my 2015 goal for sure. Your loafer pics are pure perfection! I look forward to your future posts!

    • WordPress.com Support says

      OMG, Elizabeth thank you!!! Gosh, it feels good to hear that!! Thank you thank you for following!!! Tell your friends!!! xo, cg and stylebriefs

  2. says

    ok, now… let me know when you purge!!! i’m all about taking someone’s hand me downs! or at the very least, tell me where you send your throw-aways!! i’ll be sifting through the thrift store racks like a transient in a dumpster… sorry, best analogy i could come up w/ on the fly. 😛

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